Your Inner Goddess The Hair The Outfit

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kirsten dunst, garrett hedlund, cannes, 2012, on the road

 

I am bored to tears with all those hyper-starched, tailored clothes which seem to be more like cardboard than cloth.  Looks which come matched  with 50s hair styles drenched in spray where each strand has been backcombed so much that the hair ends up looking completely frazzled, yet standing erect to attention.  The catwalk seems to be in a continuous loop, referencing those period styles which the television series Mad Men re-ignited in the collective imagination.  I want to nudge things in another direction, what about our inner goddess?

Kirsten Dunst on the red carpet in Cannes ( promoting the film “On The Road”) inspired me to take action.

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Photo curtesy of SGP

First, let’s take a look through mythical time to see what a goddess could be. Most obvious would be to look towards the Pre-Raphaelites, but I personally have a penchant for William Adolphe Bouguereau when I want to imagine what a “goddess” should look like.

THE HAIR

William-Adolphe Bouguereau

The Birth Of Venus

by William Adolphe Bouguereau

Musee D’Orsay, Paris

People usually reserve goddess hair for wedding days but I think it could  definitely be used everyday

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This is the image from my bedroom window.  Behind this quaint quintessentially Italian vista, a piazza, a cluster of dusty pastel houses that lie behind a roman arch looms a forbdding umbrealla of towerblocks, whose mirrored panels suddenly make me feel that I am living on the equator, and who now block out the snow peaked alps which made my spirits rise when the Milanese smog haze abated.

Last Thursday I decided to take a trip to Florence from my country house in Tuscany. The whole trip was a upheaval from start to finish. The amount of speed cameras along highway there (the FI-PI-LI) had mushroomed – and I could not help myself from getting charged up (and therefore pushing the accelerator pedal down) from my Rihana blasts on the sound system – which all meant that the poor Gleeks (formally known as “my children”) in the backseat – were subjected to emergency stops every few minutes.

Ok. I will say it once, and I will probably say it a million times again, there are just too many people on in the world, and a lot of those people had decided to go to Florence on that very same day as me. So Florence vision that day was summed up in a mass of swarming bodies. Exhausting!

Florence’s cunning plan to this obvious overpopulation problem, is to turn it into their positive, and squeeze as many of these car driving tourists out. Those who naively think that they can simply drive into the centre are sucked dry from fines given to their car rentals by millions of city cameras perched all over the city keeping a close eye at those number plates. You simply can’t drive in – unless you pre-fix it with your hotel.

I was unable to put my finger on the unsettling feeling that this caused me until I saw the Monocle podcast covering the Prix Pictet

 

K’s Milestone in Porto Cervo

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K  reached a milestone and wanted to celebrate it with , gossiping, flirty disco dancing, tanning, long aperitovos, and window shopping – which meant it was a girls only weekend.

 

K possesses a uniquely wonderful quality.  She is hyper organised without being neurotic.  We arrived to a house with fresh rolled up towels, the latest magazines fanned out on the coffee table and a fridge packed with treats.

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As Porto Cervo is K’s spiritual home, she felt it was time  for her friends learn a little bit about her religion.

So, before we could blink we are on K’s fun fun fun packed schedule.

 

 

 

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Nestled just behind the main drag that faces the sea,  there is a cluster of very stylish design and art-themed shops, mixed in with a few aperitivo places, to stop off and down cool at.  The aesthetic bent of this area is not an accident, as its curator  is Andrea Brugnoni, Rossana Orlandi’s (one of design’s sharpest eyes)  son.

Stuart Haygarth-Spectacle-Gallery FUMI

Stuart Haygarth-Spectacle-Gallery FUMI

Most of the spaces were closed by the time we arrived, yet I did manage to spend some time with my my face glued to some store windows.  Porto Cervo may be minute, but this did not stop Andrea from pulling in some seriously big design names.  I fell in love with the London-based  The Fumi Gallery , and the chandelier that draped down from the center of the room.  It was entirely made up of sunglasses.

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Fumi Gallery, Porto Cervo

Andrea had us for drinks and introduced us to his local friends at the Belvedere Bar on the terrace of the Mdm  Museum which was stocked with contemporary greats such as Massimo Vitali, Sabine Pigalle, and Damian Hirst.

