Dear follower friends,

It’s been more than one month since I have written… please excuse me but for a year I have been fighting against a tumor and every now and then this “inconvenience” that lives in me continues to attack me and I must utilize all the strength I have to fight and defend myself from it. It takes almost all my strength to overcome this battle and I am left with little to write. Today however, I do not want to make you sad, I want only to utilize my blog to vent and with you, confront the fact that this has happened to me and it does not leave me in silence.

Raise your hand if you know Alta Roma. Surely my dear followers, foreigners do not yet know it. Alta Roma is a society that each year in Rome from July to January organize the week of fashion. It is an incredible showcase, with a high potential for promotion of products made in Italy that create a meeting point between the old Maison and the young generations. From the members of the administration council we remember Silvia Venturini Fendi, in position of president (yes, Fendi of the brand Fendi); Franca Sozzani, the director of Vogue Italia that carries on across Alta Roma a Talent Scout of the name, “Who is on next?”; Santo Versace an many other big names famous for being made in Italy.



Exactly one year ago, I had just returned to Italy from London, and decided to ask for accreditation to participate in Alta Roma. Alas the deadline for requesting the above accreditations had passed; so, I decided to ask individual press offices of the designers directly. I sent them an email specifying the number of my followers and attaching some of my articles. In practice, they allowed me—thanks to the trust of the stylists like Giada Curti, Sabrina Persechino, Antonella Rossi—I succeeded to participate in many shows. Obviously not in that of “Who is on next?” because it is organized exclusively for the society of Alta Roma. Last July I had the opportunity to touch first-hand the great potential of Rome: a fantastic city, the only one like it in the world.   At the end of my studies I had decided to let it go because I had not succeeded to find work and because it seemed to me, yes marvelous, but closed within itself. In those days remember, I felt a strong sense of faith and began to think that perhaps the time had come for me to remain in Italy. Alta Roma did not only include official events but had a super cool side; particularly the way it organized Sonia Rondini of FashionInTown that I remember well the London-like atmosphere. Alta Roma of last July allowed me also to make new contacts: I received, among many others, an invitation to a Milan fashion show. At that time however, my illness was discovered. So with illness you must renounce many things… but certainly not living. For many days in the hospital and what picked me up was working intensely on my blog in order to attain by January the much craved accreditation directly from AltaRoma. Although the oncologists would deliver news that not always positive, I was determined and had an objective: to be present at the Roman show. I had to grow (professionally) and improve without feeling sorry for myself!

Rani Zakhem AltaRoma AltaModa

Suddenly I came to some sad news: it was very likely that Alta Roma would not taking place due to financial limitations and because they must be improved in number, said its members, they gave only limited space for young stylists. After long days of trepidation, fear, anxiety good news finally arrived… Alta Roma was a go!I decided however to send AltaRoma the request for accreditation. I didn’t get in. At first I did not find anything wrong; that was only the

beginning, I had few followers. My “consolation” was the fact that the accreditation was not granted to even famous bloggers. The delusion arrived when I discovered that access was granted to people with much less followers than I had, and who updated their content less frequently than I did. I decided then to call AltaRoma to ask for elucidation of the criteria and parameters adopted for the concession of the accreditations. Once I had this information I could “work” to satisfy the requisites necessary in order to attain accreditation. When I explained to the operator my “problem” she didn’t know how to respond… total silence. She justified the situation by telling me that time was to blame, that there were “too many registrants” and many had to be refused.



They didn’t know me… I am the tough type and not easily discouraged! I succeeded to obtain passes for the January shows thanks to the stylists and promises I made to myself to work harder yet on my blog. So, I began to publish my posts in English as well as Italian, and updated always further content in the field of fashion. I began to contact stylists, not only famous but also newcomers to the industry. Today, my work is under the eyes of everyone. On Facebook I succeeded to increase the number of my followers without the service of a publicity campaign. In the last occasions at AltaRoma I added news about the changes of CDA components and lenders. Everyone has their mouths filled with beautiful words, speaking of their will to give opportunities to the youth and the worthy. Probably with “youth” they meant young fashion designers and not young bloggers.

