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PHOTORECORD NR. 8, BEAUTIFUL SON/20 YEARS IN THE DAKOTA/OLD AGE

Posted on July 11, 2014 by Teresa Cannata'

Released in April 1993 on the Berlin-based record label City Slang, Beautiful Son is the 4th single of the American band Hole, which included frontwoman Courtney Love, drummer Patty Schemel, bassist Leslie Hardy (at the time of the release she had just left the band) and guitarist Eric Erlandson. The cd and 12” formats also contain 20 Years in the Dakota (a song about post-Lennon Yoko Ono) and Old Age

“You look good in my dress,” sang Love in Beautiful Son, referring to her own husband Kurt Cobain, who liked crossdressing since he was a child. The picture of 7-year-old Cobain, wearing a blue turtleneck, mischievous look in his eyes, is on the cover, surrounded by a number of gift bows, a girly touch personally designed by Love.

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DAMN THING WENT CRAZY BUT I SWEAR YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Teresa Cannata'

Remember the early 2000s, when the it bag mania first came out? All bloggers (included myself) were obsessively checking what Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie were carrying, so as to decide what to put our eyes (and hopefully money) on. Back then, the choice was limited, or maybe it was us who were too influenced by those trend-setters. Now things have changed: the it bags to choose from are endless, so everyone can pick the one which really speaks to her fashionista heart.

Take the creations by Jérôme Dreyfuss, for example: they’re made of fine leather (calfskin, lambskin, goatskin, reptile skin) and combine classic lines with quirky details. Each style has a male name, picked by the designer himself (on the contrary, most of the brands, give female names to bags), and appeals to very diverse customers.
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I’VE GOT SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Teresa Cannata'

Dreaming of spring when the weather is cold is one of the most common psychological comforts we turn to in winter. Everyone would like to hop on a plane and spend the coldest months on a tropical island, but not everyone can afford a gypset way of life, so it’s easier to daydream while perusing upcoming clothing and accessory collections.

In one of these virtual-window-shopping sessions I learnt about the shoe collection designed by the London-based Orla Kiely (famous as the Queen of Prints) for Clarks. Take a look at the shapes, the colours, the details and admit all of them scream “spring!”. The inspiration has been clearly drawn from the 1960s – the super-high platforms, the oval or round-edged buckles, the (perforated) patent leather in vibrant colours, the chunky heels.

My favourite style is Milly, a flat slingback which features a lovely front strap and Kiely’s trademark leaf print on the sole. This mustard yellow shade is really modern, yet reminiscent of old times, but the same style is available in navy, white and red.
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NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

Make-up addicts like me lead a hard life. When your stash needs to be cluttered, you must be careful with your purchases, otherwise you’ll find yourself debating the invisible differences between two red lipsticks that are actually the same, while you know you’re just fooling yourself. At the same time, whenever a new interesting collection is released, your mind says “I want it all”, maybe because it’s attracted by a peculiar inspiration or a name. Oh, make-up items with appealing names are the devil! They attract you on many different levels and you, poor addict, are too weak to say no. NARS was the first brand who got me with this marketing strategy: it was 2008, I was ready to give birth to my daughter and I purchased Orgasm blush just before being hospitalized, because I knew that peachy-pink blush was what I needed to look human after the delivery. Another brand which always plays this trick on me is Deborah Lippmann: the artist behind the label has been a jazz singer for many years and loves music so much that all her polishes have the name of a song.

Now the famous manicurist of the celebrities has taken a step further in the game of appealing product names with her latest limited collection, Wicked, inspired to the Broadway hit musical Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman [1]. First produced in 2003, it’s the 11th longest-running Broadway show; Lippmann celebrates its 10th anniversary with a beautiful nail lacquer trio which is “as wickedly mesmerizing as the characters who inspired them.”

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SOMETIMES YOUR WORDS JUST HYPNOTIZE ME

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

What’s on top of my wish-list for the Fall 2013 season? A good structured bag is always in my dreams, but I’m currently lusting over a beautiful tiny collection of clutches by Anya Hindmarch. Everything I love of the British accessory brand can be found here – the original patterns, the simple and practical shapes, the exquisite care for details, the interesting colour combinations.