 

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At The Louise Alexander Gallery

Massimo Vitali

Coney Island

Soon it was time to eat. K took us to one of her favourite restaurants Pedrinelli, which had a starter buffet to die and go to heaven for.  I never fail to over-do it when food comes buffet-style.  Even though the second course was just as good, it was up hill from then on.

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Pedrinelli

There were candles overflowing throughout the restaurant.  I loved how a a collection of them were used in the fireplace.

 

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Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Milan its Duomo, Athens its Acropolis, Porto Cervo has the Billionaire.  This time, not a monument, but a nightclub.  Over the years Porto Cervo’s lure seems to have faltered for its  founder Prince Aga Khan, whoe  is hardly ever seen out and about at his beachside kingdown,  so his crown as been inherited by another  princling. Flavio Briatore, Formula One boss and owner of the Billionaire, a nightclub

 

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Lydia Fenet in the Spirit of things at The Billioniare

What can I tell you about the infamous club?  It was full of hot and sweaty people.  There was a “royal area” for the people who had real money to spend, plus and ever more super royal area cordoned off  for  Flav, and his friends, who included, on this particular night the newly divorced jeweler Fawaz Grusoi, owner and founder Grisogono.  Who seemed only to happy to lambada on a collection seats and tables amid  a variety nymphets.

 

Flavio was kind enough to take time out to rub cheeks with me for a photo.

 

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Firm & fuzzy friends Jas & Flav

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Feelin’ like a Billionairess, in the Royal enclosure,  Holly Dunlap

 

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Fresh faces, from Fashion TV to The Billionaire

As K’s crowd loves a challenge, so we tried  to convince the beefcakes guarding the  “royal” area to let us in, only to realise that inside it was much the same as the rest of the club, only that the men were older and uglier (and maybe richer?) while the women younger and more beautiful.

 

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More fun outside The Billionaire

The next day K had rented us not a super yacht, but something that would easily qualify as tender to a very serious super yacht, which was just as good for us.

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K & Holly

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Picnic

Happy memories, with my trusty Borsalino hat before is started to look like a wrinkled crisp

Sardinia, sea, girls, beach

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Lydia entertains us with somersaults

 

Photo Oppourtunity

Aperitivo time at Poltu Quatu

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Then it was drinks time on the port at Poltu Quatu.  I had my trusty Shakerato.

This coffee iced was an absolute necessity if I wanted to keep me going at K’s pace.

 

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Afterwards it was home quick change, and then for some pre-dinner dancing at a 70s party held on Phi beach.

 

 

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There is nothing better than dancing while looking at the ocean, and Phi Beach well, its spectacular.

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Lydia brings Hello! style to Phi beach

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How thoughtful!

Just as the sunset was about to go, a helicopter swooped down and dropped a bunch of gold and silver jackets to keep us warm.

 

Centre Isabella on the right, K

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Isabella, Andrea & K

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K & Holly

Dinner this time  round was poolside, listening to brazillian music at Aruana.  The Brazillian eating here, meant lots of meat on sticks.

 

Then it was onto nightclub number 3, this time called Sotto Vento.  I couldn’t get my head around the music, which made me feel too old to be there.

 

SUNDAY

 

 

 

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The american girls there was one last thing to tick of their “to do” list.   Lunch at the Cala Di Volpe, a hotel which is an instituation on the Costa Smeralda.

 

We swaned in for lunch by the pool, to be told that it was there was only an obligatory buffet for Euro 195 per head.  We gave our excuses and passed for something smaller and less expensive on the terrace, and left our seats of the crowd of Russians who arrived late, and for whome €195 is mere small change.

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Seeing a Wally Boat at Cale di Volpe, and then soon feeling like a wally too, poolside

 

I felt a lot better once I had topped up on another Sherkarato, and my local friends arrived.cala di volpe, caffè shakeratocala di volpe, caffè shakerato

 

 

The afternoon was spent on K’s favourite beach, Pevero.

 

 

Then we took our sandy feet on a walk about around Porto Cervo, stopping off at Sa Conca to try its world-famous ice creams and patisseries

 

If your idea of a holiday is a search of the old and authentic, Porto Cervo is not the place for you.   Porto Cervo has no past, unless you consider 1961 as old enough to qualify.

