Italians are not only known for creating beautiful clothing, but also wearing it. Both Italian men and women possess a certain something that makes the rest of the world want to replicate their style. Historically, this isn’t a new concept, and to show you just how fabulous Italian style is, we’ve chosen three of our most absolute favorite women that live up to this every day.
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Sophia Loren isn’t just someone with great taste that happens to be Italian — she is a vintage icon. Frequently dressed to emphasise her tiny waist and showcase her decolletage, her style was (and still is) very glamorous and confident. Even at 82 years old, she exudes beauty and style. Landing her first acting role at 15 and becoming an international moviestar a few short years later, Sophia Loren soon became a household name that represented Italian beauty in the 1950s and 60s. She was the first Italian woman to win a major Academy Award in a non-English speaking role and a few years later received a second nomination. She truly was the first woman the world took notice of as an Italian with unmissable and enviable style.
Style is literally in Margherita Missoni’s blood. She is the granddaughter of Ottavio Missoni — the founder of Italian fashion label “Missoni”. The Missoni brand helped to define the ready-to-wear clothing industry in the 1950s and didn’t take long to become an international sensation. Just like that of her famous family’s fashion house, Margherita’s personal style is all about pattern and texture. She once described her taste as “classic, distressed and passionate.”
Margherita has since become the face of multiple Missoni campaigns and contributes to the brand on the design team. She always radiates Italian style and has been called one of the world’s most beautiful women by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
Alessandra Mastronardi as Francesca in Master of None
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Alessandra Mastronardi had a lengthy Italian acting history before becoming known as “Francesca” on the popular series, Master of None. Francesca acts as a love interest for the main character, Dev, played by Aziz Ansari, but our favorite part about her role is her wardrobe.
Francesca’s style in the show is so incredible that online media publication, Racked, recently sat down with the show’s costume designer, Dana Covarrubias, to get some insight. As it turns out, all of Francesca’s looks were inspired by Italian actress Monica Vitti. One of Monica’s best known roles was in the movie L’Avventura where she wore a gorgeous polka-dot dress. The show recreated this look along with an unforgettable spotted headband that Francesca wore in her first scene. If you’re familiar with Master of None, you know this was a big fashion moment.
Francesca’s emulation of Monica is absolutely timeless and made up of chic staples. Other outfits throughout the show were inspired by popular silhouettes and patterns worn by Monica Vitti in the the 50s and 60s. Now we know why we’re so obsessed with Francesca’s gorgeous style — it’s the perfect combination of modern and vintage-inspired Italian!