I, after some time, obtained an invitation to the Coachella Party and many invitations to Milan.

Just a short time ago were announced the dates of the July AltaRoma event. I have sent again my request for accreditation and, guessing a little, it was again rejected. This time however there is news: I know for sure that the “non acceptance” email was delivered to those who sent a request for accreditation. They were accredited, among so many, also bloggers with few followers and those who have less visits and comments on their blog than I have. In the end, the calendar of the show was released on July 6th and the emails of the press office of the Maison are not present as in the previous editions. This time I sent an email asking for an explanation, I must say that they were very hardworking in the response: I was not accepted due to the great number of requests. From more than 500 request they have had to make a very careful selection and have chosen blogs that are not as popular as mine but however are more active. As such they underlined that as of April 30th the information was no longer public.


Sabrina Persechino AltaRoma

I do not want to discuss the fact that up until April 30th I had published posts weekly and in only two months did I not publish more. Among the others it is very simple to falsify the dates of publication. (I know people who do it). I don’t mean to give a lesson in ethics. If I were a stylist I would prefer that those who wrote about me posted good content, well made, and above all had a good following of readers. I stand for quality not quantity.

Now that my anger has passed, I have had a good laugh! I will utilize my strength to heal, and continue to improve my blog. If then one day AltaRoma accepts me, I will be very happy… also because Rome is my home city. Once I am healed however I will do what many young people do, I will emigrate and build a future elsewhere… searching to obtain accreditation for another Fashion Week.

Do you have any advice for me? Thoughts?

Hugs to you all

Affectionately yours,



182 Comments on ALTAROMA...

  1. Ivana Džidić
    09/07/2015 at 3:04 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m not sure what advice to give. I never tried optaining a pass for a Croatian fashion week, to tell you the truth, the trip to the capital is quite an expense for me and I only do it when I have a work opportunity of some type. I’m not sure what their criteria for such an event is, but it is very strange you were rejected because you have too many followers. Well, better not to worry about it a lot. I’m sure it is a lovely event, but what happens, happens, right? Rome is a great city, I was there once and I long to return.

    I work very hard on my blog and I publish posts on daily basis but at the same time I’m not sure my blog will take me anywhere. Whatever happens with it, I’ll be fine with it. I try not to compare myself with others and enjoy each blog for what it is- an opportunity for someone to express themselves, an alternative to the world of media that is sometimes controlled and misleading….

    Fighting tumour must be hard, but trying to be positive about it must be helpful…you seem to be so brave! I’m in hospital twice a week, receiving a treatment for an immune disease I have and sometimes it is very tiring…but at the same time, I feel blessed for being able to be here, for being able to live and I’m grateful for everyday.

    • Francesca Gori
      09/07/2015 at 5:02 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank u so much for your beautiful words 🙂

  2. Eleonora Marini
    09/07/2015 at 3:36 pm (1 year ago)

    Domenica andrò a vedere una sfilata, sono emozionatissima!!!

    Princess Vanilla

  3. Ilenia Zito
    09/07/2015 at 7:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Con l’impegno giusto e lo spirito di sacrificio possiamo raggiungere quello che vogliamo… In bocca al lupo al tuo blog…

    Ilenia’s wardrobe

  4. Denise
    09/07/2015 at 9:52 pm (1 year ago)

    Prima di tutto, voglio dire che mi dispiace che tu sei lottando contro un tumore e spero che tutto sia bene, che la tua salute sia meglia! Si bisogna parlare, so che hai amici, ma puo “parlare” anche con me, voglio che sia sempre positiva e vedo che sei. AltaRoma mi sembra benissima, che pecatto non ha potuto seguire avanti. Ma le gente che non hanno scritto per spiegazion, non sono buona gente. E dopo, le spiegazione, che scusa, non sono la verita. Perche non scrivi per due mesi, ma loro potrebbe vedere a Google Rank come sta il tuo blog, per vedere che sta bene, ma lascia questa gente, non sono bona, sono super cattiva. Sono sicura di trovare gente positiva nella tua vita, e si, sempre per sorridere!

