Imagine a young man with a brilliant aesthetic eye, combined with a theatrical persona as well as an addiction to glamorous society. The talk is of Cecil Beaton, one of the most celebrated British portrait photographers of the 20th century, renowned for his images of elegance, glamour and style.
Nowadays there is a renewed interest in traditional ways of dressing. First and foremost, this means an appreciation for those who have been keeping Trachten alive for generations.
Trachten have existed since the fifteenth century. They are proof that clothing has never been just a piece of garment but also a means of communication and expression of style as well as origin.
Located in between the mountains, close by the historical spa city of Merano in Italy’s region of Alto Adige, the country residence’s history is almost as long and rich as the one of Merano itself. A document from 1920 bears witness to the existence of a country property known as Psorengütl located just outside the city wall. By the 16th century the name changed to Ottmangut and the property became one of five such farmhouses in the area.
As soon as entering the villa, I entered a world of wonders, feeling almost like an old romantic movie in black and white including loads of aesthetic scenes. Indeed I have experienced an intense connection with the arts and its former owners, while strolling through the well-decorated living rooms.
At the heart of 5 Avenue Marceau lies the studio (where Yves worked for nearly thirty years). The room is a bright, quiet, neutral space with a mirrored wall. This is where sketches were given to the chefs d’ateliers, who first produced a “toile” (first version of the final proportions, cut and silhouette). Once the toile was approved, the fabrics were selected.
Budapest might be the ideal destination for a vintage-lovers weekend getaway. I recommend staying in the Jewish quarter, which is definitely the most bohemian one, offering courtyard cafés, design shops and ruin-like buildings that have a unique atmosphere and aesthetic.
Studio Drift invites us to reflect on the impact of technology and digitalisation on our society. Several recent works explore the paradoxical relationship between the real and the virtual world.
Gucci Garden pays hommage to Florence as the cultural center of Italy and Europe, especially during the Renaissance. All under one roof you will find high fashion, as well as visual arts and fine gourmet food.
Former fashion editor and publisher Carla Sozzani, is the creative woman behind the idea of a virtual narrative, using the gallery and bookshop as its core.
The construction of a living magazine is connected to editorial choices in food and fashion, music and art, lifestyle and design which are meant for engagement with the customers / visitors along the different areas of cultural exploration.
Chiharu Shiota is an artist to throw an eye on at this very moment. She was born in Osaka (Japan) and has moved to Berlin at the age of 5. Since then she has been living and working in the German capital. She studied at the Berlin University of Fine Arts and the Hamburg University of Fine Arts and worked at Rebecca Horn’s studio and with Marina Abramovic.