Archive | August 2010

Challenge: tell me the things you are

Pick your I-cannot-live-without-objects and I will tell you who you are

I recently read an interesting article on the New York Times about an exhibition in Milan. I just want to share part of it with you and hear what you think about it.
Here it is:

When Alessandro Mendini was a student he conducted an experiment by challenging himself to live with no more than 40 objects. How did it go? He failed.
“It was impossible,” he recalled. “I’d calculated the minimum number of things I thought I needed to get by so carefully, but hadn’t realized how many pens, pencils and other drawing instruments I used in my studies.”
Despite that flop, Mr Mendini, now 79, has been obsessed by objects ever since. He has devoted much of his work, as one of Italy’s leading designers, architects, editors, critics and curators, to exploring how the things we choose to live with reflect our characters. In a dazzlingly ambitious exhibition at La Triennale Design Museum in Milan, he has assembled a collection of objects to illustrate, not his own character, but his country’s. Entitled “Quali Cose Siamo,” or “The Things We Are,” it presents Mr. Mendini’s choice of the things that make Italy, well, Italian.

(read the full article)

So, I started thinking: what would my 40 objects be?
It’s not easy! I wish I could say “a radio, a big box of chocolates, a deck of cards, a camera…” but unfortunately I think we are – or yes, I am – so linked with technology that, as many of you would know, I couldn’t stay one day without my Blackberry! (read my post I love my Blackberry)

It’s sad! It doesn’t sound “romantic” towards life at all, and I think life would deserve more from us than that. It would deserve us to be able to pay attention to small things, smile with less, and don’t miss the sense of what it’s all about.

Fine, I’m not going to make it too long, but it would be a good challenge – and lots of luck – to be able to live a week with very few object. And it’s true: the objects that every one of us would pick would represent our personality.

What would you pick?

Fashion 3D – September issue of Vogue Italia

Step towards the future: the magazine becomes real in the hands its readers.


It’s a very special September issue for Vogue Italia, so special that people will need to put on 3D glasses to see models come to life.
However this idea was first used by Vogue Mexico, that in April 2010 presented a 3D spread with Isabeli Fontana photographed by Jacques Dequeker.

Now, after the controversial fashion spread on the August issue, Vogue Italia feature Miranda Kerr portrayed by Steven Meisel. And there are already a lot of questions marks.
Regardless of our point of view, Vogue editors seam to look at what the future can bring them. Just few days ago, in occasion of the September issue of Vogue America,  the queen bee Vogue editor Anna Wintour, talked about the economic crisis and the future of fashion magazines.
Like Derick Chetty wrote on the Toronto Star:

“Fashion blogs and style websites sprouted like weeds, and suddenly, readers had a voracious appetite for the unseasoned, provocative and amusing new voices. Now fashion magazines, with their long lead times, are scrambling to cling to their position as the authoritative voice of the industry.
Blogs, for all their web hits and burgeoning influence, are as barren as Siberia when it comes to commanding advertising dollars. Fashion houses are attuned to their influence, however, courting bloggers with free products, front-row seats at runway shows and a steady stream of behind-the-scenes access once reserved for powerful editors”.

But Anna doesn’t look too worried, and simply says that:

“Like any evolution in the industry, they force you to become better at what you do. Vogue’s in-depth articles and beautiful fashion stories, along with coverage of the arts with a fashion context is not something that exists in the same way on blogs. They force us to dig deeper for stories but we’re not competitors”.

Different the Avatar – approach of Franca Sozzani, editor of Vogue Italia. She said that this 3D adventure started form a simple question: “Why noy?”. It wasn’t fair keeping the fashion world outside the 3D, that today touches videogames, movies, TV, and much more will do.

Let’s see how long before the next Vogue move to the future!

Vogue in 3D: il futuro della moda

Abiti e modelle in tre dimensioni, il direttore: il futuro è osare

Dopo Vogue Messico, che si era lanciato nell’aprile scorso, nel primo servizio fotpgrafico 3D con Isabeli Fontana fotografata da Jacques Dequeker, ecco arrivare nelle edicole italiane il numero di settembre di Vogue Italia, che ospita una cover story con una Miranda Kerr in piena forma, diretta e fotografata da Steven Meisel, proprio in 3D.

