Fashion Biography

Anna Molinari, Fashion Designer

1977 Anna Molinari and her husband Gianpaolo Tarabini establish Blumarine. Blumarine makes its debut at Modit. First Fashion show is held in Via Manzoni in Milano presented to an international audience.

A new collection is added to the existing brand, Miss Blumarine for girls between 6 and 14 years of age. A year of major growth for the company and the beginning of a licensing phenomenon.

Helmut Newton, one of the greatest photograohers of all time, interprets the Blumarine image, creating on of the brand"s best and most prestigoius campaigns. At this time, the brand created by Anna Molinari together with her husband and children, is continuousely expanding. It boasts 600 stores worldwide and a 20%, and growing, export rate, two showrooms in Miland and New York, seven single brand boutiques in Milan, Bari, London, Singapore and Taipei as well as two shops in Hong Kong. Two new lines now join Blumarine, Anna Molinari, currently designed by Mrs. Molinari"s daughter, Rosella Tarabini and the younger, ready to wear line Blugirl, for teenage girls. Anna Molinari presents her creations on the catwalks of New York, Tokyo and Nagoya.

The company boasts over 700 retail outlets and 46% of overall revenues are due to exports. New single brand shops are inaugurated in Osaka, Tokyo, Lisbon and Seoul.

A new strategic corner in the Zap Megastore in Gelleria Passerella inMilan is inaugurated on March 1st for Blugirl line; this young dynamic space offers a mix of cutting edge brands in the clothing and accessories sector. The company is experiencing a period of rapid expansion. In April, single brand boutiques are opened in Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia and in Taipei. The Autumn/Winter collection advertising campaign, by the young photographer Tim Walker, and interpreted by the truly exceptional model, Jasmine Guinnes, presents the Blumarine world ingeniously and imaginatively, through its new philosophy, intermingling beauty, glamour and fun. A new licensing contract is signed for the production of the Blumarine lingerie line.

The new millennium sees the opening of three boutiques, respectively in Venice for Italy, and Hong Kong and Taipei for Asia. In February, during the A/W 2000/20001 shows, the luxurious diamond "cardigan, Blu vipis inaugurated. It is a one of a kind piece, embroidered wiwth diamonds and trimmed with real pearls at the currs, which Blumarine and Nimei La Perla created especially for this occasion. In November Anna Molinari is in Seoul to present her new 2001 Spring/Summer collection.

Opening of the new single brand Blugirl boutique in Forte Dei Marmi. In August a new single label store is inaugurated in Tokyo. In concurrence with the opening of the new boutique, an exhibit of the best Blumarine advertising campaigns from 991 to today, was held featureing: Albert Watson, Helmut Newton, Jurgen Teller, Ellen Von Unverth, Peter Lindberg and Tim Walker photographing Carre Otis, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Carla Bruni and Monica Bellucci.

Entrance into China: the new Blumarine, Anna Molinari boutique opens in Beijing. The blumarine and Blugirl collection are carried inover 1,000 retail outlets, including selected boutiques and shop in shop solutions in the most prestigous department stores in the world. September sees the catwalk premier of the Blugirl line in Milan, a ready to wear collection for teenagers which is met with considerable success of both publics and critics. In November a trip to Japan: Tokyo and Taipei to host fashion shows of the Blumarine and anna molinari lines with broad coverage and positive reactions by the local press and media.

January sees the official inauguration of the hotel touring of Carpi, owned by anna Molinari"s family. The minimal chic interiior decor, with warm colors in the public areas and pastel tones for the gues rooms, relect all of the charm and attention to detail, which are typical of Anna Molinari"s Style. Her son, Gianguido coordinated the refurbishing and is currently in charge of running the establishment. SPAZIO Blu, a new company for the production of Miss Blumarine (clothing and accessories for girls aged 6 to 14 years), Miss Blumarine Jeans and Blumarine Baby (children"s clothing aged 1 to 8 years) lines, was created from the merger of Spazio Sei Fashion Group, producer of Blumarine"s girl"s collection and Blufin, brand owner.

In January at Pitti Uomo in florence the new Blumarine Men"s collection is presented, produced under license by GRUPPO FRARICA of Carpi. Blumarine enjoys enormous success in the USA: Neiman Marcus in San Francisco and Saks inNew York devote their Spring/Summer 2004 Shop windows to Blumarine.

In March, two Blumarine single brand boutiques are inaugurated in Saint Tropez and Dubai. In November the offical debut of the Blumarine watch collection, produced and distributed under license by Global Watch Industries, at Luminal in Milan, with journalists and VIPS. La Stella, the cutting edge of the Blumarine collection, is made of zicons set in a five pointed watch face.

In january a ndw Blumarine shop ipens in Florence, and Capri. Following the death of Giampaolo Tarabini, the role of Blufin CEO has been taken over by his son Gianguido. His daughter, Rossella Tarabini, deisgner of the Anna Molinari collection has been nominated Creative Director for the whole Blufin brands.

In January, the new collection Blugirl Follies is born, made by licencee Spazio blu. Its trademark denimware, enriched with casual details.

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