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The 68 Sanremo Festival, music, flowers and fashion

by Cristina Rizza
The Sanremo Festival has just ended, but what remains of this 68 edition of the most anticipated music festival in Italy?

A victory of Fabrizio Moro with Ermal Meta conquered hard, but in the opinion of the most deserved, guests and performances loved and hated (like any self-respecting show) but even more than them the aesthetic debate was triggered by the clothes of the presenter Michelle Hunziker, between necklines for some vertiginous for others perfectly worn and nuances that reminded of the colors of the fruit and vegetable world. But let’s go to order with all the designers (mostly Italians) who have dressed this festival. 

Ermanno Scervino baptized the Festival by dressing Caludio Baglioni and Michelle Hunziker on Monday during the press conference. Claudio Baglioni chose a light gray suit paired with a matching turtleneck sweater, while Michelle Hunziker wore a checkered double-breasted suit jacket in cotton and linen with a military-inspired guru collar, paired with a poncho overcoat double wool. Two sober and “managerial” looks that inspired the imagination for the style of the first evenings.

Michelle Hunziker debuts on the stage of the Ariston with the clothes of the Armani Privèe collection: a black velvet dress with a deep neckline and long sleeves, decorated with ton sur ton stones on the wrists; followed by a long dress embroidered with black polka dots on black tulle. For the finale of the evening, the presenter wore a dress composed of bustier and soft gold skirt with embroidery of crystals and light gray crinoline lace.Michelle Hunziker in Alberta Ferretti, Claudio Baglioni in Ermanno Scervino, Nicola Favino in Salvatore Ferragamo. Sanremo 2018 (photo by Angelo Trani)Queen of Alberta Ferretti‘s late evening looks: it starts with a purple silk dress with a wide skirt, followed by a tulle dress with embroidery and then a short silver dress with charleston-inspired fringes. Again a total black enriched with pleated flounces in ton sur ton tulle and a long red dress with an American neckline. And here is the long-awaited Trussardi during the third evening: little neckline studied despite the long sleeves for the first black dress with siren, which did not dress well the decollete of the presenter.

Second dress a black and white suit revisited with a wide skirt, half siren, third choice a pink dress that made us return to the festivals of the ’90s, with plunging backs and tulle flounces on the skirt, hoping that the Trussardi looks were not recommended by Hunziker’s handsome husband, the third evening was a flop in terms of fashion._0_michelle-hunziker-moschinoBack to the light with Moschino for the fourth evening, total black for the revisited suit and the tulle dress with the asymmetrical skirt. Black jumpsuit with a wide fuchsia satin bow and to finish the festival’s most discussed dress: purple hues for a dress that perhaps wanted to remember the floral world of Sanremo. Armani again for the last night, with a black bodice with precious embroidery and a wide pleated skirt, bright gold for the tight-fitting dress worn perfectly by Hunziker and back to black for the grand finale: a bright dress slipped with a straight neckline, enriched from a silk chiffon shawl.Claudio Baglioni, Michelle Hunziker in Giorgio Armani Privè, Sabrina Impacciatore, Pierfrancesco Favino in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture . Sanremo (photo Angelo Trani)Pierfrancesco Favino, who excited everyone during last night’s performance, all Italian choices: Giorgio Armani for the two Made to Measure tuxedos worn during the early evening the first black and the second with a bottle green jacket, Salvatore Ferragamo during the second evening, followed by Ermenegildo Zegna, and Dsquared2 for the fourth evening. Pierfrancesco Favino concludes the festival with a tuxedo with a white jacket and a classic total black, both signed by Zegna. Silver accessories throughout the festival were signed by the Nove25 brand and IWC watches. The artistic director and conductor Claudio Baglioni chose to wear Ermanno Scervino tailor-made clothes. The Tuscan designer has created for the Roman singer a wardrobe specially designed for the different moments that have seen him protagonist on the stage of the Ariston. In addition to the classic plain black tuxedo, Claudio Baglioni wore jackets, all with a shawl collar, characterized by colors and special workmanship, including white, red in iridescent silk and midnight blue with embroided all over embroidery. All the tuxedos were also embellished with a twin closure completely hand embroidered and illuminated by small lurex interventions.

Among the most particular looks are the dress with wool and silk jacket embroidered opalescent effect with military-inspired decorations and interventions of carpet stitching and the suit with jacket inspired by the cadine’s dress. “For me it is an honor to dress Claudio Baglioni for an important occasion like the Sanremo Festival, the for. I studied a special wardrobe for him, revisiting the classics of the masculine tradition in a modern way “. Declared the designer. Ermanno Scervino was also signed by the duet Baglioni and Antonacci, the first with a suit with a shawl collar embellished with embroidered cordonetto on the sleeves, while Biagio Antonacci chose a dark blue suit with lapels and side band of satin trousers, combined with a shirt white tuxedo, double-breasted waistcoat, tie and black lace-up.

Armani also for the long-awaited Laura Pausini during the Saturday evening, with a long-sleeved black lurex dress. Fiorello, Gabriele Muccino and Giampaolo Morelli, guests of the early evening, wore clothes from the Giorgio Armani collection.

As a bride Nina Zilli, for the first evening of the Sanremo Festival, the singer wore a white silk dress, during the second evening corset and long skirt in silk taffeta with floral appliqués, all from the Vivienne Westwood Couture collection.

Creations by Antonio Riva for Ornella Vanoni, for all four evenings. Palace trousers with fluttering layers of light fabric combined with asymmetric neckline blouse with toes, in rigid fabric and long sleeves. All the looks in different materials and nuances reflect in the lines, volumes and details the personal vision of the stylist made of geometric concepts, cuts and structures that underline his training as an architect.

Patrick Benifei of the Bluebeaters dressed Alberto Guardiani, also during the DopoFestival, as Mirkoeilcane, with a pair of black laces, on the occasion of his debut evening. Ron and Francesco Sarcina choose to walk on the red carpet with Gianni Gallucci Atelier‘s shoes, during the first red carpet. Gianni Gallucci Atelier shoes were worn by Ron and Francesco Ciarcina during the early evening.

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