28-Jun-17 17:31. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Fashion designer Laura Biagiotti RIP

Fashion designer, Laura Biagiotti died at the age of 74 due to complications following a heart attack. She was defined by the “New York times” as the “Queen of Cashmere” for the use of this precious wool in many of her garments. She was also one of the first fashion designers to put on a fashion show in China and in 1995 she was the first to have a show inside the Kremlin in Moscow.


28-Jun-17 17:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Big increase in Italian Blue Flag Beaches

Liguria in northwest Italy is once again the region with the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in 2017. The international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has revealed the chart of Italian beaches awarded with the “blue flag” 2017. The total number of resorts in Italy to be given the prestigious eco-label for cleanliness and sustainability rose this year by 49 beaches more than last year. In 2017, for the 30th edition of the blue flag beaches report, Italy's total has risen to 342 beaches, a full 5% of the worldwide total. Launched in 1987, the FEE's Blue Flag programme uses strict criteria on water quality, environmental education and management, safety and services to monitor sustainable development of beaches and marinas worldwide.


31-May-17 13:01. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Matteo Achilli - The Italian Mark Zuckerberg?

A young Italian entrepreneur, the 24 year old Matteo Achilli has become a celebrity for his start-up “Egomnia”, a social network to connect Italian Bocconi University graduates to the world of work. "The Start-up," was turned into a recently released film, celebrating the success of the “Italian Mark Zuckerberg”. The film caused further reflection and journalists’ investigations on Matteo Achilli's story which cast new light on his allegedly extraordinary success.


31-May-17 12:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Canale 5 in prank furore

Italian media are more often attracting criticism from the public. This might be due to an increased awareness of sexism and violence towards women, a much discussed problem in the last years. This time the centre of polemics was a “prank” shown on an Italian talent show, which caused the indignation of many people and the reaction of an organisation campaigning against sexual violence. The organisation called for Italy's politicians to introduce comprehensive ethical guidelines for media.


12-May-17 16:22. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Blue Wine Anyone?

Blue wine? Why not? A mix of Curacao (a liqueur flavoured with the dried peel of the Iarha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao), peach and prosecco may be sold in the next months in Italy. The reaction of wine purists was harsh as they said it was an insult to national tradition.


12-May-17 16:20. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Report says 21% of Italian Women are victims of abuse

According to Istat, the Italian statistics bureau, twenty-one percent of Italian women (more than 4.5 million) have been victims of abuses including degrading and humiliating sexual acts, unwanted relationships, violence, abuse or serious physical harassment such as rape or attempted rape. More than one million have been victims of the most severe crimes: 653,000 women were raped, while 746,000 have suffered attempted rape. In 13.6 percent of the cases, the perpetrators of gender violence on women between the ages of 16 and 70 are partners and former partners. About a third of the female population have suffered a form of physical or sexual violence in their lives.


12-May-17 16:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Wine Slavery in Italy?

Italian wine comes at a price! After a grape picker’s death in Apulia, more than 40,000 women were discovered working in vineyards in conditions that have been described as “modern slavery”. Italian and immigrant women were preferred to men because of their small and quicker hands.


07-Apr-17 15:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy leads Europe in renewable energy

Italy is leader in Europe when it comes to renewable energy and solar power in particular. Every town in Italy can boast at least one source of renewable energy. According to data published by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office over 17 percent of Italian energy comes from renewable sources. This proportion places Italy 13th out of the 28 member states. By the end of 2015 Italy was already ahead of its target for 2020. Together with Italy also Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland, and Sweden have already reached their targets.


07-Apr-17 15:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

New law aimed at tackling Italian poverty

A new law aimed at tackling poverty, with a particular focus on assisting families with young children will come into force in the next few weeks, having already received approval from the Italian Senate. The Italian government has allocated €1.6 billion to the project in 2017, which will be distributed among those in need. Funds are supposed to rise to €2 billion in 2018, taking into account EU contributions.


14-Mar-17 13:03. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Milan Fashion Week Winter Autumn 2017

Milan fashion week has just presented its Winter-Autumn collection. Let’s have a look at next year’s must-haves. First of all, even if you don’t have long model thighs you’ll be wearing “Cuissardes” thigh-high boots in velvet and leather. Everyone will also be dressed in extralong dressing gown coats in black, grey, camel or red, as they were proposed by Max Mara, or in paisley and embellished with fur. In alternative, there will be hood capes with precious embroidery as they were presented by Alberta Ferretti. However, oversize duvet jackets will be the big protagonists of next winter. Red will be the dominant colour for day and night clothing and accessories. On the catwalk, red was used as total look for Fendi and Max Mara or just as a hint for Emporio Armani. Be ready for shoulder pads as they are making a comeback from the 80’s. Velvet will be used not only for elegant suits and party dresses but also for daily sporty clothes. Clothing and accessories will be sparkling and glittering due to materials with metal reflex and crystal applications. T-shirts, sweaters, duvet jackets and coats will have writing on. We’ll see also oversize sleeves enriched with decorations and velvet turbans with floral prints and lurex strings.


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