Antonio Grimaldi presentation at Palazzo Besso for AltaRoma. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Last week in Rome, couturier Antonio Grimaldi staged his presentation in the historic 15th-century residence of the Palazzo Besso on Largo di Torre Argentina, which is also the headquarters of his atelier. The event paid homage to the palazzo’s patrons throughout history, as well as Leone Strozzi, the legendary collector who blessed the house with the collection of gems, marbles, coins, naturalia and books of antiquity.

The capsule collection, viewed as one ascended the grand staircase, was distinguished by embroideries and overlays. The ancient tones of the palazzo’s marble inspired Grimaldi’s palette: a sophisticated blend of soft tones ranging from powder blue to malachite green to ivory. Mermaid silhouettes, a lace bustier outlined in ribbons of ostrich, chantilly and guipiure lace, ceramic embroidery and Swarovski crystals….these are a few of Grimaldi’s favorite things.







We did love how this dress matched my Pierre Hardy trainers.


Baci, baci,

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.