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“Jungle: the Animal Imagery in Fashion” on display at the Reggia di Venaria

The evolution of the animalier and of the different ways in which animal coats and shapes have been reworked by Fashion, takes shape through one hundred dresses and accessories into the suggestive setting of the Venaria Palace, until August 27th.

The exhibition “Jungle: the Animal Imagery in Fashion” is devoted to the different elaborations of the "wild" coat made by fashion designers: from lavish butterflies to leopards and tigers, from insects to elephants, from beetles to snakes and horses, the show features real artwork designed by the world's greatest fashion designers who have chosen to inspire nature and its colors and animals in their declinations, their skins and parts of their eyes, nails, paws, tails, and muses.

A journey of elegance, sensuality and creativity which opens with the first animal-known dress, Christian Dior's "Jungle" exhibited in Paris in 1947, the first panther print in fashion history which will be followed by many others.

Among the fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, Roberto Cavalli, Gianfranco Ferré, Valentino, Hermes, Maurizio Galante, Fausto Puglisi, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, StellaMcCartney, Ken Scott, Thierry Mugler, from the legendary embroidered bustier of Krizia to the futuristic futuristic clothing of Iris Van Herpen. The visitor takes a trip into a "jungle" of monochrome wood, populated by marvelous dresses and walls covered with precious scarf created by fashion designer of the last century.

All creations not only highlight changes in taste, but also the different meanings of a trend which has become one of the great classics of our wardrobe that never ceases to inspire fashion.

Gucci Décor, the new home collection mania!

The luxury brand launches the innovative home line Gucci Décor, an eclectic collection of items with which fashion lovers, and not only, will customize their homes with style.

The philosophy of creative director Alessandro Michele is preparing to win the home furnishings market by presenting a multiform home collection inspired by the most interesting themes of his recent collections, which will be applied to interior design objects such as cushions, candles, chairs and kitchen accessories.

Precious embroidery, geometric patterns and drawings taken from the immense Gucci archive feature on furnishings and pottery. Among the cult pieces, there are the porcelain produced by Richard Ginori enriched by Gucci’s signature motifs Herbarium in green and white, the same as with the geometric designs chevron and animals of Gucci Garden, bees, butterflies, beetles and rooster heads,  covers the porcelain, candle holders, teapots and small incense.

The prints dress up with their decisive colors metal trays and folding tables, while the seats are even more precious, featuring wooden high-back chairs with lacquered frames and padded seats decorated with cats, tigers, King Charles Spaniel, moths, Bee and roaring tigers, all of the latest prêt-à-porter collections.

The most spectacular pieces in the home collection are however the folding screens, objects of the past, which return to the Gucci Décor collection with prints of gardens, pineapples, geometries and fantasies with polyps or leaves, or covered with pink capitonné velvet. And then double-sided pillows with ribbons and decorative borders, silk wallpaper, vinyl and plotted paper from the Pre Fall 2017 and Autumn-Winter 2015/16 collections, and four exclusive home scents.

Gucci Décor collection will be available starting this September in Gucci flagship stores, on gucci.com and at selected home interior stores. No specific area dedicated to the collection in boutiques to emphasize the Alessandro Michele’s philosophy.

"Undressed": Mario Testino's photos on display in Berlin

A different way of undressing, blurring the boundaries between fashion, eroticism and art: “Undressed” is the exhibition conceived exclusively for the Helmut Newton Foundation on display until November 19 in Berlin.

The exhibition delves deep into Testino’s archive, reaching into the corners of the room and up to the ceiling and filling the Foundation with bodies and emotions to create an imposing human landscape.

Many of these photographs were taken for publications that co-operate with Helmut Newton himself, including the French, German and Italian edition of Vogue and the Pirelli calendar.

A special highlight is the series of previously unseen photographs shot in Testino’s studio. In this deeply personal work, an exuberant atmosphere intermingles with the implicit frisson of nudity, and while playfully amorous, the dynamics never slip into the obscene or pornographic. Honouring the influence of Helmut Newton, the images become abstracted body landscapes, the protagonists appearing as mere forms, torsos, even statues.

