Glamping*

If you had sold your soul to big corp. during the last few decades with the money you have earned (or inherited) you can now buy it back. How? Just browse the internet and look for an old VW T2 Kombi, then go glamping somewhere like Ibiza, Bali, or Goa and you will find yourself surrounded with people just like you:  chastened consumer, now wannabee hippy with a taste for luxury.  Forget about following Siddhartha’s path, it’s all about the style, or, the lifestyle if you prefer: an over-indulgent looking for the next “hip” thing to do, covered with some “shanti-shanti” philosophy, lots of meditations retreats, festival attendances (Coachella, anyone?), garnished with a fake carelessness on look, while it’s all about the brand, right? from the never-heard-before name $400 custom made sunglasses frame, to Birkenstock shoes, to those Lululemon $120 yoga pants, not to mention the must have Stella McCartney $1,800 chain trim handbag (but it’s cruelty free!), and the annual subscription to Kinkfolk and Monocle.

Somehow I now respect more UES people, at least they are honest to themselves, rather than these folks judging you with the same harsh disgust of the “I’m rich, you’re poor” crowd, if you don’t have the latest (RED) iPhone.

 

Happy Hippy indeed! Restaurants range vary from lousily vegetarian to strictly vegan.

 

It is all about the tatoos darling.

 

 

 

Flower Power
It is so cool being cool, you know…
Fringes, anyone?
Sahari and turban are the best combo, like, ever.
Pebbles and heels.
Poshy magazine about hippies.
And if you want to go pro, you can even dress up as one of them!
Tatoos and fashion
Even the PACHA il now following the trend.
Varia

Met Gala 2015 – The worst

Yes, this time of the year is finally come, the time where we all are so looking forward to spend every single acid comment —that our minds is able to think— on this very juicy parade where everything is debatable, even the notion of what could be considered good taste and appropriate.

This year’s theme is China: Through the Looking Glass so let’s see who really got it.

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Solange in Giles. Is that a huge Compact Disc?

 

robert-pattinson-fka-twigs_Christopher Kane
Fka you’ve got good taste in men but as for dress… that is a cubist’s worst nightmare!

 

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Stella & Cara’s this year dress code is “I’m rich – I’m starving – heroin-chic revival”

 

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Beyonce, ehm, if the theme is “China through looking the glass” doesn’t mean we have literally to look through your dress

 

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Is Donatella back on coke? Jennifer Lopez in Versace Atelier

 

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When you take away a pair of Manolo from SJP, she clearly doesn’t think straight. Looks like a giant wok exploded on her head. SJP on custom H&M and Phillip Treacy headpiece

 

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According to her look she must have seen a Madonna while being dressed by a tailor from the back of a drugstore in Chinatown

 

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Zoe, will your very stylish parents be proud? Meh… Zoe Kravitz in Alexander Wang.

 

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Ladies & Gentlemen “Wednesday & Wednesday” from The Addams Family! a.k.a. The Olsen twins in John Galliano

 

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And we were Forgetting Morticia (see above). Cher in Marc Jacobs

 

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Lady Gaga in Balenciaga. Wonderful

 

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Anna, have you gotten two parrots on your shoulders? oh, no it’s Chanel. Does Karl know?

 

 

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Joan, don’t even know where to start…

 

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Lorde, you’ve got bad skin, culotte de chevals and you don’t care. You are one of us! LOVE YOU.

 

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Porn Stars At The AVN Porn Awards VS Influential Celebrities At The MET Gala

 

Kris Jenner in Balmain
Kris Jenner in Balmain. Is she trying to winning over the shock of her marriage pulling out this look?

*The milky way of a Sunday morning

After so many years of wandering life Sunday equals late waking-ups and lazy brunches. This morning, as I didn’t have my personal slave to spoil me, I’ve been forced to roll out of bed and get out looking for milk. Not an easy one if you are in a small village, lost in the mountains that has zero open supermarket till Monday morning. There may not be shops open there but they’ve got this brilliant idea: milk dispenser. You won’t find junk food in it, just plain fresh whole milk – don’t forget to bring your own bottle to fill. When I was approaching the dispenser I saw a woman cleaning it and I thought «Oh, no s****! No milk for me!» but turned out being there just for filling in the next dispenser machine with fresh hand made yoghurt, butter, and cheese. And there I recognised her.  If it is true that I grew up in a small village, it is also true that I never “fill in” with the local crowd. I was the black sheep, the one who attended piano and art lessons, the one wearing Clarks and dungarees, the one going to the city visiting exhibitions. The kids weren’t particularly interested in me and the feeling was mutual. There was really nothing that tied us together: nor their activities – limited to going around in bikes or attending church functions on Saturday morning, or playing footballs – or their lives that I knew were destined to “being local”. We knew each-other and we ignored each-other equally. So, after decades I met one of this girls and, for some strange reasons, it has been very nice. We didn’t talk much as we’ve never been friends or have anything to share, but the expressions in our faces revealed a kindness and such good will that it is for me very hard to find anywhere or to experience in “normal life”.

