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Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, sofa Tomaso Buzi, pillow made of embroidered silk from '700 coming from an Austrian court dress, velvet jacket Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, tuxed pants Ralph Lauren, slippers made of mat silk satin embroidered Louis Leeman, hand-painted mask in tôle, shirt Turnbull & Asser

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, sofa T. Buzi, pillow made of embroidered silk from ‘700 coming from an Austrian court dress, velvet jacket Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, tuxedo pants Ralph Lauren, slippers made of embroidered mat silk satin Louis Leeman, hand-painted mask in tôle, shirt Turnbull & Asser

It featured during the latest edition of fashion tradeshow event White, which was held in Milan at SuperstudioShades of a gentleman”, the exhibition project I ideated and curated which joined art and fashion: the art of brilliant artist Mustafa Sabbagh, the intense, rarefied, atmospheres he depicted on photo to tell about the elegance of gentleman as lifestyle, the one of a gentleman, the iconic and brilliant Cesare Cunaccia. The renowned editor at large of Vogue Italia and L’ Uomo Vogue, eclectic individual, unique, incisive, refined and above the lines personality also featured as designer of the object which ideally represents him: the glasses, exclusive product made of natural horn by the optic gallery Boudoir Venice by Alessandro De Lorenzo. A little masterpiece of craftsmanship which is a luxury product, produced by the Veneto company Farben 1962 from Laggio di Cadore, embodying high-end materials, having a catchy packaging, a little hood box containing a case made of a wool personally chosen by Cunaccia and a sophisticated design making concrete the Brummelian paradigm “Less is more”. The eyewear collection has showcased along with the creations and cloths by the Milan Alessandro Leonardi’s Atelier Santerasmo Cinque and shoes by Santoni, that depicted what is elusive, the male elegance, sartorialism – embodied in the unique creations byAtelier Santerasmo Cinque, Isaia and shoes by Louis Leeman along with the other refined objects and accessories coming from Cesare Cunaccia’s wardrobe – and its details under the sign of lyricism and timelessness. An intimistic tale, lights and shadows make concrete a vibrant dialogue between art and fashion and talk about a today story which is always a mistery, the male elegance.

“SHADES OF A GENTLEMAN”: ARTE E MODA RACCONTANO L’ ELEGANZA MASCHILE 

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, old English coffee cup "Willow Pattern", cufflinks casted by Cesare Cunaccia by using antique Tibet notches coming from a ritual bat shaped -symbol of eternity made of  imperial jade, glasses Cesare Cunaccia for Boudoir, Pinstripe suit Isaia, shirt Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, poster bed silk upholstered Rubelli "Princess Kocacin", sheets Pratesi

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, old English coffee cup “Willow Pattern”, cufflinks casted by Cesare Cunaccia by using antique Tibet notches coming from a ritual bat shaped -symbol of eternity made of imperial jade, glasses Cesare Cunaccia for Boudoir, Pinstripe suit Isaia, shirt Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, poster bed silk upholstered Rubelli “Princess Kocacin”, sheets Pratesi

É stato protagonista dell’ ultima edizione dell’ evento fieristico di moda White, che si è tenuto a Milano presso Superstudio, “Shades of a gentleman”, il progetto espositivo da me ideato e curato che ha unito arte e moda: l’ arte del brillante artista Mustafa Sabbagh, le intense, rarefatte atmosfere da lui catturate su foto che raccontano l’ eleganza del gentleman come stile di vita e quella di un gentleman, l’ iconico e brillante Cesare Cunaccia. Il rinomato editor at large of Vogue Italia e L’ Uomo Vogue, eclettica individualità, unica, incisiva, raffinata personalità sopra le righe, è apparso anche nelle vesti di designer dell’ oggetto che idealmente lo rappresenta: gli occhiali, prodotto esclusivo realizzato in corno naturale dalla galleria ottica di Venezia Boudoir di Alessandro De Lorenzo. Un piccolo capolavoro di artigianalità, prodotto dall’ azienda Veneta Farben 1962 di Laggio di Cadore che racchiude in sé materiali di alta qualità, ha un packaging accattivante, una piccola scatola di legno che contiene un astuccio di lana, scelta personalmente da Cunaccia e un sofisticato design che concretizza felicemente il paradigma Brummeliano “Less is more”. La collezione di occhiali è stata esposta unitamente alle creazioni ed ai tessuti dell’ Atelier Santerasmo Cinque di Milano di Alessandro Leonardi e le calzature di Santoni che hanno ritratto l’ inafferrabile, l’ eleganza maschile, la sartorialità – racchiusa nelle creazioni uniche di Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, Isaia e le calzature di Louis Leeman insieme ad altri raffinati oggetti e accessori provenienti dal guardaroba di Cesare Cunaccia – ed i suoi dettagli all’ insegna di lirismo e atemporalità. Un racconto intimistico, luci e ombre che concretizzano un vibrante dialogo tra arte e moda e parlano di una storia di oggi che è un mistero di sempre, l’ eleganza maschile.