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The big draw of this particular locale, and the reason it found itself on the list of  anyone serious about being jet set,  is its outstanding natural beauty, but it is one which comes at a cost.  Porto Cervo sits on a coastline called the Costa Smeralda, translated; The Emerald Coast.  The jewel like waters that lap this coastline, sparkle with a green and blue that does not emulate, but surpasses the promise of this name.

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That  sun kissed Adonis is GIORGIO ARMANI!

Porto Cervo itself, was the vision of one man, Prince Aga Khan.  He built the whole village, and made it his own personal playground.  Over the years  the allure of exlusivity has been sustained through one thing, money, as playing there comes at a very high cost.  Today Porto Cervo is bling bling pot hole for those who like to spend a lot on holiday.

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Size is everything in Porto Cervo

THE STAY

A CLASSICAL BEACH HOUSE INTERIOR

K’s mother-in-law, had generously offered us the use of her holiday beach house.  Though she was not around to be quizzed on all her great style ideas she left me a few good clues.

The house had a classic nautical feel, blue and white which guarantees a happy summery feel.

To get a feel for the Costa I found 2 very good books in the house.

 

I think they are both out of print, but they were great  sources of porto cervo style through the years

 

I loved the fuild frame of this window in the book above, I picked up on this style again when I went to look at the church in Porto Cervo

 

Church of Stella Maris

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The little Church of Stella Maris was built by the architect Michele Busiri Vici in the early 1960′s (inside you will find an El Greco)

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Barbapapa

I felt that overall architectural feel of Porto Cervo, was part Santa Fe, part Barba Papa

 

 

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Sante Fe

OUTSIDE SPACES

Porto Cervo may be small and desirable to many, yet thankfully the development of the area has not gone overboard.  The architectural style is discreet and sympathetic to its natural environment.  So this part of Sardinia still seems wild and natural.

K’s mother-in-law had been lumped with a few giant rocks in her garden.  Instead of  hiding them with plants she made them into a feature, planting succulents into pot holes.

WHAT TO WEAR

I bought all the wrong things.  I packed when I was in an anti-travel anti-festive  mood. Not a good idea.

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K, a friend to the last, offered up a piece of bona fide couture,  a Mathew Williamson piece with butterfly wings, it made me feel like an instant superstar.

NIGHT TIME LOOKS: DOING THE 70s ON PHI BEACH

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Last minute 70s looks

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A lot in Porto Cervo look pneumatic

 

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Making a pattern choice permanent

 

 

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Nobody does it better than Vintage

ON THE BOAT: BEACH STYLE

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Isabelle shows us how to work her H & M swimming costume,  and gold Phi Beach jacket the latin, playgirl way

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Isa gives me some tips

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I try my best in this lovely Eres one piece which miraculously sliced 5 Kgs off my body as I put it on

 

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botegga veneta

cala di volpe

 

The look is spaghetti western with a twist

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L.O.V.E.D The Craker-Jack Poufs

Bite Sized Style Firenze!

florence

Last Thursday I decided to take a trip to Florence from my country house in Tuscany.  The whole trip was a upheaval from start to finish.  The amount of speed cameras along highway there (the FI-PI-LI) had mushroomed – and I could not help myself from getting charged up (and therefore pushing the accelerator pedal down) from my Rihana blasts on the sound system – which all meant that the poor Gleeks (formally known as “my children”) in the backseat – were subjected to emergency stops every few minutes.

Ok. I will say it once, and I will probably say it a million times again, there are just too many people on in the world, and a lot of those people had decided to go to Florence on that very same day as me.  So Florence vision that day was summed up in a mass of swarming bodies. Exhausting!

Florence’s cunning plan to this obvious overpopulation problem, is to turn it into their positive, and squeeze as many of these car driving tourists out.  Those who naively think that they can simply drive into the centre are sucked dry from fines given to their car rentals by millions of city cameras perched all over the city keeping a close eye at those number plates.  You simply can’t drive in – unless you pre-fix it with your hotel.

 

Street Style Milan Fashion Week

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Yes ‘ Street Style’ may have turned into pure affectation – but it is a pleasure to take in.  Those determined to get photographed as always go for the brightest of colors rain, shine, winter or summer – while most of the men, who tend to be more sartorially limited,  play with contrasts; pattern, fabric and textures – its all in the mix!

