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Creativity navigates the glistening waters of fashion

Venice is a thing of beauty. It conjures up the imagery of a fabulous fashion world. The lagoon city, with its universal heritage of art and culture, takes centre stage in October at the Venice Fashion Night, a must for anyone wanting to try out the extraordinary side of fashion in a mesmerising setting.

When you talk about one of the most beautiful cities in the world you have to wonder at art and humanity, and you must create a dialogue between the urban space and the talents that inhabit it. It’s all too easy to fall prey to prosaic statements. The beauty of the Serenissima – loved and flogged by millions of tourists every year – is not self-perpetuating. The complex relationship between fashion and Venice is a long standing story. It starts in innovative fashion schools and projects itself in the future by highlighting above all the stunning network of workshops and fashion makers in the city. A city where everything is beautiful and accessible is simply overwhelming for millions of tourists and experts alike.This is why, from 22 to 29 October, Venice hosts an event that leads us by the hand to discover the hidden soul of a city that sometimes, fortunately, remains outside the circuits of mass consumption. The night of fashion is above all a journey into all-Italian creativity that aims to make of Venice the city of talents.

The Venice Fashion Night, after its acclaimed success of 2015, has grown into a week of events and meetings aimed at showcasing Venice’s creative richness. A host of open workshops – atelier aperti – will allow you to see first hand the creative neighbourhood around the lagoon area, with meetings and installations in the studios and meet the designers themselves.

The route starts from the Tessuti Luigi Bevilacqua manufacturers, who have been making silk velvet with antique looms since 1499, a premium fabric that is used by the the creme of the crop in the fashion world. Theatre and music performances are scheduled throughout the week to tell visitors the history of the Rialto bridge and to bring back the tabarro to Piazza San Marco, in the Gran Caffè Quadri.

As a grand finale, eight catwalks on 29 October will be held in exclusive locations such as the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, which has recently undergone renovation at the hands of archistar Rem Koolhaas and will be housing an eclectic event comprising high-end fashion, ultimate tailoring techniques and luxury brands.

From 6 pm on, music, performances and previews of the new collections will alternate throughout the town to celebrate the creative Venetian style. For one night fashion will become an excuse to discover Venice under the nocturnal colours that will be filling the Laguna, giving way to a new day when the sun rises on the Piazza San Marco.

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