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, old English coffee cup "Willow Pattern", cufflinks casted by Cesare Cunaccia by using antique Tibet notches coming from a ritual bat shaped -symbol of eternity made of  imperial jade, Pinstripe suit Isaia, shirt Atelier Santerasmo Cinque,

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, old English coffee cup “Willow Pattern”, cufflinks casted by Cesare Cunaccia by using antique Tibet notches coming from a ritual bat shaped -symbol of eternity made of imperial jade, Pinstripe suit Isaia, shirt Atelier Santerasmo Cinque

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, old English coffee cup "Willow Pattern", cufflinks casted by Cesare Cunaccia by using antique Tibet notches coming from a ritual bat shaped -symbol of eternity made of  imperial jade, glasses Cesare Cunaccia for Boudoir, Pinstripe suit Isaia, shirt Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, poster bed silk upholstered Rubelli "Princess Kocacin", sheets Pratesi

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, old English coffee cup “Willow Pattern”, cufflinks casted by Cesare Cunaccia by using antique Tibet notches coming from a ritual bat shaped -symbol of eternity made of imperial jade, glasses Cesare Cunaccia for Boudoir, Pinstripe suit Isaia, shirt Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, poster bed silk upholstered Rubelli “Princess Kocacin”, sheets Pratesi

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, Pinstripe suit Isaia, slippers Max Kibardin, poster bed silk upholstered Rubelli "Princess Kocacin", sheets Pratesi

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, Pinstripe suit Isaia, slippers Max Kibardin, poster bed silk upholstered Rubelli “Princess Kocacin”, sheets Pratesi

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, collection of sketches, sculptures, photographs, little painting, some of them belonging to his family from different ages there are in the bedroom, thought as a collectable cabinet.

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, collection of sketches, sculptures, photographs, little painting, some of them belonging to his family from different ages there are in the bedroom, thought as a collectable cabinet.

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, photo by Milton Gendel (from Seventies), Lord Lambton and his family at the Cetinale(Siena) villa Chigi set behind the door of Cesare Cunaccia’s vestiaire

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, photo by Milton Gendel (from Seventies), Lord Lambton and his family at the Cetinale(Siena) villa Chigi set behind the door of Cesare Cunaccia’s vestiaire

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, plaster mask from an original work coming from the Classic age

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, plaster mask from an original work coming from the Classic age

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, Canovaean plaster sculpture representing a lion, a branch of natural black coral

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, Canovaean plaster sculpture representing a lion, a branch of natural black coral

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, sculpture in biscuit porcelain, from the late seventeenth century, manufacture by Nymphenburg depicting the prince Albert von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha placed behind one of the many bookcases of Cesare Cunaccia’s home

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, sculpture in biscuit porcelain, from the middle 19th century, manufacture by Ninphenburg depicting the prince Albert von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha placed behind one of the many bookcases of Cesare Cunaccia’s home

 •photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, big plaster head from the Ercole Farnese in the studio of Cesare Cunaccia, huge Hellenistic sculpture of Lysippos’ fashion kept at the Napoli Archeological Museum


• photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, big plaster head from the Ercole Farnese in the studio of Cesare Cunaccia, huge Hellenistic sculpture of Lysippos’ fashion kept at the Napoli Archeological Museum

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, skull shaped terracotta sculpture, with the Christ made of hood, by Alessandro Flaminio(Napoli)

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, skull shaped terracotta sculpture, with the Christ made of hood, by Alessandro Flaminio(Napoli)

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, hat Rubinacci, natural horn  glasses custom made by Cesare Cunaccia for Venice Boudoir, gilet Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, crocodile  i-pad   case Santoni,  Lopez loafers Santoni, little Gandhara sculpture made of stucco III secolo A. D., vintage cufflinks in ruby and gold designed by Beppe Modenese for Faraone, hand-painted  tôle mask.

