Renato Balestra Alta Moda show at AltaRoma. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio




Above: Renato Balestra at the close of his show; fans outside the show; the AltaRoma wrap party at Santo Spirito.

Dear Shaded Viewers,

This is my first wifi-equipped flight and I am posting this report 30,000 feet above Oklahoma as I hurtle toward Denver for a luxe weekend of yoga at Red Rocks and spa treatments at the Four Seasons Denver which has been organized by Core Power Yoga, Kelly Cutrone and People’s Revolution.

AltaRoma more or less came to a close last month in Rome with a rather entertaining haute couture event at Santo Spirito in Sassia–the Fall 2014 collection from 90-year-old Italian couturier legend Renato Balestra. There were shoulder pads, voluminous layers of Duchess satin, La Vie en Rose on the soundtrack, grande dames dripping in jewels in the front row…and none other than Suzy Menkes, having a hell of a time. “I was reminded of Yves Saint Laurent back in the Eighties. But it was fun to see real Roman society – and you don’t even get that kind of couture audience in Paris any more,” the legendary fashion scribe wrote on “Long may Renato Balestra reign over Altaroma. And 100 years is only a decade away!”


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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.