10 CHARACTERS FOR GUCCI

Gucci fashion shows are prefect operations, in which every look is not a set of clothes but a character with a precise character, inserted in an ad hoc environment. The more seasons pass the more fantasy fits into the mix, making it more extreme. Each element of the collection starting from accessories, helps to build a character that lives on its own. A set of elements captured from every where, taken from the history of fashion and custome, made to clash to express hidden energies. Gucci sunglasses 2018 Spring-Summer collection are a classic example. Eyemasks with futuristic shapes and 80s retro inspiration, rounded lines, rectangular cuts that play with contrasts of color, dark, smoky or transparent lenses. Worn by 10 historical figures borrowed from the world of music, Japanese manga, history and costume, make up this collection of 10 illustrated cameos: Simonetta Vespucci, Siouxsie Sioux, Madame Du Barry, Sarah Bernhardt, Nefertiti, Elizabeth I, Coco Chanel, Creamy Mami, Marchesa Luisa Casati, David Bowie. For each one of them, an own model; let yourself be inspired!

SIMONETTA VESPUCCI wears a square monochrome acetate mask with rectangular lenses. Leading detail: a red tear enriched with a bright Swarovski crystal set in the center.

SIUXSIE SIOUX wears asymmetric eyeglasses from the Resort 2018 collection.

MADAME DU BARRY, cat-eye wears sunglasses with Swarovski cristals.

SARAH BERNHARDT wears square sunglasses alone inspired by the shapes of the 60s. The oversized frame is embellished with hand-applied Swarovski stones.

ELIZABETH I, wears sunglasses “D-FRAME”.

NEFERTITI, wears unisex mask with a futuristic shape caracterized by a traingular oversize ciliary embellished by studs and hand applied Swarovski cristals.

COCO CHANEL, wears sunglasses “D-FRAME”.

CREAMY MAMI, cat-eye wears sunglasses with Swarovski cristals.

LA MARCHESA LUISA CASATI, wears GLITTER sunglasses.

DAVID BOWIE, wears squared sunglasses with vintage inspiration. Available in Shiny Black with Solid Grey lenses or in Shiny Ivory with Solid Grey lenses.

 

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MARELLA’S ZOO BY ALESSIO NESI

The successful series of Illustrated Postcards by MARELLA continues. Fall-Winter 2018 Scarf collection focuses on the animals of the African continent, mixing Art-Decò references and quotations. Just as Albini was already doing in the seventies, we can imagine tomorrow looking at yesterday.  A practice that is very widespread today in the meltin ‘pot of “everything goes with everything”, thinking of the new. In an interview published in WOMEN’S WEAR DAILY in 1983, Walter Albini explained: “I like the period from 1925 to 1935. Because I believe it was the decade in which all aspects of human existence were revolutionized. Classical examples the boyish haircut, the skirts that have shortened more and more, the elimination of corsets, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, Garbo and Dietrich, Bauhaus and the Art-Decò. Changes in music, dance, painting, architecture and lifestyle have been epochal and widespread to such an extent that even today we are living the results of those experiences“. How to deny his point of view. Actually observing the history of fashion from the times of Chanel to today, despite the succession of designers, styles and eras, the elements that make up the female silhouette have remained the same: jacket – shirt – skirt. This small collection of scarves are a tribute to the atmosphere, the quotes of style 25 that marked history of fashion in the seventies and gave birth toItalian prêt-à-porter thanks to the genius of Walter Albini who remains today not only an influencer but a true style originator.

FLAMINGOS pattern for scarves.

LEOPARD pattern for scarves.

SWALLOWS pattern for scarves.

PYTHONS pattern for scarves.

RHINOCEROS pattern for scarves.

 

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80 VOGLIA 80

While foreign newspapers from the New York Times to the Washington Post comment without going too much around in circle the last elections in Italy, highlighting the victory of populism, euroscepticism and the extreme right, I console myself watching New York, Milan and Paris fashion shows and selecting an anthology of images that made me think about the overpowering return of the 80’s excess. A fashion made of excessive and extravagant shapes, caused by a greater need for freedom and narcissistic gratifications. Geometric silhouettes, important shoulders, bright colors, punk mood, immersed in a general air of assertive grandeur. “Just on time!” I thought. Because against difficult days and uncertain times, broad shoulders and irreverence are needed and not only in Italy.

