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Arriving on the boat
La Perla swimsuit, Gucci sunglasses, H&M shorts
The buzzing aperitivo terrace….
Where we had dinner
Morning coffee with a view
Ballet Russes drawings adorn the walls…
Beach club boy and our smoothies
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During the Venice Film Festival I stumbled upon these wonderful scarves. They have beautiful designs on them and are also very soft on the skin. I wore mine immediately in the plane when I embarked on my trip back to Paris. I wanted to find out more about this brand and asked Massimo Dirollo a couple of questions!
How did you get the idea to start producing your scarves?
Fashion has always looked up to art as a source of inspiration, as a sort of Museum ante litteram, a “Wunderkammer” from which it derives its ideas. This relationship has evolved in the early twentieth century, going from a one-way to bi-directional relationship, certifying a process of hybridization between the two fields: patterns, colors and shapes were first used as a symbol of protest and rebellion. They have now become “intent to stimulate elegance “, expressions of technological know-how and of tireless pursuit. We have always believed that on these assumptions, creativity and uniqueness, the liason between Fashion and Art is formed. Vesti l’Arte is its synthesis: Fabric that hovers and does not weigh, colors that flow like the bed of a river. This is how the body regains its outfit and its measuring.
Where is it made?The entire process is strictly and entirely Made in Italy. Even the printing in high definition is obtained by means of sophisticated equipment of the latest generation. We use high-tech innovation processes: the final outcome, we could say, is a work of art.
Have you always worked in fashion or this is your first venture?Vesti l’Arte was founded in 2013 in Rome, thanks to the initiative of 4 people from different sectors: fashion, entertainment, jewelry and production. In this sense, based on previous experiences, we’re not new to the fashion world.Specifically, the production process is based on the excellence and experience that Arcieri – the company of two of the founders of Vesti l’Arte – has developed over the last decade.
Who are your favourite painters?Without a doubt the impressionist painters but also the “Macchiaoli,” not only because it denied the importance of placing the object on the same level as all genres (historical, religious and secular), but also for the Impressionist color theory, which suggested approach points in minutes without the mixing of colors, so as to obtain smooth surfaces to “live” and always in movement.
With Vesti l’Arte our eye becomes the painter and our body the frame. Why then have we started with “Modernist” KLIMT? This remains and will remain our little secret.
What are your next projects? Produce “limited editions” with 100% cashmere yarn: we speak of scarves, stoles that weigh not more than 40 grams: giving you the feeling of holding small clouds in the palm of your hands! A very ambitious project for the delicacy of the tissue and the high capacity of absorption of color in the printing process. The first samples have also left us speechless: stunning! We will be the first to achieve such a thing. We will use a revolutionary and unique printing process very complex and expensive, but that will not dye the fabric … you’ll find out soon! In addition, we will implement our Jewelry line and finally, we are studying the “Puntillisti” that led to the highest expression of the concept described above: the colors do not exist alone, but only when combined with others. We expect a lot of work, but it’s definitely inspiring!
Favourite city in the world?I do not want to seem parochial, but we live in a city defined by others as “eternal” and so are obligated to say Rome: its roofs, its views, its immaculate scenery, its history, september evenings, the westerly winds, and we could go on and on.
Favourite restaurant in Italy?We have no option but to choose LARTE in Milan!
In fact it is not only a restaurant but also a gallery, an exhibition space, emotional, hosting and welcoming, like a house, like a work of art … And then it is also very close to La Scala in Milan, in front of the “Gallerie d’Italia” and few meters away from the “Museo Poldi Pezzoli” and “Casa Manzoni”: in short, is the perfect place for us, perfect for Vesti l’Arte.
Favourite film? Concise and straight to the point: “Roman Holiday”, “The Devil’s Advocate,” “Babette’s Feast,” “Edward Scissorhands” and finally, it goes without saying, “The Great Beauty”.
WHere can we buy your scarves in Italy ? Worldwide? We started with the distribution only in March and, for the moment, only in Italy. Currently our creations can be found in Rome: “Red & Blue” (Piazza di Spagna) – “Cenci” (Pantheon) – “Zita Fabiani” (Monte Sacro) – “Boy Jewels” (EUR) – “Stuff d ‘Gold “(Flaminio), etc..