The Courtney Eye Twister Swirl clutch is made of canvas printed with a swirl pattern, and is embellished with Hindmarch’s trademark metal bow; it’s lined in suede and has an internal pocket. The zip top fastening is finished with velvet calf leather and a three-tiered tassel in three different shades of red.
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PRINCE CHARMING CAN YOU RESCUE ME

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

I’ve been into nail polish for most part of my life but only recently I’ve realized less and less mainstream brands are really worth the money they ask for a bottle of nail paint. The most overrated brand is obviously Chanel, whose nail polish chips on me in the blink of an eye, but many other brands are. They have loyal fans, true, but they don’t really bring forth anything new. Indie brands are a completely different story and I’ve often explained why: they can’t compete with giant brands when it comes to advertising, retailing and turnover, but the creativity they put in their products has no equals. Just take a look at the newly-launched Once Upon a Prince and More Man Candy collection by Lynnderella and see if I’m not right.
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I DON’T WANNA BE A SENSATION

Posted on June 29, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

Are you in the middle of a wardrobe emergency because you’re packing for your summer holidays and you need a swimsuit that makes you look great? You can calm down and stop freaking out because high fashion is here for you. Maybe you can splurge in the real deal or simply take inspiration from it: whatever the case, this two-tone swimsuit by Lanvin is one of the most refined swimwear pieces I’ve ever laid my eyes on. 
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DID YOU USE THE STARE ON HER?

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

A bit of glitter has never hurt anyone, right? This is so much true when times are dark and you feel you need something to cheer you up. As for me, I will always praise the woman who has been literally spreading the word of glitter in recent years. I’m referring to Lynn Chrisman, the creator of the indie nail polish brand Lynnderella, whose creative adventure is a constant source of magic. Talismans and Birthstones is the brand’s latest, exciting collection – 13 shades paying homage to precious and semi-precious stones, each one symbolizing a different month (plus a wild card).
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‘CAUSE YOU’RE THE HONEY AND I’M THE BEE

Posted on May 26, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

Animal-shaped jewellery has a certain extravagant spirit that never ceases to surprise and attract me. From the iconic Bestiary collection by Cartier to the Lanvin insect brooch from the spring 2011 collection, endless are the designers who have found inspiration in the animal world. Nowadays most of fashion doesn’t have that unexpected edge it used to have in the past, so the point is not “who made it first” but “who makes it better”. ‘s creations surely fall into the second category. The Italian designer, who has jewellery (her father is Bernard Delettrez) and fashion (her mother is Silvia Venturini Fendi) in her blood, has distinguished herself with her quirky creations since 2007. Macabre and surrealism are her cup of tea, but she’s also given new life to animal-shaped jewellery.
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WALK AROUND LIKE YOU’RE DEMIGODS

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

I think I’m one of the last fashion dreamers and it doesn’t feel good. You take a look around and all the designers that used to make you excited are gone or sold out. I have no interest in personal style bloggers and I honestly can’t stand the insiders who have been turned into celebrities themselves. Where’s the mystery, where’s the drama, where’s the anticipation, when it’s so easy to know anything about anyone working in the world of fashion? I usually despise the by-products of this process – the accessories designed by some fashion blogger and produced by some international brand – but I’ve recently come across a pair of shoes that has stopped for a moment my disillusionment.

The British brand L.K. Bennett (which makes Kate Middleton’s favourite nude pumps) has launched a capsule collection of shoes and bags designed by Caroline Issa, Tank Magazine’s executive fashion director, one of those beautiful ones who wow the crowd and the media at fashion weeks.
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I’M GONNA BREAK MY RUSTY CAGE AND RUN

Posted on April 13, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

I’ve always been fascinated by art and by some painting techniques. I’ve never been good at painting, but I love watercolours (so romantic) and trompe-l’oeils. In particular, I’m fond of the idea of illusion behind the latter: the eye of the beholder is deceived because what he/she is watching is not what it seems. Works of art like the spectacular oculus by Andrea Mantegna in the Camera degli Sposi at Palazzo Ducale in Mantua or the tomb of Rudolf Nureyev, covered by a mosaic carpet sculpture, show how art can imitate life so as to create an effect of “realer than real”.

