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Versace fashion is regarded as a pioneer in international fashion.
Born in 1946 at Reggio, Calabria in Southern Italy, Gianni Versace got his love for fashion from his mother. Initially a trained architect, he followed his mother’s footsteps towards the fashion industry and worked for several of Italy’s fashion houses. In 1978, Versace launched his own label with the support of his brother, Santo.
Versace combined high style and pop culture. He is known to be a charismatic and established designer for clothes and theatre costumes. His creations were influenced by Andy Warhol with a hint of historic designs and modern abstract art.
Gianni Versace’s designs are a fusion of class, beauty and sexuality. He was described as a notorious designer. He startles people’s senses with his creations. For Versace, nothing is too extravagant, too provocative or too crazy. His garments are designed to flatter the body.
The name Versace is the personal choice of personalities like Elton John, Madonna and the late Princess Diana. Elites are drawn to his collection which further established his reputation. However, not all of his clothes are for the wealthy. Even average people can have a taste of Versace’s fashion.
It was in 1985 that Istante label was created. His sister, Donatella, became his co-designer. They launched Versus, a Versace diffusion range in 1989. These clothes are for the young market and are within easy price range for the average consumers.
Versace was awarded as “the most innovative and creative designer in the world” by Cutty Sark Award in 1988 and received an American Fashion Oscar in 1993 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
July 15, 1997 marked the tragic death of Gianni Versace. He was shot dead by crazed gunman Andrew Cunanan outside his South Beach home in Miami.
To date, Donatella, Santo and Donatella’s daughter Allegra run the business. Donatella had taken the brand to a different place from where it started addressing the other aspects of a woman’s life. Versace fashion is described as all-grown up and recognizes that not all women look like models.
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Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy
Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.
The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.
Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.
The Pax side of the Moon featuring Cesareo
Lombardia (Dicon tutti che sei mia) Quarantine Version - feat. Cesareo (Quarantine Version)