Ilaria Urbinati was born in Rome and raised in Paris. She started out in fashion at eighteen working for her aunt, designer Laura Urbinati, growing to become a buyer and manager for Laura’s West Hollywood boutique. During her 3 years at the store, Ilaria helped make the store a fashion icon — it was the first store on the west coast to carry designers like Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons and Helmut Lang. From there she became the buyer and manager for Satine, where she helped transform that store into a Los Angeles hotspot by introducing brands like Stella McCartney and Roland Mouret, while throwing events that drew top celebrities and industry tastemakers. She continued on to buyer and manager of Milk, where she again traveled to fashion weeks in New York City and Paris to secure the up and coming trends for the boutique. In the fall of 2008, Ilaria opened her own store, Confederacy, where she served as COO, co-owner and buyer. The store was an instant success, catering to prominent celebrities and musicians in addition to the growing fashion scene in Los Feliz. Her increased demand from freelance and celebrity clientele skyrocketed, and she made the decision to close the store at the end of 2013.
Along with her retail experience, Ilaria has achieved great success in design collaborations. Her Eddie Bauer Limited Edition by Ilaria Urbinati garnered rave reviews from top men’s outlets and all but sold out. It was so successful that they created a follow up collection for women set to launch Fall 2017. She also co-designed Rebecca Minkoff’s women’s line for two seasons, as well as styled her runway presentations. Prior to that, Ilaria teamed with Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes to create a limited edition line of suits. The line was written up in every major men’s magazine including GQ, Details and Esquire, in addition to being the most prominent line worn by Ryan Gosling’s character in the feature film Crazy Stupid Love. There was such a demand that the line sold out almost immediately, prompting Ilaria and Albert to collaborate on a second season, which also quickly sold out.
Ilaria’s impressive client list reflects her keen eye and unique talent. Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans, Casey Affleck, Armie Hammer, Rami Malek, Riz Ahmed, Joel Edgerton, James Marsden, Shailene Woodley, Lizzy Caplan, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nina Dobrev, Krysten Ritter, Hannah Murray and Jenny Slate are just a few of the celebrities who rely on Ilaria for their major press tours and photo shoots. Since establishing herself as a force within the industry, top magazines and photographers began looking to Ilaria for their shoots and campaigns. Ilaria styled fashion stories for American magazines like W, ELLE, InStyle, V Magazine, and Lucky, as well as international publications like M: Le magazine du Monde, Citizen K, i-D, and InStyle UK. She has collaborated with photographers such as Ryan McGinley, Carter Smith, Norman Jean Roy, Mark Seliger and Guy Aroch, among others. The press also took note of her talents, writing profiles on her in W, ELLE, TIME, WWD, Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Style.com, E! Online and Good Morning America, to name a few.
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