Living Beauty & Fashion:

Fabiana Filippi

Photography by Sarah Elliott

Every day offers something different in the world of EyeSwoon. I am fortunate to have my hands in many different realms and I blissfully embrace my creative schizophrenia. One day I might find myself in the kitchen covered in flour as I develop a recipe, unglamorous but oh so much fun, the next morning I can be covered in dust on a construction site visit making architectural decisions, and just a few hours later I might lose myself in linens and ceramic pieces while designing a beautiful tablescape for a dinner party. The one common denominator is that aesthetics guide every creative decision I make. Beauty unites all of my disparate worlds – food, fashion, lifestyle, entertaining, and design and décor. I have the opportunity to dip my toes into a vast pool of creation and my guide is to approach all with an underpinning of sophistication.

When I was introduced to the Fabiana Filippi brand, its immediately apparent refinement drew me in. It became clear to me there was synergy in our worlds. The brand is committed to craftsmanship, a natural, elevated style, an attention to detail in choosing the finest raw materials, and eco-conscious, sustainable growth. The Spring 2017 collection is timeless and elegant with crisp, clean silhouettes — they are clothes the modern woman wants to wear.

The company history is rooted in artistry, and the brand sought to evoke a casual lifestyle feeling for its very first event in the New York market. The team asked me to dive into the DNA of the brand and design a cocktail party to celebrate the Spring/Summer 2017 collection. It was to be held at the intimate SoHo art space, the Michele Mariaud gallery. Our goal was to express the same breezy, colorful yet understated confidence in the space as existed in the clothing.

With this in mind, the gallery was transformed into a Fabiana Filippi-inspired living room. My plan in orchestrating the event was to complement the collection in each and every element. The nude and yellow palette of the Fox Fodder Farm florals echoed the happy-hued knits. The assortment of Italian canapés created by Beck and Call was directly inspired by the brand’s Umbria-based Italian roots. I was even able to work together with the gallery to choose the art cladding the walls, so that they properly set the light, bright and elegant Fabiana Filippi scene.

As creative director of the event, filtering the aesthetic through the EyeSwoon lens, I was able to exercise all that I love in the home and lifestyle space – selecting the décor, the furniture, the rugs, the art, and the food, and concepting details that made a big impact. Case in point – pianist Sugar Vendil treated guests to classical music as they arrived and the ever-talented illustrator Tricia Rudder sketched guests as they nestled onto the sofa with a glass of bubbly provided by Franciacorta, a luxury Italian sparkling wine. From the vision right down to the vino, I was drinking it all in. Like food, I’m convinced events just feel better when they’re made with love.

The one common denominator is that aesthetics guide every creative decision I make.
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