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Mx Justin Vivian Bond, photo courtesy Justin Vivian Bond

Mx Justin Vivian Bond, photo courtesy of Justin Vivian Bond

The brilliant and iconic artist Justin Vivian Bond – writer, singer, painter, performer artist and actor who wrote “TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels” (Feminist Press Editions), awarded with the Lambda Literary Prize and “Susie Says”, a collaboration with Gina Garan (Powerhouse books), released V’s debut CD “Dendrophile”” in 2011 and “Silver Wells” in 2012, featured in the exhibition “The Fall of the House of Whimsy” at the New York Partecipant Inc. as well as on the stage in many productions like the one with The Big Art Group and appeared in John Cameron Mitchell’s film “Shortbus” – will feature on 10th June 2014 in New York at Le Poisson Rouge along with other artists to celebrate 20 years in New York. A not to be missed happening to enjoy a vibrant artist.

 

MX JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND CELEBRA A LE POISSON ROUGE 20 ANNI A NEW YORK: FELICE TRANSANNIVERSARIO!

Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond

Il brillante e iconico artista Justin Vivian Bond – scrittore, cantante, pittore, performer artist e attore che ha scritto “TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels” (Feminist Press Editions), insignito del Premio Letterario Lambda e “Susie Says”, una collaborazione con Gina Garan (Powerhouse books), ha pubblicato il suo CD di debutto “Dendrophile”” nel 2011 e “Silver Wells” nel 2012, è stato protagonista della mostra “The Fall of the House of Whimsy” presso la Partecipant Inc. di New York come anche sul palcoscenico in molteplici produzioni quali quella con The Big Art Group ed è apparso nella pellicola di John Cameron Mitchell “Shortbus” – sarà protagonista il 10 giugno 2014 a New York presso Le Poisson Rouge unitamente ad altri artisti per celebrare 20 anni a New York. Un evento imperdibile per apprezzare una vibrante artista.

 

www.justinbond.com

 

A rose at Floracult, photo by N

A rose at Floracult, photo by N

The culture of nature along with suggestions concerning fashion and interior design featured in Floracult, event created by Ilaria Venturini Fendi and curated by Antonella Fornai which was recently held in the Rome countryside, in La Storta at I Casali del Pino as the talk featuring the photographer and journalist Luca Bracali who talked about the book he made “A rose is a rose”. The book documents on photos the experience of a celebrated family owning a nursery since four generations, the Barni family which created renowned roses as the ones dedicated to iconic personas like Mariangela Melato, Anna Venturini Fendi and many others.

Luca Bracali along with a photo he took, photo by N

Luca Bracali along with a photo he took, photo by N

 

 

Luca Bracali , photo by N

Luca Bracali , photo by N

 

Anna Venturini Fendi at the talk, showing me a necklace designer many years ago by Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi, photo by N

Anna Venturini Fendi at the talk, showing me a necklace designed many years ago by Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi, photo by N

That was not the only chance to know more about flowers and plants. In fact the expert Vanda Del Valli talked about the uses of herbs since long times ago, as the Euphorbia, used as remedy against sifilis, the betel berries and the leaves of coca as stimulants and the peyote from which it arises the mescaline, powerful hallucinogenic, evoking the psychedelic culture from Sixties and Seventies, Jim Morrison, his dangerous habits, “The doors of perceptions” and “Heaven and hell” by Aldous Huxley.

Vanda Del Valli, photo by N

Vanda Del Valli, photo by N

 

The Euphorbia

The Euphorbia

 

Peyote

Peyote

Culture as well as fashion suggestions, the creations by Dora Giannetti aka Elisabeth the first, made by joining antique, research cloths to contemporary shapes as well as other unique pieces she made that are under the sign of a timeless elegance. The nice Marina of Verdiana & Beniamina, brand bringing the name of her two daughters, presented a series of dresses and shirts embodying high-end materials, a fine lace and other fun patterns. The brand having its atelier in Milan, in Via Marco Polo 13 also makes works of customization, renewing and reinterpreting the clothes everyone has in its own wardrobe. A smashing series of accessories completed the fashion showcase. I saw again the jewelry designer Simona Rinciari of whose work combines natural elements as berries, the cinnamon sticks, the fava beans and dry leaves to metal and gems, giving rise to unusual creations that make concrete a bright craftsmanship. Jewelry and hats, head accessories hand-made by Patrizia Romiti.

