Wednesday, April 28, 2010

34, Avenue Foch

Didn't I say so??... That I was sure Miu Miu probably had a little fashion film on the works? Well it's cool to be right!

To tell you the truth, it isn't the video that I expected. It was filmed during/after/before the F/W '10-'11 show in Paris (ehm.. at 34 Avenue Foch...). So there is not so much in terms of narrative, but it is cool nonetheless. It reminds me of Kubrick's The Shinning. Come to think of it, Miu Miu's girly dresses would be perfect for the ghostly-twins scene!

Well, I'm happy.... but now I want more!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Arrivederci Milano!

Time really flies! ...as they say, 'specially when you're having fun'. It feels like not so long ago when I first got to Milan, and now I am already gone...

Milan is not necessarily an easy city to understand. Things don't always go smoothly (more like rarely!). And every now and then you might feel like punching someone in the the face (seriously!). It is definitely not the great fashion metropolis that people that have never been there imagine it to be. It is in fact fairly small...

Oh yes.. and the concept of Luxuy, it is WAY WAY overly used! I ended up hating the word during my first moths in Milan.

But as time goes by you realize that the city DOES beat to the rhythm of fashion... and design. Just in a very different way that you might have expected. People in Milan live and breathe fashion (I guess it makes sense, you have to believe it to sell it... Sell it to the world!)... for better or for worse!. You can find the most amazing women, in the most amazing outfits, with the most amazing (stiletto) shoes, going all smoothly about the city in their bikes (like that was an easy thing to pull off!)... or in their motorinos (or course!). But more often than not, what you usually end up running into in the streets is the opposite of that... the overly tan girl, with overly fake blond hair, with overly tight 'sexy' clothes, with too many brands on top. Yes... the fashion dystopia! Come to think of it, I kinda miss it now! It was way too much fun to watch! (no...I'm not usually this mean!)

DUOMO: (I took these pics on my last day there!)

But all in all, I did meet some of the coolest people. Went to some of the coolest parties. Bought, well, some really cool stuff. And DEFINITELY learned so much more about fashion... and design!

Like I said, it is not necessarily an easy city to get... but if you truly want to understand fashion and design (... as a system... as a business), it is a place you need to stop by.

I will miss it. In some ways. Some times. : )

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fuorisalone- Day 2 (Part IV)

As promised.... here are more pics from Fuorisalone exhibitions:
Shrine
Robotina!
Bender
Multiplied
Nhow Hotel in Via Tortona
Boo!
Samsung's Installation at via Tortona. It was a white round room. Like a cocoon. The video 'cloud' reacted to sound. How cool is that?

video

I was only able to get these few shots before security caught up with me :(

Beauties!
'Design Toys' by Donna Wilson. LOVE 'EM!. Also NOS DA cushions and throw
NOS DA knitted lambswool poufs
And no..... I didn't get to go to the Salone del Mobile this year. WAY too tired! and sick...and busy...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fuorisalone 2010 (Part III)

My last week in Milan was by no coincidence synched with Milan's Design Week. It's an incredible week! And I ended up going to Zona Tortona (where Fuorisalone events take place) like 3 days in a row. It's beyond fun... and there's such a great vibe! Design here, design there, design everywhere!....Ovunque...Dappertutto...

My computer is crashing. It is WAY too full. And adding hundreds of pics from last week definitely hasn't help the situation. Plus I've been busy packing, trying to travel (...key work'trying' since I went through hell last Tuesday at Linate Airport thanks to the stupid ash cloud!)...and finally moving to Madrid, where I'll be writing from now.

So, in short, this is my final selection (1st Day):
I really didn't stop to write down names of exhibitions, companies or designers so for that I'm sorry. I just wanted to enjoy the moment! : )

A very Tim Buton-ish chair tree!
Well a lot has been said by now about Fashion Films, but what about Design Films?? I saw this at DEDON....the chairs previewed in the showroom are included in these theater-like/contemporary dance performances films. I think its quite clever! I can see them living around on Design companies' websites.
I saw these portable plant thingys like everywhere...
Showstopper. And I'm willing to bet it is designed by Philippe Starck because it looks just like the lamps he used for the Palazzina Grassi hotel in Venice.
Look: