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Björk’s imaginary world comes to life at Gucci Garden in Florence

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To enter into the spirit of this post: Björk, The Gate.

After its January debut the Gucci Garden located in Florence’s historic Palazzo della Mercanzia has opened two new rooms on the first floor for Pitti Uomo 94.  These period rooms are conceived to host temporary special events. First exhibit is dedicated to the collaboration between Gucci and Björk.  In 2017 Alessandro Michele, creative director of the brand, designed the spectacular dress that the Icelandic singer and songwriter wore in her music video for “The Gate.”  A luminescent architecture of pleated iridescent PVC and lurex organza, the dress took 550 hours to make and another 320 hours of embroidery.

The exhibition includes a pink organza dress, also designed by Gucci, worn by the elfin existentialist in the video, as well as a series of accessories and two masks made by the artist and embroiderer James Merry.



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New is a film installation by the Italian art collective Zapruder in the Gucci Garden’s screening room.  It is the second part of a series and it features the 12 tasks of Hercules equated to competitive wrestling.

During Pitti days Isabella Cotier presented an exclusive range of sweats, hoodies ad bags available at Gucci Garden gift shop.  The collection features in eight gouache-colored line drawings drafted by the 23 year-old British illustrator who sketched in a playful mood portraits of people in the cafés, markets and streets of Florence.


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Big names of fashion in Florence

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To enter into the spirit of this post / Per entrare nello spirito del post: Hurts, Happiness

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“Fashion is not only about clothes, it’s about all kinds of change”, Karl Lagerfeld once said and it is a quote that summarizes the philosophy of Pitti Immagine, the semi-annual fashion trade fairs that promote new talents and new ideas in the world of fashion.    The iconic creative director of Chanel is expected in town, with the exhibition “Visions of Fashion”, a retrospective of his career in photography that includes never-before-seen photographs at Palazzo Pitti in Florence on 14 June.  Designers, models and buyers from all over the world will gather in the captivating city of Florence during Pitti Uomo 90 (14-17 June), Pitti Bimbo 83 (23-25 June) and Pitti Filati 79 (29 June-1 July).

For the full article, that I wrote in English for the Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, clic here.

“La moda non riguarda solo gli abiti, ma è prima di tutto l’arte del cambiamento.” Karl Lagerfeld involontariamente sintetizza con queste parole lo spirito della fiera che si tiene due volte l’anno a Firenze e che è ormai un punto di riferimento per i giovani talenti e per le nuove tendenze nel mondo della moda.  Il direttore creativo della maison Chanel è l’ospite più atteso al Pitti Immagine per l’inaugurazione il 14 giugno a Palazzo Pitti della mostra fotografica “Visions of Fashion”. Stilisti, modelli, compratori e appassionati da tutto il mondo si riuniranno nella città toscana in occasione di Pitti Uomo (dal 14 al 17 giugno), Pitti Bimbo (23-25 giugno) e Pitti Filati (29 giugno-1 luglio).

Per l’articolo completo, che ho scritto in inglese per La Repubblica, cliccate qui.


Festival of Writers in Florence

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To enter into the spirit of this post / Per entrare nello spirito del post: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto n. 2

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One of the pleasures that has the power to unite men regardless of social distinctions, culture or lifestyle is the appreciation of fine literature.  Once again the cosmopolitan city of Florence will host the Festival degli Scrittori, now in its tenth edition.  This three day literary festival, running from 6 – 8 June 2016, will bring famous exponents of contemporary literature closer to the public, via readings, roundtables and theatrical recitals in prestigious locations throughout the city, such as Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Strozzi and Basilica Santa Croce.

For the full article, that I wrote in English with Poppy Jackson and Gréta Szabò for the Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, clic here.

Uno dei piaceri che accomuna tutti gli uomini senza distinzione di provenienza, pensiero e stile di vita è il saper godere della buona letteratura. Ancora una volta una città cosmopolita come Firenze ospiterà il Festival degli Scrittori, giunto alla decima edizione. Dal 6 all’8 giugno 2016 alcuni dei più conosciuti scrittori a livello internazionale, provenienti da differenti continenti, incontreranno appassionati e lettori nei luoghi più prestigiosi della città, come Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Strozzi e la Basilica di Santa Croce.

Per l’articolo completo, che ho scritto in inglese per La Repubblica con le giornaliste Poppy Jackson and Gréta Szabò, cliccate qui.