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Posted on May 31, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Fashion journalists and buyers are often skeptic when a celebrity decides to widen her horizons and design clothes (or to put her own name on clothes, which is what happens most of the time). It’s true in many cases the efforts of these celebrities-turned-designers are destined to fail, but there are some rare examples of success. The most notable is surely The Row, the brand founded by Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen in 2007. The unique sense of style of the former actresses served as a starting point for their brilliant collections. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 31, 2012 by admin

This is the very last call to visit Pier Paolo Cazzolari‘s exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York.  Untill June 2nd there is still time to go down Chelsea and admire one of the greatest artists ever existed. For this unique collaborative presentation, the two galleries’ spaces on 24th and 25th Street, respectively, will be temporarily conjoined to form one large space where Calzolari’s work is presented in depth. A member of the Arte Povera group, his 1969 text “La casa ideale,” and its realization through a series of works, is considered one of the seminal statements of the movement. Rapidly evolving beyond the confines of a defined movement, over the subsequent decades Calzolari continued to experiment, exploring his ongoing interest in light, matter and time. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York since 1988 and  focus primarily on work created in the last 25 years. A catalogue published by Abrams with texts by Germano Celant, Massimiliano Gioni, and the artist is available at the Gallery. Run!



Posted on May 31, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

The Queen’s Jubilee is well on its way, I guess it’s hard to miss it here in London. Step outside and you are surrounded by Union Jacks everywhere on everything! To celebrate the event I have decided to to make some “royal” cupcakes and picked an excuse to play around with my favorite ingredients. I used my previous cupcakes recipe topped with cream cheese instead of buttercream and decorated with fresh berries. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 31, 2012 by admin

The day has come. From today on  you can buy the special limited edition t shirt pictured above (and other three) made in collaboration with the collective ” I love Dust”. Hit Karl’s website.



Posted on May 30, 2012 by Hobart Fowlkes

I’m Bruce.  I am staring at page 72 of Dostoyevsky’s “The Double: A Petersburg Poem.” On my lap are the “Complete Stories of Franz Kafka.”  I’m very smart. That’s what my teachers used to say, but as I stare at page 72, I don’t really see the words at all because in my mind’s eye I am reliving my morning in my mom’s basement in Newark alone in the dark playing “Grand Theft Auto.”. God I love that game!  People criticize it for its violence, but look at me?  Do I look like someone who would assassinate a hundred innocent strangers because I play too many video games?  In my room I keep a collection of My Little Ponies (because Friendship is Magic.). My best pony friend is “Pinkie Pie” because she is hyperactive and loves throwing parties.  Like me.


Posted on May 30, 2012 by admin

Morelato’s craftsmanship is the result of perfect balance between design and technical research.  With more than 50 years of activity the company has presented at the last Salone del Mobile 2012 a new living and sleeping solution: Gio. Designed by the research center MAAM- Morellato, Gio is a practical and stylish sofa bed made of cherry wood and comfortable squared pillows. The sophisticated design reminds of a vintage 60’s echo and its small size fits perfectly in small rooms. Gio also features a headboard and a bedside table. Its soft/rigid pillows can also be re-used once the bed is open.

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Posted on May 29, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Swash’s world is enchanted. It’s a planet made of beautiful things that reminds us the beauty of infancy and the thoughtlessness of youth. Swash  is not only a simple fashion house but is also a more complex project that includes painted artworks, installations and sculptures. Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanakas met in 2001 at Central St. Martin College of Art and Design and even after graduation have continued their creative relationship between Penzance in Cornwall and Japan. In 2004  the duo presented their work at Hyres Festival where winning the prize was as natural as drinking a glass of tap water. From that moment on,  their spellbound vision of the world, clearly inhaled with the genius of Fornasetti and Hermes foulard prints, took off. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 29, 2012 by Clara G

I was travelling back to Madrid from London one year ago, reading a magazine and suddenly… I saw it ! It was my favorite bracelet, the one I use to wear everyday. It was “him”  but it was on Elizabeth Taylor’s arm. I felt really surprised and of course very proud. I don’t have jewels, just a few pieces and for me it is some kind of an honor to think that Liz once wore this same bracelet. My husband bought it for me a few years ago in Berlin, it is a vintage Cartier Panther  made of gold and steel from the 80’s. I always have dreamed to have a Cartier Panther and I wanted it to be a little old fashioned. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 29, 2012 by Luca Andriani