In Milan: at the showroom of “Fiorella Ciaboco’s stylist” (C.so Como 9)
In Como: “Doris Vinci”;
In Sardinia from “Mario Vassallo” (Olbia-Tempio)
And of course, you can also purchase products on our website: www.vestilarte.com
Who would you like to see wearing your scarves?Without a doubt, Johnny Depp, an actor magnificently extravagant, eccentric, nonconformist, one who looks at the world with imagination. In the words of Tim Burton, “JD communicates even when he is not speaking, you do not know what he’s thinking but from the eyes, you understand everything”. We could say the same about Vesti l’Arte.
We also love Jennifer Lawrence because of her honesty, she has character, she’s sexy, charming, vibrant, thrilling, in other words, the screen lights up with her on it.
What is your life philosophy? Good is not good if it is not for everyone and of everyone.
Next to the economic good we place importance to the good of mankind because we believe that the former is useless without the latter. We want to combine old and new, tradition and innovation to get to that integral quality that is the result of the inner quality of everyone. We think that style is the dress of thought and elegance, the beauty of the soul that spreads like a mysterious light, giving beauty to the body. Let’s look with the heart, convinced that the essential is invisible to the eye. For this reason, our creations are combined with those who appreciate the value of a product that blends style with the elegance of tradition.
We believe in a sort of “entrepreneurship ethic” work pursuing a common goal that lays on top of everything on a scale of non-material values in which we are recognized as part of the entire company. Because for us, the relationships, both internally and externally, are based on core values, knowing that only the confidence, esteem and mutual respect can be the basis of a good dialogue between people. We are a united group, where everyone has the awareness of having a role to play for the good of all.
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I was recently invited to my friend’s beautiful hotel in Majorca and had to share with you the incredible style and comfort of this place. Also – would love to introduce you to Tiffany Theler, the glamorous owner who with her family have been running the estate since the 1970′s.
Who came upon the idea to find this beautiful spot and develop it?
The estate was bought by my parents in the 70´s and then turned into a hotel when the kids went off to boarding school in the early 90´s.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you study and what are your origins?
I was born in Switzerland but grew up here in Rotana, Mallorca. I did my first years of school in the local village and was later I was sent to boarding school in Switzerland, where I meet you. After that came a university in Madrid which lead me to work in photography and fashion for a couple of years until I ended back here to run the estate.
Your home is here, there is a beautiful hotel spa and golf course and also there are properties that are up for sale?
Yes, the property has several plots of about 19.000m2 that we have built beautiful Villas on, of approximately 500m2. We have a construction company as well and have done every bit with love and making sure the Mallorquin tradition is kept. These Villas are serviced from the Hotel and its owners can take advantage of all the installations, such as a private Golf course, tenis, a gym etc…
Who was responsible for the decoration of the properties?
The decoration has been done entirely by my mother, who together with my father have over the years accumulated lots of antique furniture.
I know you are very fashionable- you seem to pull looks together without too much effort. What is style for you?
My style depends very much on my moods and my location. Style for me is looking great without having to make too much of an effort and without looking like you’re uncomfortable in your own skin. A pair of ripped jeans and a T-shirt sometimes looks way better than something pompous and stiff.
Favourite designers, brands?
Alexander McQueen, Oscar de la Renta
This 2014 Valentino Pret a Porter collection is lovely but as I am a country girl I wear a lot of easy street collections and Zara things.
My everyday outfits tend to be jeans and dresses, specially when I am in Mallorca. For big events I love stealing my mothers vintage pieces. Luckily we have the same size.
You divide your time between Ibiza, Majorca and ST Moritz- tell me more about how you manage this?
Well Mallorca for me is work, in Ibiza we have always had our summer house and St.Moritz is a bit the center where all the family meets at Christmas. I love skiing more than anything and spend a lot of time there.
It doesn’t need much management as all these locations fit into the different seasons automatically.
Perfect outfit for Majorca?
If I am at work at the hotel I wear jeans, a shirt and sandals. A leisure outfit is usually a short dress again with flat sandals. For the winter its all about boots and cashmere.
Perfect outfit for Ibiza?
Ibiza on the other hand requires a bit more show, depending on the event it can be psychedelic catsuit or a white hippy dress
Perfect outfit for St Moritz?
I have gotten a bit tired of the overdressed crowds in St.Moritz so i like to wear something easy but cool. Leather trousers and a cool blazer.
Favourite restaurant in Majorca?
I would have to say that my favourite restaurant is my own, Sa Rotana.
Favourite city in the world?
I love London, but there are still so many cities I have not explored that I cant say I have a favourite.
Who inspires you?
My father inspired me all my life, and now I miss him terribly.
