Italy: A new illustrated book awakens the desire for bella italia style

Italian fashion and lingerie brands like to smile a little to be constantly forgotten about their beautiful lifestyle. The scenery! Food! These people! Yes, yes, bella Italia (politics is of course excluded here). On the other hand, where do the herd go in the summer? So which cuisine do we like best? And what clothes and furniture would we most like to afford if we could? Re-watching The Talented Mr. Ripley starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow is enough to make you want to move to Ischia and Procida immediately. Also the brand dead successfully serves their origins. With Walter Chiapponi, she now has a creative director who prefers to look ahead and play a modern version of the Italian aria with his designs. Rizzoli’s newly published illustrated book shows accordingly Aria d’Italia not the timeless vintage pictures and old dolce vita in Capri or Milan palace, but tries to paint a contemporary picture of the Italian lifestyle. They accompanied and photographed young entrepreneurs who run a farm-to-table restaurant in Tuscany, a couple who restored a dilapidated Piedmont villa into a bed and breakfast, a former fashion manager who is now passionate about working with Old cars. Artists, craftsmen and models show what “typically Italian” means to them today. Of course they all look great. (And, of course, they wear a lot of Tod’s while doing it). But only the cypress green cover will put you in a good mood on the couch in the dreary winter (

To Have and to Be: Solidarity with Women in Iran: Illustration by Ahmad Rafiei.

Solidarity with the women of Iran: illustration by Ahmad Rafiei.

(Photo: Ahmad Rafiei/

Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, died in Iran because police said she was wearing her headscarf incorrectly. Since the street protests, artists around the world have shown their solidarity. that Dezeen design magazine is currently exhibiting online a collection of illustrations drawing attention to the struggle for women’s rights. They are disturbing, harsh and direct. The Italian designer Marco Melgrati, for example, treats the symbolic haircut as self-empowerment in his work: a woman’s head with long locks hangs over a mouth. A man in uniform catches her hair because it would otherwise fall out. The woman has scissors in her hand. She cuts her hair (

To have and to be: Art remains when the chocolate is gone: Sawade praline limited edition.

Art remains when the chocolate is gone: limited edition pralines by Sawade.

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Presenting a box of Sawade chocolates has been considered good manners in Berlin for 140 years. In 1880, the patisserie opened its first branch on Unter den Linden and is the oldest. The chocolate factory the capital. Now, in collaboration with the Berlin online gallery “Kunst 100”, there is a limited edition of 100 pieces with 20 chocolates, which are accompanied by an art print by contemporary artists, as a kind of cover (49 euros). For example, an abstract, colorful play of shapes by Lerke Nennemann or a refreshing photograph by Sarah Zak were chosen. Chocolate and Modern Art: It’s a great idea, it makes that gift a little granny fresh right away, and it’s something you can use long after the chocolate is gone.

To have and to be: a museum?  not cool Rhinestone earrings from Essentiel Antwerp.

the museum? not cool Rhinestone earrings from Essentiel Antwerp.

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Wearable artwork is one such thing, there’s often a taut, cultured quality to walking in a Keith Haring shirt or a skirt with a Botticelli print. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA) in Antwerp has joined forces with the label, which is also based in the Belgian port city Essential Antwerp came together for a fashion collection that is artistic yet cool. Which of course is due to this brand’s self-image, things are loud, colorful and mostly pretty hilarious. “Welcome to our beautiful chaos” is the self-description on the page, floral prints and surprising color combinations dominate. Which also applies to the pieces from the museum collaboration: bright kimonos, rhinestone earrings with mini sunflowers, purple blouses with Madonnas, the fog of early autumn does not look half new (

To have and be: melancholic to wear: T-shirt by Wood Wood.

Melancholy to wear: T-shirt by Wood Wood.

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There’s a lot to say about sadness and its entertainment value, let’s keep it short: Next week opens in theaters The triangle of sadness, this year’s winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Director Ruben Östlund draws great sarcastic wit from sinking a luxury yacht and leaving its super-rich passengers stranded on a deserted island. His film is so called because cosmetic surgeons talk about the “triangle of sadness”: that line of worry between the eyebrows that the rich can’t afford, so they have them sprayed with botox. A pleasant sadness is currently dominating the US charts. The current #1 hit, Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit,” relishes the frustration of a lost love affair with occasional sludgy melancholy. The song fits the enduring emo trend, as does the Danish fashion label’s t-shirt Wood Wood: “Sad” is written in red on white, set in the same typeface as “Bad” on Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit album. Reissued from the label’s 20th anniversary archive, the shirt is the perfect tool language for anyone who likes to be on the offensive with their or everyone’s tendency toward sadness (

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