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The founders of Abito: Simona Barbieri, Italo Scaietta, Bruna Casella, Manuela Galli, Constanza Zukierman, photo courtesy of Abito

The founders of Abito: Simona Barbieri, Italo Scaietta, Bruna Casella, Manuela Galli, Constanza Zukierman, photo courtesy of Abito

 

It arises in Mantua, famous  city of art and culture, which this year has recognized capital of culture, the no-profit association Abito, to drive autonomously forward that educational, artistic and cultural path which has started since 2005 by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano). Many have been the initiatives featuring the fashion, as the Homage to Roberto Capucci I attended at time ago, having enjoyed very much during this circumstance the quality and fashion oriented cultural offer. A laudable work which continues, developed by a committee headed by Serena Angelini Parravicini, including experts as Bruna Casella, renowned and bright leading opinion buyer, owner along with the husband Stefano Gozzoli of celebrated Mantua stores Bernardelli, the fashion historian and critic Michele Venturini, Simona Barbieri fashion designer of brand Twin-Set, Manuela Galli, Italo Scaietta, Bibi Benedini ( Benedini & Associati AGAPE Architects Studio), Silvia Araldi, Constanza Zukierman. A successful event which will be celebrated today in Mantua since 6:30 pm at Palazzo Te with a talk curated by Michele Venturini on Dries Van Noten and Marchionnes Casati, muse  who inspired the Fall/Winter 2016-2017 womenswear collection he made, of whose signs are told on paper and embodied in the book illustrated by Gill Button. A not to be missed happening for all the ones who are devoted to fashion culture and cult of beauty which will be enriched by music made by di Igor Palmieri and Michele Bianchi, as well as Epicurean suggestions by Cucina da Manuale, joyful chance to discover and enjoy the aristocratic and sophisticated elegance of Mantua, city where to go and come back.

MODA E CULTURA A MANTOVA PER CELEBRARE ABITO

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Nasce a Mantova, famosa città d’ arte e cultura, riconosciuta quest’ anno capitale della cultura, l’ associazione no-profit Abito, per portare avanti autonomamente quel percorso divulgativo, artistico e culturale ivi avviato a partire dal 2005 dal FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano). Plurime le iniziative che hanno avuto quale protagonista la moda, come l’ Omaggio a Roberto Capucci a cui tempo fa ho presenziato, avendo oltremondo apprezzato in quell’ occasione la qualità e l’ offerta culturale fashion oriented . Un lodevole lavoro che continua, consolidato da un comitato guidato da Serena Angelini Parravicini, costituito da esperti del settore quali Bruna Casella, rinomata e brillante leading opinion buyer, proprietaria unitamente al marito Stefano Gozzoli dei noti stores mantovani Bernardelli, lo storico e critico della moda Michele Venturini, Simona Barbieri fashion designer del brand Twin-Set, Manuela Galli, Italo Scaietta, Bibi Benedini (dello Studio di Architettura Benedini & Associati AGAPE), Silvia Araldi, Constanza Zukierman. Un felice evento che sarà celebrato oggi a Mantova a partire dalle ore 18:30 presso Palazzo Té con un talk curato da Michele Venturini inerente Dries Van Noten e la marchesa Casati, musa ispiratrice della sua collezione autunno-inverno 2016-2017, i cui segni sono raccontati  su carta e racchiusi nel libro illustrato da Gill Button. Un happening imperdibile per tutti coloro che sono devoti alla cultura della moda e al culto del bello, che sarà arricchito da musiche di Igor Palmieri e Michele Bianchi, come anche da suggestioni epicuree realizzate Cucina da Manuale, gioiosa occasione per scoprire e apprezzare l’ aristocratica e raffinata eleganza di Mantova, città in cui andare e tornare.