And this is something.

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Oscar 2015 – the red carpet according to me*

I have to say this year the red carped didn’t release a lot of fashion nightmares, so it hasn’t been fun at all watching it; but here and there some faux passes have been made so here’s my personal list of the worse (and some best) dressed.

Cate Blanchett in John Galliano. My concept of "perfectness"
Cate Blanchett in John Galliano. My concept of “perfectness”.
Cheryl Hines - she's been clearly kept under formalin and released for the occasion wrapped in tin foil to keep her cold and well preserved.
Cheryl Hines – she’s been clearly kept under formalin and released for the occasion wrapped in tin foil to keep her cold and well preserved.
Chrissi Teigen in Zuhair Murad. A perfectly dress hourglass body. Well done woman!
Chrissi Teigen in Zuhair Murad. A perfectly dressed hourglass body. Well done woman!
Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture. For the love of God Gwyneth take tome risk. You are boring as hell with this whole playing it safe!
Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture. For the love of God Gwyneth take tome risks. You are boring as hell with this whole playing it safe!
Isan Elba. Straight from the festival of the cob in Kansas city.
Isan Elba. Straight from the cob festival — Kansas city.
Jennifer Aniston in Versace. Jennifer, you'll never finish to disappoint us.
Jennifer Aniston in Versace. Jennifer, you’ll never finish to disappoint us.
Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab. Magnificent.
Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab. Magnificent.
Kelly Osbourne in Rita Vinieris. Rocking it.
Kelly Osbourne in Rita Vinieris. Rocking it.
Michelle Schumacher. Directly landed from a wedding in Poland.
Michelle Schumacher. Directly landed from a wedding in Poland. Is that a table cloth?
Nicole Kidman in Louis Vuitton. Can somebody please feed her?
Nicole Kidman in Louis Vuitton. Can somebody please feed her?
Patricia Arquette in Rosetta Getty. Patricia, your speech made us cry with joy.
Patricia Arquette in Rosetta Getty. Patricia, your speech made us cry with joy.
Anna, has BIRD landed on your shoulder?
Anna, has a (pink) BIRD landed on your shoulder?

Advanced Style (ovvero «Vecchie stilose»)

I discovered this new – let’s call it – trend back in 2009, in New York – as usual, I mean, where else? – and I immediately fell in love with it, reporting it on the fashionable pages of the glossy magazine «Flair».

What had caught my eye was not only the obvious bold and funny style that these women showed off, but – and more importantly – how this was  a new form of revolution.

In these times where a woman is constantly under pressure for the way she looks, the way she dresses, how much she weight, this is something that teaches us a great deal.

We are not supposed to get old. We are not supposed to have wrinkles. Menopause is still something to be ashamed of.

These women, in a very womanly way, tell us: «C’mon girls, let’s have fun with ourselves! Let’s express who we are despite what we are supposed to look and behave at our age».  AND. THEY.  NAILED. IT. Breaking down the wall that has been build all around being old, because we live in a society that is so erasing the concept of getting old that has to call it “chronologically gifted”, like the word “old” has something shameful in it.

Ari Cohen, the genius behind this whole idea, after the release of the book «Advanced Style» back in 2012, is now the eye behind the camera that shoot the movie «Advanced style», released on February 19th, 2015. We cannot thank him enough for the work he has done for them. And for us. We are so looking forward to learn from Tziporah (62), Deborah (67), Lynn (80), Joyce (80), Jackie “Taja” (81), Ilona (93), and Zelda (95).

This time, following the trend, and not setting it, the acclaimed fashion guru photographer Tim Walker released in 2013 the very nice book «The Granny Alphabet», dedicated to his great grandmother Louisa Wicks. The book is a combination between his wonderful pictures (26 as the letters of the alphabet), cute graphic design and powerful verses by Kit Heshketh-Harvey. It does not have the same power as Cohen’s one, but is a sign that “old” is something we have to relate with on a different way than the “damnatio memoriae” currently in use.