What is the first thing you should be handing out at a meeting? What is supposed to be the best way to present yourself? If a business card is viewed as a tool that can enhance the professionality of your work, why should it always look the same, no matter how diverse are the professions that can benefit from its use? Continue Reading →


Posted on May 28, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Edgy, dark, seductive, mysterious, achingly beautiful. It’s hard defining Mustafa Sabbagh’s photography. It’s even harder to write about someone you know personally and appreciate. It’s engaging but at the same time extremely ‘funambulesque’. On my way to Ferrara, for the opening of his exhibition, on May the19th 2012 at the Palazzo Massari, I thought how thirsty and eager I was to see once again his pictures. Sixteen photographs and two installations, have been protagonists of Memorie Liquide, a body of work born from the encounter with magnificent paintings by Giovanni Boldini, the celebrated portrait painter of the Belle Epoque, and in close dialogue with the spaces of Palazzo Massari who hosts the monographic museum. Located along the halls, the shots of the Jordanian-Italian photographer dialogue with fine art and its environment. A gloomy and out of space atmosphere that reincarnates memory and nostalgic remembrances of a far away world. The selection of photographs, presented along the path of the museum, portrays hidden figures behind fetish masked models wearing various objects such as forks, wigs, blinkers, hats, veils, stuffed birds all styled by Simone Valsecchi, who has collaborated with artists such as Luca Ronconi and Peter Greenaway. Sabbagh’s figures are juxtaposed with nocturnal landscapes, his images are shot with extreme care and refinement; Mustafa is an expert and obsessive for details, precision, realism and technical composition. Being a technical expert, means capturing the subject and plunging it in the depth of dark gray and cobalt, locking it in hieratic poses, both front or profile, as if carved on ancient roman medals. In both fiction of disguise or real life-like attitude, Sabbagh’s subjects are shielded by masks, vehicles of detection of the self and its instinct. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 27, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

Fashionistas and fashion bloggers are so un-imaginative at times! Whenever they see/wear a pair of red shoes, the comparison with the iconic sparkling red pumps worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz is always there. As if those were the only memory-worth red pumps. 

It’s true those sequined pumps are part of collective imagination, but there are other noteworthy red pumps in pop culture, such as those featured in Let’s Dance, a famous 1983 music video by David Bowie. Miuccia Prada is likely to have seen that video before designing these patent red pumps. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 26, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Jacob Hashimoto’s new installation with hundreds of small bamboos and paper kite elements will demonstrate and show once again, the beauty and talent of the artist’s intersections of painting and sculpture. Thanks to a bamboo frame and small kite elements, Hashimoto suspends his creations between parallel dowels to form fragmented and layered fields. Distinctive and interactive compositions are then bound in a real undulating cascade similar to a cloud-shaped sculpure. The work shifts and changes throught the visitor’s walkaround creating a sense of wonder and playfulness. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 26, 2012 by Hobart Fowlkes

My name is Svetlana.  I come from the Belarus.  I am here seven years, and I am legal. Yes.  I am not sad today.  My eyes, they itch from the allergies.  Pollen.  My ankles are swollen from Dropsy and Edema.  Such pretty names for such an ugly thing that makes my walking to hurt. If so much pain they didn’t cause, I would suggest as names for my daughter’s twin babies.  Today is very happy day from my life, because I go to a live taping of Regis and Kelly.  I am loving Regis many years now, and my eyes they were filled with tears and my throat closed and wouldn’t speak when I heard he had a heart attack back in 2003. 

Thanks to God he is OK now


Posted on May 25, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi


The 5th edition of the Rome’s International Fair of Contemporary Art started with a marvelous opening yesterday night. Over 8.000 square meters will host 66 international art galleries at the MACRO Museum (Testaccio and Pelanda).