Elisabeth the first, photo by N

Elisabeth the first, photo by N

 

Elisabeth the first, photo by N

Elisabeth the first, photo by N

 

Elisabeth the first, photo by N

Elisabeth the first, photo by N

 

Elisabeth the first, photo by N

Elisabeth the first, photo by N

Marina of Verdiana & Beniamina, photo by N

Marina of Verdiana & Beniamina, photo by N

 

Verdiana & Beniamina, photo by N

Verdiana & Beniamina, photo by N

 

Verdiana & Beniamina, photo by N

Verdiana & Beniamina, photo by N

 

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

 

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

 

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

 

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

 

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

Simona Rinciari, photo by N

 

Me wearing a hat by Patrizia Romiti

Me wearing a hat by Patrizia Romiti

 

Patrizia Romiti, photo by N

Patrizia Romiti, photo by N

 

Patrizia Romiti, photo by N

Patrizia Romiti, photo by N

The Friulane slippers by Allagiulia, brand created by Giulia Campeol, were showcased in the area of Dedé maison, the renowned Rome boutique, placed in Via dei Pianellari 21 of smashing Theodora Bugel, focused on the creation and sale of furniture and homewear, which exhibited a catchy selection of objects. It shined the alchemic lightness and charme of scents by Meo Fusciuni aka The cousin of Fabio Quaranta – special individual I was very pleased of meeting and with whom I shared moments of life and Epicurean interludes – who showcased at the School of re-inventors, curated by Clara Tosi Pamphili and Alessio De Navasques, the scents he made as “Notturno” and “Luce” and turned into herbalist who made some magic potions to take care of oneself. An overwhelming experience which has colored of magic, warmth, color, fun and relax.

FLORACULT: TRE GIORNI ALL’ INSEGNA DI ARTE, PROFUMI, DELLA NATURA E DELLA SUA CULTURA(2)

 

A rose by Barni, photo by N

A rose by Barni, photo by N

La cultura della natura unitamente alle suggestioni inerenti la moda e l’ interior design sono stati I protagonisti a Floracult, evento creato da Ilaria Venturini Fendi e curato da Antonella Fornai che si è recentemente tenuto nella campagna romana, a La Storta presso I Casali del Pino come il talk con il fotografo e giornalista Luca Bracali che ha parlato del suo libro “A rose is a rose”. Il libro documenta su foto l’ esperienza di una celebre famiglia di vivaisti da quattro generazioni, la famiglia Barni che ha creato rinomate rose come quelle dedicate a iconici personaggi quali Mariangela Melato, Anna Venturini Fendi e molti altri.

A rose by Barni, photo by N

A rose by Barni, photo by N

 

Ilaria Venturini Fendi along with a man who was born and lived in the area of I Casali Del Pino, photo by N

Ilaria Venturini Fendi along with a man who was born and lived in the area of I Casali Del Pino, photo by N

Questa non è stata l’ unica occasione di conoscere meglio fiori e piante. L’ esperta Vanda Del Valli ha infatti parlato degli usi di erbe sin dai tempi più remoti, come l’ Euphorbia, usata come rimedio contro la sifilide, le bacche di betel e le foglie di coca come stimolanti e il peyote da cui deriva la mescaline, potente allucinogeno che evoca la cultura psichedelica degli anni Sessanta e Settanta, Jim Morrison, le sue rischiose abitudini, “Le porte della percezione” e “Paradiso e inferno” di Aldous Huxley.

Cultura come anche suggestioni moda, le creazioni di Dora Giannetti aka Elisabeth the first, da lei realizzate unendo tessuti antichi e di ricerca a forme contemporanee insieme ad altri suoi pezzi unici che sono all’ insegna di un’ eleganza senza tempo. La simpatica Marina di Verdiana & Beniamina, brand che prende il nome dalle sue due figlie, ha presentato una serie di abiti e camicie che racchiudono in sé, materiali di alta qualità, un raffinato pizzo e divertenti motivi. Il marchio, che ha il suo atelier a Milano in Via Marco Polo 13, realizza anche lavori di customizzazione, rinnovando e reinterpretando gli abiti del guardaroba. Ho rivisto la designer di gioielli Simona Rinciari il cui raffinato lavoro combina elementi naturali come le bacche, le stecche di cannella, le fave e le foglie secche al metallo e alle pietre preziose, dando vita a insolite creazioni che concretizzano una brillante artigianalità. Gioielli e cappelli, accessori per capelli, realizzati a mano da Patrizia Romiti.

A smashing artist, Sergio Cammariere and me

A smashing artist, Sergio Cammariere and me

Roberto Ciufoli and me

Roberto Ciufoli and me

 

 

La versione delle slippers Friulane di Allagiulia, brand creato da Giulia Campeol, sono state esposte nell’ area di Dedé maison, la rinomata boutique di Roma, ubicata in Via dei Pianellari 21 della formidabile Theodora Bugel dedicata alla creazione e vendita di componenti di arredo e homewear, che ha presentato una accattivante selezione di oggetti. Ha brillato l’ alchemica leggerezza e il fascino dei profumi di Meo Fusciuni aka il cugino di Fabio Quaranta – speciale individualità che mi ha fatto molto piacere conoscere e con il quale ho condiviso momenti di vita, risate e interludi epicurei – che ha esposto alla Scuola dei reinventori, curate da Clara Tosi Pamphili e Alessio De Navasques, le sue fragranze quali “Notturno” e “Luce” e si è trasformato in erborista, realizzando alcune pozioni magiche per prendersi cura di sé. Un’ esperienza travolgente che è stata colorata da magia, calore, colore, divertimento e relax.