I love Frida Kahlo, strong, independent with a filterless mouth
For more information on La Reserva Rotana Hotel and Golf resort please click here: http://www.reservarotana.com/es/home/
“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”
“Getting old is like climbing a mountain- you get a little out if breath but the view is much better”
“Happiness is good health and bad memory”
“I won’t do this movie because I don’t believe the love story,” she told Selznick. “The heroine is an intellectual woman, and an intellectual woman simply can’t fall in love so deeply.”
“I said, “I don’t think I can give you that kind of emotion.” And he [Hitchcock] sat there and said, “Ingrid, fake it!” Well, that was the best advice I’ve had in my whole life, because in all the years to come there were many directors who gave me what I thought were quite impossible instructions and many difficult things to do, and just when I was on the verge of starting to argue with them, I heard his voice coming to me through the air saying, “Ingrid, fake it!” It saved a lot of unpleasant situations and waste of time.”
“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!”
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When Vincent showed me his “Faceless” project I immediately found it interesting and fresh. Shooting beautiful women and then covering their faces- an idea to concentrate on something else? I wanted to discover his inspirations and what drives this young artist. I’d like to introduce you to a young international French artist who after his US passage divides his time between his atelier in Switzerland and Paris.
What does photography represent for you?
This seems like an easy question to answer but it really isn’t. My views on photography have varied over the years as I have a slight thorn in my side with the direction the digital 21st century has taken the medium.I fell in love with photography at a relatively young age. I took my mothers Pentax 35mm on my first trip to India in the summer of 1995. I think I blew through a few rolls a day. I felt like I owed it to my family to document every single thing I saw and experienced as they could not be there with me. After returning from my trip the anticipation of collecting the developed film from the local drug store was like Christmas in the middle of the year. After flipping through the shots and seeing the whole trip again for the first time and explaining to my family what, where, how and why each frame was taken was just an amazing feeling it was inexplicable. I think that’s when I figured “I’d like to keep doing this..”I think that photography was a way of immortalizing my excursions and in turn, myself, “I took the photo therefore I was there”.It was just amazing to be a photographer carrying a camera around capturing moments, friends places….Now everybody is a photographer and everyone has a camera on them at all times wether they like it or not. This has now made the subject matter, common and completely redundant. If I happen to see something incredible in the street fifty four teenagers will have shot it, done some editing on it and posted it online before I’ve even taken my finger off of the shutter release.Getting back to the point…. photography is and always will be the romance of a still image, (as long as it is not manipulated to over steer the viewer into a marketing trap), telling many stories depending on the interpreter. It lays in that field of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” where one see what he needs to see and one sees what he wants to.To be honest i don’t know how to go about describing it to you. Photography is what i know best, its my first true love and i think that what i am trying to do is to redeem it from its recent past as a tool to misguide people. i am trying to make her honest again. Its a relationship i am trying to fix….
Faceless- a great project where you photographed well known personalities but you decided to erase their faces?
How did this come about and what was your inspiration?
Its something i have always done, painting on photos writing on them etc… but as i mentioned before in the previous question i feel that photography has lost a bit of its soul and purity. We are so busy swallowing what the photographer and label or marketing agency is pushing down our throats that we are no longer using our brain and looking at the rest of the image. the whole picture.. there for by photographing a beautiful person, model, actor, celebrity, then taking a can of spray paint and removing the intended focus of the image, the subject, the viewer has no other choice but to appreciate the negative space. By appreciating the negative space and working your way around to the center of the now painted over subject, your mind starts to imagine what and who could be under this coat of paint. Your mind wanders, your imagination is set free. Proust once wrote: “let us leave beautiful women to men with no imagination” now i don’t literally believe this saying but i think in the context of what i am doing i can agree. I remove the obvious beauty so that the viewer may appreciate what is not so obvious, the work, the colors, the hair, the shoulder the list goes on……
Paris is a city that I have spent time in every summer renting a flat and taking in all the culture, beauty and history. I have never lived there full time and I figured I am at a certain point in my career where I need to set some roots physically. My work and creativity will never have a real home. I know an artist usually does not have a country or a home but, I have traveled the world over and my feet are getting tired. I loved and lived in NYC, Miami, LA, London for considerable periods of time, each serving their purposes creatively and personally. Being French, originally from the south, I thought it time to come home, back to France. Paris is a city that I have always felt good in, about myself, my work and at times I even feel a little sexier there…….
What are your upcoming projects?
