Text Carlo Mazzoni. On the other side of Via Bagutta, at the bottom of the courtyard of Palazzo Reina, recently restored by the heirs of de Balcany, the Paper Moon Giardino opens its doors: a green lawn finds fresh water, glass canes, roses and laurels – under that linden tree which is the most secret one in Milan.
Text Angelica Carrara. Post-industrial charm of the old Milan, on a Saturday night: a party in a place hidden at the end of a gravel street. The restaurant has come to life in an ex foundry. No tablecloth on the raw wooden tables, just flowerpots: red anemone, black buttercups and powder-coloured syringas.
Text Gianni Biondillo. It is as though the house is floating, suspended in time, hibernating for the past ten years and just waiting to wake up. The house was built in 1944, sophisticated and modern, yet also elegant and domestic. Arredamenti Borsani Varedo (ABV) was thriving and Gaetano’s two sons were collaborating with their father.
Text Angelica Carrara. We await the creative direction of Riccardo Tisci. The trench coat, symbol of the maison, lends itself to styling games. Magazines and platforms in the world have soon given rise to an aesthetic conversation, about the trench. HypeBeast plays on digital, The Fashionable Lampoon opens a styling session.
Text Carlo Mazzoni. As in the best love stories, one need not agree on everything. Pathetic maxims – when you’re in love, as you well know, nothing else counts. From the pulpit, the priest would begin his sermon: “Let us skip the first reading as it is depressing. Whoever wrote it was suffering from poor digestion.”
Text Rocco Moliterni. A man sitting alone at the table, made of wax with a wick on his head, and a woman’s head in the branches of a tree. Two new events on contemporary art on the Grand Canal: Dancing with Myself in the rooms of Punta della Dogana, and Cows by the Water at Palazzo Grassi. From Sunday 8th April.
Text Giuseppe Fantasia. More than one hundred ‘old photos’ as the Scottish photographer ironically defined them, who has taken twelve campaigns in the Eighties and in the Nineties for the Maison of roses. At Palazzo dei Pio in Carpi, from tomorrow until 17th June, the show Albert Watson. Fashion, Portraits & Landscapes.
Text Carlo Mazzoni. Perfumes are mixed in the days, before the seasons. The hills get rough, the tires climb and have fun in the Langhe. Castles, watchtowers – the Middle Ages remain fashionable. A monastery whose walls tell stories of monks since the first millennium, today it is the Relais San Maurizio.
Text Carlo Mazzoni. The simplicity of the light, a lamé dress, silvery and sparkling. The prints were produced using four-colour printing – Versace was the first to print with eighteen colours, sometimes even twenty. Andy Warhol gave Gianni permission to use his paintings in his clothes. More is more – Neo Baroque.
Text Andrea Dusio. An illustrator, writer and man-eater. Too many lives within a single head to be taken seriously by the literary society of the time. However, in her novels she always seems to be about to die of boredom, wearied of her compulsive sexual appetites that she never managed to transform into love.
Text Simone Mosca. One evening in January 1920, Florence got on a train in London. She was then murdered, the victim of an unknown assassin on an anonymous local Orient Express. The author of the novel, Jessica Fellowes, sets Nancy Mitford, to investigate the murder, a real case which was never solved.
Text Cesare Cunaccia. The Galleria Borghese in Rome houses the most extensive and chronologically representative collection of Caravaggio’s paintings. The Caravaggio Research Institute is due to be established here. This ambitious project, developed by the director Anna Coliva, is benefitting from Fendi’s support.
Text Carlo Mazzoni. It’s about what will prove to be up-to-date as regards aesthetics in the future: in fashion, films, TV – generally in the media. Two men. The first man is the protagonist of Guadagnino’s movie, Armie Hammer. The other one is Matt Smith, duke of Edinburgh in The Crown. Their eyes shine, full of seriousness.
Four writers, four stories, about sex. An invitation to be promiscuous when you want, but always kind. Widespread is the stupid illusion that diseases are controllable. Using condoms is freedom, not compulsion: there should be no limit to sexual experimentation. No rules in love, but condoms.
Text Angelica Carrara. A conversation with the invisible man. He trained at the Central Academy of Applied Arts as a student of the artist Sui Jianguo. “The chameleon changes colour to conform to the background as a form of self-protection. Humans are not animals because they cannot protect themselves”.
Text Carlo Mazzoni. A hotel along the Arno overlooks the Ponte Vecchio – the Portrait of Florence. It turns to the east, in the morning the sun enters from a wide open window on the third floor room. The pale white light with golden inserts. The silver grays – you cannot say either for twilight or for the reflection of the river’s water.
Text Carlo Mazzoni. Milano was sparkling like at the times of Durini with Wally Toscanini amidst Arbasino’s words. Teatro Gerolamo is a miniature of La Scala: Fiammetta Cicogna has given new life to contemporary plots. Clodia was the first emancipated woman in the history: it will be touring to Italy in a few weeks.
Text Angelica Carrara. Toile de Jouy – literally means cloth from Jouy-en-Josas, a village not far from Versailles. His embroidered pieces take on bizarre dimensions. “Chinoiserie possesses a sense of wonder, even if tinged by some sadness. I start from this, to express the amazement it communicates to me.”