photo by N

photo by N

Dede  maison, photo by N

Dede maison, photo by N

 

Dede maison, photo by N

Dede maison, photo by N

 

Dede maison, photo by N

Dede maison, photo by N

 

Dede maison, photo by N

Dede maison, photo by N

 

Allagiulia, photo by N

Allagiulia, photo by N

 

Allagiulia, photo by N

Allagiulia, photo by N

Stephan Hamel and Lupo Lanzara, photo by N

Stephan Hamel and Lupo Lanzara, photo by N

 

Andrea Provvidenza and me, photo by N

Andrea Provvidenza and me, photo by N

 

Meo Fusciuni aka The cousin of Fabio Quaranta, photo by N

Meo Fusciuni aka The cousin of Fabio Quaranta, photo by N

 

The magic potion by Meo Fusciuni aka The cousin of Fabio Quaranta, photo by N

The magic potion by Meo Fusciuni aka The cousin of Fabio Quaranta, photo by N

 

Meo Fusciuni aka The cousin of Fabio Quaranta, photo by N

Meo Fusciuni aka The cousin of Fabio Quaranta, photo by N

 

Meo Fusciuni aka the cousin of Fabio Quaranta, photo by N

Meo Fusciuni aka the cousin of Fabio Quaranta, photo by N

 

An alchemic moment featuring me and Meo Fusciuni aka the cousin of Fabio Quaranta

An alchemic moment featuring me and Meo Fusciuni aka the cousin of Fabio Quaranta

 

Floracult, photo by N

Floracult, photo by N

 

 

www.floracult.com

La Fille D' O

La Fille D’ O, photo courtesy of La Fille D’ O

La Fille d’ O, Belgian brand of luxury underwear created by Murielle Scherre, of whose name reminds the erotic literature and a BDSM novel, “Histoire d’ O” by Pauline Réage, thought to be a playground for erotic pleasures, successfully joins comfort, lightness, sculptural lines a sensual play of transparencies. These patterns shine in the “Carte du Pays the tendre”, the Fall/Winter 2014 collection, embodying shapes that reinterpret the silhouettes from 17th century, skin colored tulle, bold elastic bands and delicate fringes, also combined with cotton, under the sign of refined fetish suggestions. A brilliant work of experimentation which includes an interesting version of bra, which seems like a kind of short t-shirt, where black cotton is alternated to transparencies of tulle. Catchy fetishes to cultivate your own elegance and eroticism.

LEGGEREZZA, ELEGANZA & EROTISMO: LE INTIME ALCHIMIE DI LA FILLE D’ O

La Fille d’ O, brand belga di biancheria intima di lusso creato da Murielle Scherre, il cui nome ricorda la letteratura erotica e un romanzo BDSM, “Histoire d’ O” di Pauline Réage, pensato per essere un parco giochi per piaceri erotici, unisce felicemente comfort, leggerezza, linee scultoree ed un sensuale gioco di trasparenze. Questi motivi splendono in “Carte du Pays the tendre”, la collezione autunno/inverno 2014 del brand che racchiude in sé forme che reinterpretano le silhouette del 17° secolo, tulle color carne, robuste fasce elastiche e delicate frange, abbinate anche al cotone, all’ insegna di raffinate suggestioni fetish. Una brillante opera di sperimentazione che include un interessante versione del reggiseno, che sembra una sorta di t-shirt corta in cui il cotone nero di alterna alle trasparenze del tulle. Accattivanti feticci da regalare e regalarsi per coltivare la propria eleganza e il proprio erotismo.

La Fille D' O

La Fille D’ O

 

 

La Fille d' O

La Fille d’ O

 

La Fille D' O

La Fille D’ O

 

La Fille D' O

La Fille D’ O

 

 

La Fille D' O

La Fille D’ O

 

 

La Fille D' O

La Fille D’ O

 

 

 

http://shop.lafilledo.com

Modateca Deanna, photo N

Modateca Deanna, photo N

I recently visited the Modateca Deanna in Reggio Emilia, suggestive cathedral of fashion culture, owned by Deanna and Sonia Ferretti Veroni (mother and sister) which is where yesterday it was the renowned knitwear company Miss Deanna, established by the brilliant, powerful, dear friend Deanna Ferretti Veroni. It was an awesome experience to spend one day – and unfortunately is not been enough – to see the library of Modateca, crowded of artworks as the canvas by Salvatore Fiume and many others, enriching its rooms. Time stops when I am in library. Many books have draws my attention and naturally the fashion magazines. A successful experience, I highly recommend of doing to students and insiders for increasing their own culture.