Dries van Noten Fall/Winter 2016-2017 along with the work by Gill Button, photo courtesy of Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten Fall/Winter 2016-2017 along with the work by Gill Button, photo courtesy of Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten, illustration by Gill Button

Dries van Noten, illustration by Gill Button

 

Dries van Noten Fall/Winter 2016-2017 along with the work by Gill Button, photo courtesy of Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten Fall/Winter 2016-2017 along with the work by Gill Button, photo courtesy of Dries van Noten

 

 

Stella Jean featuring at Penelope, photo by N

Stella Jean featuring at Penelope, photo by N

It’s a perfect binomial to be in Brescia and come back to Penelope, the marvelous cathedral of conceptual fashion, created by the one and only Roberta Valentini and to see the its new look, made by the architect Antonio Gardoni and creator of artistic perfumery brand Bogue, who is inspired by the idea of staircase and made the interiors more catchy and comfortable. Here I attended at a shooting made by the brilliant photographer Erminardo Aliaj (I used calling Ermengardo due to Manzonian suggestions) and I appreciated the choices made by Roberta. It has been a smashing day which ended under the sign of epicureanism in a delicious restaurant Brescia restaurant, the Osteria Bianchi, where I enjoyed a typical dish, the beef with oil and the companion of Roberta, her fantastic tales that embody relevant chapters of fashion history as well as the bright ideas by Dario Bonetta and Alessandro Boccingher, my contubernals, co-founders of AplusB gallery, who gave me details about Brescia, its history, verticality and independent spirit it saved in the passing of time, something I felt walking on the streets which makes it unique, a place where going and coming back.

 

UN GIORNO A BRESCIA(2): LA MIA GIORNATA PENELOPESCA ALL’ INSEGNA DI MODA, CONCETTI E EPICUREISMO

The interiors of Penelope,  photo by N

The interiors of Penelope, photo by N

 

É un perfetto binomio essere a Brescia e ritornare da Penelope, la meravigliosa cattedrale di moda concettuale, creata dalla sola e unica Roberta Valentini e vedere il suo nuovo look, realizzato dall’ architetto Antonio Gardoni che è il creatore del brand di profumeria artistica Bogue, il quale ha tratto ispirazione dall’ idea della scala e ha reso gli interni più accattivanti e confortevoli. Ivi ho assistito al servizio fotografico realizzato dal brillante fotografo Erminardo Aliaj (che ero solita chiamare Ermengardo in ragione di suggestioni manzoniane) e apprezzare le scelte di Roberta. È stata una giornata formidabile che si è conclusa all’ insegna dell’ epicureismo in un delizioso ristorante bresciano, l’ Osteria Bianchi in cui ho assaporato una pietanza tipica, il manzo all’ olio e gioito della compagnia di Roberta, dei suoi fantastici racconti che racchiudono significativi capitoli della storia della moda come anche le brillanti idee di Dario Bonetta ed Alessandro Boccingher, i miei contubernali, co-fondatori della galleria d’ arte AplusB, i quali mi hanno fornito dettagli su Brescia, la sua storia, la verticalità e lo spirito indipendente mantenuto intatto con il passare del tempo, qualcosa che ho avvertito passeggiando per le strade e la rende unica, un luogo in cui andare e ritornare.

The restyling work of Penelope, made by the architect Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

The restyling work of Penelope, made by the architect Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

 

The restyling work of Penelope, made by the architect Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

The restyling work of Penelope, made by the architect Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

 

The restyling work of Penelope, made by the architect Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

The restyling work of Penelope, made by the architect Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

 

The restyling work of Penelope, made by the architect Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

The restyling work of Penelope, made by the architect Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

 

Dress by Vionnet at Penelope, photo by N

Dress by Vionnet at Penelope, photo by N

 

Penelope, photo by N

Penelope, photo by N

 

A categorical imperative, Dream, impressed on the silk shirt by Lanvin at Penelope, photo by N

A categorical imperative, Dream, impressed on the silk shirt by Lanvin at Penelope, photo by N

 

The area of Penelope featuring Christian Louboutin, photo by N appearing in the mirror

The area of Penelope featuring Christian Louboutin, photo by N appearing in the mirror

 

Christian Louboutin, photo by N

Christian Louboutin, photo by N

 

Christian Louboutin, photo by N

Christian Louboutin, photo by N

 

Christian Louboutin, photo by N

Christian Louboutin, photo by N

 

Dries van Noten, photo by N

Dries van Noten, photo by N

 

Dries van Noten, photo by N

Dries van Noten, photo by N

 

Dries van Noten, photo by N

Dries van Noten, photo by N

 

Erminardo Aliaj being ready to work, photo by N

Erminardo Aliaj being ready to work, photo by N

 

Coffee time with Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

Coffee time with Antonio Gardoni, photo by N

 

