January 23, 2009

From the Ashes of Pompeii

What comes to mind at the mention of Pompeii? Ruins? A city buried by volcanic ash? A movie entitled, "the Last Days of...?" But how about a fashion designer?!

Indeed, the city of Pompeii has become birthplace to one of the youngest emerging designers in the Italian fashion industry, Francesco Scognamiglio. He's 33 years old.

Having collaborated briefly with Versace in the 90's, in 2001 Francesco made his first debut in Milan with a angelically fashioned women's line that accentuated sensuality and the bare back. However, it was not until last year that Francesco rose to fame when he was contacted to outfit the fashion angel, Madonna, for her new video "Give it to Me."

Inspired by the mystique of his hometown, Naples, Italy, Francesco recently presented a 15-piece menswear collection for the fashion house Allegri at Pitti Uomo 75 in Florence.

Francesco Scognamiglio reveals that the secret to elegance in menswear lies in the accessories.

I must have been about 8 years old the first time I went to Pompeii, and a movie was being filmed with actors dressed in full Roman garb and all! Here's what I remember!

Photo from Fashion Times.

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