CULTURA DELLA MODA:LA MIA VISITA ALLA MODATECA DEANNA(1)

The library crowded by works by Salvatore Fiume

The library crowded by works by Salvatore Fiume

Ho recentemente visitato la Modateca Deanna in Reggio Emilia, suggestiva cattedrale di cultura della moda, di proprietà di Deanna e Sonia Ferretti Veroni (madre e sorella) che è il luogo in cui ieri si trovava la rinomata azienda di maglieria Miss Deanna, fondata dalla brillante, poderosa, cara amica Deanna Ferretti Veroni. È stata una fantastica esperienza passare una giornata – e sfortunatamente non è abbastanza – vedere la biblioteca della Modateca, affollato di opere d’ arte quali le tele di Salvatore Fiume e molti altri che arricchiscono le sue stanze. Il tempo si ferma quando sono in biblioteca. Molti libri hanno catturato la mia attenzione e naturalmente i magazine di moda. Una felice esperienza che raccomando altamente di effettuare a studenti e addetti ai lavori per accrescere la loro cultura.

Salvatore Fiume, photo by N

Salvatore Fiume, photo by N

 

Books at the library, photo by N

Books at the library, photo by N

 

Books at the library, photo by N

Books at the library, photo by N

 

Wagner über alles, photo by N

Wagner über alles, photo by N

Ho recentemente visitato la Modateca Deanna in Reggio Emilia, suggestiva cattedrale di cultura della moda, di proprietà di Deanna e Sonia Ferretti Veroni (madre e sorella) che è il luogo in cui ieri si trovava la rinomata azienda di maglieria Miss Deanna, fondata dalla brillante, poderosa, cara amica Deanna Ferretti Veroni. È stata una fantastica esperienza passare una giornata – e sfortunatamente non è abbastanza – vedere la biblioteca della Modateca, affollato di opere d’ arte quali le tele di Salvatore Fiume e molti altri che arricchiscono le sue stanze. Il tempo si ferma quando sono in biblioteca. Molti libri hanno catturato la mia attenzione e naturalmente i magazine di moda. Una felice esperienza che raccomando altamente di effettuare a studenti e addetti ai lavori per accrescere la loro cultura.

Richard Wagner, photo by N

Richard Wagner, photo by N

 

Brunhilde on the stage, photo bt N

Brunhilde on the stage, photo by N

 

Wagner on stage, photo by N

Wagner on stage, photo by N

 

The library, photo by N

The library, photo by N

 

Sketches by Krizia, photo by N

Sketches by Krizia, photo by N

 

 

Krizia, photo by N

Krizia, photo by N

 

L. Fiume, photo by N

L. Fiume, photo by N

 

Simonetta Gianfelici, photo by N

Simonetta Gianfelici, photo by N

 

Catalogues of fashion shows, photo by N

Catalogues of fashion shows, photo by N

 

Catalogues of fashion shows, photo by N

Catalogues of fashion shows, photo by N

 

photo by N

photo by N

 

photo by N

photo by N

 

A smashing yesterday magazine ft. Uma Thurman on its cover, photo by N

A smashing yesterday magazine ft. Uma Thurman on its cover, photo by N

 

A magazine making me think about the one and only Roberta Valentini, photo by N

A magazine making me think about the one and only Roberta Valentini, photo by N

 

One of the first fashion magazines I read, photo by N

One of the first fashion magazines I read during my childhood, photo by N

 

I-D  magazine, photo by N

I-D magazine, photo by N

 

One my favorite magazines, photo by N

One of my favorite magazines which has the merit of having the name of a track by Led Zeppelin, photo by N

 

 

And inside Dazed and Confused, the aristocracy of underground: Genesis P-Orridge, seen by Luke Wilson, photo by N

And inside Dazed & Confused, the aristocracy of underground: Genesis P-Orridge, seen by Luke Wilson, photo by N

 

 

Words by Genesis P-Orridge, photo by N

Words by Genesis P-Orridge, photo by N

 

 

 

Genesis P-Orridge on Dazed & Confused, talking about changes and the cut-up by Burroughs and Gysin, photo by N

Genesis P-Orridge on Dazed & Confused, talking about changes and the cut-up by Burroughs and Gysin, photo by N

 

 

 

Me, myself and I at the library, photo by N

Me, myself and I at the library, photo by N

 

 

www.modatecadeanna.it

Alice’ s adventures in Wonderland by Arthur Rackham

Alice’ s adventures in Wonderland by Arthur Rackham

The celebrated fairy tale “Alice’ s adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll returns in its most beautiful, evocative and decadent version, edited by A100castles – and adapted by it to be readable via Ipad – which has illustrated by the legendary Arthur Rackham (who also make the illustrations for other fairy tales as “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens” by James Matthew Barrie as well as “Valkyrie” by Richard Wagner) of whose work embodies the patterns of decadent Aestheticism, a technique joining the Northern European illustrative tradition to the Japanese one from the 19th century and gives rise to a oneiric and magic atmosphere.

 

“LE AVVENTURE DI ALICE NEL PAESE DELLE MERAVIGLIE” VISTE DA ARTHUR RACKHAM

Alice’ s adventures in Wonderland by Arthur Rackham

Alice’ s adventures in Wonderland by Arthur Rackham

La celebre favola “Le avventure nel paese delle meraviglie” di Lewis Carroll ritorna alla sua versione più bella, evocativa e decadente, edita da A100castles e da essa adattata per essere leggibile via Ipad – che è stata illustrata da Arthur Rackham (il quale ha anche realizzato le illustrazioni per altre favole come “Peter Pan nei giardini di Kensington” di James Matthew Barrie come anche “La Valchiria” di Richard Wagner) la cui opera, racchiude in sé motivi dell’ estetismo decadente, una tecnica che unisce la tradizione illustrativa nord-europea, a quella giapponese del 19° secolo e dà vita a un’atmosfera onirica e magica.

