Dressed in rubbish

I stumbled on a video of a TED Talk yesterday, and so much of it is how I think too.

I especially applaude this woman’s experiment of wearing somebody else’s rubbish for a whole year.

As consumers, we are buying more clothes, paying them less, with the result of wasting precious resources (water, cotton, electricity…) manufacturing cheap and non durable items, that will end up in landfill much sooner.

Three things I would like you to take away from this video – especially if you won’t have the time to watch it all:

  1. follow your intuition: if you don’t like your job, surely there’s another career where you can make a difference
  2. buy the best: buy the highest quality clothes you can afford, and take care of them
  3. think again before throwing away: if a journalist can were rubbish for a year, maybe it wasn’t rubbish in the first place

September shoe shopping: 10 end-of-season investments full of personality

It’s the end of summer and I’m not ready to let it go. This will be my first full winter in Switzerland and I’m afraid it will be freezing snowy never-ending cold. Especially after spending the last 8 winters in Australia…

I’m looking now at shoes: something on sale or under $300, but not too summery, so that it can be worn in the next few months, but still be great for next year.

These are my favourite 10, full of personality and available to buy now online.


KI6? WHO ARE YOU? décolleté, €159 on Yoox.com/it

11077091go_14_fDolce e Gabbana white pumps with black stars, €257 on Yoox.com/it

44929432dq_14_fGianbattista Valli, hot pink and silver ballet flats, €124 on Yoox.com/it


Bill Blass sutton embellished loafers, $194 on Bloomingdales.com


Dsquared2 green décolleté with gold leaf, €230 on Yoox.com/it


Kate Spade go glitter taxi flats, $278 on Bloomingdales.com


Charlotte Olympia printed high-top sneakers, €233 on Yoox.com



Steve Madden Pampered Pewter Heeled Shoes, $86 on Asos.com


Ted Baker Savveniers multicolor pumps, £139.99 on Zalando.co.uk


Just Cavalli ankle boots, $159 on Yoox.com

Academy Awards 2014 – My Oscars fashion

The Oscars night is more of an Oscars morning, if you live in Australia.

Hollywood’s Sunday night is Sydney’s Monday morning, so the best you can do is to keep an eye on a website covering the event: the arrivals on the red carpet, the show, and the winners. Unless, of course, you plan on catching the replay on TV, in which case you need to stay away from it all.

And then there’s the fashion. It’s the moment for designers and stylists to shine. Who cares about the actors, when we can comment on every single choice of outfit like a panel of experts!

Well, it’s easy to judge somebody else’s job, but how would I go?

Find here the two looks I’ve created for the night. And don’t even worry about the price tags:  when it’s for the Oscars, it’s all borrowed!


Best Female Actress in a Leading Role:

Oscars outfit in black and gold by StylingNotes

Aurelie Bidermann gold cuff bracelet; Jason Wu gown; Giuseppe Zanotti heels; Hedone Romane earrings.



Best Female Actress in a Supporting Role:

Oscars look red and gold by StylingNotes

Kennet Jay Lane ring; Bottega Veneta clutch; Gianbattista Valli gown, Casadei heels.

September: magnolia look



This look was inspired by the beautiful magnolia trees in bloom in my neighborhood.

An all-natural palette of green, white and pink, combined with layered textures and simple tailoring.


elena scarmagnan

Flavio Castellani tweed crop jacket with chain detail; Topshop tank top; Zara light-quilted skirt; vintage green suede bag; Il Laccio heels.

Gala Trend Launch at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney

It all happened inside the beautiful Sydney Town Hall building. Think red carpet, photographers, guests, drinks, sponsors, waiters, models, even shiny confetti shot from cannons. Most of us watched the fashion through the screens of smartphones that shined in the dark like high-tech candles. A lot of twitting and instagramming.

And then, of course, there were clothes.

I noticed the persistence of some trends already seen on both catwalks and streets in the past few years: lacy dresses, crop tops, stripes and sacred-images prints.

But these were my favourite stand-out trends:

Ethereal beauty

Designers know exactly how a woman’s body is, and those who enhance it with beautiful flattering designs have all my praise. Impalpable, transparent and floral always add another level to the natural beauty of a woman.

Sculptural neoprene

Among all the designers who used neoprene, the award goes to Toni Maticevski, who made the most of the material’s properties, still keeping elegance and feminine silhouette in focus. He didn’t upset proportions and never cut the figure in awkward segments, creating structured waves, volumes, and unpredictable red-carpet elegance.

Surprising tailoring

Contemporary cut-outs, rigorous shapes spiced up by a crazy pattern, and all the well-balanced contemporary classics.

An Australian in Italy – chronicle of a shopping holiday


A trip to Italy is for me like diving in a second life, where everything is familiar and doesn’t require much effort.

Every time I go back to my home country I seem to realise something new – which confirms the theory that you need to distance yourself from something to really see it.

Lessons I’ve learnt this time include:

Italians really are a bit crazy and unpredictable behind the wheel – including those grandmas driving at 25km per hour no matter what, and the younger ones who don’t see any problem in overtaking 3 cars at a time;

Italian families are so close together that everyone gets a say on any topic –  whether your latest purchase was worth the money, where you should go for dinner and where you should park your car before going to the theatre;

something must have seriously changed in my style if some Italian shop assistants spoke to me in English as I entered their shops.

My holiday in Italy also implies meeting friends for dinner and drinks, catching up with local culture and music, and enjoying the beautiful urban landscape that I miss so much: villas, castles, Roman monuments, and all the ancient details that make such a gorgeous scenery.

And, of course, there’s the fashion, and the shopping opportunities I make sure I don’t miss.

Here’s what inspired me this year, and what I bought.

garden door

Door to a public garden in Torri del Benaco

Il Laccio leather sandals

Il Laccio leather sandals


House with staircase in Verona


Boats at Bardolino port

White cotton tank, TFR cropped jeans, Diesel scarf.

White cotton tank, TFR cropped jeans, Diesel scarf.


On a private beach in Riccione, sunbeds are aligned and ready for the next morning

Kontatto maxidress

Kontatto maxidress


My cone of “bacio” ice crem, at Gelateria Patagonia


Walking over the beautiful Castelvecchio bridge in Verona

Neoprene clutch (at Il Laccio Verona), Zara maxiskirt

Neoprene clutch (at Il Laccio Verona), Zara maxiskirt


Opera props stored in front of the Arena of Verona

Flavio Castellani jacket; Il Laccio high-heel sandals

Flavio Castellani jacket; Il Laccio high-heel sandals


Sunset on a private soccer field