Trompe-l’oeil has been used in fashion, too: Mary Katrantzou’s famous lampshade skirts are a good example, but the Greek designer is only one of those who have fallen for such a fascinating optical illusion. As a matter of fact, very interesting “birdcage” outfits can be found in the spring/summer 2013 collection by Thakoon.
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POOLS OF SORROW, WAVES OF JOY

Posted on March 23, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

Leaving the mainstream and following the indie path seems to be the story of my life. I did it when I was a teenager and I’ve never looked back. I’m referring to music, first of all, but it’s a general attitude that I’ve realized is now part of who I am. For this reason, the desire to learn more about the amazing American scene of independent nail polish makers has come quite naturally.

Among the many new names of indie polish, one has recently caught my attention, starting from its name. Enchanted Polish was established in 2012 by Chelsea Rose, a California girl who started selling her products on Etsy. Her polishes – hand-made from 3-free nail lacquer base, pigments, glitters and micas, and not tested on animals – became so successful that she soon opened her own shop and started selling varnishes through other online shops.

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COOL TRIPS. PINK SLIPS. SEXY LIPS.

Posted on March 16, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a simple and wise saying, something which many creative minds try not to forget when it comes to repeating or improving their achievements. After five smashing seasons, the AMC show Mad Men is back. The premiere of the sixth season will be a special two-hour episode, which will be aired on April 7th, 2013. The creator Matthew Weiner will surely have many surprises in store for the show’s audience, but he will also try to stick to the “science fiction in the past” concept which has made it so successful.

The same attitude must have inspired the creative minds at Estee Lauder, the American make-up brand which teamed up with the show in 2012; the result was a beautiful mini-collection which included pressed powder and lipstick. This year, just before the Mad Men premiere, they have launched the spring 2013 collection, which includes blush, lipstick and nail varnish. Different tones of pink and a spectacular 60s-inspired packaging characterize all the products.
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SCARY MONSTERS AND SUPER CREEPS

Posted on February 17, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

I’m a total rookie (or a failure, as you wish) when it comes to writing about menswear. It’s a contradiction because I’ve admired men’s clothes since I was a child: my father worked as a tailor when he was a teenager and some of his friends still do that job. Tailoring techniques, pattern-making and the selection of fabrics are like the ingredients of something magic.

I may not be an expert, but I am surely able to appreciate originality. This, combined to pop culture, never fails to impress me. It’s what has happened with the autumn/winter 2013 collection by Christopher Kane, who paid homage to four legendary characters of  horror movies and literature – the Mummy, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Frankenstein monster. This stylish homage has caught me by surprise, and for this reason I’ve enjoyed it so much.
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YOU’RE A SUCKER FOR FRENCH POETRY AND RHINESTONES

Posted on January 13, 2013 by Teresa Cannata'

As a nail polish addict I like keeping up-to-date on the releases of my favourite brands. Most of the time, they all focus on major trends and it’s rare to find someone who really introduces something unusual. Deborah Lippmann glitters are surely one of the most exciting products ever, but a new protagonist has been rising lately: I’m referring to the one and only Lynn Chrisman, the queen of franken/indie polish, the mind (and hands) behind Lynnderella. Explaining the originality and complexity of her creations is very hard, because their colour combinations, textures and visual effects are so unique that you really must judge by yourself. 
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YOU WERE GIVEN A FLOWER BUT I GUESS THERE WAS JUST NO PLEASING YOU

Posted on December 22, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

The world of nature as source of inspiration for fashion is nothing new, but a fresh perspective can really open new possibilities, as proven by Jan Jansen’s designs. One of the most famous Dutch footwear designers, he has been putting his imagination to the service of fashion since 1960s, but it’s only recently that he designed what is probably his masterpiece – the Orchid shoe.

Presented in October 2012 in Amsterdam, this style is part of his spring/summer 2013 collection: it’s the result of a complex mix of childhood memories (his mother loved flowers and thought orchids were the “apotheosis of luxury”) and personal studies about these fascinating flowers.
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LEAVE IT TO THE OTHER GIRLS TO PLAY

Posted on November 30, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Ha, the ever fascinating concept of the exotic! It never fails to impress because it works on the man’s natural longing for anything distant in time or place. Take the example of cultures from the Far East: how many collections have been inspired to Japan and China and how many are yet to come? Fashion, as a teleport machine, gives you the chance to travel without moving, and sometimes a small accessory is enough to infuse your ordinary life with a bit of exoticism.