Alice’ s adventures in Wonderland by Arthur Rackham

Alice’ s adventures in Wonderland by Arthur Rackham

 

Brunhilde, from "Valkyrie"  , Arthur Rackham

Brunhilde, from “Valkyrie” , Arthur Rackham

 

 

Silvia Hell,photo courtesy of AplusB contemporary art Gallery

Silvia Hell,photo courtesy of AplusB contemporary art Gallery

It will be opened on 15th March 2014 in Brescia at the AplusB Contemporary Art Gallery at the 6:00 pm VRS, Piano Focale a soggetto mobile” (meaning  “VRS, Focal plane with subject in motion”), the solo exhibition (running through 24th April 2014) of Silvia Hell – artist born in Bolzano who is based in Milan – inspired by the states of conscience as wakefulness, memory, dream, depicted by Paul Valery in the “Notebooks” he wrote. It’s a performative, physical, relationship-wise experience of memory which involves the viewer who has to document on an exhibition book its own experience, by using sketches and words to depict what has see. This sketch will be re-worked by the artist and turned into an artwork. A not to be missed happening to enjoy art and interaction with an artwork.

 

“VRS (PIANO FOCALE A SOGGETTO MOBILE)” LA PERSONALE DI SILVIA HELL ALLA APLUSB GALLERY DI BRESCIA

Silvia Hell,photo courtesy of AplusB contemporary art Gallery

Silvia Hell,photo courtesy of AplusB contemporary art Gallery

Sarà inaugurata il 15 marzo 2014 a Brescia presso la AplusB Contemporary Art Gallery alle ore 18:00 VRS, Piano Focale a soggetto mobile”, la personale (che proseguirà fino al 24 aprile 2014) di Silvia Hell – artista nata a Bolzano che vive a Milano – che si è ispirata agli stati di coscienza come la veglia, il ricordo, il sogno, ritratti da  Paul Valery nei suoi “Quaderni”. È una esperienza performativa, fisica e relazionale del ricordo che coinvolge il visitatore, il quale deve documentare su un carnet della mostra la sua esperienza, avvalendosi di disegni e parole per dipingere ciò che ha visto. Questo disegno sarà rielaborato dall’ artista e trasformato in un’ opera. Un evento imperdibile per apprezzare l’ arte e l’ interazione con un’ opera d’ arte.

Silvia Hell,photo courtesy of AplusB contemporary art Gallery

Silvia Hell,photo courtesy of AplusB contemporary art Gallery

http://aplusbcontemporaryart.files.wordpress.com

Manlio Sgalambro

Manlio Sgalambro

It passed away yesterday at age of 89, the genius Manlio Sgalambro, Nietzschean philosopher, poet and eclectic creative who collaborated with the legendary song-writer Franco Battiato for many albums – one for all “La Cura”, marvelous work and smashing single track being one of the best love songs – as well as movies and acting also as singer. Irony, lightness joining to the weight of a thinking mind, of whose vibrant, genuine and incisive thought is embodied in many books exploring philosophy, its protagonists as well as the great themes of contemporary times. I like reminding him and celebrating his awesome deepness and irony, way to observe reality and mind of this charming man who is and will be eternal.

BYE BYE A MANLIO SGALAMBRO

Manlio Sgalambro

Manlio Sgalambro

É venuto a mancare ieri all’ età di 89 anni, il geniale Manlio Sgalambro, filosofo di ispirazione nietzscheana, poeta e eclettico creativo che ha collaborato con il leggendario cantautore Franco Battiato per molteplici album – uno tra tutti “La Cura”, meravigliosa opera e formidabile singolo che è una delle più belle canzoni d’ amore – come anche film ed anche nelle vesti di cantante. Ironia, leggerezza che si unisce al peso di una mente pensante, il cui vibrante, autentico e incisivo pensiero è racchiuso in svariati libri che esplorano la filosofia, i suoi protagonisti come anche i grandi temi della contemporaneità. Mi piace ricordarlo e  celebrare la sua fantastica profondità e ironia, il modo di osservare la realtà e la mente di questo affascinante uomo che è e sarà eterno.

