ENVY - Punk elegance

Bodysuit: The Blonds, Nose ring, earrings and rings: Chrishabana, Rings: Ona Chan Jewelry.

Photographer: Matthew Priestley
Stylist: Julie Matos @ Ford Artists
Makeup: Justin St Clair @ Ford Artists
Hair: David Lopez @ Ford Artists
Model: Zhenya Katava @ Women Management
Photographer’s Assistant: Chris Galli
Exclusive for: Fashion Gone Rogue

Everybody loves Fashion, but trends should not be blindly trusted. Having a personal style, indeed, is one of the most important things to express oneself and to distinguish it from a crowd. That’s why I love this editorial so much: Zhenya Katava shows her personal style and attitude combining lace and flowers with dark corsets and punk jewels. The creations of Givenchy, Lanvin, Prada, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and other great designers are paired with rebellious smudged eyes, glittering accessories and teased tresses.

Bodysuit: The Blonds, Belt: Jitrois, Pants: Cynthia Rowley.


Tutti amano la Moda, ma non ci si dovrebbe affidare ciecamente alle mode del momento. Avere uno stile individuale è infatti una delle cose più importanti per distinguersi ed esprimere la propria personalità. Ecco perché mi piace così tanto questo editoriale: Zhenya Katava mostra in modo fiero uno stile e un’attitudine decisamente personali, mixando pizzo e stampe floreali a corsetti dark e gioielli punk. Le creazioni di Givenchy, Lanvin, Prada, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs e altri grandi nomi dell’Olimpo Fashion sono accostate ad accessori scintillanti, eye-liner colato e ricci increspati dal pettine per un look da perfetta ribelle.

Tulle bolero: Terry King, White lace dress: Givenchy, Long dress: Max Mara, Shoes: Walter Stieger.

Dress: Lanvin, Jacket: Givenchy, Shoes: Walter Stieger.

Top: Lako:Bukia, Feather necklace: Ohne Titel.

Feather necklace: Ohne Titel, Cincher: The Blonds, Skirt: Jac Langheim, Skirt (worn underneath): Rodarte.

Fur: J. Mendel, Top: Prada, Peplum: Cushie et Ochs, Skirt: Marc Jacobs.

Floral top: Tom Ford, Earring and nose ring: Chrishabana, Scorpion necklace: Tom Ford, Jacket: Sport Max.


Key looks for Spring

Melissa Tammerijn (hair by Mark Daniel Bailey, make-up by James O’Reily, styled by Damian Foxe and photographed by Andrew Yee) models the Spring collections for the latest issue of How to Spend It Magazine. Melissa is wearing garments from all the greatest designers in the world including Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, Burberry Prorsum amongst others.
Most notably absent from this selection? Versace (one of my favourite Summer collections, together with Prada and Dolce&Gabbana).


Sono di Andrew Yee le foto che ritraggono Melissa Tammerijn (acconciatura ad opera di Mark Daniel Bailey, make-up di James O'Reily, styling di Damian Foxe) mentre indossa tutti (o quasi) i must della Primavera 2012 per l'ultimo numero del magazine How To Spend It.
Il grande assente in questa splendida selezione? Versace (una delle collezioni che ho amato di più insieme a quelle di Prada e Dolce&Gabbana). Non mancano però creazioni di celeberrime Maison di Moda, tra le quali Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander e Burberry Prorsum.


Swept Away

Jourdan Dunn & Daria Strokous by Josh Olins for Vogue Japan April 2012


Art through Music: Somebody that I used to know

At first I thought it was Sting, but then I discovered that the song “Somebody that I used to know” was sung by Gotye (derived from "Gaultier", the French equivalent of Wouter/Walter) which is the stage name of Wouter "Wally" de Backer, a Belgian born, Australian emerging artist, multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter. He is really good and I think his song is great, but the thing that struck me the most was the video: extremely artistic (without being trash – a trait that nowadays enshrouds the whole music world, or, to be precise, the whole music video world) and really well done. The one thing I appreciate the most was the trompe l’œil technique combined with body painting.

Ad un primo ascolto ho creduto fosse Sting, ma poi ho scoperto che la canzone “Somebody that I used to know” (che trovo bellissima) era cantata da Gotye, nome d'arte (derivato da "Gaultier", corrispettivo francese di Wouter/Gualtiero) di Wouter "Wally" de Backer, un artista emergente (musicista polistrumentista e cantautore) belga naturalizzato australiano, davvero molto bravo. Ma la cosa che mi ha colpito di più è stato il video: estremamente artistico (senza però la vena trash che oggi sembra permeare tutto il mondo della musica, o meglio dei video musicali) e ben realizzato. Ho apprezzato particolarmente l’uso della tecnica del trompe l’œil unita al body painting.

Detail of a figs basket / Dettaglio di una cesta di fichi
Villa Oplontis (Torre Annunziata, Napoli)
I century B.C. / I secolo a.C.
Detail of a decorated wall / Dettaglio di una parete decorata
Villa dei Misteri (Pompei)
I century B.C. / I secolo a.C.
Details of Phannius Synistor House / Dettagli della Villa di Fannius Sinistor
Boscoreale (Napoli)
I century B.C. / I secolo a.C.

Despite all the most ancient attestations going back to Classic period, the term which could qualify this technique was born in France only in the Nineteenth century. Trompe l’œil, indeed, literally means “fooling an eye” and it indicates the pictorial representation whose aim is to mislead human perception through mimesis of reality (which is not that easy because of the two-dimensional nature of the pictorial bearing).

Benché le prime attestazioni di questa tecnica risalgano al mondo classico romano, l’espressione che potesse qualificarla, appunto “trompe l’œil” (lett. “ingannare l’occhio”), nacque in Francia solo agli inizi dell’Ottocento ed indica quella rappresentazione pittorica il cui fine ultimo è l’inganno dell’umana percezione attraverso la mimesi del vero, resa ben poco agevole dalla natura bidimensionale del supporto pittorico.


The best of Lanvin, Givenchy and Stella McCartney Fall 2012 / 2013

That's how Alber Elbaz celebrated his 10-Years Lanvin Anniversary!
An opulent and luxuriant runway!

The darkest side of Givenchy, the one Hubert had never known.
I think Steven Meisel and Steven Klein will love these looks too and maybe Klein will shot Kate again!

Neoprene or techno or varsity details + tweeds = Stella McCartney's sporty chic style!
Feminine suits and dresses, but always comfortable.


Fall 2012/2013: Capes, capes, capes!

Fur, coloured, printed, embroidered, long, short, knit, trompe l'œil, shirt, silk, wool... capes! They made a comeback last winter but their moment of glory is still going on! This fall, the cape is one of the pieces every stilish woman must own!


From left to right: Dior Pre-Fall, Yves Saint Laurent Pre-Fall, Marni.

Comme des Garçons, Gucci, Dolce&Gabbana.
Cacharel, Viktor&Rolf, Junya Watanabe.


In pelliccia, colorate, stampate, decorate, lunghe, corte, in maglia, a camicia, trompe l'œil, in seta, in lana... Sono tornate alla ribalta lo scorso inverno ma il loro momento di gloria continua! Nell'armadio di ogni donna questo inverno non può mancare una cappa!


Comme des Garçons, Viktor&Rolf, Haider Ackermann.
Vivienne Westwood, Dolce&Gabbana, Chanel Pre-Fall.
Comme des Garçons, Gucci, Fendi.
Jean Paul Gaultier, Junya Watanabe, Marni.

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