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Some Like it Hot

January 31, 2012

Ciao!  True to schedule I’m writing you on a Tuesday morning procrastinating the impeding homework of the day.  But who cares about that part anyway?  What is really swimming through my mind this morning is Ferragamo, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, and Prada.  Yes, I am in love with Italian fashion history.  I have purposely morphed most of my class

Ferragamo shoe worn by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot

projects into discovering the effect of fashion on political and social culture and have never had more fun researching.  This past weekend I experienced one of the most creative fashion centers of the world…Florence.  Leather and fur markets, dreamy department stores, and couture window displays epitomized my trip.  Unluckily, or luckily depending on whom you ask (*ahem* dad) I had no credit card with me on this trip.  To say the least, I will be going back with Visa in hand, but regardless I was able to scrounge the well worth it 5 Euro to explore the wonders of the Ferragamo Museo.  I am inspired.  Fascism and its effect on modernist art and innovation in the world of fashion were evident in this beautifully crafted museum.  I did not get the chance to check out the brand new Gucci museum though, just giving me one more reason to go back to Florence.

The Duomo in Florence

I stared at the majesty of the Duomo in Florence while treating myself to a gelato.  It is one of the most aesthetically pleasing buildings I have ever seen.  The colors and attention to detail make it a splendid center of town.   Just beyond the Ferragamo museum, the Arno River and its decadent bridges left me even more in love with Florence.   The food was true to Italian gusto although I have a guilt ridden secret to share.  I did in fact eat dinner at the Hard Rock Caffe in Florence. I know! Awful! But, if I didn’t get some American food pronto I was fearful of pizza and pasta override!  Needless to say I will not be quoted in the next Food and Wine about the fine cuisine of Florence but hey, the burger was damn good.

Peace.Love.Shoes.

Christine

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