Just got back from Bulgaria and Italy.
I just got back from Bulgaria and Italy. Had a great time but then, I always have a great time when I travel.
In Bulgaria, other than to take care of family matters and my father, I was on a look out for hand embroidered and hand woven antique blouses. This time I had no success in finding pieces that were good enough to become part of the ZVEZDA’s collection. My contact ladies and collectors didn’t want to part with the pieces I liked. They all said that what I wanted was very hard to find these days in Bulgaria for I wanted the best and the best was disappearing. Hopefully, they will have some pieces for me by my next trip there in fall. So I just brought back pictures from my beautiful country.
Bulgarian roses in an old house in ancient city of Sosopol on the Black sea.
To save some money, for the airplane tickets in Europe are crazy these days, I drove from Bulgaria to Italy; 1100 miles one way. On the way there I stopped in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.
Here, by the city cathedral; dress, hand bag and scarf, all from the ZVEZDA’s collection.
Once in Italy, I went first to Milan where I had numerous meetings with fashion designers. Again, I was to get in trouble and buy everything. After I exercised some restrain, I limited myself to buying the really beautiful and easy to wear pieces by Atos Lombardini. What I liked about their collection was the 60’s and 80’s look with a new, modern twist and the silk jerseys that they used. Classy, sexy, stylish and so Italian! Think of summer in Sardinia and Jacky O in Capri.
To complete “THE LOOK,” I accessorized the collection with great sandals and belts shown below, which I found in Florence.
One of my designers from Milan put me in touch with great shoe designers there. Florence, being the center of the leather industry of Italy, has a lot to offer when it comes to beautiful leather pieces. And they will be soon starting to compete with Ancona on the shoe market as well. Being in Florence, I had to make my pilgrimage to the Duomo; it’s a way too exquisite not to see again.
From Florence I went to Ravenna to meet with some fabulous hand bag designers.
Their Jute clutches with crystal stones and stones covered with black chiffon blue me away. The pleated silk and hand woven leather clutches are extraordinary.
Here, dress, sandals and hand bag, all from our new Italian collection. The hand bag is hand woven and is simply magnificent and perfect for summer.
When I got back in LA I found the previously ordered Sari dresses in white cotton jersey already in from India. We’ll include those in our forthcoming 10th of July “ITALIAN SUMMER IN LA” event.
We’ll show our ATOS LOOMBARDINI collection with the amazing hand bags and shoes. And in appreciation of your support, ZVEZDA will have the pleasure to offer you these fabulous collections at prices much better then any SALE around.
In addition to the fantastic prices of our New Arrivals, on 5th of July we will start a PRESALE of Rajeshpratap Singh, Janavi and Susana Monaco pieces, jewelry from Jaipur and scarves. You will be able to save up to 55% in addition to the already reduced prices. Bottom line, lots of work ahead of us but all very exciting!
Be well and hope to see you soon at our next event on July 10th 2009!