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, hat Rubinacci, natural horn glasses custom made by Cesare Cunaccia for Venice Boudoir, gilet Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, crocodile i-pad case Santoni, Lopez loafers Santoni, little Gandhara sculpture made of stucco III secolo A. D., vintage cufflinks in ruby and gold designed by Beppe Modenese for Faraone, hand-painted tôle mask.

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, red Amaryllis  in a bronze vase by Gabriella Crespi (early Seventies), Tibet Buddha in golden bronze foil from the 15th century, Greek apotropaic eye

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, red Amaryllis in a bronze vase by Gabriella Crespi (early Seventies), Tibet Buddha in golden bronze foil from the 15th century, Greek apotropaic eye

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, loden Habsburg cape, pinstripe suit Isaia, shirt Bagutta, custome made natural horn glassed by Cesare Cunaccia for Venice Boudoir

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, loden Habsburg cape, pinstripe suit Isaia, shirt Bagutta, custome made natural horn glassed by Cesare Cunaccia for Venice Boudoir

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, Chinese vase from the Qing dinasty, Neo-classsic bronze sculpture depicting Homer (France, early 17th century), brut iron table design RM57

photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, Chinese vase from the Qing dinasty, Neo-classsic bronze sculpture depicting Homer (France, early 17th century), brut iron table design RM57

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, armchair Louis 14th with crimson silk brocade housse back of the portrait on a Middle-European forefather from 16th century, blazer Atelier Santerasmo Cinque made of English vintage cloth from Cilento(Napoli), shirt and scarf Charvet (Paris), natural horn custom made glasses by Cesare Cunaccia for Boudoir

Cesare Cunaccia, photo by Mustafa Sabbagh, armchair Louis 14th with crimson silk brocade housse back of the portrait on a Middle-European forefather from the 18th century, blazer Atelier Santerasmo Cinque made of English vintage cloth from Cilento(Napoli), shirt and scarf Charvet (Paris), natural horn custom made glasses by Cesare Cunaccia for Boudoir

Me, myself and I at the opening cocktail of "Shades of a gentleman", photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

Me, myself and I at the opening cocktail of “Shades of a gentleman”, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

The natural horn glasses custom made by Cesare Cunaccia for Boudoir along with objects talking about Cunaccia, photo by N

The natural horn glasses custom made by Cesare Cunaccia for Boudoir along with objects talking about Cunaccia, photo by N

Cesare Cunaccia visiting the exhibition project and me, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

Cesare Cunaccia visiting the exhibition project and me, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

The photos by Mustafa Sabbagh on show, photo by N

The photos by Mustafa Sabbagh on show, photo by N

the photographs by Mustafa Sabbagh on show, photo by N

the photographs by Mustafa Sabbagh on show, photo by N

The sartorial showcase featuring the creations by Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, Santoni, Isaia, Louis Leeman, photo by N

The sartorial showcase featuring the creations by Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, Santoni, Isaia, Louis Leeman, photo by N

The scarves and hats coming from the Cesare Cunaccia's wardrobe along with the clothes by Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, photo by N

The scarves and hats coming from the Cesare Cunaccia’s wardrobe along with the clothes by Atelier Santerasmo Cinque, photo by N

A circle of friends: Alessandro De Lorenzo, me, Max Nicoloro and Vincent Law, photo by Anna Porcu

A circle of friends: Alessandro De Lorenzo(Boudoir), me, Max Nicoloro(Atelier Santerasmo Cinque) and Vincent Law, photo by Anna Porcu

Alessandro De Lorenzo, me, Max Nicoloro, Anna Porcu and her friend, photo by Vincent Law

Alessandro De Lorenzo(Boudoir), me, Max Nicoloro(Atelier Santerasmo Cinque), Anna Porcu and her friend, photo by Vincent Law

Alessandro De Lorenzo, me and Max Nicoloro, photo by Vincent Law

Alessandro De Lorenzo(Boudoir), me and Max Nicoloro(Atelier Santerasmo Cinque), photo by Vincent Law

A beautiful surprise, from Vienna to Milan:  to see Helga Ruthner ( Wendy & Jim) at White,  photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

