It is that time of the year again when I get to pack my bags and head off to the fashion city of Milan to mingle with other fashion lovers like myself and attend a myriad of fashion shows and presentations by various designers. I do this to get a sneak peak of the looks months before they hit their stores, I get a lot of inspiration by the creativity and passion shown by these talented brands and of course I get to share them with you through my blog so it’s not only in my eyes and in my head that my experience stops. This week I’m off to Milan again so if you wish to experience this with me, simply follow me on Instagram Stories @grazielle, Facebook at Blog by Grazielle and here on my Blog page.
Photos: Justin Ciappara
When I was in Milan last in September, I was honoured to have received an invitation to this fashion show by the brand Curiel. The plan of these photos was to share them on a fashion magazine but for some reason this didn’t happen, so I thought I would keep them and share them at an appropriate time – like now 😉
This brand is something extraordinary and the creations you see are the ones that make you dream about fairy tales, prince and princesses in beautiful castles, they are the designs you expect to see on bright stars on red carpets or singers on stage in theatres worldwide. These creations are very popular in not only Europe but also in Asian countries. In fact at the fashion show, I sat alongside Asian celebrities. Each piece is unique with handmade finishes and I just want to say once again that it was such a pleasure to see them up close and personal like this.
Thank you CURIEL for this. It was my first experience at a haute couture show and it gave me so much excitement about fashion and art, it instilled more courage to keep doing what I love. This brand reminded me that when you have big dreams, you don’t have to worry about how they will happen but you just have to give it your all and keep working passionately from the heart.
About CURIEL the brand
The origin of Curiel was an atelier in Trieste, Italy, opened by Ortensia Curiel, who devoted herself to showcase the elegance and timeless beauty of ladies in the late 19th century.
In 1945, Gigliola Curiel, the niece of Ortensia Curiel, brought Curiel to Milan. The simplicity and delicacy of Curiel made it a huge immediate success and was famous and popular among the upper class world widely. As the pioneer of Made-In-Italy fashion designer, Gigiliola has brought Curiel to La Scala, one of the most notable theatres in the world. Her most well-known design ‘Curielini’ revolutionised the way ladies dressed at the time.
Gigliola Castellini Curiel, embarked on a journey in line with her cultural heritage and the extraordinary professional matrix of her mother, Raffaella Curiel. After completing her education at Milan’s Bocconi University and the Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design in London, in 1998, she launched her own ‘Gigliola Curiel’ prêt-a-porter line, which is extremely young and feminine, and is synthesis of a traditional style in which fashion is synonymous with class, culture and refinement. Currently, Gigliola is established all over the world with her collection, following an internationally recognized style.
Today, Curiel ladies are still working on the design of haute couture and high-class prêt-a-porter in their boutique in Milan, and they attend the AltaRoma high fashion show with their sophisticated designs every year. Among the distinguished loyal clients are the wife of the former president of Egypt Mubarak, the wife of financial magnate George Soros, and, many first ladies of Italy. Some clients have been loyal clients of Curiel for more than 60 years.
Photos by Justin Ciappara