From supermodels such as Kate Moss and Amber Valletta, to androgynous and unknow men, from personal portraits to group shots with same-sex models, in this show you can admire different moments of intimacy, some stolen with ease, others studied with precision.

Alongside the exhibition, the Foundation’s cinema room will show a unique short film, Undressing The Mind. This shows Testino in conversation with psychoanalyst Kai Hammermeister. Undressed is supported by a catalogue, published by Taschen, documenting the exhibition and features an exclusive conversation between Testino and long-time collaborator Carine Roitfeld. Also included is an essay from psychiatrist and psychologist Manfred Spitzer, who offers a neuroscientific perspective on humanity’s visual perception of bodies and beauty. 

 

AltaRoma July 2017: the exclusive events and the runway show calendar

From 6th to 9th July 2017, Rome returns to glamour and high fashion thanks to AltaRoma, the event that brings the Haute Couture collections of the great brand into the eternal city, among performances, competitions, installations and fashion events.

Much-anticipated new entry of this edition is Efisio Rocco Marras, son of Antonio Marras, recently named at the command of label I’M Isola Marras, which will debut on Friday's catwalk.

The event, which has become a launching pad for young designers, will host the thirteenth edition of "Who Is On Next?", the fashion scouting project made by Altaroma in collaboration with Vogue Italia, dedicated to young talents of fashion and considered globally one of the most authoritative creative platforms.

The Guido Reni District was again confirmed as the headquarters of AltaRoma with its three sections: "Fashion Hub" dedicated to scouting, training and promotion of emerging creativity, "Atelier", a container for fashion shows and presentations of couture maison, small ateliers, tailoring and handicrafts, and "In Town", destined for fashionable initiatives and activities.

AltaRoma inauguration day, on July 6th, opens the doors with three exhibition that propose an unprecedented excursus on the transformation of the way of telling the dress: "Vanitas - The dress Between Sacred and Profane", "Drops of Italian Glamor" by Enrico Quinto and Paolo Tinarelli and "A.I. - Transmission Technical Tests ", a story about a form of archiving that passes through the screen, from television in the 1960s to Instagram. During the opening will be also screened Francesco Carrozzini's "Franca: Chaos and Creation", a tribute to Franca Sozzani, the historic director of Vogue Italia which disappeared on 22 December.

The events to be marked on the agenda on Friday July 7th are: "Workshops of precious talents", a show with sensory and performance paths from 18:30 to 22:00 at Galleria Centro Regionale Sant'Alessio in Via Margutta 51, the lectio magistralis of Giampaolo Barbieri, one of the first Italian photographers who helped create the fashion image, working closely with fashion designers.

"In Town" section then permeates the city's historic streets with performance, opening of boutiques and atelier presentations. Among them, to be noted on July 8th : "Roman's Romance", a meeting with Giambattista Valli and Dan Thawley, the "Clorofilia" event at the Monitor Gallery in Rome with Marco Grisolia fashion show.

 

ALTAROMA ALTA MODA Fashion Show Calendar

6 July 2017 (collezioni primavera estate 2018)

11:30 MORFOSIS

13:00 MOI MULTIPLE

18:30 GRETA BOLDINI

 

7 July 2017

12:30 GIANNI MOLARO

14:00 SABRINA PERSECHINO

16:00 RANI ZAKHEM

21:00 RENATO BALESTRA

22:00 SYLVIO GIARDINA

 

8 July 2017

11:00 ERKAN ÇORUH

12:30 SOOCHA

 

9 July 2017

21:00 evento FASHION FROM THE WORLD by RMI

Sfilata dei designer Rahma Hedhli – Tunisia; Aiisha Ramadan – E.A.U.; Vincenzo Visciglia – E.A.U.; Alberto Tinga – Mozambico; Florival Mangoba – Mozambico; Uchral A. Chief designer of Gobi Co. Ltd – Mongolia; Amarjargal L. Designer of Goyo LLC. – Mongolia

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