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“Hollywood Icons. Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation”: the portraits of the great movie stars on display in Rome

161 portraits from the biggest names in motion picture of the classic Hollywood era will be on display in Rome at “Hollywood Icons. Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation” exhibition, which will take place at the Palace of Exhibitions starting next June 24th.

The show will begin with the photographs of silent legends as Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, continuing with brilliant performers of the early talkie era such as Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Cary Grant, and concluding with the post war giants like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

From the 1920’s through the 1960’s, Hollywood Icons is organized in decades which feature the major stars of each period and it includes galleries dedicated to the Hollywood Studio photographers, the star making process. The show also introduces the life and career of collector and film historian, John Kobal, who brought this work out of dusty archives into Palazzo delle Esposizioni for the next three months.

Motion picture history is usually written from the point of view of actors or directors with little attention given to the enormous enterprise that makes motion pictures possible. Hollywood Icons presents the largely unheralded portrait and still photographers who worked quietly behind the scenes but whose glamorous photographs were critical to the creation of stars and promotion of the movies. Millions upon millions of images distributed by Hollywood studios throughout the golden age were all the work of camera artists working quickly, efficiently and most of the times brilliantly to promote Hollywood style worldwide.

George Hurrell’s portraits of Joan Crawford helped shape her thrilling screen presence. The indelible image of Garbo was created in Ruth Harriet Louise’s portrait studio. The work of more than 50 distinct photographers will be presented in this exhibition including Clarence Sinclair Bull, Eugene Robert Richee, Robert Coburn, William Walling Jr, John Engstead, Elmer Fryer, Laszlo Willinger, A.L. “Whitey” Schafer and Ted Allan.

John Kobal understood the importance of this critical body of Hollywood material. Starting out as a film enthusiast, he became one of the pre-eminent film historians. His reputation rests on his pioneering work resurrecting the careers of some of these masters of classic Hollywood era photography: beginning in the late 1960’s Kobal sought to reunite these forgotten artists with their original negatives and encouraged them to produce new prints for exhibitions he mounted worldwide at venues such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. A selection of these prints, along with original vintage prints dating back to the studio days form the core of this exhibition.

Milan Men's Fashion Week June 2017: the runway show ultimate calendar

"A Fashion Week full of news, reflecting the period of great changes that the fashion system is going through": so the president of National Chamber of the Italian Fashion Carlo Capasa describes the next edition of Milan Men's Fashion Week, which will take place from the 16th to the 20th of June.

The calendar of the Fashion Week will give great space to emerging designers and new talents. For the first time, the young students of the Italian fashion schools will open the event with the third edition of Milano Moda Graduate, scheduled for the 16th of June at 16:00 at the Fabbrica del Vapore, chosen as a new location for the Fashion Week.

This event will be also an edition of transition, because more and more fashion houses are choosing to combine women’s and men’s fashion shows in a unique event during Milan Women’s Fashion Week in September.

Many "co-ed" runway shows will take place in these days, such as: Diesel Black Gold, Neil Barrett, Marcelo Burlon County of Milan, Damir Doma, Dsquared2, Malibu 1992, Palm Angels and Sulvam.

Many absences of this Fashion Week draw attention, such as Etro, Missoni and Jil Sander, that have opted – like Bottega Veneta and Gucci - to show their collections in September. Cedric Charlier has announced that he will move to Paris, while Federico Curradi will be in Florence at Pitti Uomo. Antonio Marras and Moschino, that are travelling to Los Angeles, are among the absentees, too.

32 fashion show, previewing Spring/Summer 2018 collections, are scheduled during this edition of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.

For the first time new international brands selected by a significant scouting work will take part in the event, such as: Sulvam, a Japanese brand founded in 2014 by Teppei Fujita; GCDS, an Italian brand founded in 2015 by Giordano and Giuliano Calza; an emerging designer hosted by Armani, whose name will be soon announced; and Poan, a label selected among the brands in White.

Milano Moda Graduate will open the week on Friday the 16th of June, giving a strong signal toward emerging creativity. Ermenegildo Zegna's runway show will take place on the same evening: it will be the second time of Alessandro Sartori as Artistic Director. 

Diesel Black Gold Women’s and Men’s collections will open the event on Saturday the 17th of June. Following it are Emporio Armani, Christian Pellizzari, Marni, Neil Barrett, Les Hommes, Versace, Marcelo Burlon County of Milan and Philipp Plein runway shows.

On Sunday the 18th of June Dirk Bikkembergs will be the first to show the collections, followed by MSGM, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sunnei, Damir Doma, Sulvam, Daks, Prada, Moncler Gamme Blue, Plein Sport and Dsquared2.