Dopo il chiaccheratissimo numero di agosto, la rivista di moda italiana osa ancora, in quella che appare come una sfida a tutti coloro che continuano a dire che le riviste di moda hanno ormai le ora contate. Blog che parlano del mondo della moda, dello stile e dei vari treands, si moltiplicano a vista d’occhio, ed attirano sempre piu’ la curiosita’ dei lettori. In fenomeno e’ talmente forte che ancuni blogger fanno ormai parte della lista d’oro delle persone piu’ infuenti del mondo della moda, e ricevono regali dagli stilisti e un posto in prima fila alle sfilate! Incredibile eh!

Proprio di questo ha parlato pochi giorni fa la regina del settore, Anna Wintour, direttrice di Vogue America, in occasione del numero di settembre, ormai ben lontano dal recor stabilito nel 2007, quando il numero piu’ importante dell’anno della “bibbia della moda” era uscito nelle edicole con 900 pagine.

Anna pero’ non sembra preoccupata dell’avvento dei blog, o della crisi economica, dicendo invece che “ci spingono a fare sempre meglio, ad offrire un lato piu’ profondo della moda per il quale non abbiamo concorrenza”.

Intanto vi invito a leggere questo articolo di Daniela Monti comparso sul Corriere della Sera. Fatemi sapere che ne pensate.

«Perché la moda no?». Franca Sozzani, direttore di Vogue Italia, racconta che l’avventura è cominciata con questa domanda. Cinema, tv, videogiochi: tutti con un presente/futuro in 3D. «Perché la moda no?». È nato così il nuovo Vogue – in edicola da oggi – debutto su scala planetaria del tridimensionale applicato alla fotografia di moda. Gli occhialini sono incollati a pagina 400, fra un servizio di Steven Maisel, con protagonista la modella moglie di Orlando Bloom, e uno di Tim Walker, a tema fiori e profumi, entrambi ovviamente in 3D, come la copertina. In primavera, in piccolo, ci aveva provato Vogue Mexico, e le foto di Isabeli Fontana in bikini, con quell’effetto mosso/sfumato tipico del 3D visto senza occhialini, spuntano da vecchie pagine di Internet. Ora, rotto il ghiaccio, è sicuro che molti altri seguiranno l’esempio italiano.
Nelle foto in 3D il corpo di Miranda Kerr (cioè la signora Bloom) è plastico, reale – le scapole che spuntano decise dalla schiena, la rotondità dei glutei, le clavicole sporgenti che fanno da cornice a seni più pieni -, mentre degli abiti è esaltata la ricchezza dei volumi, le pieghe di una gonna, la manica ampia e plissettata di un abito. «Ci vuole un attimo per abituare lo sguardo, ma poi ti accorgi che la foto parla, mentre le altre restano mute», dice il direttore. La realizzazione di un servizio in 3D è più lunga e costosa (senza considerare gli occhialini, anche quelli un costo aggiuntivo per il giornale): di una stessa foto, occorre fare più scatti, in modo da poterli sovrapporre e creare l’effetto tridimensionale. Non tutte le foto si adattano alla trasformazione: il servizio va pensato già in 3D, in modo che le immagini abbiano all’origine diversi «piani» da enfatizzare.

«Tutti si esercitano in discussioni sulla crisi dei giornali: “C’è Internet, si vede tutto lì!”. Ma io sono convinta, invece, che la carta stampata abbia un grande futuro, ad una condizione: che sappia scoprire mondi nuovi, prendersi qualche rischio e osare», continua Sozzani. Nel 2008 Vogue qualche rischio se lo prese con il numero all black, con solo modelle di colore, ora l’esperimento delle foto in 3D, copertina compresa, «a volte cerchi di distinguerti dagli altri lanciando un’idea forte, come le modelle nere, altre applicando tecnologie non ancora esplorate».
Si andrà avanti su questa strada? «Intanto noi lo facciamo - risponde spavalda il direttore (si sente che è felice, il risultato finale le piace) – poi gli altri giornali di moda si comporteranno come vorranno. È comunque la dimostrazione che tutto si può evolvere». Il 15 settembre, per la mostra che verrà inaugurata a Palazzo Clerici, a Milano, «The scent of the future», organizzata con P&G Prestige, si farà un nuovo passo avanti, il senso stimolato non sarà solo la vista, ma anche l’olfatto: alla tridimensionalità delle immagini esposte verrà aggiunto un profumo particolare per ciascuna. Obiettivo: trascinare, con gli occhi e con il naso, chi guarda dentro il mondo raccontato dalla foto.