SKY BLUE GETS ELECTRIC

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JUST PEACHY

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MILLER TIME

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COMFORT CLOTHING

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GRAB & GOES

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NON-STAID PLAIDS

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SARTORIALLY PUNKED

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TOMBOY

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THE PLAYTIME MIX

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Who Else Wants Hassle Free Automobile Investment?

Owning a vehicle is one of the many investments that many achieve to have in the future and these days along with the purchase of a car, many owners also look into referring for a variety of Bevan auto insurance Barrie quotes as well as those from other locales, as there are a lot of factors to look into when you are looking into purchasing an automobile. If you have yet to recognize just how you can deal with a vehicle purchase and not have any troubles in doing so, you should consider some of these different steps so that your car purchase is as hassle free as possible.

 

What do you need?

Investing on an automobile takes a considerable amount of money which is why it is important for you to be able to know what make and model you really need to make your daily travels a lot more comfortable and at ease as you go from your home to other places. Look for some of the latest in the market and research to see those that are well within your personal needs like extra storage space, more seating capacity as well as other vehicle functions that will make your everyday driving easier.

 

Where to invest?

Aside from being specific to what you need from a vehicle, also take into consideration where you will be making your investment in terms of which dealership to go to for your purchase and if these facilities can give you the kind of vehicle that you what to invest on. Along with reading up on the latest vehicle models that you can purchase, you should also look up some of the best car companies that provide some of the latest models and makes or directly look at the car dealerships that are near your area so you can direct your purchases with ease and convenience.

 

How much money to invest?

It matters a lot to consider the amount of money that you can shell out in purchasing your vehicle as these days you can also have the option of purchasing pre-owned vehicles that still function at optimal levels but can be bought at a much more affordable price that its brand new versions. Either new or old the instance of having the right kind of budget ideal when it comes to your vehicle investment should always be one of your top priorities so that you are sure enough to have less worry along the way and you are rest assured that your vehicle purchase is a possibility that can be fulfilled.

 

Who to consult with?

Additionally as you take your vehicle purchase it is also a big consideration for you to have particular professionals and representatives that you can get to confer with in case you have any troubles in relation to your vehicle investment. It can start with your dealer, a mechanic or even your insurance provider, as long as you have these different personnel that you can get to when the necessities come up you will have a much easier time as your vehicle investment comes along since you have the direct resource people who will be able to assist you in the different areas on which you may possibly have issues with your vehicle.

 

Why you are investing?

On top of these different ideals for your vehicle investment, you should also have you perspective when it comes to why you are looking into the purchase and exactly what it will take for you to complete the investment as hassle free as possible not just through the best information and resource personnel but also for your future plans. As among the many valuable pieces of property that anyone can gain is a car, you should look into that possibility that there can be a time that you will be trading in this investment or selling it for another kind of vehicle, for whatever purpose it is also essential for you to realize this to have a clear and hassle free process of investment.

Miu Miu

If you chance on a Milanese, more likely than not you will find that they often come with a year-round mandatory tan.

Serious sun ray exposure is a must

(credit to weekends away: winter = ski, summers = beach bathing).

So, sunglasses are serious business in Italy.

Day or night, rain or shine glasses are worn on everyday people with a flamboyant confidence that we would usually expect to only find on veteran starlettes.

Zanita Wittington for Bonds

 

Miu Miu S/S 2013

Rasior Sunglasses

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Miu Miu S/S 2014

50s-retro

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Tom Ford S/S 2011

Tom Ford S/S 2011

Elizabeth and James

Olivia Palermo in Elizabeth and James

Celine

Celine

 

Celine Papillion F/W 2013

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Tom Ford’s “Anouk”

I agree, that yes, glasses can instantly make anyone look much more alluring, and superstar-I-need-downtime-from-my-fans-mysterious , but in my case as I am hopeless at taking myself too seriously in the glamour department, my eyepieces need to come with a twist – something kookie and vintage is my call. For me Tom Ford‘s Anouk cat’s eyes do the trick.

