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Here are my latest finds and news from fashion, style, film, photography and beautiful living.

This is the trailer of the film About Face: Supermodels Then and Now which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January, a documentary portraying supermodels of the forties through the eighties and delving into their careers and lives four decades later. It was directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who has recently discussed it in an interview on

I was happy to read some truths that he states like: “The importance of a model is different (today). They’re not on the cover of magazines anymore; they’re not in ads anymore. Those all go to movie stars. This was the golden era of modeling. Their faces were in our home every day on the coffee table—they were in all the ads we saw. We knew these women. They were bigger than life.”; or his views on the retouching phenomenon that’s taken over fashion photography: “there’s a place for it, but to take every wrinkle away and smooth it out and pretend it doesn’t exist and that’s the person” … “the trend toward retouching is horrific. The reality of people’s faces compared to what you see on a magazine cover or inside is so stark.” The film premiers on HBO on July 30 in the US and I hope it will soon become available on DVD as well.

• On my night stand: Dior by Dior, The Autobiography of Christian Dior and Yves St Laurent by Farid Chenoune, birthday presents from my parents
• Among the places to visit when next in Italy: Palazzo Margherira in the town of Bernalda
• Don’t you love the Prada Menswear Fall 2012 advertising campaign? Hands down Gary Oldman is my favourite.
• It would be wonderful to have the chance to see Cate Blanchett on the New York stage in Uncle Vanya
• Florina of fashionsensitive has recently visited The Sartorialist exhibition in Madrid
• A look back at the style of 1948, the year of the last London Olympics
• A heavenly escape: House of Jasmines, Argentina

photos: Vanity Fair

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