Italian couture: celebrating Gianni Calignano

There might be many facets to the Italian life-style and culture worth being experienced, but among them, the art of La Dolce Vita comes as an intriguing proposal to explore, breathe and live Italy’s mysterious and adventurous ways. When it comes to high-fashion, the Italian Haute Couture is equally exquisite and unconventional and Gianni Calignano knows just how to delight the senses through his majestic creations.

Photographed by Atif AbuSamra, “The Italian Job” editorial for Velvet Magazine is set in Lecce, the place where model Valeria Gaggiano introduces us to the continental beauty, all while graciously sporting Gianni Calignano’s (www.calignano.it) memserizing designs, true staples reflecting Italy’s signature refinement and grandeur. Feathers, delicate beads, gentle appliqués and striking prints join forces in reaching the couture destination. When faced with such delights, everything else fades, but not really.

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The Italian Job by Atif AbuSamra
The Italian Job by Atif AbuSamra
The Italian Job by Atif AbuSamra
The Italian Job by Atif AbuSamra
The Italian Job by Atif AbuSamra
The Italian Job by Atif AbuSamra
The Italian Job by Atif AbuSamra
The Italian Job by Atif AbuSamra

You can’t notice the imposing couture garments without taking notice of their surroundings, just as you can’t enjoy the beauty of the scenery without being enchanted by the same couture statements. The editorial is complemented by the impeccable styling provided by Natascha Hawke and Chantal Arora, alongside hair and make-up by Tonio and Gina Parrucchieri. To view the entire spread shot by Atif AbuSamra (atifabusamra.com) click on the thumbnails above and proceed through the gallery.

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Shaped by all things beautiful and feminine, Nicoleta Parascan’s first steps towards entering the captivating world of fashion were taken somewhere around the young age of six, when she received her very own first fashion magazine. Discovering an entirely new universe, filled with pretty ladies and beautiful clothes, there was not much able to ever beat or compete with the fantasy land that was suddenly opening up. Surrounded by books, constantly thinking about the next best outfit, in search of a signature style and defined by a nostalgic calling towards the past, Nicoleta believes in taking chances, in destiny and in building her own path in life. When she’s not writing, you can easily find her playing with her cat, reading an old book, watching movies, exploring the city or blogging her own daily adventures.