Luisaviaroma Firenze4Ever diary: Day 2
Florence has the best breakfast of her life, shadows an Asian popstar on a shoot, takes selfies with Luisaviaroma's CEO and sits through a very dramatic dinner
I woke up bright-eyed and refreshed after a much-needed night's sleep. I was definitely no early riser (jet-lag's the excuse and I'm sticking to it) so I only had a half hour before breakfast service ended. No matter, because making it to breakfast at all was the best. Decision. Ever.
Breakfast at Hotel NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa (Photo: ELLE Malaysia)
The NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa hotel website describes its buffet breakfast as a "lavish spread" and I definitely wasn't going to argue with that. If I daresay, this was most amazing breakfast spread that I've had in my life – shout-out NH Collection Porta Rossa! Countless rounds of parma ham and rock melon (light of my life, fire of my loins!), Caprese salad, schiacciata Toscana (Tuscan flatbread) dipped in extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plus a glass or two of Prosecco later, I finally dragged myself out of the breakfast room and made my way over to the Luisaviaroma store.
The first order of the day was to shadow Chinese pop star and fashion princess, Momo Wu (who rose to fame after being the runner-up on The Voice of China) on her Luisaviaroma Style Lab shoot. A Style Lab shoot is where fashion influencers construct three different looks using items from the latest Autumn/Winter 15 collections available at the Luisaviaroma store, then take street style shots against a backdrop of Florence landmarks. It was a rainy afternoon that day, so we had to scrap all plans of shooting outdoors. As an alternative, her team decided to shoot at the very charming and eclectic Soprarno Suites hotel in the heart of Florence's 'Left Bank' instead.
The cut-out ceiling frescos at Soprarno Suites (Photo: ELLE Malaysia)
A lovely floral Lanvin dress, worn with bare feet, was Momo's pick for her first look. I couldn't help but notice how well the vintage décor of the bedroom – with its warm lighting, soft ivory colour scheme and gorgeous cut-out ceiling frescos – complemented the old world charm and rose brocade design of her dress. After playing the romantic, Momo switched back into her typical edgy, rocker mode with a head-to-toe Moschino look paired with some sick Giuseppe Zanotti Design kicks. Finally, it was a Alexander Mcqueen shirt, Lanvin skirt and quirky yet sleek lipstick-heeled Alberto Guardiani black patent leather pumps that capped off her shoot. Oh, the things we would do to get our hands on, or rather, feet in those heels!
Momo Wu during her photoshoot (Photo: ELLE Malaysia)
After we wrapped up the shoot, it was back to the Luisaviaroma store where I managed a quick but delicious lunch of cheeses (I still have burrata and stracciatella dreams today) before getting busy for the rest of the afternoon. I sat down for a chat with Momo, shot a few quick scenes for an interactive video that Luisaviaroma was putting together for the event, did some fashion blogger spotting (hello Aimee and Dani Song! Hello Zanita!) and even got the chance to interview and take selfies with the main man of Luisaviaroma himself – Andrea Panconesi.
A selfie with Luisaviaroma CEO Andrea Panconesi and his daughter Annagreta (Photo: ELLE Malaysia)
Before long it was evening and time for dinner. This time, by the hills, in the Convent of San Matteo in Arcetri – a privately owned property that used to be a cloister for nuns who lived in seclusion back in the day. There was an unmistakable calm and serenity that could be felt in the air, but I could not be more mistaken to think that that would be the tone for the entire evening.
Convent of San Matteo (Photo: ELLE Malaysia)
As soon as we entered the main hall, we were faced with opera singing and a banquet table even grander than the one we dined at the night before. I must admit that it all felt rather overwhelming considering that this was my first time experiencing a live opera performance in such a theatrical set-up much less. After such an intense dinner, I could not help but to collapse into bed once I got back to my hotel room. Another hectic day in Florence awaits tomorrow!
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