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Hop on your Vespa! (October 27, 2006)

Chinese fingercuff: The East Meets West fashion show will feature works of designers from the High School of Fashion and Design of Naples. — Photo courtesy Italian Embassy
Young Italian designers promise to draw a flood of spectators to tonight’s fashion show at Ha Noi’s Daewoo Hotel, to witness a world of Italian fashion quintessence, which has long been famous for its elegance and style.

The show, entitled Dall’ Occidente All’ Oriente or East Meets West, organised by the Italian Embassy and Les Bros, kicks off Italian Culture Week.

East Meets West will embrace more than 60 impressive costumes in Ago Go collection inspired by the endless trips of Wilma Traldi and Nadia Ciani. Each detail in the design tells an interesting story with lots of novelties that the designers gained from their experiences. Spectators will be surprised at the designs in which a bottom turns out to be a top or to find a fried egg pattern on a sleeve of a formal shirt.

As the name of the show points out, the fusion of East and West is manifested in the collection of 10 talented young designers from the High School of Fashion and Design, in Naples. The 50 designs are inspired by Oriental style, with a pinch of Italian mischief.

Also on display is a collection of luxurious and chic Vespas’ from renowned scooter brand Piaggio, long considered a representative of Italian fashion and culture to Vietnamese people. The collection will feature cotton pull and polo shirts with the chic Vespa apple-shaped symbol, the image linked with Piaggio’s revolutionary advertising campaign in the 1970s. Containing Vespa’s traditional colours such as white, deep blue, plum and light blue, the collection also contains overcoats, woollen caps, visored hats, ties and scarves for men and women.

The collections will be shown by Vietnamese models, under supervision of Italian designers. The show starts at 6pm by the swimming pool of Daewoo Hotel.

Viet-Art centre follows the fashion show with a contemporary art exhibition and contest Viet-it! 42 Yet Kieu Street in tomorrow night. Scheduled to start at 6pm, Viet-it! will present installation, performance and visual art works by young Vietnamese artists whose inspiration come from Italian Pier Paolo Pasolini’s poem about his relationship with his mother, Plea To My Mother.

A jury will choose the best creation and the winner will receive a fellowship to continue this cross-culture experience in Italy.

The night will continue with DJ performances from DJ Binh from Dragonfly and DJ Y, a common spinner at Ha Noi’s New Century Discotheque and HCM City’s Q Bar. Admission is free.

A discussion about Italian journalist Tiziano Terzani, one of the most prestigious European correspondents, will be the third event of the Italian Culture Week. Terzani died of cancer in July 2004 after spending most of his life in Asia, including Viet Nam. Terzani was one of the reporters who stayed on after the liberation of Sai Gon, today HCM City. He painted a picture of the transformation of the city in the book Giai Phong (Liberation).

The discussion will be held at 6pm on Sunday, at the Goethe Institute, 56 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, with participation of Italian/German journalist Angela Terzani Staude and film director Mario Zanot. During the meeting Zanot will present his documentary on the last interview with Terzani a few months before his death. The seminar will be in English with Vietnamese translation. Entrance is free.

The Italian film festival will introduce three of the best Italian movies of the past few years. The movies portray three little "heroes" facing the challenges of growing up. The films also highlight the often tumultuous relationship between parents and children.

Hanoi Cinematheque, 22A Hai Ba Trung Street, at 7pm, next Monday will screen the film Once You Are Born You Can No Longer Hide, by Marco Tullio Giordana. Next Wednesday and Friday will be The Keys to The House by Gianni Amelio and Mario’s War by Antonio Capuano respectively.

The movies will be screened in original language with English subtitles and Vietnamese dubbing. Tickets will be available at the Cinematheque about an hour before screening.

The Italian Culture Week will close next Thursday, with a special Italian night at the Italian Ambassador’s residence, with a fashion show displaying Italian-Vietnamese fashion house Casa d’Oriente and a collection from Vietnamese designer Do Minh Ngoc. Participants will enjoy an opera performance by soprano Vita Motta and tenor Gia Hoi as well as pianist Ton That Triem and other Italian specialities. — VNS

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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