Italian fashion comes to Beaver Creek |

Italian fashion comes to Beaver Creek

Sarah MausolfVail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyModels will sport Florence-based designer Ermanno Scervinos winter collection at Food, Wine & Fashion of Florence.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado You clicked your Gucci heels three times but sadly, this failed to transport you to the shoe companys home.Dont fret: Fashion-conscious locals can gawk over collections from Florence, Italy, this week in Beaver Creek. No passport necessary.A fashion show will be part of Food, Wine & Fashion of Florence, the first of several events that are part of Bon Appetit magazines annual wine and food festival in Beaver Creek.Expect to see models draped in Ermanno Scervinos winter collection cruising down a V-shaped runway inside the Vilar Performing Arts Center. About 30 pieces ranging from coats to dresses will be on display.The show will epitomize Florences affinity for luxury, Tony ORourke, executive director of the Beaver Creek Resort Company, said. After all, the city is nearly bursting with shops dedicated to Gucci, Prada and Chanel.Its not just about fashion, but its about the whole brand of Florence, ORourke said, adding that Beaver Creek cultivates a similar image. We believe Beaver Creek, as great as the skiing and snowboarding is, its also about the lifestyle and Florence, I think, epitomizes luxury and adventure in the area of food, wine and fashion.The foodSpeaking of adventures in food, five chefs will share a distinctly Florentine menu. Chef Fabrizio Innocentis Tuscan chestnut crepe will dare you to imagine yourself inside the Grand Hotel Firenze, a palace overlooking Florences River Arno. Then again, you might prefer to transport yourself to the elegant Ora Daria Ristorante by snacking on the cod-filled ravioli with chicken liver and vanilla.ORourke said he and colleagues toured a variety of restaurants in Florence before inviting the five chefs to Beaver Creek.The good news? We never had a bad meal, he said. The bad news? It was hard to decide, so thats why were hoping this is going to be a very good relationship with more chefs on the menu because the food is truly an art form and everywhere we went was fabulous.

To complement the food, you can sample five wines from southeastern Florence. Historically, the somewhat obscure Chianti Rufina region produced mostly red wines but it recently branched into whites, said event organizer Roseli Riva, head of staff for the mayor of Pontassieve, a municipality in Florence. That explains why most of the offerings are red while two varietals The Fattoria di Lavacchio and Marchesi de Frescobaldi S.P.A. are whites.The idea for Food, Wine and Fashion of Florence came about last March when ORourke met the mayor of Pontassieve during a visit to Beaver Creek and the two decided to form a partnership between their respective towns.If youre looking to do some armchair traveling to Florence, Riva said the event will expose the secrets of the city.Though Florence is famous as the birthplace of the Italian renaissance, she said that spirit of creativity is evident in modern food and fashion.High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 748-2938 or

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