Florence Trendforecasting

The LdM Fashion Department offers a rare, yet essential course called trend forecasting for fashion and design students. The course explores the complexity behind the trend forecaster profession while it also analyzes the multiple variables that are examined and heavily weighed when determining future trends. Professor Livia Quaresmini believes that to just lecture her students…

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Silk-Screened Masterpieces

(The top floor of the atelier, where designers come to print and showcase their lovely works of art) La Serra MK Textile Atelier is where Mimi Furaha and other artists come to transform plain boring surfaces into intricate works of craftsmanship. This greenhouse was transformed into a studio just six years ago in hopes of…

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Fashion Forward

(The four “states of mind” compass that make up the predicted macro trends for spring/summer 2018) Fashion is an ever-changing culture. One may say it is impossible to predict what the future of fashion has in store, but according to Silvia Llamozas, a fashion forecaster for WGSN, there are four macro trends for the spring…

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Architect and Fashion Majors are Cut From the Same Cloth

The fashion and architectural design departments of LdM decided to join forces by creating a project called Urban Fabrics. The project’s goal was to have architect and fashion majors collaborate together to evolve inspiration from a certain Florentine piazza and create digitally printed scarves. The pattern of each scarf was represented through certain color schemes,…

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Snake, Lamb, Crocodile: Artisanal Leather Crafting

by Brandi Stawicki Tucked away in the urban maze that surrounds the Ponte Vecchio, there is a small leather workshop, called “Infinity Leather.” It’s a hidden gem attracting students, locals, and retailers alike seeking handbags, belts, and accessories made by hand with a meticulous attention to detail and a whole lot of love. We visited the 40-year-old…

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Travelling the world with Fabric Styling

“I love your dress, is it shibori?” said a student, running into her classmate at the LdM cafeteria. It was ikat, but they bonded anyway. Knowledge of these traditional dyeing techniques has become so essential nowadays that you simply cannot have a fashion-forward conversation without someone mentioning “tribes” at least once… Nothing escapes cultural appropriation,…

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Made in Italy: la famiglia

From class trips to the Gucci Museum, through leather workshops with Florentine artisans, to simply observing the Italian street style, Fashion students at LdM have ample opportunities to better understand this deceptively simple phrase: “Made in Italy”. It means attention to detail, it means craftsmanship, it means la bella figura. It also means the power…

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Take a Look at Flo

by Nicole Kawahara The Fashion industry is a fast-paced world, filled with beautiful garments and brilliant shows. How can LdM Fashion students, as the future of the industry, make a contribution to the world? Flo Concept store might be the place to find an answer. It offers an opportunity to go beyond the surface of the…

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