Manlio Sgalambro

Manlio Sgalambro

Manlio Sgalambro

Manlio Sgalambro

Manlio Sgalambro

Manlio Sgalambro

Justin Vivian Bond, photo by David Kimelman, courtesy of Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond, photo by David Kimelman, courtesy of Justin Vivian Bond

The eclectic, iconic and genius Justin Vivian Bond will feature in “The Drift”, show which will be premiered on 13th March 2014 in New York at Joe’s Pub (and here it will be staged during the forthcoming six weeks). “The show” – says Justin – “is inspired by this quote from Tennessee Williams’ novella “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone”: “going into a room and drifting out of a room because there was no real purpose in going in, nor any more purpose in going back out again. That was the drift. The drift was everything that you did without having a reason. But where was a reason for anything at all. Oh, you could invent a reason, and some were plausible. Some were plausible enough for being accepted the way a polite excuse is accepted for convenience or social policy. But there had been nothing”. “The Drift” will include the new original song by Justin “Wild Card” along with new versions of songs written by Billy Strayhorn, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell and many others. A not to be missed happening to enjoy the art, poetry and power  of a vibrant artist.

 

JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND AL JOE’S PUB IN “THE DRIFT”

Justin Vivian Bond, photo courtesy of Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond, photo courtesy of Justin Vivian Bond

L’ eclettico, iconico e geniale Justin Vivian Bond sarà protagonista di “The Drift”, spettacolo che sarà presentato in anteprima il 13 marzo 2014 a New York al Joe’s Pub (e sarà ivi messa in scena nelle sei settimane successive). “Lo show” – dice Justin – “si ispira a questa frase tratta dal romanzo di Tennessee WilliamsLa primavera romana della signora Stone”: “finire dentro una stanza e andar via da essa perché non c’è nessuna ragione evidente per entrarci, neppure un qualsiasi ulteriore scopo nel tornarci nuovamente. Questa era la deriva. La deriva era tutto ciò che si fa senza una ragione apparente. Anche se c’ è sempre una ragione per tutto. Ecco, si potrebbe creare un motivo e rendere plausibili alcune cose. Alcune sarebbero abbastanza plausibili per essere accettate nel modo in cui una scusa gentile è accettata per convenienza o convenzione sociale. In verità poggiano sul nulla”. “The Drift” includerà il nuovo brano originale di Justin “Wild Card” unitamente a nuove versioni di canzone scritte da Billy Strayhorn, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell e molti altri. Un evento imperdibile per apprezzare l’ arte, la poesia e la forza di un vibrante artista.

A sweet Summer memory: Justin Vivian Bond & me in London

A sweet Summer memory: Justin & me in London

http://justinbond.com

B. M., Beppe Modenese Ministry of Elegance

B. M., Beppe Modenese Ministry of Elegance

It was held in Rome during the latest edition of Altaroma, at Santa Cecilia Conservatory the book launch of “B. M., Beppe Modenese, Ministry of Elegance” (Skira Editions, Euros 49,00), autobiographical work ideated by Luca Stoppini, curated by Roberta Filippini, including photographs and texts by Cesare Cunaccia, Giulia Crivelli, Franca Sozzani, Suzy Menkes and John Fairchild telling about a legendary persona of Italian fashion, Beppe Modenese (Honorary President of National Chamber of Italian Fashion), icon of elegance. A smashing event that joined the music performed by the students of Conservatory and a talk featuring Cesare Cunaccia, Adriana Mulassano, Roberta Filippini, Massimo Di Forti and Beppe Modenese. An intimate conversation about Modenese, started by Cunaccia who asserted: “he is the way we should be and he is really an iconic representation of what is the Italian male elegance”. Roberta Filippini focused on “the real photographs by Luca Stoppini (made without using of Photoshop’s techniques), photographs reading the time” and being included in the book, of whose rise has been “a work which lasted for three years”. The leading character of book told “he made different works, he has been the first one to work in a concept store, ahead of one’s time, in 1951, has been the pr of couturier Jole Veneziani”. His tale has also dressed up with a chronicle of rendezvous as the one with Estée Lauder at the Crespi’s house. An eclectic individual who also has been one of TV’s fashion journalists, working during 1954/1955 in the TV program “Vetrine”. “It’s a generous autobiography” – as Roberta Filippini told – “concerns Florence and Pitti from 1951, talks about Laura Biagiotti (who was in the audience) and becomes a kind of Italian fashion and costume history”. The journalist and professor Adriana Mulassano told about the nice episode which regarded her and Modenese, who were invited at Quirinale and her different choices in terms of elegance they made, Beppe’s perfect and refined look and her unusual choices, more oriented to the trends of time, the Seventies that were really weird to attend at an official circumstance. I like reminding the words said by Massimo Di Forti, concerning the generosity of Beppe Modenese – he considered as “the man who whispered to fashion”- as it is closely connected to humanity, a value, the most precious one, I celebrate: “it needs to give for having”.