The Brazilian brand Lool must have had this in mind when this wooden clutch was designed. Vaguely reminiscent of inlay motifs on Japanese pieces of furniture, it features an acrylic design on both sides and a gold chain strap. It’s made of wood with acrylic appliqués and metal. 
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MUSIC AND PASSION WERE ALWAYS THE FASHION AT THE COPA

Posted on November 19, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Picture this: a hectic schedule, a gloomy and rainy day, tiredness and not even one chance to stay home and relax. In moments like these fashion serves as a magic balm: you can think about being somewhere else, in place and time. This won’t allow you to stay home and take a long afternoon nap, but it could cheer up your day.

Sergio Rossi Murmansk sandals have recently had this function: taking me, for a short time, back in the 70s, to the disco music era, thanks to their amazing diamanté decorations. Forget futuristic materials, heel-less acrobatics and unusual colour combinations: these are classic evening t-bar shoes, something you buy once, aware you’ll use it for a long time. In my fashion dictionary, these are “dancing” shoes, because all that glittering and sparkling echoes dance floors, partying and fun. Murmansks come in two colour combinations: the first is Paprika, with orange and gold Swarovski crystals. 
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WILL YOU REMEMBER MY PERFUME ON YOU?

Posted on November 11, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Have you ever asked yourself what it takes to make it in the world of fashion? Talent, you may say, or being the right person in the right place at the right time, or good acquaintances and lots of luck. Well, all this could be true, but it would turn to nothing without a fundamental detail, what I like defining as “vision”. Designers must be able to create their own (fictional) world, appealing enough to arouse in customers the desire to step into it. I’m not a very impressionable person, when it comes to fashion, in the sense that I don’t give a damn of the latest trends; what I love is entering the world of cultural echoes and suggestions from the past of some brands. One of them is surely Charlotte Olympia: the reference to the past (40s and 50s, in particular) is never missing, along with a peculiar playful spirit that turns all the accessories designed by Charlotte Dellal into fashionable toys to play with in the never-ending game of fashion.
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I SEE YOU AS YOU ARE, I SEE YOU’RE TRANSPARENT

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

You know that faith in flats starts wavering when your heart skips a beat for a certain pair of high heels. This rarely occurs to me – I’m a girl of strong beliefs – but when it does, well, it’s an unforgettable love. I’ve got a thing for plastic shoes and in general for shoes made of artificial materials: I think their “futuristic” vibe is extremely appealing and kind of glamourous. Put all these elements together and you’ll see why I’m currently lemming Valentino Rockstud transparent slingbacks.
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EVERY NIGHT WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Do you daydream? It happens to me all the time, especially when I feel miserable (like today) or exhausted (like today!). Daydreaming is certainly part of my character; it took me years to come to terms and accept this side of my personality, but I’ve learnt to be proud of it. One of the reasons why I love fashion so much is that it’s a gate to different worlds, the perfect subject for a daydream.

One of my recurring dreams is lounging on a tropical beach at sunset, an image that Kotur Barnes Tassel clutch brings back. The woven buntal this oval bag is made of is dyed with the colours of the setting sun: the degradé effect – from hot pink to yellow (the Cerise version) and from blue to turquoise (the Caribbean one) – highlights that image.
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I’M HIDING FROM YOU AND YOUR SOUL OF ICE

Posted on October 18, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Halloween has not even arrived, but nail polish companies are already gearing up for Christmas and the holiday season. I must admit holiday collections are always super-exciting because they include many shades of red (the festive colour par excellence) and lots of glitters!