Erminardo Aliaj( aka Ermengardo) working and the one and only Roberta looks at the shoots he made, photo by N

Erminardo Aliaj( aka Ermengardo) working and the one and only Roberta looks at the shoots he made, photo by N

 

Antonio Gardoni talking with the owner of design store Rua Confettora, photo by N

Antonio Gardoni talking with the owner of design store Rua Confettora, photo by N

 

Erminardo Aliaj( aka Ermengardo), me, the one and only Roberta Valentini and Alessandro Boccingher, photo by N

Erminardo Aliaj( aka Ermengardo), me, the one and only Roberta Valentini and Alessandro Boccingher, photo by N

 

Carmina Campus, photo by N

Carmina Campus, photo by N

 

Sacai Luck, photo by N

Sacai Luck, photo by N

 

Birkenstock by Sacai Luck, photo by N

Birkenstock by Sacai Luck, photo by N

Sacai Luck, photo by N

Sacai Luck, photo by N

 

Opening Ceremony, photo by N

Opening Ceremony, photo by N

 

Uusual shoes at Penelope, photo by N

Uusual shoes at Penelope, photo by N

 

Carmina Campus, photo by N

Carmina Campus, photo by N

 

An accessory, a thought, a fetish, the hand-painted  gaiters by Comme des Garçons, photo by N

An accessory, a thought, a fetish, the hand-painted gaiters by Comme des Garçons, photo by N

 

Alessandro Boccingher and me at the Osteria Bianchi, photo by N

Alessandro Boccingher and me at the Osteria Bianchi, photo by N

 

Wine at Osteria Bianchi, photo by N

Wine at Osteria Bianchi, photo by N

 

My delicious dish, the beef with oil served with the best cornmeal mush I ever have eaten, photo by N

My delicious dish, the beef with oil served with the best cornmeal mush I ever have eaten, photo by N

 

The one and only Roberta Valentini and me, photo by N

The one and only Roberta Valentini and me, photo by N

 

 

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Jacket Stella Jean - featuring in Penelope -, dress Stella Jean, skirt Comme des Garçons, hat Penelope archive, photo by N

Jacket Stella Jean – featuring in Penelope -, dress Stella Jean, skirt Comme des Garçons, hat Penelope archive, photo by N

To be in Brescia means to visit Penelope, the renowned boutiques, by the one and only Roberta Valentini (awesome companion of an interludes under the sign of art), it’s a perfect equation, a pleasure and categorical imperative. I was pleased to see the shop windows of the boutique dedicated to Stella Jean and also featured the accessories by Carmina Campus, brand by Ilaria Venturini Fendi promoting the culture of re-use. It’s a habit of store – as Roberta told me – to dedicate the shop window of store to a fashion designer. Naturally we also talked about the talent and intelligence of this fashion designer( of whose work is currently celebrated by a huge exhibition on Italian fashion in London at the Victoria & Albert Museum) making an excrelleny styling work as well as about the status quo of contemporary fashion connected to the moment we are living and issues concerning fashion semiotic. I deeply respect and appreciate Roberta, her vision, her ability to be into the present and future times and also her visionary and passionate spirit, supported by a great concreteness, which has successfully made concrete by her year after year, giving rise to a cathedral of conceptual fashion, showcasing and selling its most refined names (after all as fashion, a product without market doesn’t exist though it’s the most brilliant work embodying art and craftsmanship, it is and becomes nothing without). My visit to this enchanting place, emphasized by the kind collaboration of weather, continued going to Penelopesposa, such a beautiful space – which makes be tempted to get married, also to people like me who never did not consider this chance, thinking about marriage as a contract and love as freedom – where tenderness, refinement and elegance join together and dialogue between themselves, creating a harmony and that creative alchemy which makes it a cathedral to visit and where to come back. I will come back soon there, in this city, little jewel, which gives me as a gift special moments, a lot of kindness, beauty, sweetness and wonderful surprises.

