RETRO-EMOTIONS

New florals. As fresh and powdery as summer frangrances, musky or woody with citrus lemon notes and orange blossom flower arrangements in the opening. Bright, modern, they evoke the past, a form of nostalgia experienced as a place to escape from an ended love affair; the global economic crisis; a place where to hide to find comfort, arousing positive emotions.

Photography ALBERTO PELLEGRINET Realization ALESSIO NESI Prints by WILLIAM MORRIS

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Eau de Parfum Acqua di Gioia GIORGIO ARMANI

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Parfum Intense Bellissima BLUMARINE

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Eau de Parfum Intense For Her NARCISO RODRIGUEZ

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Eau de Parfum Love CHLOÉ

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SILHOUETTE

Photography ALBERTO PELLEGRINET Realization ALESSIO NESI

Rigorous and eclectic. Radical yet romantic. Archaic but adopted and reflected in contemporary culture. Black attracts, enhances, dominates, falls when it makes a form-object-sign the protagonist.

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Its monochrome sums up the silhouette making it easier to discern through the outline, highlighting the most disturbing and seductive aspects of shadow, in the range of indefinitely dark tones culminating in complete darkness. Since always it inspires the most existential ideas of beauty.

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From left: Serge Noire SERGE LUTENS. Eau de Parfum Vivara EMILIO PUCCI. Eau de Parfum Miss Dior CHRISTIAN DIOR. Shower gel Flora GUCCI. Shower gel DOLCE & GABBANA. Eau de Parfum FantasticMan BYREDO PARFUMS. Eau de Toilette Infusion d’Iris PRADA. Eau de Parfum J’Adore CHRISTIAN DIOR. Eau de Parfum Chance CHANEL. Shower gel Bellissima BLUMARINE. Eau de Toilette Odeur 53 COMME DES GARÇONS.

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LADY MILLION

In collaboration with Fashiontrend Issue n°29 November 2010

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Appearances do not deceive, not even behind important design like the flacon of perfume that draws inspiration from a diamond. Name: Lady Million, design: ‘eighties, eccentric and maximalist, for aspiring rebels with wisdom, ideas against the mainstream and wardrobe à la page. The new women’s fragrance by Paco Rabanne winks at its masculine counterpart 1Million and through its packaging, realized by designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, expresses the audacious temperament of a woman, bold and  light and “not easily sidetracked”.

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Anne Flipo, Béatrice Piquet, Dominique Ropion, the “noses” behind the fragrance, have encapsulated in the category of sculpture-flacons the luminosity of a blossoming, boisé soul, sweet as raspberry jam, dense in meaning. An extraordinary example of the perfect harmony between content and container that interprets the style of the couturier, synthesizing the experience of a recognizable style through the perception of the material that already in itself is a collector’s item. After all, as Paco Rabanne himself loved to repeat: “a perfume has to be as loaded with significance as it is light to wear”.

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IMPROVS

In collaboration with Fashiontrend Issue n°29 November 2010

Realization ALESSIO NESI

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The identity of fragrances is diverse and subjective. Just as the reasons that inspire us to create images for interpreting new jus are diverse and subjective, but above all free. Improvisation that testify the identity of our times: once immersed in a bourgeoisie and decadent climate, made up of self-identification, myth, cult, where the incarnation of the desire to escape and the character of a specific historical context find an effective incarnation. An epochal and magical cliché, with the task of assuring continuity for distinction.

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pp 86-87 Eau de Parfum 10, Avenue George V BALENCIAGA PARIS. Eau de Parfum N°5 CHANEL.

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pp 88-89 Eau de Parfum Love, CHLOÉ. Eau de Toilette Opium YVES SAINT LAURENT.

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Eau de Parfum 10, Avenue George V BALENCIAGA PARIS

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Eau de Parfum N°5 CHANEL

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Eau de Parfum Love, CHLOÉ

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Eau de Toilette Opium YVES SAINT LAURENT

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GUIDE TO THE BEST CEMETERIES OF EUROPE

Books are among the only few things which never go out of fashion. The book Guide to the Cemeteries of Europe, by Fabio Giovannini (Alternative Press, pp.165), printed back in 2000, is a typical example of current events and research. The special guide is dedicated to those particular tourists without prejudices or taboos, wishing to go beyond the traditional sites identified by tourist- guidebooks.

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The guide shows how the cemeteries, considered by everybody as very sad places, are in reality beautiful gardens, monumental parks, enchanted places, outdoor art galleries. That reveal ancient memories. They stir up emotions, are places of meditation and invite to enjoy a “different kind”. Funerary Art, in order not get trapped in a vision of Art separated from society and from its time.

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London’s Highgate Cemetery: Egyptian Avenue

The most important and rich in artwork are those from the  nineteenth century. Père-Lachaise in Paris, opened in 1804, the Jewish cemetery of Prague, Genoa’s monumental cemetery, Highgate cemetery in London, the cemetery in Lausanne, the Monumental in Milan and Verona. All of them preserve the graves of famous people who have made great our time and our old middle-class families.

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Oscar Wilde’s grave – Père-Lachaise – Paris

During the years of Queen Victoria and Pope Pius IX, cemeteries were neutral zones where bodies were portraied naked and in seductive poses, against a growing sexual repression, statues of voluptuous women, dead or at rest, multiplied; pairs of lovers, naked bodies entwined to skeletons.

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Verona’s Monumental cemetery

Many graves are real works of art that were created by the deceased when he was still alive as the last “chance” to show one’s social and economic roles. In most cases they represent the mirror of social and class differences through the various historic transitions.

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Torino’s Monumental Cemetery

Cemeteries obviously they are personal and arbitrary paths, Giovannini’s guide offers a map to travel in places in between death and life, between the present and the memory of the past. As written by James G. Ballard “A visit to Père-Lachaise in Paris adds a year to life”, true statement as long as the visitor is in the right spirit.

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Karl Marx’s grave – Highgate Cemetery – London

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