I’ve got my eyes on a collection in particular, Naughty or Nice by Orly. I’ve immediately felt drawn to it because it features exactly what I love the most – two great red shades (one sparkly and one creme) and silver sparkles. I’m not a great collector of Orly nail polishes, but the ones I own are excellent in quality and colour; for this reason, I wouldn’t mind finding one of these Christmas-inspired polishes in my stocking ;)
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WRAP ME UP IN ALWAYS

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Have you ever noticed the abuse/misuse of some terms in the world of fashion? Besides the positive adjectives (when I read “amazing” a million times in the same article or post, I feel the urge to scratch my eyes out), there’s a word – “statement” – used for anything. It should refer to a piece of clothing or accessory which stands out and focuses the viewer’s attention, but how many “statement” things are really such? People sometimes seem to use words just because they sound good, but I like using them with care. Coming across a unique piece and defining it “statement” is always so satisfying!
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LET’S KEEP THE RABBITS IN THEIR HOMES

Posted on October 4, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Animal-inspired accessories have always had a special allure: whether humble (Hello Kitty collections) or luxurious (Cartier panther jewellery, anyone?), they have often become objects of desire. Their shapes are playful and bring childhood memories back, when animal-shaped objects ruled our world. Shoes, in particular, seem to be the favourite items to play with: Charlotte Olympia’s Kitty velvet flats have recently paved the way for the last generation of animal-inspired accessories. The slippers designed by Charlotte Dellal have quickly become a must-have for fashionistas, but other less-known designers have paid homage to animals. Minna Parikka, for example, is a Helsinki-based artist who has a very precise idea of what the function of shoes is: “They’re not just symbols of power but its Holy Grail.” Now, imagine a Holy Grail with rabbit ears and rejoice.
Angora is the name of these beautiful black pumps. I’ve fallen in love with them as soon as I saw a picture of them in the Instagram account of my friend Lantana (it was taken from Shoe-aholic magazine). 3cm platform and 12cm heel, leather lining and ponyskin vamp are the “technical” details, but the most notable element are the cute bunny ears that embellish the front. The same “ears” can be found in other pumps by the Finnish designer – Pfeiffer (9cm heels) and Cuniculus (7cm heels). Continue Reading →

PAINT ON THE FUR

Posted on September 30, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

The use of real fur in fashion is often a taboo: designers tend to use faux fur when needed and only a few keep on using the real thing. Among them, the American designer J. Mendel, who has never shown the intention to stop doing what he has done since he was a young apprentice at his father’s fur salon in Paris.
His designs are luxurious and classy, ideal for Park Avenue princesses, and his accessories have the same unique glamour. Fur often has the function of emphasizing details on garments and accessories: some of the bags recently seen on his spring/summer 2013 fashion show are good examples of this.

The Petit Croisiere small shoulder bag is a triumph of refinement and exotic materials. It’s a flap bag made of ostrich and leather in a beautiful pale pink shade (the designer calls it “sandshell”); the shoulder strap and the front flap are embellished with mink in the same shade. The first thing that came to my mind after seeing this creation were the quirky Alexander Wang sunglasses from the fall/winter 2011 collection and the Simona sandals from the same collection, not to mention the gorgeous sandals designed by Christian Louboutin for Michael Van Der Ham’s spring/summer 2013 collection.

A similar style is the Ketty camera bag: the shape is the same of the Petit Croisiere, but this one is bigger. It’s made of box calf leather with canvas insets; there’s no fur on the flap but only on the shoulder strap. The delicate grey/taupe of this bag is called “moonstone”.

I love both bags even if I don’t like the idea of using fur and exotic leathers in fashion. Carrying a bag like the Petit Croisiere sounds like a deadly sin, but it’s so beautiful!

On the catwalk the bags were paired to crushed velvet dresses in pale pink and sage green. I would wear them with a Peter Pan-collar black sheath dress or with a fluffy black angora wool sweater dress.

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TONIGHT I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEONE ELSE

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Have you ever asked yourself what is needed in the world of fashion right now? No, I’m not referring to a “fashion shower”, but to those accessories you’ve always wanted in your closet that are very hard to find in shops. One is surely the hat box, a style that has haunted my style dreams since the 80s. For this reason, my personal “thank you” goes to Jason Wu, who has featured some hat-box bags in his spring/summer 2013 collection.
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COME BACK BOO, I MISS YOU

Posted on September 19, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Have you had enough of the ubiquitous red soles? I must be honest: I’ve always loved Louboutins but sometimes I feel they’ve reached a world domination, which, in fashion, is never good. For this reason, I like turning to new brands and young designers who like experimenting with shapes and colours, maybe trying to reach the enviable cult status that Mr Louboutin has strongly got hold of. One of them is surely Nicholas Kirkwood, the British artist who has worked with many designers (Erdem, Rodarte and Peter Pilotto, among the others) and has been able to elaborate a very personal style. The platform with a unique shape is definitely his trademark, but there’s much more he has done to introduce something new in the world of women’s shoes.

