Oh A.N.G.E.L.O!

by United Blogs of Benetton on: July 2nd, 2010

I was in Florence to cover the events at the Pitti tradeshows but that doesn’t mean I was keeping the eye off things for myself. My favourite section isn’t some well groomed menswear dapper label but instead, the vintage section as part of the Pitti Woman fair, a gathering of Italy’s finest vintage dealers showing their wares.

I haven’t had the fortune to visit A.N.G.E.LO. which describes itself as a 3 storey vintage palace in the centre of Lugo in North Italy selling over 80,000 used garments. It was set up over 20 years ago by Angelo Caroli and Mario Gulmanelli and sells everything from valuable designer vintage pieces by the likes of Chanel, Versace, Dior and Alaia to historical vintage dating back to the 18th century which can be hired for film, TV, theatre and editorial purposes.

At Pitti W, A.N.G.E.L.O. were presenting their latest line of recycled vintage wares where they have reused and adapted vintage pieces to give new contemporary life to them. Vintage fur is still a controversial topic as to whether it’s deemed ethical to wear it. On an aesthetic level though, A.N.G.E.L.O. has changed up this fur caplet well adding silk scarf inserts to it or creating unexpected fur sections on a coat



I also love what they have done to this duffel coat, chopping it up into a cape and adding denim accents to it…

For the occasion of Pitti, A.N.G.E.L.O. also set up a Happy Kilo stall where vintage clothes were sold by the kilo for EUR15 each. By Kilo vintage is not really a used concept in London like it is in say Berlin so I was glad to see a haute vintage seller take to this bargain hunting method. I didn’t have time to wade through but on first glance, men could have benefited from some amazing 70s tailoring and women could get hold of some wonderful aged 40s tea dresses…



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 Now Let’s Look at the Clothes

by United Blogs of Benetton on: April 21st, 2010

Let’s forget about the volcano ash that has made our New York trip a bit longer than we had anticipated for a minute. Let’s instead look back to happier times. The shoot in New York was really 50% about the people and 50% about the clothes and whilst I found it quite interesting seeing the people bring the clothes alive, showcasing their own spirit and style, I was primarily also interested in the clothes from a selfish point of view…

Whilst from my perception, United Colours of Benetton isn’t about pumping out catwalk trend copycats but instead creating their own go-to staples with a sense of fun, I did spy inklings of the A/W 10-11 trends that were seen in February/March…

Here, Natalchou and Magali wear the hiking outdoors-y looks really well complete with chunky boots and socks, furry hats and lumberjack plaid jackets. Ok, they’re not actually fit for hardcore hiking but at least they’re sartorially spot on…


The ensembles of the day had to go to the mixed and clashing knitted checks that Tereza and Patricia wore. They loved it so much, they didn’t want to take them off and even when they were off the shoot, they were giving out model-esque poses.
Melanie wearing some of the lovely Fair Isle knits that Benetton have lined up for A/W 10-11 had a great energy on set…



More of the Fair Isle…

Sheepskin and checks… you won’t be able to escape this stuff come winter…



Ben is looking particularly ready for A/W 10-11 with this sleek camel coat. Call it whatever you want; tan, beige, camel, fudge-brown… these shades are going to be running rife… all responsibility goes to the collections by Phoebe Philo at Celine and Hannah McGibbon at Chloe…

Then there are more colourful elements which for me sum up the spirit of Benetton, that a tried-and-tested staple is offered in every colour under the sun… like these puffa jackets as modelled by David and Plastic is Fantastic, who also is sporting some very cute leopard print ear muffs…



Then there’s the signature knitwear, the jumpers and cardigans that again comes in a plethora of shades… I love the colour combinations of coral, blue and purple layered in an unusual way on Soraya. Elizabeth wears a pink on pink combination that looks stunning with the whimsical roses in her hair…



And the final unique Benetton touch? Some bling bling Benetton logo earrings that were custom made for the shoot and modelled very poorly by me but very well by Janelle

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