ALTAROMA: LA PRESENTAZIONE DEL LIBRO “B.M., BEPPE MODENESE, MINISTRY OF ELEGANCE”

The live performance oby the students of Santa Cecilia Conservatory, photo by N

The live performance oby the students of Santa Cecilia Conservatory, photo by N

Si è tenuto a Roma in occasione dell’ ultima edizione di Altaroma, presso il Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia la presentazione del libro di “B. M., Beppe Modenese, Ministry of Elegance” (Edizioni Skira, Euro 49,00), opera autobiografica ideata da Luca Stoppini, curata da Roberta Filippini che include fotografie e testi di Cesare Cunaccia, Giulia Crivelli, Franca Sozzani, Suzy Menkes e John Fairchild e racconta di un leggendario personaggio della moda italiana, Beppe Modenese (Presidente onorario della Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana), icona di eleganza. Un formidabile evento che ha unito la musica eseguita dagli studenti del Conservatorio e un talk di cui sono stati protagonisti Cesare Cunaccia, Adriana Mulassano, Roberta Filippini, Massimo Di Forti e Beppe Modenese. Una conversazione intima su Modenese, avviata da Cunaccia il quale ha affermato: “è come dovremmo essere, è realmente una rappresentazione iconica di quello che è l’ eleganza maschile”. Roberta Filippini si è rivolta alle “foto vere di Luca Stoppini (realizzate senza l’ uso delle tecniche di Photoshop) che leggono il tempo” le quali sono contenute nel libro la cui genesi è stata “un lavoro durato tre anni”. Il protagonista del libro ha raccontato che “ha fatto molti mestieri, è stato il primo a lavorare in un concept store ante litteram nel 1951, è stato il pr della couturier Jole Veneziani”. Il suo racconto è stato condito da una cronaca degli incontri tra cui quello con Estée Lauder a casa Crespi. Una eclettica individualità che è stata anche uno dei primi giornalisti televisivi, lavorando nel 1954/1955 nel programma televisivo “Vetrine”. “É un’ autobiografia generosa” – come Roberta Filippini ha sottolineato – “tocca Firenze e Pitti dal 1951, parla di Laura Biagiotti (presente tra il pubblico) e diventa un po’ la storia della moda e del costume italiano”. La giornalista e docente Adriana Mulassano ha narrato il simpatico episodio che riguardava lei e Modenese, invitati al Quirinale e le diverse scelte di eleganza da loro effettuate, il perfetto e raffinato look di Beppe e le sue insolite scelte più orientate alla moda del momento, gli anni settanta che erano oltremodo bizzarre per prender parte a quella circostanza ufficiale. Mi piace ricordare le parole di Massimo Di Forti sulla generosità di Beppe Modenese – da lui considerato come “l’ uomo che sussurrava alla moda” -, poiché essa è strettamente connessa al nucleo fondante dell’ umanità, un valore, il più importante, che celebro: “per avere bisogna dare”.

Cesare Cunaccia, Adriana Mulassano,Roberta Filippini and Massimo Di Forti, photo by N

Cesare Cunaccia, Adriana Mulassano,Roberta Filippini and Massimo Di Forti, photo by N

Cesare Cunaccia in a Cartesian pose, Adriana Mulassano, Roberta Filippini and Beppe Modenese, photo by N

Cesare Cunaccia in a Cartesian moment, Adriana Mulassano and Beppe Modenese, photo by N

The shining Marisela Federici and her unique smile, photo by N

The shining Marisela Federici and her unique smile, photo by N

Lupo Lanzara, Alessandra Spalletti, me and Fabiana Balestra, photo by Caterina Gatta

Lupo Lanzara, Alessandra Spalletti, me and Fabiana Balestra, photo by Caterina Gatta

Roberta Filippini, photo by N

Roberta Filippini, photo by N

Fabiana Balestra, Caterina Gatta (aka Kitteness/Gattosità), me and Francesca Romana Secca, photo by N

Fabiana Balestra, Caterina Gatta (aka Kitteneness/Gattosità), me and Francesca Romana Secca, photo by N

www.altaroma.it

William Burroughs featuring in the Penelope's show window, photo by N

William Burroughs featuring in the Penelope’s show window, photo by N

I recently visited in Brescia the smashing cathedral of conceptual fashion Penelope, created by the brilliant and vibrant Roberta Valentini. Vibrations meeting themselves as William Burroughs featuring in the shop-windows of boutique, being this year and this month the centenary of his birth, persona immediately making me think about the cut-up (literary technique he created along with the visual artist Brion Gysin, embodied in the marvelous book “The third mind”, which has found a new context in fashion, becoming the theme of “Urban cut-up”, the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 capsule collection by L. Rousseau, young, talented fashion designer). It was sales time, thus I couldn’t enjoy most of choices made by Roberta. Nevertheless it was clear and visible her unique taste and visions I appreciate and share: one for all is Comme des Garçons along with Yohji Yamamoto, Lanvin, Vionnet, Azzedine Alaia, including also contemporary creatives as well as  young contemporary creatives as Simone Rainer, Benedetta Bruzziches, Stella Jean and Fausto Puglisi. Fashion and new ideas, as sustainaibility, made concrete by the bags by Carmina Campus, brand created by the pioneer Ilaria Venturini Fendi, promoting the culture of re-use. An amazing interlude has been the visit to Penelope Sposa, bridal boutique which feels like getting married (also for the ones who – like me – are allergic to wedding, as – Domenico Modugno sang – “it does not bind a dream by a contract”). Here I also ran into a very beautiful, future spouse who was choosing her dress and was dressed by Penelope from the head to feet. Minimalism, conceptual elegance, sophistication and refinement, those are the alchemies of Penelope. A temple to visit and come back. I will come back soon to enjoy the companion of Roberta, her assertive individuality and wisdom I love and celebrate and hopefully also to see her hidden treasures, her rich fashion archives, a genuine fashion encyclopedia of conceptual fashion, source of culture and precious suggestions.