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SO SO SKULLICIOUS

Posted on September 18, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Can you feel that special thrilling chill in the air? It means summer is gone for good! Autumn will soon be here, with its sleepy and romantic atmosphere, ready to gather us in its warm embrace. Autumn has always been my favourite season: it has a special spooky charm that other seasons don’t have, thanks to a festivity which is not part of the Italian calendar but fascinating nonetheless. Halloween has quickly become a global festivity, but in some parts of the world it nearly coincides with another, much older festivity, the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrated in Mexico and in other cultures. Skulls (calaveras) and skeletons (catrinas) are the symbols of this holiday which have served as inspiration for So So Skullicious by OPI.
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YOU HAD TO SNEAK INTO MY ROOM JUST TO READ MY DIARY

Posted on September 9, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door…Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?”, wrote Ray Bradbury in one of his masterpieces, Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian novel published in 1953. The importance of being free to interpret the world by ourselves, without being influenced by the media, is clearly a fundamental theme of the story: books represent the enemy, things to be destroyed because they could “poison” the minds of people totally used to watch television and blindly accept what the State says.
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SHE’S MY HEROINE

Posted on August 31, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

One of my first bag memories is a mystery – a brown bag sitting on the top shelf of my mother’s closet. She never used it, yet I fantasized about it every time I saw her closet open. Finally, when I was a teenager, she allowed me to use it and I felt so grown-up! It was a frame bag from the late Sixties, totally out of place in the Nineties, and I loved it for being a jarring note in my grunge-y outfits. That must be the one and only structured bag I’ve ever carried, but now I wouldn’t mind have something similar in my collection. The new Heroine bag by Alexander McQueen could be a good option.
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IN A WORLD FULL OF NOTHING

Posted on August 28, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Oh, the predictable and boring world of fashionistas! Most of them just go with the fashion flow: they don’t really choose their objects of desire but focus on what others say and act accordingly. No one can deny that many so-called “it” shoes are objectively ugly, yet lots of girls around the world buy them because they make someone else look cool. I know talking about personal taste is like walking on quicksand, but relying on someone else’s taste is not always a good idea. As for me, I have very few firm points: some of them are questionable but I’m sure one is not. 
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DON’T WANNA BE TAUGHT TO BE NO FOOL

Posted on August 14, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Are you ready for next autumn? Have you started packing your books and buying new stationery for the upcoming school year? Even if you finished attending school many years ago, that feeling of starting something new in September has always been with you, I bet. For me it’s different: school has never ended for me, I’ve just changed point of view – from student to teacher – so the second half of August carries a special and thrilling atmosphere of expectation. The arrival of autumn will bring a change in your outfits and on your nails, too. I like wearing neon nail polishes all year round, but if you feel like sporting something more season-appropriate, you will surely appreciate Stylenomics by Essie, the fall 2012 collection which features a beautiful palette of rich colours perfect for chilly months. 
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LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY

Posted on August 6, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

There must be something wrong and kind of twisted in my relationship to glitter shoes. I own a pair of silver ballerina flats only, but whenever I see glitter shoes, my heart goes boom and my wish list becomes longer and longer. In particular, I’ve got a problem with Miu Miu glitter shoes: I’m hopelessly in love with most of them and the recently launched line of mary janes has brought my love to a higher level.
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PRETTY GIRL, BEWARE OF HIS HEART OF GOLD

Posted on August 2, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

One of the advantages of being a nail polish addict is enjoying the launch of a new collection, especially when it is inspired by a celebrity or an upcoming blockbuster movie. Addicts like me start perusing the collection, looking for the shade which will soon turn out to be the most coveted one. I’ve never been one who wants to grab a bottle of a sought-after polish at all costs, but I can totally get the excitement of those who do it.
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THE SANDS OF TIME WILL BLOW A MYSTERY

