My view from my apartment every day
Sorry I havent updated you guys, but I had to travel over 26 hours and then get over all of the jetlag, find my classes, and also find how to get to Balenciaga my first day.
I am taking Beginning Italian and Visual Merchandising through Palazzi. I absolutely love both classes! For my visual merchandising class we took a tour of a department store called “Luisa”, I would say the equivalent would definetly have to be Barneys or Neiman Marcus. The store was absolutely amazing. The clothes are displayed in numerous ways ranging from mannequins to T-stands. My favorite room of the display definetly had to be the shoes. The shoe room had famous italian designers ( such as Gucci, Ferragamo etc) and other amazing brands. The room each displayed the shoes with abstract mannequin hands in the center of the room, with others hanging from the walls . For me, a shoe addict, I was on the verge of tears from the creativity put into the displays.
In Beginning Italian we have a quiet but adorable instructor, he contantly makes jokes and seems very upbeat and relaxed. Our second class he took us to the central market of Florence to learn different types of food and costs. The market was HUMONGOUS. A girl from University of Miami and I both tried pastries with apricot filling inside. It was one of the best desserts I have had in a while.
For all of you fashion addicts , I watched an amazing documentary Gucci : The Director Frida Giannini and fell in love . It follows the life of Frida Giannini, the current Creative Director of Gucci, to show what her position entails and how she has influenced the designs, fashion shows, and the company itself . I absolutely love the runway shows in the documentary that incorporate an aspect of dark romanticism . Part of the documentary is filmed right outside of Florence at the Gucci Headquarters……. Right across from where I will be interning . Hopefully luck will be on my side and I won’t sound like a complete moron if I ever ran into her .
Countdown : 42 hours until my flight!
I think I have packed my entire closet for my Florence trip and for my experience in the fashion industry. I went a little overboard and found 3 incredible dresses from H&M and a pair of asymmetrical point toe pumps from BCBG that I can use as options when I start going to Balenciaga. I’ll arrive in Florence on Sunday and will start with Balenciaga on Wednesday ! I can’t sleep because of how excited I am.
I am so incredibly excited! In 14 days I will be going to Florence, Italy to study Visual Merchandise and Display and Beginning Italian through the Florence University of Arts. During this trip I will also be shadowing an executive at Balenciaga to further my education in fashion. If anyone has any suggestions of what to visit in Florence or around Italy please don’t be shy to make suggestions! As you can imagine, I will annoyingly be posting daily pictures of all of my adventures and experiences.