Endless spaces (fragments)

Luigi Ghirri photography is a state of mind. The tidy methaphisics of hanging spaces gives a waiting feeling. A distant loneliness, endless spaces, a rarefied atmosphere that hides the mistery of things.

“La sguardo è memoria, è immaginazione, è percezione di nuove possibilità, tutte ugualmente importanti, tutte ugualmente diverse. Lo sguardo non riesce a delimitare il reale. Ci prova, ma si aggroviglia. Cerca l’essenza perdendosi nella nebbia. Trova lo stupore su una spiaggia qualsiasi. Intravede la fine e ritorna all’origine. Fino all’inizio del mondo.” Luigi Ghirri.

As I am a fan of collections and I also love botany, I was very happy to discover the Linnean herbarium. Its official site displays in pictures some of the 4000 herbarium specimens today preserved at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. The specimens were once distributed by Linnaeus to his disciples and eventually they became part of the collections of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, subsequently the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

I found pictures of this strange garden called “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” located in Portrack House, South West Scotland. It’s a private garden created by Charles Jencks and inspired by science and mathematics, with sculptures and landscaping on these themes, such as Black Holes and Fractals.

I prefer other kind of gardens, like the renaissance ones with bush labirinth and strange architectures but though this minimal garden is not abundant with plants and it’s based on mathematical formulae and scientific phenomenae, it’s a great example of a modern garden landscaped as a locus amoenus.

official site: charlesjenks.com

Xiao Wen Ju, Anais Pouliot and Frida Gustavsson in Comme des Garçons by Tim Walker for VogueMay 2012

If you’re in Paris don’t miss the exhibition “White Drama” at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design. It displays the 2012 Spring/Summer collection of Comme des Garçons.

Rei Kawakubo, the designer behind this Japanese avant-garde label, said : “White Drama — named after the collection — will showcase the monochrome confections of the line, which magnifies four stages of life: birth, marriage, death, and transcendence. Clusters of fabric roses adorn some garments, while graffiti-like patterns decorate others. Naive dresses evoke a baby’s baptism, lace veils signify one’s wedding day, and shroud-like garments point to life’s end.”

“White Drama” celebrates whiteness, the purest of the colours, in every hue, facing life’s big events with the same shade which is now fresh, then virginal, then funeral and also holy.

source: artinfo.com

Another exhibition I’d like to see is “Diana Vreeland After Diana Vreeland” now at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. The show, dedicated to the extraordinary fashion editor, showcases both Diana Vreeland’s revolutionary work at Harper’s Bazaar and American Vogue during the forties to the seventies, as well as her iconic personal style.

On display for the first time are several belonging to Vreeland  stunning and precious pieces from luminaries such as Yves Saint Laurent, Missoni, Emilio Pucci, Chanel, Irene Galitzine, Valentino, and Paco Rabanne, some culled from Vreeland’s own closet and some on loan from private collections or the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, where Vreeland was a consultant from 1971 until her death in 1989, as well as books and magazines from the editor’s library and portraits by Christian Bérard and Cecil Beaton.

source: iloboyou.com; pilarrossiblog.wordpress.com

I recently joined Pinterest, here you can follow me or just look my favorite pictures divided in themes I deal with the most on this blog. If anyone is interested I also add my facebook profile, you can add me here.

My friend Gio and me photographed by Stockholm streetstyle during the last Milan Fashion week.

Wonderful earrings and necklace with pearls and porcelain roses at Dolce&Gabbana a/w ’12 I’d like to have. via dazeddigital

and almost the same ceramic pastel flowers decoration in these A-morir sunglasses.

more weird sunglasses by A-morir.

A Pink Flamingos pouch, perfect for John Water lovers like me. This one is by Charlotte Olympia.

UPDATE: Alexa Chung wore it!

Strange shoes I’d like to have: Meadham Kirchoff SS 2012 cake-alike shoes;

some velvet tapestry boots like these one by Maison Martin Margiela (left) or Rodarte for Opening Cerimony (right);

Amazing baroque shoes with a 18th century spool heels by MiuMiu in velvet and satin;

also Marc Jacobs took inspiration from the 18th century for these shoes from the FW ’12, but he rather preferred a kitsch-pirate mood;

I’m also thinking to buy a pair of white hospital look-a-like shoes, like one of these. Clockwise: Celine Resort SS ’12; Alexander Wang SS ’12; Rochas SS ’12 and COS SS ’12.

Aesthete. Art historian & blogger. Content creator and storyteller. Fond of real and virtual wunderkammer. Founder and main author of rocaille.it.

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