Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi hosted its annual Intimissimi on Ice show at the Arena di Verona in Italy on October 9. During the evening, British pop star Ellie Goulding performed a string of hits and world champion figure skaters – including Italy’s Carolina Kostner and Switzerland’s Stéphane Lambiel – took to the ice rink sporting glitzy costumes designed by American stylist Patricia Field.
Field, who rose to fame for her costume design and styling for Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada, spoke to us backstage at the event. She said, “When Intimissimi contacted me for the show on ice we’d already had prior communications and when they described the show to me I was like, ‘It sounds great!’ I suppose that in general, the biggest challenge was that we were designing in New York and we were sending the drawings and swatches back and forth. That was one challenge, the communication, but it worked out very well.
“Regarding the show itself, I would say that it was very important to show the lingerie because, after all, Intimissimi is a lingerie company and this is a show put on by them. I wanted to design the costumes in a way to feature the lingerie so you could see it. Intimissimi liked the idea and so it wasn’t a challenge. I design and I style but I also have a business, so I understand that point of view.”
Speaking later of her rise to fame, Field confided, “My main advice [for anyone trying to break into the fashion industry] is to know that you have a talent for it and that you love it. Like any industry, it takes time to build your portfolio and there will be some hard times, and if you don’t love it you will not get past it, so you really have to be honest with yourself that you want to do it because you love it and not because you think you think you’ll be famous or get more money. You have to feel it and have a passion for it, for whatever area of the fashion industry. If you’re feeling the fashion then you’ll be a success.” The night concluded with a glamorous after party at the nearby Palazzo della Gran Guardia, where red-carpet stars Irina Shayk, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Elisa Sednaoui mingled with VIP guests.