Sarli Couture and Arthur Arbesser shows at AltaRoma in Rome. By Glenn Belverio

Above: Santo Spirito in Sassia, a communion-wafer's throw from the Vatican, is a splendid location to take in fashion shows.


Dear Shaded Viewers,

For Spring/Summer 2014, the Sarli Couture collection was inspired by the tones that inspired the landscapes of Claude Monet—liberal strokes of a nature’s bright sensations.

Gone was rigidity, and in came fluidity. A richness and variety of textiles and processing techniques were at play.  At night, everything takes on a dreamy aura.

After the show, the entire design team took their bow on the runway, to a standing ovation. (The head designer, Carlo Alberto Terranova, had officially resigned the day before the show and his team designed and re-did the collection at the 12th hour. It all came together without a hitch. Well done!)


Even though the founder of the brand, Fausto Sarli, passed away in late 2010, his signature architectural flourishes, such as this outsized ruffle, live on.







All of Rome was waiting to see if journalist Rebecca Voight would reprise her Diane Keaton look for 2014. They were not disappointed!


 We were all mad for Natasha Slater's bone-motif skirt. The British publicist has a popular fashion site in which, among many things, she interviews fashion people in bed. This of course reminds me of Robin Byrd's notorious in-bed interview with Jeff Stryker. I guess it's not really the same thing, but you know how my mind works.


We loved this furry creature of glamour.


 Loved this fashion-show attendee. Roman women are absolutely FEARLESS when it comes to mixing prints! Take note, annoying hipsters, this was done without irony! She was also wearing a fab bright orange coat but I didn't get a good photo of the entire ensemble.


Proving that Rebecca Voight is on-trend, Austrian designer Arthur Arbesser was inspired by a young Diane Keaton for his F/W 2014-15 collection. Also: London, the Vatican, the army, Joy Division, unrequited love, night-clubbing and dangerous youth gangs.

Arbesser was winner of the 9th edition of Who Is On Next, the scouting project organized and developed by AltaRoma in collaboration with Italian Vogue.

The collection is mix of androgynous lines and feminine see-through fabrics, with a strong accent on prints and surfaces. The fabrics are a daring combination of Made-in-Austria Loden, fake astrakhan and pony skin, transparent silk organza and gold glitter techno materials.






Thanks for reading.


Glenn Belverio


Glenn Belverio

Glenn Belverio is a writer and New Yorker. He has been reporting for ASVOF since 2005 and currently works at The Museum of Modern Art as the Content Manager for MoMA Design Store.