  5. Fashion Snobber
    10/07/2015 at 3:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Ecco ho imparato qualcosa di nuovo, non avevo idea ci fossero dei retroscena del genere. Mi spiace molto ci sia ancora così poca professionalità ed educazione.
    Per il resto che cosa aggiungere se non un banale non arrenderti mai e continua a sorridere. Niente e nessuno ti deve poter spegnere.
    Buon weekend! 🙂

  6. alessia milanese
    10/07/2015 at 3:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Bellissimo vestito, è perfetto!





  7. my bubbly zone
    10/07/2015 at 5:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Casini come questo di AltaRoma ce ne sono sempre stati e ce ne saranno ancora. Secondo me è la categoria fashionblogger in generale che viene presa poco in considerazione.


    PS Sono sinceramente dispiaciuta per quello che stai affrontando. Ti auguro di cuore che si risolva tutto per il meglio 🙂

  8. Theanarchic
    10/07/2015 at 10:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Un grandissimo in bocca al lupo, Francesca, di cuore!
    Un abbraccio
    Eva e Valentina the anarCHIC

  9. Paola
    10/07/2015 at 11:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Sei davvero una ragazza tosta Francy, per tutto ciò che stai vivendo e che hai voluto condividere con l’intera blogosfera. Io ti auguro, prima di ogni altra cosa, una pronta e completa guarigione!!! Avrai più tempo per dedicarti al tuo blog e vedrai che i tuoi obiettivi saranno più semplici da raggiungere!!!
    Non mollare cara!!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


    My Facebook

    • Francesca Gori
      11/07/2015 at 9:57 am (1 year ago)

      Grazieee per l’energia che mi dai 🙂

  10. Carmen Vecchio
    11/07/2015 at 12:11 am (1 year ago)

    Francy in bocca al lupo per tutto, purtroppo anche quest’anno me lo sono persa.

    Mrs NoOne

    • Francesca Gori
      11/07/2015 at 9:57 am (1 year ago)

      Crepiii dai che un giorno ti incontrerò a NYFW 😉

    • Francesca Gori
      11/07/2015 at 9:56 am (1 year ago)

      Grazie inifinite per le belle parole :))

  11. Serena Reale
    11/07/2015 at 11:42 am (1 year ago)

    In bocca a lupo per tutto! Mi dispiace tantissimo. L unico consiglio che mi sento di darti è pensa alla tua salute e il resto può aspettare vedrai che riuscirai ad avere gli accrediti alle sfilate di alta Roma
    un bacione

  12. lauren stevens
    11/07/2015 at 5:59 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing post! 🙂 xx
    Lauren |

  13. Eva evainme
    11/07/2015 at 9:15 pm (1 year ago)

    You are amazing and brave 🙂 Truly inspiring

    Hugs to you too

  14. Dressed With Soul
    11/07/2015 at 10:51 pm (1 year ago)

    How good you laughed now about it! Laughing is always only the best <3

    xx from
    Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  15. LuxuryColumnist
    11/07/2015 at 11:53 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve not been well, sending you my very best wishes for a speedy recovery. It’s interesting about the accreditation for the fashion show, you would think they would want someone as keen as yourself to attend. I think it is often not about the numbers, it is about who you know. I have covered a few fashion shows here and been surprised to see major bloggers taking no photos whatsoever, not even on their phones. Some think that just their presence at the event is enough…

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  16. Sharon Pate
    12/07/2015 at 12:07 am (1 year ago)

    I am sending you best wishes and am humbled by how passionate you are about achieving your goal. I enjoyed reading about your journey and look forward to more posts from you.

