Luisaviaroma’s Gala Dinner

A toast to the opening of Tech Dreamers Inspired by Swarovski

In the late 1800s, architect Giacomo Roster created a spectacular iron and glass hothouse as a grand venue for major exhibitions and events. The result was the exquisite Tepidarium—or “Crystal Palace”, as it’s known—located in the Orticultura gardens in Florence. Over a century later, on a starry winter’s evening, it provided a magical backdrop for a glittering gala dinner in honor of a group of creative visionaries every bit as ambitious as Roster. Hosted by Swarovski and LUISAVIAROMA on January 9 to kick-start Tech Dreamers Inspired by Swarovski, a Who’s Who of fashion faces were illuminated by flickering candlelight refracted romantically around the glasshouse.

The famous Italian concept store’s twelfth edition of its fashion showcase, Firenze4Ever, took place from January 9–11. This year, it included an exhibition of some astonishingly future-forward creations. The ‘tech dreamers’ of the show’s title were, in fact, thirty of the world’s most exciting designers. Each fused imagination with reality to create a stunning collection of limited edition pieces for sale in store and online.  

It was an illustrious gathering at the celebratory gala dinner: Cesare Casadei, Vivetta, Elena Ghisellini, Giancarlo Petriglia, Benedetta Bruzziches, Mirko Fontana and Diego Marquez of au jour le jour were there. So were Anton Heunis, Maria Francesca Pepe, Eduardo Caovilla, Antonio Marras, Maria Sole of Les Petits Joueurs, Marco Mencagli of Marmen, Roberto Ferlito of Schield, and Ilenia Corti of Vernissage. Glossy magazines in attendance included  La Repubblica, Elle, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Gioia, Flair, Ming Weekly, Madame Figaro, Puretrend, L’Officiel, Cosmopolitan, Flaunt, E! and Mffashion. Bloggers and fashion and style influencers were out in force, including Peter Xu, Natalie and Dylana Suarez, Jo Bargioni ( Shopstyle Head of Business), Shannon Mahoney of PurseBlog, Markus Fowler and Daniel Frank of Men With, Jacky Jin, and a representative from Sina Weibo, among many others.  


Video: Alessandro Moggi