Text Carlo Mazzoni
@carlomazzoni

The most suitable place for raising a child today is not in a traditional family. Statistics indicate that those who grow up in a conventional home, in a protected, safe environment do not have the resources required to face today’s world. On the contrary, those who grow up in disadvantaged conditions, who suffer the solitude of the childhood, for whom affection is not a given, are most suited to the present and future reality (they are said to be hungrier, with less well-groomed nails). We had known for a while that it would all go pear shaped as and when, like a crazed king, pain reached the throne, the world’s cities invaded by creepers and animals. Besides which, they say that crying is only a good idea when you have some make-up remover to hand.

If she were not interested in poetry, a woman could be faithful. In Ozpetek’s families, all forms of tension are taken to extremes; men are ferocious fairies who live in council houses by Aldo Rossi, play on a Massimo Vitali style beach, wear Versace and sing Tripoli by Patty Pravo, with six-packs designed by Gaudì. A child learns unconsciously, not through reason, to be proud of his or her own diversity, and just how useless belonging to a community will ever be. People feel more pity for the rope than the hanged, as Céline pointed out a long time ago, while talk of good feelings, respect and peace immediately draws the approval of mainstream TV. Paolo Sorrentino recalled and noted how “all too often, lives do not meet up, and this is cause for suffering exactly like that of children in Central Africa who have neither food nor water. We could solve Africa’s problem, however, with a little goodwill, whereas there is fuck all we can do about ours.”

I am the most Catholic man I have ever known in my life. I write this in awareness of the fact that it goes against the grain of doctrine, but convinced that in the most beautiful stories of true love, as in every marriage, we don’t want to agree on everything. Love is contrast, we are contradictions, right from the start: we live to die. Roman families, the black emperors, dynasties of sacrilege and privilege, Rodrigo Borgia was a demon and an enlightened Renaissance character, Giulio della Rovere a murderous warrior who protected Michelangelo as he sculpted the Pietà. We are miniscule beings compared to life and giants when we pontificate on the universe.

Empires are constructed by families, in history and in fashion, while today, family business models, especially when there is generational handover, are the weakest. Investors see family businesses as a chance for acquisition. Italy has been the home of fashion houses built on weddings—with fashion, Italy has influenced the industry thanks to couples who loved each other and yearned to conquer and be winners—from Missoni to Etro, through to Dolce and Gabbana—the power in the hands of the founders, the need for acrobatic evolution with the second and third generations. There comes a certain point at any party when a waiter must step in and empty the ashtrays, wash the glasses and take the sad lonely hearts to bed.

At high school, children who have grown up in these made-up mixed families learn to say the opposite of what they think and get the highest marks. They discover the uselessness of opinions, discard common sense, start to prefer artificial to natural, ambiguity to emotions. They appear unseemly and start to explore the world and reveal their souls.

Antonio Marras, Andrea Pompilio, Fausto Puglisi, Lucio Vanotti, Nicola Brognano: the designers in Milan have worked with photographers, in answer to the invitation by Susanna Cucco, who for the next two issues joins the editorial staff of Lampoon. And others will be arriving for the November issue. A pride of lions—where the male is always polygamous, majestic and strong, the females ferocious and the cubs cute: purring rumbles like an earthquake, the dust of the savannah smells of sun, and they all hug each other, bloody in sleep.

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Art Direction

SUSANNA CUCCO

Hair

GABRIELE TREZZI

Make-up

COSETTA GIORGETTI

Hair Assistants

SAKU, LUIGI MORINO

Make-up Assistants

GIORGIA SAVAGLIO, KASSANDRA FRUA DE ANGELI

Casting

SIMONE BART ROCCHIETTI

Street Casting

IRENE GERMANO @SIMOBARTCASTING

Photographer Assistant

JACK SNELL

Fashion Assistants

ELIA BARCELLESI, CLARA CARCANO, ILARIA POLONI, AIDA ZAHABI

Production

ANNALAURA MASCIAVÈ

Models

DANIEL WARD THOMAS @IMG
ALASTAIR GEORGE @FASHION
GIOSUÈ NAPOLITANO @ELITE
PAIGE LYNN @THE LAB
EMMA, LEYLA, CARLOTTA, CHIARA, ROBERTO REALE @SIMOBARTCASTING