Marisela Federici

When I was in Rome I was introduced to the most spectacular and inspiring women. One of these amazing ladies was Marisela Ferderici. I met Marisela at her villa “La Furibonda.” She welcomed me and my mom into her garden, dressed in a gorgeous yellow dress and perfectly coiffed hair. Marisela told me that usually wears hats(a favorite accessory amongst the Advanced Style set.) She explained that, “Wearing a hat always keeps you neat, especially when there isn’t a hairdresser around (for example when you’re traveling). Moreover when you get older and your forehead doesn’t look as it used to, a hat will always make you look stylish. I will even wear a hat when I am dressed in a gym suit in the garden.” Marisela gave us a tour of her beautiful grounds, before moving into the living room to talk a little about her life and style. Check out our interview below:Have you always loved fashion?

I don’t like Fashion. I don’t follow trends.
So you are more about style?
Yes I love style. I have had the same hairstyle since I was 12. I grew up in South America and there you are already considered a woman at 13. I always wanted to look older than I was. People tell me that I have looked the same for 40 years because I never change the way I dress, it is me.
Did you dress up when you were younger?
No I didn’t. I wanted to look like my mum, I wanted to be charming. When I was 13 or 14 my style icon was the Duchess of Windsor; she wasn’t an ordinary beauty. She had class and her hair was always gathered up.
How did your mum dress?
She was very classic, just like I am now. That was real elegance. Women from another era, international,elegant with low-heeled shoes.
When did you arrive in Italy what did you think about the style?
40 or more years ago. It was around ’68 and women were wearing jeans and taking their bras off. I’ve never worn jeans in public. I didn’t want to look like the others. I wanted to create something identifiable. I wanted a signature, something that spoke of my personality.
Do you have any style advice for younger women?
Most important is water and soap. You have to be natural and feel comfortable with yourself, in order to give a lot to others.You must be honest with the image that you see reflected in the mirror. You must ask yourself if what you see in the mirror is what you want other people to see. Any other words of wisdom?
1.”You are not what you are, you are what you want to be.”
2.”You don’t have to look like your friends, you have to be daring.”
3.”You have to look for your style the same way you look for a boyfriend.You have to keep trying until you find the right one.”
How did you develop you personal style?
It was how I always wanted to look. I used to go to fashion shows, but not anymore.People these days don’t understand fashion. Its all about brands, fragrances, fabric. Its all business now.
What is the difference between fashion and style?
Fashion is focused on brands. You enter a room and you can see a beautiful dress from a beautiful brand. When someone is stylish you remember the person, not the dress. The whole should be very natural. It shouldn’t be too aggressive; it must be harmonious.

How do you feel about getting old?

It’s hard, but you have to live your life. There’s nothing worse that a young lady wanting to be an old woman or an old woman wanting to be young. You have to live within your moment. Your body has it’s own way and you have to accept it.When you get older you love different things. You change your way of thinking. I like being a lady of my age. I have a duty to my family. I always want to be beautiful for my husband, for my family and first of all for myself. Beauty can open a lot of doors, but more important is to keep those doors open. Real and true beauty is something absolute from within. It is other-wordly. Something that never passes no matter what age or gender.
  • what a lovely dress for such a lovely lady!
    xo, Tina

  • I adore this blog 🙂 so full of inspiration 🙂

  • Wonderful words of wisdom!

  • What an inspiring woman! I wish I could meet her! Love the blog Ari 🙂

  • Loved this pretty-cute lady and very friendly gentleman.To much loved!

  • What an elegant woman. She does shine.

  • She is so beautiful, I think her eyes can laugh, and that is the tiny little detail that builds her awesome aura. Thanks for sharing.

  • True, sensible advice from a classy lady who plays to her strengths.

  • Wow she´s really elegant and inspiring! We love the interview!


  • I can't thank you enough for this wonderful blog!!

    stay blessed,

    estroJEN 🙂

  • Signora Federici is a very lovely, elegant woman, who exudes style! Enjoyed your interview with her!

    Her husband is also quite stylish (and adorable)!

  • I enjoyed the interview so much, love your blog cause it's always so interesting to read 🙂 she's such a great woman with great style and loads of wisdom !

    Fashion and Cookies

  • Holly

    Elegance incarnate!

    Great words of wisdom and what a beauty!!

  • This woman knows what she's talking about. So inspirational! So amazing! Thank you for another awesome article 🙂

    ~ Kieli ~

  • She is lovely and they are a handsome couple. Wonderful words of wisdom, too.

  • This is what too many women here in the United States have forgotten or never knew – true style and beauty.

  • What a chic, elegant woman! She is truly a beautiful woman with a style that leaves me breathless.

  • She is regally beautiful.

  • How absolutely true … every word she spoke. And how lovely she is. By the way, congrats on your Advanced Copy. Can't wait till it really comes out. I know that it shall be beautiful.

  • A wonderful lady truly elegant and stylish! We need more women like her these days 🙂

  • She is gorgeous!

    Et tu, tutu?

  • I absolutely adore this blog post! She is such a classy lady who really has inspired me. I'd love to some day meet her!

  • Anonymous

    Good to know I have something in common with this Bella- I too, never wear jeans. I used to until I hit 25 and then I realised that I wanted to pay tribute to glamour 24/7, which left no room for denim…

  • GReat! That was really fab.=D

  • What an inspiring woman 😮

  • Wow – Marisela looks like royalty!

  • I have no add anything to so much wisdom and class.

  • Wonderful!

  • CarolWL

    She just oozes class.

  • "You have to look for your style the same way you look for a boyfriend. You have to keep trying until you find the right one." Love this woman!

  • Can't help but wonder about her age, because she looks quite young. Lovely face and figure and such perfect posture. She knows which colors and styles suit her. She may not be Italian by birth, but clearly she has absorbed the Italian sense of style!!

  • Such amazing posture and what a glow she has. It must come from self-confidence. She is a very wise woman!

  • Just love everything she said! Fantastic interview!

  • Anonymous

    Perfect Posture! It all starts there! Graet legs and lovely features do not hurt. She is the personification of elegance, grace and style. Exquisite, and what i have aspired to in my life. I now have a new style icon, Signora Federici! Like her,I have studied true ladies of style, from the perfect chignon to the french twist since i was a small girl. Oh and her jewels are so elegant and perfectly perched.

    ….and the wisdom she imparts is such a treasure!

    Honestly Ari, that first photo and the one by the window, are fine gallery worthy. and the stunning villa, garden and handsome (seemingly bemused) husband, all a feast for the eyes.

    All straight out of that fabulous film, " I O Sono Amore", although it features a Milanese textile family. There is nothing in the world quite like an elegant Noble Roman woman!

    Thank you, and more of her please!

    Annabella Antony

  • Roger T

    What a splendid woman!
    Pure class and wisdom.

    Her husband looks great too!

  • A truly elegant woman who was probably stunning when she was 30 and will no doubt be equally stunning when she's 90, and completely herself every step of the way. Bellissima!

  • I absolutely adore Marisela! I've seen here in a couple of your more recent posts and just found this interview. She seems so elegant and classical, I hope to be like her some day! Definitely fashion-wise!

  • what a women, she transpire nobleness from each cm of skin.
    And she is so incredibly sexy without the need to show anything!