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Posted on May 25, 2012 by Arianna Pistorello

It ‘s  a magic potion divided into 9 small bulbs wrapped in a white case enclosing a softblack foam lined with bright nuggets. To be generously spread all over your face with a luxurious black brush (included). This innovative and effective texture aims to enlighten, unify and regenerate skin in just one step. Single doses  make it less necessary  use of  preservatives and water leaving more space for active ingredients and making of this potion a particularly effective, concentrated formula. It illuminates through a powerful active substance that has a peculiar ability to receive and reflect light amplifying it thus eliminating the appearance of dull and opaque skin. A special extract of elderberry eliminates the action of free radicals, the result of cellular stress and tarnish,  giving  skin a healthy and bright look. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 24, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Personally, I’m in a Mexican mode. The more I visit the country the more I appreciate their joie de vivre. You can only fall in love for a place where you can still smoke, drink and dance the same time. Some days ago I went to a cozy nice club called Clasico Polanco  and I moved to tears. It was like a 10 years ago European venue: wild, friendly, free. In a country where you can still have fun and the word austerity doesn’t exist, you can find energy, inspiration. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 23, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

Whilst expecting my first child, I came across a cake decorating book and soon got enthralled with the endless and colourful universe around what I so far considered a pure and simple “loaf”. It took me a second maternity to effectively be caught into the desire of cake making and decorating (no worries, no Postnatal Stress to get through!). The opportunity came when my old boy turned 3. I wanted to make a super astonishing birthday cake for him and that’s how I got involved in learning more and more about cake decorating. I attended several classes inItalyand inUK. I just LOVED it! My first sugar production was, then, a Nemo cake and I couldn’t believe how it looked like a real fish. And when I made a flower petal? Oh… I was hooked! From that very moment, I can’t help making cakes for  friends and family. And now that I’ve been bitten by the ‘cake decorating bug’ I just can’t stop.. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 22, 2012 by admin

Since the mid 90’s, Akram Zaatari has addressed issue in his work on the importance of images as means of transmitting reality, essentially from the use of photography and video. Zaatari co-founded the Arab Image Foundation with Zeina Arida and photographer Fouad Elkoury in 1997 and started traveling through Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Syria. During those years he collected numerous photographs of children in different poses with the idea of developing his own project. Zaatari started there his massive work of collecting, studying and archiving the photographic history of the Arab World. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 22, 2012 by admin

Haroshi is a master skateboarder and Japanese artists who uses old skateboards to create art. As many skaters can’t throw away skateboard decks, basically because they hold sentimental meanings to them, Hiroshi’s art can be viewed as a good compromise. As skateboarder, art lover, artist and surely pro recycle, he has decided to make some accessories with old decks. The result is the birth of his art, with a personal style that mixes together mosaic, pixels and dots. His sculptures are made out by multi layering and differentiating from thousands of used decks. Take a look at this amazing guy. Enjoy! Continue Reading →


Posted on May 21, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

The third Edition of ” Smell” Festival (Bologna,Italy,  22/ 27 May 2012) is starting tomorrow. This year the event is called ” L’alba dell’indomani ” ( the dawn of next day) and it consists in 6 days of meetings, olfactions, installations and workshops dedicated to the magical sense.  Special guests of this edition are Osmotheque , the prestigious Conservatory of Perfume of Versaille  and  Michel  Roudnitska, son of the well known Edmond  creator of scents like Eau Sauvage- Dior. Michel is  a pioneer of “scented shows” and founder of Art&Parfum, a laboratory frequented by many independent perfumers. Michel Roudnitska will be protagonist of an entitled intervention  called “Over the perfume”, that guide participants through a smell-therapy typical of native Americans, to which Roudnitska is devoted. Another guest star is  Meo Fuscioni that is  purposing  his project themed on  “L’Alba di domani” and present,  in preview, his new perfume called “Luce” .  Happenings, round tables, experiences but also a “Fragrance Swap Party” that will take place at Hotel Majestic on 25th May from 6 p.m. on. An occasion to fete and hang out  but also to swap rare and less rare perfumes with others scent addicts. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 21, 2012 by Hobart Fowlkes

I’m Dorothy.  My surname is of no consequence, but its Davis.  In fact, Dorothy Davis is now officially dead.  In my town, the one where I grew up in Arkansas, everyone is named Lisa, Amy, Britney or Tiffany.  I never knew those girls.  I never cared to.  I just watched in fascination from the bus stop as they each screeched off shrieking from the passenger seats of the TransAm or Camaro belonging to some random Kevin, Brad, Brian or Kyle.  I was invisible to them, but at least my name had character.  My mother had named me after Dorothy Parker whose literary prowess, sharp tongue and stinging sense of irony she admired.  My mother loved to read.  When I was young, we’d sit in the backyard while I dug holes and tunnels in the dirt while she reclined on a blanket deeply immersed in some important looking volume.  “Someday Dorothy,” she used to say to me, ” you are going to do something important and everyone will know you! I can feel it in my bones.  You’ll leave this pathetic town, and you’ll be someone.” Continue Reading →