GUCCI Autumn Winter 2018 Collection Look N° 60 Milan Fashion Week. 

VERSACE Autumn Winter 2018 Collection Look N° 23 Milan Fashion Week. 

MARC JACOBS Autumn Winter 2018 Collection Look N° 14 NY Fashion Week. 

 

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ILLUSTRATED POSTCARDS MARELLA BY ALESSIO NESI

Scarves coming from Marella 2018 Spring-Summer Accessories collection tell a picture-postcard world: landscapes and animals that live in its different continents and decorations coming from the art spread on its territory, all between tradition and symbolism. An anthology of 5 souvenir scarves born thank to illustrated guides and ancient geographic maps which combine Japan with the Stork, India with the Tigers, China with the Snake, Africa with the Leopard, Italy with the Solitary Sparrow, legacy of an ancient literary memory. The collection is seen as an escape from contemporary conflicts in mythologies and speculations of a world on the edge of the surreal.

Thanks to all the staff: Paola Grassi, Lorena Guglielmi, Giulia Bagella, Sara Viola.

 Leopard / Africa – ILLUSTRATED POSTCARDS MARELLA by ALESSIO NESI Spring-Summer 2018.

 Snake / China – ILLUSTRATED POSTCARDS MARELLA by ALESSIO NESI Spring-Summer 2018.

 Stork / Japan – ILLUSTRATED POSTCARDS MARELLA by ALESSIO NESI Spring-Summer 2018.

Tigers / India – ILLUSTRATED POSTCARDS MARELLA by ALESSIO NESI Spring-Summer 2018.

Solitary Sparrow / Italy – ILLUSTRATED POSTCARDS MARELLA by ALESSIO NESI Spring-Summer 2018.

ILLUSTRATED POSTCARDS MARELLA by ALESSIO NESI Spring-Summer 2018. 

Illustration realised for the communication of MARELLA SS18 Accessories Collection by ALESSIO NESI

 

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CONTEMPORARY POETRY

HEDI SLIMANE clothes shot on some of the last decade editorial shootings. Slimane is not a common INFLUENCER but an ORIGINATOR, a creative person capable of giving birth to a poetry of his own as well as creating waves because creation comes from constant dialectic with the status quo.

NEW BIG PRINZ, editorial published on ARENA HOMME PLUS N°25 Summer/Autumn 2006 Photo by CRAIG MCDEAN Styling PANOS YIAPANIS.

SPRING PALCE, editorial published on NUMÉRO HOMME N°12 Autumn/Winter 2006/2007 Photo by DANIEL JACKSON Styling ALASTAIR MCKIMM.

PERESTROIKA MON AMOUR, editorial published on VMAN Issue N°5 Fall/Winter 2005 Photo by COLLIER SCHORR Styling ANDREW RICHARDSON.

THE BRITISH YOUTH PORTFOLIO, editorial published on Dazed & Condused Vol.2 Issue N°70 January 2009 (Alex Bailey, 18).

NEW BIG PRINZ, editorial published on ARENA HOMME PLUS Photo by CRAIG MCDEAN Styling PANOS YIAPANIS.

RITUAL, editorial published on Dazed & Condused Vol.2 Issue N°16 August 2004 Photo by HEDI SLIMANE.

LIKELY LAD, editorial published on MAN ABOUT TOWN N°05 Autumn/Winter 2009 Photo by HEDI SLIMANE.

 

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LIVING VIVARA

Emilio Pucci imagined the popular print VIVARA while flying over the Mediterranean sea observing sun lights on the waves. The bright color pattern has worn during the years all bottles of VIVARA fragrance. My intervention here was to interpret in an absolute personal way a detail of this print considering it as an atmosphere where to put flora and fauna coming from those places by the Mediterranean sea: Cheetah, Swallows, Horses, Lilies, symbol of Tuscany. This approach just want to give another way to read “living” VIVARA, coming out of the usual schemes, without breaking them but trying to contribute to enrich and honour a favourite piece between the historical patterns of the florentine maison that has done the history of italian fashion.

Scarf print VIVARA motif with Horse.

Illustrations made for the comunication of VIVARA motif with Horse.

Scarf print VIVARA motif with Cheetah.

Illustrations made for the comunication of VIVARA motif with Cheetah.

Scarf print VIVARA motif with Swallows.

Illustrations made for the comunication of VIVARA motif with Swallows.

 

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