A few years ago, while shopping for resort wear in Capri, I discovered the most exquisite beach hat I had ever seen. I had to have it! The owner of the store explained that it was designed by a young fashion designer from Rome, Gemma Del Vecchio. Gemma has a home on Capri and we made arrangements to meet. Gemma, who is only 30 years old, is already well on her way to becoming a star in the world of Italian fashion. She was a finalist at the XVII Concorso Nazionale Moda Giovani Stillisti, and she has already presented her own couture collection at “Alta Moda” .
Gemma’s hat starred in Picky and Pushy’s impromptu photo shoot in the lobby of The Grand Hotel Quisisana. I paired Gemma’s hat with a Chanel bathing suit, Chanel jacket, and pearls. I love my hat! I always try to connect with Gemma when I am in Rome. In January, 2014 we were lucky enough to meet her in the penthouse of Rome’s Sofitel Hotel for cocktails and a private tour of her show, “Papuasia’s Shadow”. Keep your eye on Gemma. She could definitely become the next Valentino or Frida Gianinni. The clothes she designs are beyond beautiful.