CELEBRATING TRUE ITALIAN STYLE SINCE 1890
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MONICA BELLUCCI:

THE QUINTESSENTIAL ITALIAN WOMAN 

The last true Italian Diva, one of the most beautiful women in the world, heir to the style of great actresses such as Sophia Loren and Silvana Mangano has just turned fifty. Monica Bellucci is the quintessential representation of the italian woman, with her voluptuous pin up curves, seductive femininity and a passion for lace dresses and acessories that leave nothing to chance. A look that at the same time sext and chaste, and that characterises the muse of great directors and celebrated designers alike. In defiance of the movement that places younger women as protagonists, our Monica was chosen for the big screen as 007's latest Bond Girl, and we will soon see her in all her splendour at the side of the young Lea Seydoux. Why do we like her? Because she is a true woman, that accepts the passing of time with grace, without the help of botox and without renouncing style. This makes her even more beautiful. We present four ways to understand and intepret Belluci's style at every age. 

- in your twenties at the first stages of your career: focus on minimal chic with black fitted dresses and trouser suits. Yes to low necklines, avoid distracting jewellery. 

- twenties to thirties, spent with the Vincent Cassel years: the 'passion' era is characterised by red carpet looks that include long shiny satin dresses in bold colours, like purple, magenta pink and burgundy, paired with t-bar sandals or vertiginous high heels. 

- thirties to fourties, the 'romantic' era: marriage and a career that is taking off are combined with a style that focuses on a pastel colour palette. Lace is ever present, and Monica the Diva wears long confetti pink, blush and blue dresses, with small gold and silver clutch bags, loose hair and perfect make-up. 

- fifties are the new thirties according to Monica: a chic and sensual touch still charaterizes her style, whilst deep necklines and bold colours are replaced with fitted lace dresses. A retro look that is influenced by the 50's, with long dresses and flared skirts, often in floral prints. Heels as high as ever, and a clutch bag is always essential. 

Cover credit: Runway Manhattan

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