December 19, 2012

Diana Vreeland was a noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion. She worked for fashions magazines Harper's Bazaar and Vogue and as a special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 1984 Vreeland explained how she saw fashions magazines. "What these magazines give is a point of view. Most people haven't got a point of view; they need to have it given to them - and what's more, they expect it from you. It must have been 1966 or '67, I published this big fashion slogan: This is the year of do it yourself. Every store in the country telephoned to say: Look, you have to tell people. No one wants to do it themselves, they want direction and to follow a leader!"


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December 18, 2012

Bonjour lecteurs!
As the year is coming to an end, the good intentions' rite takes promptly place, with the only guarantee that those good intentions will be proved wrong a few seconds after the midnight, c'est la vie. On my 2013 Top 5, among others, there's the purpose to learn how to speak french (mmh...we'll see), and the desire to add the word updated to the list of words that describe my blog. Solution found: it's time to set up a column, at least one.

So, here it is, for the second time ever on your computer screen, Shopping tips.

Since the last time I chose a slower version of shopping, abducted by the romantic side of street markets (you can find it here), I tought it was about time to focus on a huuuge issue: shopping at low cost chains.

Halfway between an art and a tough battle, it needs first of all a great amount of theoretical notions, long practice and mind focused, abilities that could be taught by Mr. Miyagi actually, that if he were at Zara with his pupil Daniel-san, he would probably repeat him: know fashion, ignore fashion, know fashion, ignore fashion...

Despite the fact that I don't have any intention to put on his clothes, too shapeless and gray, and even less his bandage tied on the neck, I'll try to be as pragmatic as he has been.

The first step is, without doubt, to make a serious assessment of your tastes, which turns useful anyway. Are you mad with jolly clothes, those easy to manage, that allow you to adjust your outfit without a lot of moves according to your day? In this case, maybe, H&M is the right place for you. Do you really like (as I do) structured clothes, with clean lines? Just one word: COS. A low cost chain that winks one eye to current trends? Mango. One eye and a half? Topshop. Both eyes? Zara. Neither? Primark, you don't need your eyes with such low prices.

Second step: keep clear in mind your priorities' list. As it often happens you can't get everything, what could you not give up? An original touch, great fabrics, the chance to put your own stylistic effort on your outfit or, on the opposite side, to use ready-to-wear matchings, to the wellbeing of your credit card?


If you think you have successfully completed both phases, you are certainly at a good stage, but be careful, a threat hides among the latest arrivals and the special sales corner: the army of runway clothes' clones. Entities that walk fearless during the day and which dominate after the twilight, brrr. In this case the boundary between good and evil is so unstable that even if you pay attention to the traps, you risk of falling down with both shoes, and not only with the shoes.

My recipe? No clones, if possible, unless they really worth it, low cost items mixed with the best pieces of my closet, two or three more or less, the ones kept since many years and never thrown away, no hesitation on accessories.

Have a nice shopping day!


December 4, 2012

They called it visual path. It's an exhibition, do not panic.

Images are by Peter Lindbergh, the frame in which they were contained is Corso Como 10, a little corner within the city borders, I've never seen such a bucolic place.


Imagine that you are able to share with someone else all your unknowns, and at the same time the certainties that you have accumulated over the years. All these things together could generate an homogeneous mixture, more or less made of the same amount of both ingredients (certainties and unknowns), or maybe a mix biased towards one of the two parts, for sure there can never be one blend equal to another, each blend is unique.

The unique mixture that I saw was Peter Lindbergh's one, intentionally biased toward the unknown side, despite the fact that his talent has always been a certainty, and this is absolutely known.

So the exhibition began with a room full of knowns, some of the most popular fashion shots from floor to ceiling, which reported not only the evolution of trends but also documented the careers of many great models, like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, just to name a couple of them. He has always portrayed beauty without any overstructure, always faithful to his essential creativity.

The remaining part was a journey without neither a specific order nor a timeline: on stage the fascinating and artful adventures of our lives, the unknown, which benefits from constant references to cinema and science fiction.

I hope you'll like the pictures!


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