Style Encounter: Amber Rapicavoli
Amber and I met in a boutique in Wynwood. She has a style that makes her look comfortable as well as empowered; she is warm, and when she smiles, her face opens happily. She loves food – actually “good food,” and not to give it all away, I’ll tell you this: Amber is married to Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli so good taste, good food and good style are prevalent in her family.
Name: Amber Rapicavoli
FB – Generation? (I am not asking age, but the generation that defines her style.)
AR – I’ve always found the 1920’s very intriguing – a period of youthful rebellion, individuality and the raw energy of independence – and the fabulous flapper dress! But the 1960’s style generation inspires me most; where iconic fashion emerged from youthful rebellion – mod (sleek & stylish), rocker (leather-clad) and hippie (casual & undefined)!
FB – What brought you to Miami?
AR – Born & raised! What keeps me here — MI FAMIGLIA!
FB – Charitable, non-profit or philanthropic organization of choice?
AR – Many, but those organizations affiliated with fighting hunger and cancer hit closest to home. My family and I also actively support the Slow Food movement.
FB – Which article of clothing do you begin with when you get dressed? (People swear it’s their shoes, others the jewelry; we love variety and inspiration.)
AR – My outfit typically starts with my mood … and then my shoes.
FB – You have been living in Miami long enough that . . .?
AR – I forget we live in Paradise!
FB – If you were to move, what would you miss the most of Miami?
AR – The warm beaches and melting pot of food culture … especially Cuban cuisine.
FB – The book on your nightstand?
AR – I’m immersed in coffee and its culture right now … BREW by Brain W Jones and The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann.
FB – A food you can’t resist?
AR – Bread, cheese & olive oil.
Francesca Belluomini is a quick-witted fashion veteran and an unapologetic style savant. She has lived in Miami long enough to know not to blink when peacocks cross the street. She is originally from Viareggio, Tuscany, the same region where Marquis Emilio Pucci and Guccio Gucci were born.
With a degree in Fashion Sociology and a master’s in Mass Media and Communication from the University of Florence, foundations which formed her unpretentious taste, Francesca has dedicated her entire career to fashion and style, and life choices have led her to live in fashion capitals like Milan, Paris and London where she sealed her unmistakable knack for mixing sartorial garments, local market finds, and vintage.
People always complimented her chic style and wanted to dress like her. They admired her ability to put things together with a nonchalant elegance. Her book “The Cheat Sheet of Italian Style” offers tools for every woman to achieve this flair by adapting their wardrobes to the Italian style.
SocialMiami.com, CBS Local Miami, TrustedClothes.com and Italian e-zine www.DDmag.it are some of the latest publications that have enjoyed her sharp and witty fashion writings. You can find her on www.FrancescaBelluomini.com where she voices her thoughts in a more intimate and personal manner.