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Kenzo Beach Party at I Cinque Fiori – Bari, Puglia, Italy

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What do you get when you mix a cutting edge brand that’s stood the test of time with an innovative Italian fashion emporium set in the heart of Puglia? One hell of an amazing celebration of the art of fashion… Kenzo was the designer and I Cinque Fiori the host.

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I was flown over for the party and shown true Southern hospitality. The store itself is fashion nirvana. You have to experience it in person to fully appreciate it.  What the owner James Giovinazzo and his team have created not only that night but with his brand is sheer ingenuity.

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The custom built set in the massive grounds of the I Cinque Fiori boutique is one that I have never seen done by any concept store: an authentic sandy beach complete with beach huts, ice cream stalls, a Kenzo market stall and of course, deck chairs with a catwalk smack bang in the middle of it all. Disaronno cocktails and Cake Design treats were in abundance. Inside the stunning emporium, you could browse the latest collections of Carven, Mary Katrantzou, Leitmotiv, Opening Ceremony, MSGM, Celine and more. As well as the new designers chosen this season – was happy to see Manoush in there.

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Natasha Slater and the Visentin brothers

Queen Anna Dello Russo was in attendance wearing Kenzo and rocking those Tom Ford gladiator metallic gold boots I would sell my soul for (Rihanna has already rocked them in the nude colour). I discovered that ADR was a native of Bari. That didn’t surprise me at all as the women of Bari have spectacular style and glamour.

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Anna Dello Russo and guests

The models rocked the catwalk in the SS13 collection as did a lot of key people in attendance, with a fantastic DJ set that was full of party bangers.

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Miguel Angel Hervas Ruiz

My friend Sarah said that she thought Italy was in my blood, and that I must have been a princess of Italy in a former life. I imagined how wonderful that would be. We were all made to feel like Princes and Princesses that evening. The children running around carefree, top models and IT girls from Milan and Europe, sophisticated ladies and cool artisans all having a ball on what was a beautiful balmy summer’s night.

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Party girls

Bari is an unsung fashion hero in Italy. It’s giving Milan a run for it’s money and there is no one in the world that does an event quite like I Cinque Fiori and you know I’ve been to a few..

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Miki Gorizia, Vito Montedoro, Claudio Daloiso and me

24hrs was way too short a stay in Bari. The experience and the sand between my toes was a tantalizing tease… I will, without a doubt, be back for a longer ‘beach’ holiday – very soon.

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Photo credit: Lucia Corsaro Monteleone

Until next time…

Stay karma, stay happy.

- Camille Adomakoh

Photo credits: Vito Montedoro and Karma-Style



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