Inspirational things (March)

This is a new section of the blog that I called fragments, a mix of things that caught my attention here and there, but not so important to make a post about them. Some readers also told me that it would be nice to see more less structured posts, so I thouhgt that a general mix would be interesting to them.

I was struck by the Givenchy Haute Couture spring/summer’12 collection. The tribal decoration is a featuring that Givenchy also used for the last spring/summer collection, imagining a virgin-samurai woman, but this time he goes more aggressive and the result are these feral totemic women, fusing them with a supermodern reference like the basketball gym. A mix between the ancestral and the civilization. See the entire collection here.

This collection reminds me of a lot of things mixed together: old Kate Moss editorial; lambada woman; Pan Yan by Chen Man for ID; Francesco Scognamiglio ss 2010; Givenchy haute couture fw 2009-10

I heard the story of the parisian identical twins Monette and Mady via Vice. They have lived their whole life closely together and are, as they say, inseparable. They always wear identical outfits, they’re not married or have children. They often finish each other’s sentences and refer to themselves as ‘I’ instead of ‘we’. A story of symbiotic life that remembered me the story of Grey Gardens.

source: here

Lately I’m reading Vice quite often and I always find some interesting articles such as the story of Franco Jacassi, the buttons collector or Mr Button. He started to collect buttons since 19 and now is considered as the biggest collector of buttons! He’s very famous and a lot of fashion designer visit his collection for inspiration. I love to find people like him! Here a video-tour inside his collection.


One of the most beautiful editorial I saw in the last months: a gothic-macabre-religious Kate Moss photographed by Steven Klein for the March issue of  WMagazine:

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I found these precious cards penned by Gabriele d’Annunzio to Marchesa Casati:

“La carne non è se non uno spirito promesso alla morte”

A Coré, distruttrice della mediocrità (To Coré, killer of mediocrity)

My friend Gio found this amazing collection called The Philippi Collection that currently is the world’s largest collection of clerical, ecclesiastical and religious head coverings. The Philippi Collection is a private collection assembled by the entrepreneur Dieter Philippi, CEO of a German telecommunication distributor, located in Kirkel. It shows 500-plus examples of headgear, gathered from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Caodaism, Shinto, Buddhism,Sikhism, Free Churches, Sufism, Anabaptism and further communities of faith.

a selection of pieces

cappello romano (sturno) made out of feld with hat cord in red and gold; Galero

Sagharvart worn by archpriests of the Armenian Apostolic Church; Saturno or Cappello Romano worn by an archbishop; Tam Quang Mao worn by blue cardinals of Caodaiism; Shtreimel, made of sable tails and worn by Hasidic jewish during Sabbat

The Chinese Jijin – 祭巾, worn by Catholic priests and missionaries in China during the late Ming (ca. 1615) and the Quing Dynasty; The Shana Hat from Bhutan (shana means black) worn by the head of buddhist monks while performing a certain ritual to subdue the evils; Pan Zva (“Hat with the long ears“ – zva mo rna rin, hat of the pan c‘en, hat of the Pandit) worn in Tibetan Buddhism.

sources: wikipedia; official Philippi Collection’s blog and site.

A wonderful example of furnishing and decoration: Sandra Foster turned a Catskills hunting cabin into a small romantic Victorian cottage just using vintage columns, flooring and wavy glass windows, and doing the carpentry herself. The cottage doesn’t  have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it’s a perfect shelter away from reality.

source: NYtimes

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