Grunge all’italiana

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New season, new challenges. Style-wise, mixing prints together is one of them. An entirely new territory for me, but these grunge inspired looks, combining apparently incompatible prints and fantasy in a very unique and refined way, encourage me to step out of my comfort zone. I think I will start with my plaid shirt, which is a symbol of grunge and which involuntarily became a classic piece, and my floral pencil skirt. This should be fun.

Wishing you a wonderful autumn!

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photos: Stefania Paparelli for Gioia Italia, June 2013 | Model Tosca Dekker styled by Rossana Passalacqua for the “Grunge all’italiana” editorial

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Scattered clouds

by guest writer

Scattered Clouds 1967

Midaregumo (Scattered Clouds, or Two in the Shadow in a different translation, 1967) was to be Mikio Naruse’s last film. With an impressive career started back in 1930, this counted as number ninety-one in his filmography. Little known outside of Japan until a decade ago, the director succeeded to have his first smash hit in the US back in 1935 with his movie called Tsuma yo bara no yo ni aka Wife! Be Like a Rose!. The simplicity of the approach within the main theme, which is a melodrama, is what makes Scattered Clouds a legendary film. The opening shot takes place in a restaurant where Yumiko (Yôko Tsukasa) and her husband celebrate his promotion. We are led to think that their making plans for their future in the US announces happy times ahead. Suddenly, the mood of the film changes when real life strikes and the family’s dreams are scattered and Yumiko’s life goes through a downfall.

She meets Mr. Mishima (Yûzô Kayama) because of a tragic event that draws them together and that will also keep them apart. The two leading characters are faultlessly played by the talented actors with such dedication, and the entire film is able to transmit such deep emotions in a way that the American cinema never has and even European movies have rarely succeeded. The beautiful Japanese landscapes add an air of completion, which are also in tune with the characters’ troubled feelings. The director’s filming method is a very lucrative one, lots of short takes with crafted editing. The final scene and the ending ensure Scattered Clouds as an unforgettable cinema moment which won’t leave you indifferent.

photo: still from the film from the Criterion DVD edition (unfortunately it’s not currently available on or credit: Toho Company

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Notebook pages

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

Capri Italy June 1970-Photo by David Cupp

“Summer never ends, it just changes places.” I always feel a little sad this time of year, but these wonderful words help me face the change of seasons in an optimistic tone. You don’t say good-bye to summer, just au revoir, you let it go just for a while, for others to enjoy its magic too. It’s been a beautiful summer and, even if we couldn’t take a proper vacation because of work, there have been many one-day or weekend getaways and road trips, which filled me with the enthusiasm and joy I used to feel on summer holiday as a child.

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• In this interesting interview, Paul Smith strikes me as a down-to-earth guy, with strong values and a great sense of humour
• The Venice Film Festival is at its 70th edition. August 28th – September 7th.
• The laws of attraction: about our youth-obsessed times and how to learn from the French “to honor what happens to women as they grow old.”
• How can designers cope with the endless newness demanded of fashion? Why the nonstop spring-prefall-fall-resort parade? Read more about the new speed of fashion here.
• A talk with Isabel Marant: “It’s about the women surrounding me. I look at how women in the street wear things. I’ve never been inspired by a muse—that’s a fantasy.”
• One of the most awaited collaborations this coming fall (September 15th) is 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target. I would love this floral blouse and this leather jacket for my wardrobe.
• Who’s for a simple Moroccan dinner?

Have a wonderful weekend!

photos: 1-David Cupp for National Geographic, taken in Capri, June 1970 / 2-5: Amy Lucy Photography / 6-Oeil | Kokosuka Kanagawa Photography

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Summer styles: Ralph Lauren 2011

Ralph Lauren Spring Summer 2011

I know, I know, autumn is just around the corner, everyone is starting to break out fall pieces, but you didn’t think I would end this summer series without having a look at a collection of one of my favourite designers, did you? Plus, our weather around here will not let me properly think in terms of fall fashion just yet. However, if you look closely, there are many items in this Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2011 collection that would seemingly blend into your fall wardrobe: the plaid shirt in the top image, the subtly tailored linen jackets and linen caps, the halterneck dress and the little white lace dress that would look fantastic paired with a leather jacket, high Victorian collar lacy blouses to go under woolen blazers, the heirloom earrings and suede chokers studded with natural stones, the kind I can’t get enough of wearing with a white shirt.

Before I move on to the rest of the collection, I’m lingering on a little longer on this first look. There was a time when I wouldn’t have been caught dead in a silver piece of clothing, but I would wear this country-meets-city outfit without the trace of an afterthought and happily trade the little black dress for it for a cocktail party. It’s in Ralph Lauren’s maverick ability to refine a look, a style, and make it timeless.

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The West has always been one of Ralph’s major sources of inspiration. “I was inspired by the palette of the West – the colors of the desert, the sunsets, turquoise jewelry, rainbow serapes, the texture of broken-in chaps, beat-up cowboy hats and pickups, rodeo buckles, concho belts, fringed jackets, faded jeans, and cowboy dusters. I loved the freedom of the West and the eclectic, free style it inspired.” It’s a theme he beautifully reinterpreted in this collection, advancing it to a modern, urban look. It’s a collection that feels romantic and free spirited, just like the Ralph Lauren woman is, just like summer makes you feel. I’m going to hold on to that feeling for as long as I can.

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PS: And speaking of the end of summer, Mary Jo Matsumoto is having a 40% Flash Sale until tomorrow, Friday, August 30th, included. She doesn’t have sales too often, so this is your chance to get something lovely from yet another one of my favourite designers. She ships internationally and if your country is not listed, just email Mary Jo the details. Happy shopping!

photos: | Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2011 collection

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Capturing beauty #35

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photo: Gilles Bensimon for Elle US, January 1994 | “The Road to Morocco”

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