Something Even More Edgy

 

Tom Ford ‘Nikita’ Cat Eye glasses, S/S 2010 eyewear campaign

Tom Ford ‘s NICO from the SILMO 2009 collection

OPTICAL CONTOURS THROUGH TIME The cat’s eye shape first became popular in the 1950s and 1960s, before this it was all about the bug-eye glasses of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

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From Left: Marilyn Monroe, 1967 in Bug Eyes; Audrey Hepburn style icon immortalizing the Cat Eye style; Dame Edna(Barry)Still refusing to let go of this enduring style

When Audrey Hepburn‘s used of the “cat’s” in the 1961 her film Breakfast at Tiffany’s the new trend started.

Suddenly they were seen on everyone, from Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Windsor, Dinah Manoff, Mary Whitehouse, Amy Lame, and then much later, Barry Humphries. Dame Edna (Barry) Still refusing to let go of this enduring style

The upturned comma at the edge became a seminal look for Dame Edna. She faithfully continues to make this eye glass shape part of her signature style. Tom Ford realised that he had stuck gold with this feline shape, so he has continued with the Cats Eye, playing and evolving its shape.

 

MICHELE BONAN: Spring cleaning Tuscan Interiors

Money can buy you anything, but the ability to style interior environments that are both chic and yet relaxed, and informal is down to innate talent and Florence based interior designer/architect Michele Bonan is someone particularly skilled at creating these types of environments, and  is one of the few interior designers who have managed to break onto the global arena with a signature, fresh contemporary style. To date Bonan is mostly celebrated for the  work he has done with the Ferragamos (The Lungarno Collection) , the JK Place hotels in both Capri, and Florence ( and soon, Rome. too) and Casa Tua

Jas spoke to the designer to find out how his Florentine background has influenced the way he works

Q: As you live in Florence is this town the DNA to your style?

A: Florence is bursting with artisans – that have skills that the rest of the world envy us for. I have a huge respect for their work. Just going for a short walk in this city leaves you full of inspiration. Few know this but the original inspiration for Emilio Pucci’s bold graphics originally came from Florence’s Duomo.

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Florence Duomo, Emilio Pucci’s Bold Graphics, Detail Florence Duomo

Q: What are your favourite spots in Tuscany ?

A: I have no specific place, for me each small town, each little street inspires me

Q: How has the landscape of Tuscany influenced your style?

A: Well, this is hard to answer it depends on the project, and not Tuscany as such. I approach each project as a puzzle, I look at the location but more importantly I need to understand the client and his needs in a deep and meaningful way. When we come to a project we have to work with the client’s objects that may not fit with my aesthetic but we always have to find a way of working with them, and enriching what they are and how they are presented Having said that, I am Tuscan by birth and I know it intimately. What I can say is that each particular location has its own “materials” , this always needs to be taken into account and respected for example; In Umbria…., while on the border of Tuscany/Lazio there is Cotto/Travetino, by the sea in Forte dei Marmi there’s marble. Secondly it’s important to understand what others did through history. And finally there is my own personal elecletic style

Cuisine Art: Colortaste

Alfonso Catalano, Cuisine into art, chefs, 14 michellin stars, famous cuisine

14 Italian chefs were asked to prepare their dishes inspired by the art of pictorial painting. These compositions where then placed on a transparent “canvas” and then photographed by Alfonso Catalano.

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The transparent canvas upon which the ingredients where placed turned the works into translucent paintings.

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Carpaccio Di Carnevale - Chef Graziano Prest

We talked to Alfonso about this project:

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faviconQ. Can you tell me a little about you? Describe yourself in 3 words.

A. Versatile, curious and ironic.

faviconQ.   How do your approach the idea of photographing food?

A. I am not known as a ” food” photographer per se.  My general approach is to always use original ideas and techniques to express an idea.

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Chef Enrico Cerea

faviconQ.   What do look for when taking a picture?

A. When I make the photo I pay a lot of attention to the composition. In general to the border of an image. I always ensure that an image has to contain a balanced between its aesthetic value and  the need to illustrate the content in a clear way.

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faviconQ. If there are any pointers that you could give an aspiring food photographer what would they be?