  17. Coco
    12/07/2015 at 7:53 am (1 year ago)

    Ciao Francesca, non sapevo della tua malattia e ti auguro con tutto il cuore di uscirne al più presto. Sei un’amazzone che non perde tempo in polemiche, e quindi ancora più ammirevole. Io dopo essere stata respinta da Altaroma mi sono semplicemente rassegnata con sdegno. Ti mando un grande abbraccio e non vedo l’ora di leggere il tuo prossimo post! Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog – Valeria Arizzi

    • Francesca Gori
      12/07/2015 at 12:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Grazie mille per le splendide parole 🙂

  18. Nadia
    12/07/2015 at 12:11 pm (1 year ago)


  19. Andrea Bassano
    12/07/2015 at 1:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Sarà stata un’esperienza fantastica!


    Passa a trovarmi,

    Baci Andy

  20. Eva Bergamo
    12/07/2015 at 2:35 pm (1 year ago)

    Sei una grande!!! Posso capire la delusione, sai? Nel mio campo, il beauty, non è molto diverso… le case cosmetiche contattano sempre i soliti nomi, che pubblicano poco, scrivono stupidaggini e hanno zero commenti… depressione totale!
    Comunque sono sicura che il tuo blog avrà semprepiù successo, perchè la qualità è ciò che conta!
    Un abbraccio per tutto 🙂


    • Francesca Gori
      13/07/2015 at 12:25 pm (1 year ago)

      Grazie mille per il tuo incoraggiamento :))

  21. Maisha Sharma
    13/07/2015 at 9:50 am (1 year ago)

    happy to see you healthy again.. great blog..stay blessed.

  22. disqus_5n9vU7FZce
    13/07/2015 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Guarda non te la prendere, nella moda (e un pò ovunque in Italia) funziona così, continua a fare quello che fai con l’impegno che ci hai sempre messo e vedrai che prima o poi i risultati arriveranno!
    In bocca al lupo per tutto! 🙂

  23. Nina
    13/07/2015 at 1:52 pm (1 year ago)

    I didn’t know all the details about how accreditation and invitations work, to attend some fashion events. Wish you health and, also, success in blogging. Have a nice day.


  24. Ananya N
    13/07/2015 at 3:24 pm (1 year ago)

    U look gorgeous gal..n ttake care ..
    May god give u all the strength u need !

    Little Black Dress

  25. Gail J
    13/07/2015 at 10:07 pm (1 year ago)

    you are a strong woman, and you cherish the moment to share us with this amazing event too 🙂

  26. tr3ndygirl
    14/07/2015 at 1:02 am (1 year ago)

    eri un incanto in rosso e ti ammiro tanto per la forza che dimostri di avere, vedrai ce la farai Francy
    buon martedì
    un abbraccio
    tr3ndygirl fashion blog

  27. Fashionbyjeje Welcome to my ur
    14/07/2015 at 11:21 am (1 year ago)

    il tuo look è fantastico, continua così 🙂

    nuovo articolo


    buona giornata bella
    un bacio

  28. Connie
    14/07/2015 at 5:32 pm (1 year ago)

    Keep pushing forward and holding on to hope. Clearly this opportunity just wasn’t meant to be. But you have had more opportunities and those will only grow with time. Continue to develop yourself as a writer, photographer and a well-rounded blogger. Everything will work it’s course with patience, time and experience.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

    • Francesca Gori
      14/07/2015 at 6:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank U for your beautiful words 🙂

  29. Natalia Gutiérrez ™
    14/07/2015 at 6:33 pm (1 year ago)

    First of all, I want you to know that you’ll be on my prayers and I hope you will be healed very soon. Second… its their loss. You are very talented and have been working really hard. Tough people like you always find a way to succeed even if some people aren’t able to see their value. I applied for some internships in Paris and I was never accepted eve though I had a lot of qualifications. In the end, I decided that if I can’t get those opportunities, then I’m going to build better ones for me and for others. That’s the best part of our age, power is no longer in the hands of just a few 🙂


    • Francesca Gori
      15/07/2015 at 10:31 am (1 year ago)

      thank U for all and thank U for your prayer it’s very very important for me 🙂

  30. K.
    14/07/2015 at 6:44 pm (1 year ago)

    Things will definitely work out. Pressing forward, and staying patient will pay off. And whatever you dream, will definitely come true. Wonderful article.