Sorry, sweet potato fries are calorie bombs

Only you can know if you want to eat a 900 calorie snack.


I really felt bad when I saw Megan Ogilvie`s article on the Toronto Star.
I’m not sure if it was because it brook my wonderful sweet-potato-fries-goodness-dream, or because I felt on me, all at once, all the calories that I gobbled up in these years, while I was telling myself “Those are healthyer!”.

So, I’m sorry, but the only way I have to feel better is to share this we=ith all of you.
Of course, you could stop reading right now, and never know about all those fat, and oil and vitamins that die as soon as you fry them (who knew it!!!!)…. or maybe you could take responsibility and know what you put in your body.
Ok, ready? Run!

Here is the article:
Hot dogs will always remain the eats of choice at the ballpark.
But at the Rogers Centre, where hungry fans can choose from a plethora of foods, from kung pao wraps to hand-carved roast beef sandwiches, the lowly frank has some competition.
On a recent visit, the kiosk selling sweet potato fries boasted one of the longest lineups around. Faster than the cook could swing a basket out of the fryer, trays of orange fries were being swept away by (mostly) girlfriends, wives and kids. The men were going for the meat.It may be that those buying sweet potato fries aimed to get something healthier than a hamburger. Munching on the salty sweet fries, I wondered if I was giving my body anything good. We have, after all, been hearing a lot about how sweet potatoes are better for us than regular spuds.
But registered dietitian Carol Harrison sets me straight.
“For sure, sweet potatoes are loaded with a lot more vitamin A than potatoes — about 10 times more,” she says. “But as soon as you put the sweet potatoes in hot oil, you can kiss that healthiness goodbye. The nutrition numbers tell you this isn’t a very good choice.”

The sweet potato fries with aioli sauce contain 881 calories, 52 grams of fat and 1,430 mg of sodium.
Gulp. That’s a lot for two handfuls of fries. And for a dish the Blue Jays’ website lists as a “snackable” amongst the Rogers Centre’s concession choices.
“A Haagen-Dazs chocolate ice cream bar has 290 calories,” says Harrison. “From a calorie point of view, eating the sweet potato fries is the equivalent of eating three Haagen-Dazs bars. Not many people would have more than one of those.”
The 52 grams of fat is two-thirds of the maximum recommended daily allotment for the average woman. While the almost 1,500 mg of sodium is what Health Canada posts as its recommended minimum daily allowance.
“There are three strikes against this dish,” says Harrison. “And really, who wants to eat a 900 calorie snack?”
Splitting the tray of fries so that a bunch of people just get a few bites will help get it into the snack range. And, adds Harrison, going light on the aioli sauce — a mayonnaise-style dip traditionally high in fat — will save a couple hundred calories and some fat.

Megan Ogilvie
HEALTH REPORTER

http://www.healthzone.ca/health/dietfitness/diet/article/852982–the-dish-sweet-potato-fries-are-calorie-bombs

Vogue dolls anyone?


Miniature Anna and Grace: Vogue Dolls by Andrew Yang

DollsIt’s maybe because I saw The September Issue and I just fell in love with it, but I just think these two women – Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington – are fabulous. Yes, I wish I could be like them – in my own way – and do something that I love and I’m so passionate for, just like them. And more important, do it excellent!

Like most of the women that saw the movie, I told myself “That’s what I want to do, I want to be Vogue Editor!”, and reading this article was fun because I was thinking about a doll of myself!!!
Yeah, anyway, here is the story:

Most fashionistas progress directly from playing with dolls to sticking pins in them, but even the cattiest divas won’t mess with Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington. To celebrate Fashion’s Night Out on Sept. 10, Barneys New York commissioned the Brooklyn-based artist Andrew Yang to make these one-of-kind, hand-sewn, hand-painted rag-doll replicas of the celebrated Vogue editors. Strictly couture (bien sur!), the duo took two weeks to make.
“I had to special-order Anna’s wig and cut it myself to get the bob right,” Mr. Yang says. “And Grace’s hair was the right color, but it needed a perm.” Alas, the question on everyone’s lips – What are they wearing? – has a disappointingly democratic answer. “The outfits are my own take on their signature looks,” he says. “It would have been unfair to single out specific designers.
”Anna and Grace will be auctioned off on charitybuzz.com beginning August 31, with the proceeds benefiting The New York City Aids Fund.

From tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com