ARTE & MODA A BRESCIA(2): PENELOPESCHI MOMENTI CONCETTUALI

Carmina Campus, photo by N

Carmina Campus, photo by N

 

Essere a  Brescia significa far visita a Penelope, le rinomate boutiques, boutique della sola e unica Roberta Valentini (fantastica compagna di interludi all’ insegna dell’ arte), è una perfetta equazione, un piacere e un imperativo categorico. Mi ha rallegrato vedere che le vetrine della boutique erano dedicate a Stella Jean e avevano quali protagonisti anche gli accessori di Carmina Campus, brand di Ilaria Venturini Fendi che promuove la cultura del riuso. È una consuetudine del negozio dedicate a un determinato fashion designer. Naturalmente abbiamo anche parlato del talento e intelligenza di questa fashion designer che fa un eccellente lavoro di styling (la cui opera è attualmente celebrate da una grande mostra sulla moda italiana a Londra presso il Victoria & Albert Museum) come anche sullo status quo della moda contemporanea , legato al momento che stiamo vivendo e a problematiche inerenti la semiotica della moda. Rispetto profondamente e apprezzo Roberta, la sua visione, la sua capacità di essere proiettata nel tempo, presente e futuro ed anche il suo spirito visionario e ardente, sorretto da una notevole concretezza, che è stato felicemente concretizzato anno dopo anno, dando vita a una cattedrale di moda concettuale che espone e vende i suoi nomi più raffinati (dopo tutto la moda, un prodotto senza un mercato non esiste anche se è il più brillante lavoro che racchiude arte e artigianalità, è e resta nel nulla). La mia visita in questo luogo incantevole, enfatizzato dalla gentile collaborazione del tempo, è proseguita andando da Penelopesposa, luogo estremamente bello – che fa venir voglia di sposarsi, anche a quelli come me  che non hanno mai preso in considerazione questa eventualità, ritenendo che il matrimonio sia un contratto e l’ amore sia libertà – in cui dolcezza, raffinatezza e eleganza si uniscono e dialogano tra di loro, creando un’ armonia e quella alchimia creativa che la rende tale, una cattedrale da visitare e in cui ritornare. Tornerò presto qui, in questa città, piccolo gioiello che mi regala momenti speciali tanta gentilezza, bellezza, tenerezza e meravigliose sorprese.

Stella Jean, photo by N

Stella Jean, photo by N

A sweet little girl conceptual fashion oriented..., photo by N

A sweet little girl conceptual fashion oriented…, photo by N

...and her mother, a Roberta's friend during a shopping interlude, photo by N

…and her mother, a Roberta’s friend during a shopping interlude, photo by N

 

Marting Margiela, photo by N

Marting Margiela, photo by N

 

Dries, van Noten, photo by N

Dries, van Noten, photo by N

 

Penelope, photo by N

Penelope, photo by N

 

My Steven Meisel moment at Penelope, hat Penelope archive, photo by N

My Steven Meisel moment at Penelope, hat Penelope archive, photo by N

 

Steven Meisel, photo by N

Steven Meisel, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Lanvin, photo by N

Lanvin, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Jacket Alexis Mabille, photo by N

Jacket Alexis Mabille, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Comme des Garçons vintage, photo by N

Comme des Garçons vintage, photo by N

 

Penelopesposa, photo by N

Penelopesposa, photo by N

 

Roberta Valentini and me, photo by Alessandro Boccingher

Roberta Valentini and me, photo by Alessandro Boccingher

A calla lily, unexpected gift at the Brescia railway station, given to me by a Florentine woman, photo by N

A calla lily, unexpected gift at the Brescia railway station, given to me by a Florentine woman, photo by N

 

 

www.penelope-store.it

Albertina Marzotto area on Yoox.com

The countess Albertina Marzotto, icon of Milanese style presents a selection of her favourite vintage clothes on the virtual multi-brand boutique Yoox.com, featuring over 200 items, including creations by legendary brands as Chanel, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferrè, Valentino, Helmut Lang, Comme des Garçons, Dries van Noten and Marni.

 

LA SELEZIONE DI ABBIGLIAMENTO VINTAGE DI ALBERTINA MARZOTTO SU YOOX.COM

Albertina Marzotto

La contessa Albertina Marzotto, icona dello stile Milanese presenta una selezione dei suoi abiti vintage preferiti sulla boutique virtuale multi-brand Yoox.com in cui sono protagonisti più di 200 pezzi che includono creazioni di marchi leggendari quali Chanel, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferrè, Valentino, Helmut Lang, Comme des Garçons, Dries van Noten e Marni.

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