Posted on July 19, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

One of my first summer memories deals with the beach towels we used when I was a child. Some of them were old – striped, bright colours a bit faded – while a couple of them was brand new. I still have one – white, with a beautiful white horse running in the woods. I’ve used many beach towels after those, but the memory of long days spent on the beach and of coconut-scented sun lotion are still with me. I’ve recently turned to plain colours, but I can see people still like towels with kitsch-y patterns, from the timeless summer sunset to a multitude of Hello Kitty faces. I know it’s hard to hit the beach with style, because it is one of the most un-elegant places par excellence, but keeping things simple can be useful. Forget the sunset towel and opt for a plain piece instead; if you can, splurging on a Hermès towel would be a good idea. 
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SPIDERMAN IS HAVING ME FOR DINNER TONIGHT

Posted on July 17, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Despite living in a hyper-technological world and using lots of technology myself, I am a nostalgic who loves all things coming from the past. This doesn’t only include a passion for different forms of art (cinema and music in primis) but for materials as well. The peculiar feel that an old fabric has is something which can only be imitated, not duplicated, but there are some “old” materials which can still be used: they perfectly symbolize this technology-addicted era, but at the same time keep part of their old charm. I bet it’s hard to believe perspex – the synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate – was first created in 1928: this material is more than 80 years old, but still looks avant-garde, especially when used for jewellery and accessories.
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GONNA SHOW THIS TOWN HOW TO KISS THESE STARS

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

I hate summer for many reasons, but there are a few things that make me love it at the same time. Besides popsicles, swimming and sunbathing, wearing no make-up and staying up late, in summer I can wear my favourite shoes – sandals. I love wearing no shoes at home, so I usually opt for barely-there shoes whenever I go out. As a result, wearing sneakers and brogues in autumn is a shock, but in the meantime I enjoy my almost barefoot condition. Brian Atwood probably shares the same passion, judging by his designs, which always aim at emphasizing women’s feet. 
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SEX, LIES, STORYBOARDS

Posted on July 6, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

As many people in their 20s-40s, I’m addicted to American tv shows. I  officially stopped watching Italian tv in 2008 and I haven’t changed my mind yet. Of course I still go to the cinema (one of my biggest passions), but our tv is so boring and old-fashioned, most of the time! The first tv show I started watching was probably Sex and the City, followed by True BloodGossip Girl and many othersIt’s impossible to watch all the shows aired in the US, so I often have to skip shows which are considered excellent tv products. Mad Men is one of them. 
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IT’S JUST POWDER ROOM POLITICS

Posted on July 2, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Jacques Delors, former European Commission President, once said that “without memory there can be no future”, a saying I totally agree with. This is true in history and economics, but it can also be applied to the apparently vane field that is fashion. It’s kind of funny reading to comments of people who think designers and celebrities can do something really fashion-forward. For any fashion-forward attempt there’s somebody who did it before. Fashion is just like history, a cycle of trends which keeps on coming back with minor changes.
Brett Heyman, the founder and designer of the brand Edie Parker, surely knows the importance of the past for the present. In love with the acrylic handbags of the 1950s, she decided to give them a modern twist: the result is impressive. Each Edie Parker bag is handcrafted and exhudes a special charm and an irresistible idea of Old Hollywood glamour.
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GIRLS, BOYS, ARTS, PLEASURE

Posted on June 27, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

In the 80s I was a teenager who was striving to find her own (style) voice in the world. I’ve never been cool and surely I wasn’t at the time, maybe because I wore hand-me-down clothes most of the time (I still do it) and I wasn’t part of the group of the beautiful and cool people at school (the so-called “paninari”). At the time, wearing specific items by specific designers was a social statement; if you didn’t, you were out. I was out but I must admit I was happy with it. I couldn’t afford designer clothes or shoes but my sister and I opted for spending our money on accessories instead. Three are my top bags of that decade: a small zipped clutch bag by Trussardi, a big envelope clutch bag by El Charro and a bucket bag by Bottega Veneta, which is now in my sister’s closet.
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