A beautiful surprise, from Vienna to Milan: to see Helga Ruthner ( Wendy & Jim) at White, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

Luna Lanzara and me, photo by N

Luna Lanzara and me, photo by N

Giorgiana Ravizza and me, photo by N

Giorgiana Ravizza and me, photo by N

Vincent Law, the editor of smashing blog Binzento Vincente and me, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

Vincent Law, the editor of smashing blog Binzento Vincente and me, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

The brilliant jewerly designer Anna Porcu ( today is her birthday, thus I wish her happy birthday!  )wearing a necklace she made and me, photo by N

The brilliant jewerly designer Anna Porcu ( today it’s her birthday, thus I wish her happy birthday! )wearing a necklace she made and me, photo by N

Andy and me, while Matteo Bonelli, in the back is visiting the exhibition project, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

Andy and me, while Matteo Bonelli, in the back is visiting the exhibition project, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

The journalist Maria Elena Capitanio visiting the exhibition project, photo by N

The journalist Maria Elena Capitanio visiting the exhibition project, photo by N

Alberto Guardiani and me, photo by N

Alberto Guardiani and me, photo by N

Alessandro De Lorenzo, me and Federico Bosisio, photo by N

Alessandro De Lorenzo(Boudoir), me and Federico Bosisio, photo by N

Me, Giovanni Ottonello and Alessandro De Lorenzo, photo by Vincent Law

Me, Giovanni Ottonello and Alessandro De Lorenzo(Boudoir), photo by Vincent Law

The one and only Roberta Valentini( Penelope Brescia) and me, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

The one and only Roberta Valentini( Penelope Brescia) and me, photo by Alessandro De Lorenzo

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me, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

me, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

My stay in Venice couldn’t start without an Epicurean leitmotiv, the zaletto cookie, a typical Venetian cookie I discovered years ago, by tasting its best version or rather the one I thought until a recent yesterday of being the best, the one by the renowned Rosa Salva pastry shop. Things change. I discovered a new pastry shop due to the suggestion of my dear friend Silvano Arnoldo – who has been my devoted companion during these days – with whom I visited the Trevisan pastry shop (Santa Croce 636). A successful discover, I enjoyed almost every morning, except  the last one which ended in the same place with the meringate pastry, a desire which became reality and naturally shared as the delights must be shared.

Paolo Franzo, Silvano Arnoldo, me and the meringate cake

Paolo Franzo, Silvano Arnoldo, me and the meringate cake

Beyond these Epicurean interludes, I visited the new seat of Boudoir, marvelous optic gallery of the nice and charming Alessandro De Lorenzo, featuring collections of exclusive eyewear, including a wide range of artisanal eyewear, as well as creations by brands as Someday Somewhere, Lotho and L.A. Eyeworks (brand which makes me think about Justin Vivian Bond, who has been one of its testimonials).

Boudoir, photo by N

Boudoir, photo by N

Boudoir, photo by N

Boudoir, photo by N

Boudoir, photo by N

Boudoir, photo by N

Sunday Somewhere at Boudoir, photo by N

Sunday Somewhere at Boudoir, photo by N

L.A. Eyeworks, photo by N

L.A. Eyeworks, photo by N

Justin Vivian Bond, photo courtesy of L.A, Eyeworks

Justin Vivian Bond, photo courtesy of L.A, Eyeworks

Alessandro De Lorenzo and me, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

Alessandro De Lorenzo and me, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

It completes the range of products that are available at Boudoir, a selection of artistic perfumery by the brand CB I hate perfumes, including also The 2nd (Alan) Cumming, a provocative scent  as its name ironically evokes  and the one who made it, the iconic – movie, tv, theatrical actor and singer – Alan Cumming by teaming with the perfumer Christopher Brosius. It’s a scent dedicated to sex, scotch, cigars and Scotland (the native country of artist), embodying notes of bergamot, black pepper, Scotch pine, whiskey, cigar, heather, rubber, leather, white truffles and peat fire.

The 2nd (Alan) Cumming,  photo by N

The 2nd (Alan) Cumming, photo by N

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

My tour on the road followed with the visit of design store Madera, hosting a minimal and refined collection of furniture and accessories for cooking made of hood and ended under the sign of Epicureanism in an enchanting place, the tea-room Beatrice in Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2727, where I had white tea (having drank too many coffees to have the Lapsang Souchong tea, my favorite one) and a delicious, light salted pastry. I liked the relaxing, poetic atmosphere of place which has a beautiful garden and it’s also a B&B named Ca’ Fujiyama I highly recommend.