I am particularly happy to own this book because, as Tim Walker says, :«Old age brings back this childlike clarity of vision, and so children and elderly have an agreement, a bond, united both by a sense of being out of time and by the brilliantly reckless lack of responsibility that bookends adulthood and allows them to see things as they really are. This is why I’ve always loved the very old and the very young, whether in age or spirit, and why I’ve taken the photographs for this book – part photographic love letter to the elderly and part documentation of the dying breed of little old ladies who live down the lane.».

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Advanced Style – book cover. Ph. Ari Seth Cohen
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Ph. Ari Seth Cohen – Advanced Style
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ph. Ari Seth Cohen, “Advanced Style”.
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ph. Ari Seth Cohen, “Advanced Style”.
Flair, Marzo 2009, Ci piace l'idea.
The Granny Alphabet by Tim Walker. Ph. Mir*
Advanced Style - manifesto
Advanced Style – manifesto.

Golden Globes 2015: Best and worst red carpet looks according to me

I know you missed it, right?  So we’d done the dirty job for you!

 

Amal, who cares what you are wearing. The real question will always be: if George is clearly gay, why on hearth have you married him?
Amal, who cares what you are wearing. The real question will always be: if George is clearly gay, why on hearth have you married him?

 

If you are that skinny and the dress underline fat that doesn't even exist you really have to consider firing your stylist.
If you are that skinny and the dress underline fat that doesn’t even exist you really have to consider firing your stylist.
Still don't know what to say about this one.
Still don’t know what to say about this one.
Basically the wave of her hairs starts on her neck...
Basically the wave of her hairs starts on her neck…

 

Giuliana (Rancic) you are a member of the "Fashion Police" program and you dare to go out like this? Dying your hair too blond has clearly effect your ability to actually look yourself in the mirror.
Giuliana (Rancic) you are a member of the “Fashion Police” program and you dare to go out like this? Dying your hair too blond has clearly effect your ability to actually look yourself in the mirror.

 

She's clearly wearing a bed sheet
She’s clearly wearing a bed sheet
Dear Rachel, your boobs look soggy, it seems you have a muffin top and that tear is way too much for a woman's your age.
Dear Rachel, your boobs look soggy, it seems you have a muffin top and that tear is way too much for a woman’s your age.
For the love of God Jemima Kirke, dye those roots!
For the love of God Jemima Kirke, dye those roots!
Keira Knightley. She's the living proof that also the skinniest bitch looks awful in an Amish inspired dress. Even if it's a Chanel one.
Keira Knightley. She’s the living proof that also the skinniest bitch looks awful in an Amish inspired dress. Even if it’s a Chanel one.

 

Kelly Osbourne wearing George Chakra. We LOVE you darling. You rock it!
Kelly Osbourne wearing George Chakra.
We LOVE you darling. You rock it!

 

Uzo Aduba («Orange is the new black»). She's got big shoulders. Fine. So why don't we enhance them in the worst possible way?
Uzo Aduba («Orange is the new black»).
She’s got big shoulders. Fine. So why don’t we enhance them in the worst possible way?

 

Girls, I love you. Really. But, please, fire your stylists.
Girls, I love you. Really. But, please, fire your stylists.

All images @GettyImages

 

 

* Gardens of Italy

It’s about that time of the year, that marvelous moment when you just want take your coat off and spend some time enjoying the sunlight, as it’s been all the Winter that you were sitting on a dirty stoop surrounded by pigeons just to be out in the fresh air.

And now that the season it’s just right why not to take a trip upstate and visit some of the most beautiful gardens in the world?

No, you don’t need to buy a gazillions guide or print maps & itineraries, now there is a more eco-friendly and smart tool: the perfect app! Gardens of Italy (available on iTunes) helps you find the nearest or most distant gardens open to the public.

The app gives you the complete map of Italian gardens (parks, botalical gardens and so on) that really worth a visit. You can find them by location, by theme (English garden, French garden, Italian garden, garden with labyrinth), by architecture, history, landscape, season. Each of them has a colorful sketched map, trivia history and helpful information not to mention breath taking pictures.

The App is updated every other two months, and has been integrated with a QR scanner, just in case you find one inside of a garden.

Remember:

Topiary, the ancient art of bending greenery to one’s will. (And it’s a definite step up from the garden gnome.)

About the App, available for iPhone and iPad

  • Updated: Feb 13, 2014
  • Version: 1.01
  • Size: 212 MB
  • Languages: English, Italian
  • Seller: Andreas Garzotto GmbH
  • © Libreria della Natura & Andreas Garzotto GmbH
  • $12.99

 

The App is open to new entries: owners of relevant gardens can contact us to add them; essential requirement is that the garden be open to the public (at least by appointment).