CLEARWATER, Fla. – The luxury Italian fashion brand, GIOFFRÈ, and Villa Bellini restaurant in Clearwater kicked off Gioffre’s seasonal fashion launch with spectacular style Thursday evening. The event was filled with fashion, fine Italian food, wine, cocktails, deserts and live music.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, traffic on Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater between U.S. 19 and McMullen Booth Road nearly came to a halt as limousines and exotic cars pulled into the parking lot of the beautifully remodeled 1929 building, which used to house Tio Pepe.
More than 300 guests wearing suits, tuxedos and gowns for the “creative black tie” dress code waited briefly in line next to Ferraris and Ducati motorcycles for the fashion show and culinary experience, named The Fairest of Them All. During the event, GIOFFRÈ showcased their autumn and winter collection, with over 40 new styles on a white-carpet fashion runway.
Attendees met with Angela Gioffrè, fashion designer and founder of GIOFFRÈ, and sampled fine Italian cuisine prepared by Ciro Mancini, executive chef of Villa Bellini.
Additionally, the renowned artist, Dick Zimmerman was on hand to exhibit his paintings. Zimmerman has painted portraits for Salvador Dali, Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta, Tom Cruise and many others. His newest art features exquisite jewels mixed into his paintings, but he is perhaps best known for creating the album cover to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
“The event went extremely well and we received positive feedback from the attendees,” said Erika Ceruti, brand manager at GIOFFRÈ. “We want to thank all of those who made the event possible and are looking forward to putting on more events like this.”
The event was sponsored by duPont registry, Euro Cycles of Tampa Bay, PureLife medi-spa, A+P Designs, FLöK by Bekim, Dana Dineen Floral Design, NARACAMICIE, OKYANOS Cell Therapy, Sir Dudley’s Custom Clothier, Brian James Gallery Photography, LED PRO event services and Judge Public Relations.
GIOFFRÈ was founded in 1977 by Angela Gioffrè in the heart of Milan, Italy. Since the beginning, the brand has focused on combining high quality Italian fabrics with timeless cuts and perfect silhouettes. Because we adhere to impeccable attention to detail, GIOFFRÈ has become internationally renowned for our custom made and bespoke services. Our fashion experts help guide each client through choice of fabric, cut, lengths and fit that are perfect for their wants and desires. GIOFFRÈ has store locations in Milan, Italy, Ponte Tresa, Italy and Clearwater, Florida.