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La Vendemmia 2016, The World’s Finest Wine and Lifestyle Experience

October 6, 2016

img_4619La Vendemmia 2016, The World’s Finest Wine and Lifestyle Experience

Milan’s Vendemmia is the most exclusive “Wine/Fashion” event of the year. It’s an honor to attend, and a key opportunity to explore the new wines available on the market as well as to see the new winter collections in the Golden Quad.


Castello Di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012, Melanie Payge & Emanuela Stefanelli (Hospitality, Retail and Wine Club Manager)

The first stop was Boutique Roger Vivier, their lovely 3 story shop in Via Sant’Andrea 17.

The Mazzei Winery was founded in 1435 and is still run by the same family, that is 24 generations!  Very much an Italian Icon from Maremma Tuscany.

Mazzei chose to present Castello Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012 at the Vendimmia because the grapes come from their best vineyards consisting of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Colorino and Malvasia Nera. It is produced in limited quantities and bottled only in the best years. It has one of the highest classifications and is considered a “Super Chianti Classico”.

See their website for more info:

Fideli and Casale Del Giglio


Mirko Celani, Brand Ambassador Casale del Giglio & Melanie Payge

Mirko told me a lovely story about Casale del Giglio.  The Santarelli family took over a swamp land in Lazio, near Rome, and cultivated it into a Vineyard. The first family to dominate the “Laziale” wine market.

The wine they presented at the Vendemmia is Mater Matuta (85% Syrah and 15% Petit Verdot).

It was very fun to see Mirko tying to give an interview and serve hundreds of guests at Fideli, the most crowded of all boutiques.  Congratulations!


Fendi serving Verve Clicquot Rosé  Denise Carni, Fur Expert & Melanie Payge with Monster Bags


Moncler serving Tenuta San Leonardo Melanie Payge, Paolo Riva & Samantha Riva. We very much enjoyed this exquisite wine


Salvatore Ferragamo Donna and Il Borro, by far my favorite wine, or could it have been, the ever so handsome man serving the wine 🙂

Sara Gerardi, Director of Sales, told me an interesting story about how the tunnels that exist in the wine cellars led to the main villa.  Can you just imagine what was going on in the Midieval times? 🙂

It would all be said by Galileo Galilei, “Wine is the sunlight, held together by water”.

The amazing dark purple wine is 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet, 10% Syrah and 5% Petit Verdot.

Compliments to Il Borro!

Sponsors for the evening Christie’s Charity Auction “Italian Masters” and Onlus

Tom Ford 2017 Winter Collection

September 27, 2016

Tom Ford !!   What a talented man!!  First, he completely put Gucci back on the map. Then opens his own “Super Luxury” bespoke mens wear label, which was closely followed by his ladies wear collection.


Melanie Payge with Model in Ostrich feathers & Sequence 2017 Winter collection NY runway

Out of nowhere, for his second film he was awarded the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize for Nocturnal Animals, La Biennale di Venezia’s 73rd Venice Film Festival .

Doesn’t he look marvelous in his own suit 🙂

Along with all this happening, he is still young and gorgeous.


Of coarse I’m mainly interested in his new collection, so, we will head back to the Milan Boutique which is showing us the runway “looks”,  not even 24 hours after the catwalk intro in New York.   image

This year there seems to be a whirlwind of themes in most designers’ collections.  Tom Ford is not to be excluded,  one aspect of FW2017 is full of sequence and elegance which dominates his red carpet (or traditionally known as “Black Tie” (ironic term for ladies wear)) collection.

Very inventive and creative use of fur: mink, beaver, fox etc. in various colors alone or mixed.

right Tom Ford Model in sequence halter dress and fur coat. left Gloria Magni, fashion journalist, Pam Bianco




The 70’s my friends, yes the 70’s.  See the quilt-like patchwork leather jacket just behind me? Yes the 70’s, but with the addition of the pink fur collar to make it 2017.

The collection is also full of his tailored suits and sexy backless dresses. Tight skirts in heavy wool with leather bondage type fasteners. Elegant and cool ……New and retro.

Gloria Magni, fashion journalist, Pam Bianco, Egle Zvairaityte, Tom Ford Sales Assistant Via Verri Milan, Melanie Payge.

Montenapoleone Accessory Tour

September 7, 2016

Beginning of September is all about bags and shoes, as if that’s something all girls don’t dream about, you too? We have something in common. After spending the weekend at MICAM, I get an invite to 3 locations in Via Montenapoleone, again who could resist?



Melanie Payge and Stuart Thom of Ainsley-T Shoes (NSFW) 

NO words PR put together a fun and informative “NO WORDS ACCESSORY TOUR SS17” presenting new inventive and creative ways to match food and fashion.
My first stop was Montenapoleone 19 at “Ristorante Doriani” offering an aperitivo buffet with yummy little treats. After a glass of prosecco we toured the Piccadilly Brazilian brand embodying waste-free, sustainable, eco-friendly comfort.

The collection has 4 categories, we begin with 70’s a retro aspect but not vintage looking (maybe my favorite look). Next was the ethnic look, typically Brazilian with colorful fabrics and natural fibers Third is the “Inventive vibration” in other words minimal. Last of all we come across the “Revisited Tradition” where their storic collection joins youth.


Melanie Payge with inventor Toru Itoi and GM Kifu Kotaro Hosokawa

Off to MN 13 where we are spoiled by “Bàcaro di Sambuco’s” Italian delicacies and introduced to the newest in Japanese technology, a sort of paper shoe but not really. Using Abaca Fibers, Toru Itoi, invented Magical Washi canvas.


If this innovative material gets wet, it dries within seconds which keeps your feet dry at all times, weather it be perspiration in Summer or humidity in Winter. So once again Italian Tradition joins Tecnology, Arrezzo based shoe maker “Calzaturificio Fratelli Soldini” launces “Kifu’s” first collection.


Melanie Payge @ Studiofinorossi

Last stop on our tour is Studiofinorossi, Montenapoleone 1, where our beautiful purple haired Veronika explains the intricate handcrafts by Laboratorio Toscano using exotic natural hides for their luxury line and traditional soft nappas for the younger designs.
Definitely something different and new!


PIN-UP Stars – Sexy Launch

May 20, 2016

And The party begins: Press office Blu…. Ready for  “PIN-UP” Super Stars to arrive.

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Francesca & Silvia – BLUE PR – Via della Moscova 46/9A, Milano

Opening Super Sexy – especially as Chiara Biasi is launching her sexy young bikini line


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Melanie Payge & Chiara Biasi


Look at these beautiful young sexy sales girls, who could resist buying a bikini form one of them, favorite in denim bought by my friend Francesca Francone Maitreya – Very Sexy !!

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Founder of PIN-UP Stars, Jerry Tommolini American in Italy 35 years, Congratulations, (I’ve only been here 25 🙂 Jerry is also the creative director and  owns numerous locations including Milan and San Tropez. Great “sexy” success to come his way !!

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Luciano Boschetti, Melanie Payge, Jerry Tommolini, & Staff

The Pin-up brand is entirely hand crafted and made in Italy, Emilia Romagna.
Filmmaker/Artist, Luciano Boschetti, explained to me the how the incentive comes for Jerry’s artistic culture. Pinup star

Enjoy some of the scenes from the Store Event:

Andy Warhol polaroids are on sale as well!  My favorite Keith Herring !! Love Him!!

Fashionably Yours,

Melanie Payge