Nazareno, the nice owner of toys shop "l' isola che non c'è" in Campo S. Barnaba

Nazareno, the nice owner of toys shop “l’ isola che non c’è” in Campo S. Barnaba

Madera, photo by N

Madera, photo by N

Madera, photo by N

Madera, photo by N

The Beatrice tea-room, photo by N

The Beatrice tea-room, photo by N
Silvano Arnoldo and me at the Beatrice tea-room, photo by the owner

Silvano Arnoldo and me at the Beatrice tea-room, photo by the owner

PASSEGGIANDO PER VENEZIA…EPICUREISMO, MODA, PROFUMI & DESIGN 

The zaletto cookie and me at the Trevisan pastry shop, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

The zaletto cookie and me at the Trevisan pastry shop, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

 La mia permanenza a Venezia non poteva cominciare senza un leitmotiv epicureo, lo zaletto, tipico biscotto veneziano da me scoperto anni fa, provando la versione migliore o meglio quella che fino a un recente ieri ritenevo che fosse la versione migliore, quella della rinomata pasticceria  Rosa Salva. Le cose cambiano. Ho scoperto una nuova pasticceria grazie al suggerimento del mio caro amico Silvano Arnoldo – il mio fedele compagno di queste giornate – con il quale mi sono recata presso la pasticceria Trevisan (Santa Croce 636). Una felice scoperta da me apprezzata quasi ogni giorno, eccetto l’ ultimo che si è concluso nel medesimo luogo, ma con la meringata, un desiderio divenuto realtà e naturalmente condiviso, perché i piaceri vanno condivisi.

Three friends, three different approaches to Epicureanism

Three friends, three different approaches to Epicureanism

Oltre questi intermezzi epicurei ho visitato la nuova sede di Boudoir, fantastica galleria ottica del simpatico Alessandro De Lorenzo di cui sono protagoniste esclusive collezioni di occhiali, comprensive di occhiali di fattura artigianale come anche creazioni di brand quali Someday Somewhere, Lotho ed L.A. Eyeworks (marchio che mi fa pensare a Justin Vivian Bond che è stato uno dei suoi testimonial).

Boudoir, photo by N

Boudoir, photo by N

Lotho at Boudoir, photo by N
Lotho at Boudoir, photo by N
me in Lotho, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

me in Lotho, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

Completa la gamma dei prodotti disponibili da Boudoir, una selezione di profumeria artistica del brand CB I hate perfumes che include anche The 2nd Cumming, un profumo provocante come il suo nome ironicamente evoca e come colui che lo ha creato, l’ iconico – attore cinematografico, televisivo, teatrale e cantante – Alan Cumming, in collaborazione con il naso Christopher Brosius. È un profumo dedicato al sesso, allo scotch, ai sigari e alla Scozia (terra natia dell’ artista), che racchiude in sé note di bergamotto, pepe nero, pino di Scozia, sigaro, erica, gomma, cuoio, tartufi bianchi e brace di torba.

The selection of scents by  CB I hate perfumes including The 2nd (Alan) Cumming, photo by N

The selection of scents by CB I hate perfumes including The 2nd (Alan) Cumming, photo by N

Il mio tour è proseguito con la visita al negozio di design Madera che ospita una minimale e raffinata collezione di arredi e accessori per la cucina realizzati in legno e si è concluso all’ insegna dell’ epicureismo in un luogo incantevole, la sala da té Beatrice a Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2727, in cui ho preso un tè bianco (avendo bevuto troppi caffè per prendere il tè Lapsang Souchong, il mio preferito) e una deliziosa, leggera torta salata. Ho apprezzato la rilassante poetica atmosfera del luogo che ha un delizioso giardino al suo interno ed è anche un B&B dal nome Ca’ Fujiyama che raccomando vivamente.

Madera, photo by N

Madera, photo by N

Madera, photo by N

Madera, photo by N

The garden at the Beatrice tea room, photo by N
The garden at the Beatrice tea room, photo by N
In the garden of Beatrice tea room

In the garden of Beatrice tea room