Archivio di novembre, 2012


Perhaps, there aren’t anymore stars like there used to be, or maybe the seductive power of a time worn face is more likely to be reassuring than a young man one.To be honest I’m afraid the reason could be that the show business keeps churning out artist who are becoming famous overnight, often without deserving it. In fact, it’s easy to realize it by having a look at the latest fashion magazines that older man are the new icons. One example is Willem Dafoe, who has been modelling for Prada and is now on the cover of Another Magazine, portrayed by Venderperre (on the right) in a Louis Vuitton outfit. Also over 40 model Andre Van Noord, is very popular at the moment and he’s also Trussardi’s new face, photographed by Albert Watson. Such strong personalities and expressive faces really help empower the brand communication , because they are credible whatever they may wear. This kind of men evidently have the intensity that most are missing. As long as they wont wear a plaid shawl instead of a coat.


Tight-fitting skimpy clothes are out of date. Designers have left no place for hesitation and we have been somehow forced to re-examine our wardrobe and to adopt the new fashion sense which has radically changed during the past two seasons of menswear. To be aware of those changes, one should not just copy whatever he sees at the latest fashion shows or in the top boutiques window displays but instead take careful consideration of how shapes and colors have changed. Colors in particular which are not very popular among italian men, are strongly recommended for those who wish to be in step with fashion. Having said that, I need to add something else: we should always buy fashion according to individual our personality and style. So, if for example you are -just like me- in love with those coat lenghts and shapes from the past, try to be less radical and mix the old with the new -like I do-.


M JULY 2006

Over Styling. Super Warm. De Luxe. Stunning reversible parka by Louis Vuitton and denim trousers by John Galliano. Photo by Matthew Brookes, Styling by Serge Girardi. Model Roch Barbot.


I enjoy taking risks mixing up styles from different eras. I am fascinated by the good results one can obtain by mixing different styles, in fashion but also in design. In the late 80s I used to match shirts and waistcoats by Romeo Gigli with ties and trousers by Armani. I just adored the contrast between different fabrics, Gigli’s cotton peach skin fabric and Armani’s crispy wool. I also love how these materials fit differently: tight-fitting the first one, loose fitting the second. The same goes for design: at the Angelo’s bistrot in Milan, there are original floors in warm shades from the 40s and austere 50s german school chairs together with modern artworks which have been realized on panels by the two danish artists Uffe Frank and Sonny Asemota. They are apparently very distant visual codes and expressions but once together they are surprisingly relatable to each other. In the picture a corner of the Angelo’s bistrot in Via Savona, Milan.