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I’m a sucker for diversity.

So I’m definitely happy about this new development.

Italian fashion house, Romeo Gigli, is hiring African designers with a dream.

They’ll be creating a menswear collection–which Gigli is developing to add “an international influence to its clothes,” according to a Reuters report.

When the six young folk from Ghana, Senegal and Kenya join the creative team at Gigli later this year, they’ll be hashing out a 2009/2010 autumn/winter collection.

It includes 25-30 pieces and will be called “Romeo Gigli Lab.”

The big collection reveal is set for January along and will be presented with Romeo Gigli’s featured collection.

The fashion house is also looking to hire aspiring designers from Jordan and China in the future.

 

 

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The Associated Press reports:

The devil may wear Prada _ but the pope does not. According to the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the bright red loafers that Pope Benedict XVI wears are not designed by the Milanese fashion house, as has long been rumored.

“Obviously the attribution was false,” the Vatican newspaper said in its Thursday’s editions.

“Such rumors are inconsistent with the simple and somber man who, on the day of his election to the papacy, showed to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square and to the whole world the sleeves of a modest black sweater,” it said.

Still, Benedict’s fashion sense has often drawn media attention.

Three years ago around Christmas, he showed up for his weekly public audience in St. Peter’s Square wearing a fur-trimmed stocking cap that could have passed for a Santa Claus hat. The hat, as it turned out, is a “camauro,” which dates back to the Middle Ages and figures in many papal portraits.

On a separate occasion, Benedict sported a sumptuous red velvet cape trimmed in ermine _ another piece of traditional papal attire that had long been abandoned.

L’Osservatore Romano said the pope’s interest in clothes has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with liturgy _ what symbolism traditional garments can bring to the Christian liturgy.

“The pope, therefore, does not wear Prada, but Christ,” L’Osservatore said.

Presidential Hopeful Inspires Donatella Versace

You should’ve guessed we’re not talking about Senator John McCain.

The Associated Press reports.

MILAN, Italy – The latest “first” for Barack Obama comes off the Milan runway.Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful “the man of the moment,” Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.”

 

Chatting with reporters in the cool of the garden of her private palazzo in downtown Milan at an after-show dinner party, the designer also had some fashion tips for the campaign trail. “I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt,” she said.

In fact, there were no ties in Donatella’s latest show, and shirts under jackets were either super easy with rolled up sleeves or replaced by a silk T-shirt.

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The latest designer to launch into the foreign cruise runway moment is Diane von Furstenberg.

And we ♥ what we’re seeing!

Yesterday, she staged a show in Italy’s Florentine garden as celebrity and sports greats mingled with Italian aristocrats.

According to Fashion Wire Daily, Diane’s drawing power was clear from the A-listers in the front row. Tony Parker and Eva Longoria sat between princes and princesses of the Corsini, Torlonia,Borromeo and Pucci family, along with Western Europe’s greatest dandy Lapo Elkann.

It being Diane, this cruise also attracted the great and the good of fashion media: Vanity Fair’s Elizabeth Saltzman, Suzy Menkes and Hamish Bowles, plus a smattering of designers – Christian Louboutin, Eva Cavalli and ever elegant Eric Wright.

[Image from Fashion Wire Daily]