PENELOPE: QUANDO LA MODA É CULTURA E UNO STILE DI VITA

The first thing I saw at Penelope, the bag by Carmina Campus

The first thing I saw at Penelope, the bag by Carmina Campus

Ho recentemente fatto visita a Brescia alla formidabile cattedrale di moda concettuale Penelope, creata dalla brillante e vibrante Roberta Valentini. Vibrazioni che si incontrano come William Burroughs, protagonista delle vetrine della boutique, il cui centenario ricorre quest’ anno, personaggio che mi fa subito pensare al cut-up (tecnica letteraria da lui creata unitamente all’ artista Brion Gysin, racchiusa nel meraviglioso libro “The third mind”, che ha trovato un nuovo contesto nella moda, divenendo il tema di “Urban cut-up”, la collezione capsule autunno/inverno 2014-2015 di L. Rousseau, giovane e talentuosa fashion designer). Era tempo di saldi, sicché non ho potuto apprezzare la maggior parte delle scelte effettuate da Roberta. Ciònondimeno era chiaro e visibile il suo gusto unico e le visioni che anche io apprezzo e condivido: uno su tutti Comme des Garçons insieme a Yohji Yamamoto, Lanvin, Vionnet, Azzedine Alaia come anche giovani creativi contemporanei quali Simone Rainer, Benedetta Bruzziches, Stella Jean e Fausto Puglisi. Moda e nuove idee come la sostenibilità, concretizzata nelle borse di Carmina Campus, brand creato dalla pionieristica Ilaria Venturini Fendi che promuove la cultura del riuso. Uno splendido interludio è stato la visita a Penelope Sposa, boutique di abiti da sposa che fa venir voglia di sposarsi (anche a coloro che – come me – sono allergici al matrimonio, poiché – come cantava Domenico Modugno – “con un contratto non si lega un sogno”). Ivi mi sono imbattuta in una futura sposa, bellissima, che stava scegliendo il proprio abito da sposa vestita da Penelope dalla testa ai piedi. Minimalismo, eleganza concettuale, sofisticazione e raffinatezza, queste sono le alchimie di Penelope. Un tempio da visitare e in cui tornare. Ritornerò presto per godere della compagnia di Roberta, della sua assertiva individualità e saggezza che amo e celebro e sperabilmente anche per vedere i suoi tesori nascosti, il suo ricco archivio, un’ autentica enciclopedia di moda concettuale, risorsa di cultura e preziose visioni.

Penelope, photo by N

Penelope, photo by N

Me, myself and I, hat moment at Penelope, photo by N

Me, myself and I, hat moment at Penelope, photo by N

May the cut-up be  with you!... William Burroughs at Penelope strikes back, photo by N

May the cut-up be with you!… William Burroughs at Penelope strikes back, photo by N

Magic moment: Penelopesposa, photo by N

Magic moment: Penelopesposa, photo by N

Lightness and a detail in the name of Vionnet, photo by N

Lightness and a detail in the name of Vionnet, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa,  photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Lace, silk and a vintage details, the shoes by Alaia, photo by N

Lace, silk and a vintage details, the shoes by Alaia, photo by N

Penelopestore, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Jewelry in the name of love at Penelopesposa, photo by N

Jewelry in the name of love at Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Lanvin at Penelopesposa, photo by N

Lanvin at Penelopesposa, photo by N

Lanvin at Penelopesposa, photo by N

Lanvin at Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

The one and only Roberta Valentini, me and the nice Penelope-sque being part of Penelope family, photo by N

The one and only Roberta Valentini, me and the nice Penelope-sque being part of Penelope family, photo by N

Dress by Comme des Garçons, necklace by Lanvin, photo by N

Dress by Comme des Garçons, necklace by Lanvin, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Comme des Garçons, photo by N

Comme des Garçons, photo by N

Comme des Garçons, photo by N

Comme des Garçons, photo by N

Roberta Valentini showing me a acket by Comme des Garçons, photo by N

Roberta Valentini showing me a jacket by Comme des Garçons, photo by N

Miss Bonomi choosing the bridal gown and accessories at Penelopesposa, photo by N

Miss Bonomi choosing the bridal gown and accessories at Penelopesposa, photo by N

Vionnet, photo by N

Vionnet, photo by N

The magic of random: to see Roberta Valentini at the Brescia railway station early in the morning before leaving, photo by N

The magic of random: to see Roberta Valentini at the Brescia railway station early in the morning before leaving, photo by N

Black celebration moment featuring me, myself and I, photo by N

Black celebration moment featuring me, myself and I, photo by N

www.penelope-store.it

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