There are many things going on. As I am talking to you I am on a layover in Munich heading to Gothenberg to work on a 2m ceramic rhino for a charity ball in September. The charity is called “a perfect world” 2013 was focused on the rhino and it being poached, hence my working on a ceramic rhino.
We just had London 14 art fair with my gallery, Galerie frank pages out of Geneva. In Zurich I should be doing a group show with bolte lang gallery. May I will be in NYC for a week with my manager, Kipton Cronkite, we have a few projects lined up and a few meetings. One with a record label and two established designer labels with whom I may be collaborating, all the while checking out freeze. I collaborated with house of Meandher last summer, which is an awesome Aussie shoe label, where I had the privilege to shoot the campaign with the lovely and funny Poppy Delevingne. So I am looking forward to seeing that. Maybe we will do another campaign together.Then i am doing another collaboration with Nick Fouquet hats. A model buddy of mine launched it and they are amazing worn by all sort of cool people. thats gonna be fun. I am shooting the editorial for a Swiss magazine called Tribu magazine, where one of my faceless series will grace the cover. I am psyched about that because it is distributed in Colette amongst other places, but you know… it’s Colette……., so it will be nice to see something I’ve done in a magazine on display there. Also in may I will be doing a solo show at Galerie frank pages in Geneva with the faceless series and perhaps some of the, (mirror), you are pieces. That were featured in scope art fair Miami.Then Basel with my gallery then we will see where the year takes us. I may be doing a show in Istanbul in 2015 depending on the social climate.
You studied Fine Art photography at Central St Martins in London. Why did you decides to study photography and why there?
First and foremost, London, one of my favorite cities most of my favorite artist hail from there or have lived there. Actually I did my foundation at saint martins. I later went to the London college of fashion, part of the London institute, where I studied photography. It was the first year the course was launched in 2001. As for choosing central saint martins, well, that’s a particular story. when I was filling out my Ucas application I did not have the courage to tick the saint martins column as I had only done A level art, most applicants had done GCSE through to A-level. I had done GCSE music instead. In reality it was my high school art teacher that went ahead and check the box without my knowledge. While visiting other sub par art colleges in London my father called my mother and I during my interview and told us to stop whatever we were doing, to politely excuse ourselves and return to our hotel at once. In a panic we followed his instruction to the letter and when we arrived a fax awaited, subject heading ” unconditional offer central saint martins college of art and design London institute” So mom and I spent the rest of the time in London “touristing” it up as I immediately cancelled all of my other interviews and appointments.
But at the end of the there reason why I chose Saint Martins? Well it is an excellent school and I could bore you with the details on their approach to artistic formation, but bottom line, it’s Saint Martins, who in their right mind would not want to study art there? There is not enough space to list the talent that school has birthed, raised and guided.
You have lived in America and India as well-what were the essential experiences you draw from these two countries?
I try to visit India every year or two years i was offered a two year studio residency in Mumbai that i had to turn down, due to a personal matters. However when i do go i do spend a month or so, sometime even longer. I first went when i was fourteen years old and with my friend i met a a spiritual leader which changed my life. An eye opener of sorts, a peace within. India has changed quite a bit over the years but there is a certain peace you find within the chaos. Its like fractal geometry its a mess yet it has an order to it. Unlike the U.S. where there seems to be order but there is an underlying mess. I love the states for one particular reason, as there you feel the presence of hope all around, “yeah its gonna happen for me too, i am gonna make it”. Even if it does not, there is that energy, its presence is undeniable. The American dream….and what not.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
Marcel Duchamp -Mr. Duchamp experimented with different techniques. His conceptual approach to the art making process and especially his conception of the ready made and what constitutes a work of art. He refused to conform to the standards set by the arts “society” and was truly in, my opinion the true founder of what I have come to call the individualist era of today. A chess playing rebel in a suit.
David Hockney-Since i started to study photography his photomontages have always inspired me. My mock a-level final was a life size painted photo-montage, of myself.
Helmut Newton- as far as fashion photographers go….. it’s Newton…. no need to say more………
Where have you exhibited your work?
Stephan Stoyanov gallery NYC
Galerie Frank Pages geneva CH & Baden Baden Germany
Galerie de l’europe Paris FR
Gallery Gothenberg SE
Sakshi Gallery Mumbai, IN
BrickLane gallery London, UK
Scope art fair 2013
London ’14 art fair
Metropol hotel Monaco
artist space Stockholm SE
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If you could be any person from a historical period- who would that be?