    Kia / The House of KTS

  31. Carmen Antal
    15/07/2015 at 3:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Bravissima, devi sempre essere determinata e vedrai che i risultati arrivano 😉
    Un grosso bacione e ti auguro di realizzare i tuoi sogni!

  32. Toyas Tales
    17/07/2015 at 4:17 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better. I hope you continue to get better.

  33. Anshul Bhargava
    17/07/2015 at 8:13 pm (1 year ago)

    This event definitely seemed like it was so much of fun! <3 And you looked amazing!! 🙂 Love your dress!! <3

  34. La Travelera
    18/07/2015 at 8:50 pm (1 year ago)

    You were stunning!!! Xxx
    Join my giveaway to win one week holiday in Turkey 🙂

  35. June
    22/07/2015 at 11:31 pm (1 year ago)

    I hope you are feeling better now! Take care and get back to the blog soon. I will pray your tumor disappears as soon as possible


  36. Surbhi Suri
    23/07/2015 at 9:18 am (1 year ago)

    oh dear, I really pray that u heal completely.Do let me know the exact illness and the specific protection you wish…I shall include the same in my prayers to the “Law of Universe” .
    During my Nichiren Diashonin Buddhism practice I have learnt that ,Sickness need not be an obstacle to Happiness.
    Health is not simply the absence of illness.A truely healthy life is creative-one in which we keep challenging,creating something,and moving forward to expand our horizons as long as we live.

    Illness can motivate us to take stock of ourselves,to reflect on the essence of life and our way of living.Through struggling with illness,we can gain a much fuller understanding of life and forge invincible spiritual strength.
    there are many people with healthy bodies but whose lives are ailing. and there are also those who suffer from physical illness but whose lives are vibrant-which is EVIDENT AND VISIBLE IN YOUR BLOGPOST.

    • Francesca Gori
      24/07/2015 at 10:24 am (1 year ago)

      Thank U for your beautiful words 🙂

  37. life is a shoe
    23/07/2015 at 3:24 pm (1 year ago)

    you look great!


  38. Hilary
    26/07/2015 at 8:06 am (1 year ago)

    Great post<3 thanks for sharing. Do you want to support each other's blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x


    • Francesca Gori
      26/07/2015 at 11:02 am (1 year ago)

      Thank U so much 🙂
      I follow you 🙂

  39. Theanarchic
    27/07/2015 at 10:15 am (1 year ago)

    Ciao Francesca..

    che dire.. ti capisco.. tre anni fa è successo lo stesso a me (sono Eva, la fotografa). Ma ho lottato ed ho vinto. Quindi va avanti a muso duro e forza!

    Per quanto riguarda Alta Roma, noi non abbiamo mai aderito perché siamo lontane da Roma e i nostri lavori ci impegnano decisamente troppo. Comunque chissà… prima o poi…

    un abbraccio e buona ESTATE!

    Eva Sabin e Valentina Astorino The AnarChic

    • Francesca Gori
      27/07/2015 at 6:20 pm (1 year ago)

      Grazie mille 🙂 io spero presto di essere alla NYFW….:)) guarita del tutto o guarita a metà voglio esserci!!!!

  40. Alyssa
    28/07/2015 at 9:21 am (1 year ago)

    I’m so sorry to hear about your tumor, I hope you’ll get well. Anyway, congratulations on Alta Roma, looking forward to see more post about it and lastly you look so lovely on that red dress 🙂



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