Posted on May 21, 2012 by Luca Andriani

It has been a while, that a new generation of people communicate emotions, social distress, by customizing places that environmental degradation has made depressing and decaying, giving back new life. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 19, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

I’ve always firmly believed in the importance of the strong connection between fashion and other arts. Nowadays fashion is business,but there are rare examples of designers who keep on pushing the boundaries of their creativity. When they include a reference to a work of art in their designs, or use traditional techniques (think of the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, used by Alexander McQueen and later by Sarah Burton in Kate Middleton’s wedding dress), you realize you’re witnessing the creation of something special.
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Posted on May 18, 2012 by Flan

“Let’s meet at the Plaza,” that’s what you say to your friend Miele on Sunday. You are not going there of course, you are going somewhere else, where the food is homemade and good, to a typical Roman trattoria, with no velvety wall paper on the walls. You think it’s witty and smart – to meet at the Plaza – one of your little diversions that make you feel like the main character of a seedy adventurous novel. Your friend Miele is cute and sexy, she doesn’t have to pretend like you, she really looks like the character of an erotic comic book. She gets off her bike and walks with you toward the restaurant. “So, what are you up to?” she asks. Nothing much really, but you decide to tell her about your latest fixation, a writer you fancy. The guy doesn’t even know your real name, although you’ve been out on a date. She doesn’t understand. “How can he not know your name?”. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 17, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

The International Center of Photography, will host from May 18 to September 2, a magnificent exhibition of Christer Strömholm. Very little known outside of Sweden but for many, one of the great photographers of the 20th century or father figure of Scandinavia photography, Strömholm was the winner of the prestigious Hasselblad Award in 1997. The exhibition presents the body of work Les Amies de Place Blanche, a documentation of Paris’ transsexual in the 1960s. Strömholm portrays intimate shots and lush Brassaï-like night scenes form a magnificent, dark, and at times quite moving photo album. It’s a tribute to these girls, the “girlfriends of Place Blanche.” Continue Reading →


Posted on May 16, 2012 by admin

American artist and filmmaker Alfred Leslie will be exhibited from tomorrow on at Janet Borden Inc. Maybe one of the greatest painters alive, Leslie started as an abstract expressionist , but changed course in the early 1960’s and devoted himself to realistic figurative paintings. Leslie had a  very long career and worked almost with every material, painting, still ,remains his favourite way of expression. The Lives Of Some Women will be on display until June 12th at 560 Broadway between Prince Street and Spring Street.



Posted on May 16, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

Introducing  Jessie Ware, the new girl from Brixton. While we wait for her debut album ‘Devotion’ , due to be released on August 2012, let’s  watch the video “110 %” on You Tube and follow her on Facebook.



Posted on May 16, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Who is Sarah Illenberger? An illustrator? A graphic designer? A photographer? Words may be reductive to define this eclectic artist whose work ranges in different fields of visual and applied arts. Her amazing genius resides in her inner capability to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary. German and talented, Sarah Illenberger, creates crafted object combining an array of different materials. Her works is a piercing sneak through design and everyday life, a vivid journey into humorous images, big or small, abstract or real. Defining her work in just one category is rather impossible. Illenberger touches all forms of visual, design, abstract, reality. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 15, 2012 by Arianna Pistorello

Aix en Provence, early 60’s. This is the story  of a woman; rebellious, obstinate, brilliant. Annick had been studying  music  for many years forced by her  family  and her talent could lead her  to a great career . Very young, only 16 years old,  she suddenly follow her rebellious spirit and  run away from her home,  the piano, eight brothers, his father cake shop. She settles down  in England where, for some years, she is a model but she is waiting for the occasion that changes . After a fashion show indeed,  during the after party, Annick Goutal meets a perfumer of the Maison Robertet . It’s  a true revelation and the discovery of a vocation.  That day she understands to possess a great gift,  her “Nose”.  The young woman is finally  reconciled with her soul: “I have found again what I had lost. It is just  translated in another dimension  but the meaning of words is the same: notes, accords, touch, organ.”  A long period of initiation, during which she learns the art of the work,  lead to “Folavril” (flower of Boronia and Jasmine on a  base of Mango) . The  following year  it’s  the turn of  “Eau d’ Hadrien”, success is immediate and unexpected. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 15, 2012 by Luca Andriani