On Monday the 19th of June GCDS will start the day, followed by N ° 21, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Palm Angels, Malibu 1992, Poan and Wood Wood. Frankie Morello’s and Billionaire’s fashion shows will be the last ones to show off their collections, while fashion events will close Fashion Week on Tuesday the 20th of June.

CFDA Fashion Awards 2017, the “Fashion Oscar Night” is coming back

Founded in 1962, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is an association of over 500 American fashion and accessory Designers, which promotes fashion design as part of American culture and art, and organizes annual events including the CFDA Fashion Awards.

Each June the CFDA Fashion Awards honors fashion personalities that mostly stood out throughout the year and recognize the outstanding contributions made to American fashion in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as journalism, creative vision, personal style, and lifetime achievement.

The CFDA Fashion Awards, which is considered as the highest honor of the fashion world, are often called "Fashion Oscar" for their importance in fashion industry.

This year the big event will be held on June 5th at The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City with an amazing group of presenters for the award ceremony, including: Nicole Kidman will present the “Womenswear Designer of the Year” award, Armie Hammer will present the “Menswear Designer of the Year”, while Paris Jackson will do the honors for Accessory Designer of the Year.

For the first time, the CFDA has unified the “Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent” to include the womenswear, menswear and accessory design categories, and has introduced the “Swarovski Award for Positive Change” to honor an American designer who's positively impacted the community.

The 2017 CFDA will celebrate Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia from 1988, who died in December 2016, by honouring her with the Fashion Icon Award. During the evening, Rick Owens will receive the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat McGrath will take the Founder’s Award. Demna Gvasalia will receive the International Award for his work at Balenciaga and Vetements. Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem and Janelle Monáe will receive the Board of Directors’ Tribute for their work for women’s rights.

CFDA chairwoman, Diane von Furstenberg, unveiled the list of the nominees for 2017. Here they are below:

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Joseph Altuzarra, Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.

Menswear Designer of the Year

Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Robert Geller, Thom Browne, Tim Chapman and Todd Snyder

Accessory Designer of the Year

Stuart Vevers for Coach, Irene Neuwirth, Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel, Paul Andrew and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent

Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock for Brock Collection; Gabriela Hearst Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for Monse, Virgil Abloh for Off-White and Sander Lak for Sies Marjan.

Pitti Uomo 92: the highlights of this edition

Pitti Uomo is the international exhibition par excellence for the world of men's fashion. Since the '70s, businessmen and creative individuals have met in Florence (Italy) twice a year to track the trends for future seasons and share and compare new styles. It's an unmissable event for globally influential buyers, trendsetters and journalists. 

This year the event will take place from 13th to 16th June 2017 at the Fortezza da Basso with a new geography of the fair and it will uncover new and more stimulating routes of the exhibition itinerary through a redistribution of the spaces, an expansion of the sections representing today’s most contemporary experimental menswear styles and the development of the areas projected towards the future of fashion.

The vital energy and surprising beauty of flowers together form the inspiration for “BOOM, PITTI BLOOMS”, the main theme of the Pitti 92 summer fairs. Flowers that bloom like new creative ideas: unlikely, effervescent, ironic, without bucolic references to nature or green ethics but rather in a joyful, colorful aesthetic as if they were computer icons. Huge, inflatable plastic flowers, gigantic sculptures, flying bouquets, or flower-shaped fans are the emblems of the many new ideas that are blossoming.

The special events and guests at this edition

Christian Louboutin, the absolute icon of the world of luxury shoes, has chosen Florence to launch a new project. A surprising special event  which will not only involve the fashion community but the entire city of Florence. On Tuesday June 13, the games begin as an engaging sporting event, held in a historic location in the center of Florence, brings together eight competing teams from the four corners of the globe. Pitti guests will be invited to not only watch the tournament but also, should they wish, to participate in a series of masterclasses led by the sportsmen themselves. On the evening of Tuesday June 13, at the Manifattura Tabacchi, the HUGO SS18 collection will be presented with a special fashion show combining menswear and womenswear releases.

Wednesday June 14, at Villa La Pietra, JW Anderson will present his SS18 men’s collection in Italy for the first time, whereas Thursday June 15, OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™ will present the SS18 menswear collection together with a selection of the women’s pre-collection.

Important première at Pitti Uomo for Alanui which will realize a special site-specific installation on the morning of Thursday 15 June in the beautiful setting of the Roster Tepidarium.

Among the highlights of this edition will be: PS by Paul Smith, after the success of the last edition, the British designer’s contemporary line returns to Pitti Uomo (Wednesday June 14) and Tommy Hilfiger will premiere the Hilfiger Edition Spring 2018 collection and take part in the fair for the second consecutive season.

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