Love of all things Italian No.7: Italian fashion

Apologies for being a tad late with my 7th tribute to Italy. Number seven in my tribute series to all things Italian, while they fight the Coronavirus, is to Italian fashion.

Be it ladies fashion with Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Ferragamo, Missoni, or Versace, and this goes on and on, or mens fashion with Brioni, Ermengildo Zegna, Canali, or Armani, they’re all world leaders in their field of fashion.

Findings the right photos for this Italian Fashion post is tough. Here’s the best I can do.


Doreen Tipton is wonderfully rude in her humourous video

Gosh, I laughed at Doreen Tipton’s video new radio programme, Isolation Station. For those that don’t know, the accent and references to place names are from the West Midlands – Wolverhampton, Tipton, Wednesfield, Bilston and the like.

Why do I find this video especially funny, well, I’m from Wolverhampton – many years ago of course. But, roots are roots, and I like mine. Doreen Tipton is, by the way, the doyenne of Black Country humour, and the flag is the flag, should you be curious, of the Black Country

Love of all things Italian No.6: Italian automotive design

This whole week has been me seeing the parlous state of Italy with the Coronavirus, and how I can show my support for them by recognising their contribution to world culture.

Here’s number 6 in my list of good things Italy has given us. It’s Italian automotive design, be that on four wheels or two.

Who can resist the visceral pull of a red Ferrari or red Ducati motorbike. Not me. The UK is also a centre of automotive design excellence. Competition is healthy, with Italy being the home  world’s most famous car brands, including Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lamborghini and Maserati, along with Ducati and MV Augusta and other in the two wheel world.

Love of all things Italian No.5: Italian coffee culture

I’ve said in the last four days that Italy is having a tough time with the coronavirus, and that I can show my support for them by recognising the contribution of Italy to world culture.

Here’s number 5 in my list of good things Italy has given us. It’s Italian coffee culture. It’s surely no surprise that cups of coffee have Italian names, such as, Cappuccino: equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk, Caffè latte: espresso with more steamed milk and less foam, Latte macchiato, or plain Espresso.

The Italian coffee culture is described in How to Drink Coffee Like an Italian, and 101 Facts About Italian Coffee Culture.

Love of all things Italian No.4: Classical architecture

Italy is having a tough time with the coronavirus. I can show my support for them by recognising the contribution of Italy to world culture.

In this, my fourth in the series, is that their classical architecture has given to world culture. I could choose Filippo Brunelleschi’s iconic dome of Florence Cathedral completed in 1436, or any work by Andrea Palladio, but my choice is  The Pantheon in Rome.

The Pantheon is one of the most admired ancient buildings. It was built in the time of emperor Hadrian and completed in 126 AD, and never subsequently structurally altered. The dome, with it’s opening at the top [called an oculus] is an engineering and archtectural marvel. The Pantheon has an entrance portico with eight corinthinian columns under a pediment, through a vestibule leading to the rotunda, a coffered dome constructed in concrete. [Both images from Wikipedia]

Love of all things Italian No.3: Art

I’ve said of this series, it’s beacuse “Italy is going through a tough time. and there’s little I can do to assuage their present troubles. What I can do is thank them for all the things they’ve given the world, and think good thoughts about them”.

I thank Italian culture for what they have given us. Today, the third in my series, it’s art. There’s so much to choose from. I could choose the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, or The Last Judgment by Michelangelo, but no, my choice is The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. I’ve gazed at the painting in the Uffizi Gallery, and once seen, never forgotten.