A. To keep grounded while  and to taking risks and being tough. In my career I have seen many “one hit wonders” – that try, find things to much of a challenge and then give up.  If you have to make a living as a photographer, you have to remember that it is a demanding job that requires a lot of perseverance and self-sacrifice.  The efforts are bearable if you are motivated by a deep passion.

chef Enrico Cerea, Ristorante Da VittorioBergamo Brusaporto

faviconQ. Can you talk about the conceptual process in representing the tastes of food in your pictures?

A. For Colortaste my inspiration was the abstract art of the 1900s, and looking at the work of great chefs, their artistic gestures,  such as the  action paintings of Pollock. So I asked the cooks to use ingredients like pure color, to turn their creations into works, their recipes into paintings; evoking the atmosphere of the paintings from the 1900s  to become painters and to see their works as compositions.

I wanted to turn the kitchen into a laboratory; of  a  mixing up of the senses, where taste, sight, smell… it’s a known, in fact, that you eat with your eyes.

chef Enrico Cerea, Ristorante Da VittorioBergamo Brusaporto

faviconQ. Having seen some of your photography work, it makes sense some major influences for you would be painters.  Is there something in particular you’ve taken from each?

A. For Colortaste what inspired me were the greatest exponents of abstraction of 1900s. Painters such as Kandinsky, Mondrian, and then again Lucio Fontana and Jackson Pollock. Finally, in more general terms when considering the play of light, I always think of Caravaggio’s paintings.

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Paintings by (from top left to right, from beneath left to right):

1. & 2. – Kandinsky, 3. Piet Mondrian, 4. Pollock

chef Enrico Cerea, Ristorante Da VittorioBergamo Brusaporto

faviconQ. If you had to pick a favorite camera…what would it be?

A. In general, for the enormous versatility, I use cameras with a  small format size ; Normally I go for the the latest Nikon cameras (Nikon D4).  For special commissions I use the medium format cameras (that I use only for particular jobs) its with ‘Digital Dorse Phase One’.

Q. What’s the most fun you’ve had on a set?

A. Photographing the chef Valeria Piccini – during  the various attempts to photograph of her famous “Stuffed Gnocchi”  dish.  In trying to obtain the perfect  “stain” and  taken in  by the force of time, even my jacket turned into a palette.

 

RAFFIA as the the new haute luxe: destructible

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Durability is the new luxury bench mark.  Status labels are not enough, and what screams rich louder than anything?  ”I am so expensive this doesn’t even get to be dry cleaned.”

This phenomenon hit home when I visited the showroom of the current king of  ”absolute luxe” – Brunello Cucinelli where I found a pair of pale beige shoes trimmed with feathers.  These shoes and accompanying price tag that edges towards four digits are one of those items that take “luxury” to the next step to a category called “absolute luxe.”

While my immediate thought is – how do you clean that?  For a few  out there – that limited life span is a non issue – yes, we are not referring to that 1% – but that 0.0001%

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Raffia all Round:

Dolce&Gabbana, SS 2013

brunello cucinelli, shoes, feathers

Brunello Cucinelli, 2012

 

This is my theory behind the current popluarity of raffia, another material not known for its durability: bend it too much and it will break for sure. For this season Burberry went for it in a big way with spectacular results – but there were a few other companies who deserve a shout out too.

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Roberta di Camerino

ON THE STREET

Anna Dello Russo, trend, raffia, Roberta di Camerino

Anna Dello Russo with Paula Cademartori raffia bag

WISH LIST

CLOSE UP

paula cademartori

Paula Cademartori

Fall / Winter 12/13

roberta di camerino

Roberta di Camerino

S/S 2012

Ralph Lauren wedge, trend raffiaRalph Lauren wedge

ON THE CATWALK

Fashion trend, Raffia, Dolce and Gabbana, spring summer 2012, 2013

Raffia Dolce and Gabbana dress

IF YOU CAN’T PULL OF A RAFFIA DRESS

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Dolce and Gabbana

Burberry SS12 Womenswear - The Burberry Whipstitch Bag, trend raffia

Burberry bag

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Giorgia Surina

at the Burberry Prorsum

AW12 Menswear show wearing Burberry

raffia coat, bag and shoes

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Marni,

Woven Collection, Spring Summer 2013

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Burberry Prorsum,

spring 2012, trench coat (close up)

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Prada,

Raffia clutch, spring 2012

Raffia-frame clutch, Stella McCartney spring:summer 2008