Few weeks ago in the Copenhagen underground the Sjællands Symfoniorkester philharmonic orchestra surprised everyday passengers by playing Griegs’ “Il Mattino” taken from the dramatic poem Peer Gynt. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 14, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Getting ready for the beach is an uncertain science. One day you wake up in summer and you realize that all you have done at the gym was chatting with your mates somewhere over the abs machine. Of course you were lifting some weights but you were also laughing and chatting a lot. Good for the humour but not for any waistline/pecs, where are they? All of us were thinking there was enough time but days had been passing faster than Madonna  in the top ten and here we are. Choosing a swimsuit had never been so desperate. So I’ve reacted in a mature way and decided that this year I won’t cry any bitter tears: I will go down the beach wearing a maxi bag. Easy, joyful, democratic and irresistible, the bag from Le Bac , United Bamboo’s beloved diffusion line, is my perfect beachwear. Lot to carry in and lot to hide by.


Posted on May 14, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Cheap, attractive and well-built. Bella cameras, made by Bilora, even if sounded Italian, were produced in Germany in the 50’s. These cameras’ bodies were based on alloy castings, with leather effect coverings of various color combinations. The back was removable for film loading and most models featured a different, large back catch. Bilora made 44 models of Bella. Produced in the 50’s, the aluminium body made the camera very sturdy and gave it a precious appearance. Bella was remarkably easy to operate. Its features were modest, but useful: it used 127 film, it had a three speed shutter, or two if not considering the B pose. There were two aperture choices: F/8 and f/11. Bella Bilora, a nice tongue twister and a precious little jewel.


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Posted on May 11, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

It’s intriguing to see how cinema can turn simple items into icons. Many accessories have become objects of desire after appearing in a film – from the red Azzedine Alaïa bandage dress seen on Alicia Silverstone in Clueless to the Chanel Rouge Noir nail polish sported by Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, for example. Cinema is a form of artistic expression which feeds on human dreams, and symbolical objects in films can surely fuel this fire.
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Posted on May 11, 2012 by admin

They say that Xanax is over in most of Italian Pharmacies. They say they can’t cope with the huge amount of requests they have. They say people is taking it because there is nothing to be happy and future is scary. Here at The Harlow, we know how to cope with a dark lonely night: candles. Warmig up and diffusing some  positive vibes is just one of the million things you can do to cuddle yourself. The candle over here is heaven: Jonathan Ward’s  The Gipsy is sensual with notes of Carnation, Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Patchouli, Amber and Cedarwood.All JW’s candles are hand-poured, paraffin-free and  housed in a  hand-blown, Italian, crystal glass. The future is  a Gipsy, why bother?


Posted on May 10, 2012 by Teresa Cannata'

There’s nothing that screams “summer is here!” more than raffia accessories. Along with other natural fibres – just think of linen – raffia has the unique quality of giving any outfit an instant vibe of understated relax.
Charlotte Dellal, the designer of the brand Charlotte Olympia, used raffia in these handmade wedges, aptly called Rapunzel.
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Posted on May 10, 2012 by Luca Andriani

Clear thing is that nothing is more powerful than an idea, being it an active player in the business, when aimed at spreading a message. What is the best method to make it effective is not easy. After years of experience I made myself an opinion: the valid mode of communication to promote ideas is the one that combines the facility to network with real events, reality, and creates tangible visibility with non-traditional means. Some of the best operations that have been able to express this idea are: Kony 2012, the US launching  of the film Chronicle (NY has lived in panic for a day) and the latest IKEA add (Salone del Mobile, Milan 2012), with title “Bathroom”. Starting from the basic idea supported by dual strategy of the virtual and the real, they have reached results that went far beyond what traditional media would ever had. As the world is changing very rapidly, communication strategies must keep moving. Continue Reading →


Posted on May 9, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

Umit Benan designed a special t shirt for . Drawing from his international background, Umit Benan’s creative vision takes its cue from the beautiful details of everyday life. His design objectives are based on iconic looks created by wearable fabrics and impeccable fit: “The starting point was to follow the brief very literally by incorporating’s logo on a simple t-shirt; we wanted to avoid any references to 90’s logo mania, and create quite an abstract print where the logo is not instantly recognizable”, said Umit Benan.
Starting from May 8th, will offer the limited edition t-shirts as a gift to customers who purchase on the online boutique.