Last night was the Annual Charity auction by Progetto Sorriso Nel Mondo, (The World Smile Project) which goes to support the curing of cranio-facial malformations and deformities in developing countries (essentially fixing the smiles of children born with facial defects- clef lips and palates). From their website:
Progetto Sorriso nel Mondo (Smile Project in the World) is a non-profit organisation that operates in Bangladesh since 1997, in Africa (Congo and Burundi) since 2005, and in Guatemala since 2008. It deals mainly with the correction of facial disfigurements and the healing of burns. -Progetto Sorriso Nel Mondo
At the Charity Auction there was a small gallery of photographs by Italian photographers and of course- the secret Auction. The Auction wasn’t really an auction of sorts, rather it was a room filled with sealed paper bags that had a list of brands inside, and a price stapled to the top. Essentially you were to simply pick up a bag for a price that you were happy with (the bags went from 30 euros to 600) and you bought it. Only after you bought it could you open it up to see what was inside. It is a really nice way to convince people to donate to charity, as someone who might find it difficult to part with 30 euro’s in a normal circumstance, might be willing to go up to 100 euros if the bag contains unknown treasures from Prada, Versace or Diesel.
In the end, from what I saw you couldn’t go wrong if you went for a brand that made eyeglasses or travel bags (Think Samsonite) but I saw some hideous creatures coming out from some bags from brands you think only make catwalk-worthy clothing. One girl, very petite, pulled out a pink dress- a cross between ballerina and victorian sleeping costume (the type a british actor in drag might wear in a 1980′s tv-show) and the size of a hippopotamus. It was so large that she could have fit herself four times over inside and still have space for a friend. She laughed hysterically as it became the conversation piece of her friend group for the evening.
All and all, it was really a wonderful event. Free drinks, ice cream (Gelato), charity and snacks with a chance of walking away with a steal on some top designer brands. What more could you ask for!
Artist Bouke de Vries has a show on now at the Gloria Maria Gallery.
I had a chance to do a portait of him for a project on Artists I am currently working on.
Mathew Stone was DJing last night at the I-D magazine’s party near Corso Como.
Mathew Stone in from London, up on Deck.
There was also inexplicably a guy with a live rooster on his head out front of the party begging for change. He was asking 1 euro for a picture of the rooster, but only the rooster- he refused to let you see his face. What a Fashionista.
Another really nice event last nice was the Trosman Spring Summer 2012 event at Antonioli where a wide variety of cutting edge designer collections can be found. The event had lovely refreshing cucumber cocktails, (if you could snag them) and insanely delicious prawn appetizers. To top it off, they were even serving Gin Tonic Jello shots, which takes me back to my college days. It’s funny to me to think of how outside of American College Campuses Jello shots come off as a radical avant-guarde food thing. The truth is, it’s a fine American Cultural Institution.
Natasha Slater re-opened her legendary party, Punks Wear Prada last night at the new Smoking Kills Club, with Special Guest super-star blogger, Bryan Boy.
For more Pictures of the event, you can check out the facebook gallery of the event, here.
Fiat 500 race car, built by Sofia Car. Small but Fast, being able to reach 180k/h
Fiat had an event near Spazio 81, they are sponsoring young artists to do special gallery paintings/mixed media works that include in some way the classic Fiat 500 car. I particularly loved the DJ who was wearing an inflatable body suit- really a genius idea, but I’m not so sure all of the artists took the project so seriously, or perhaps it’s just tricky to both create artwork and advertising at the same time.
My Story for Marie Claire Czech, “Absolute Contrast” is out now on the stands, and out in the tumblr-sphere. You can see the whole story here. Or you can check out again the behind the scenes from before the summer, here. Enjoy!
Last Mens fashion week, some of the models thought jumping off the Navigli bridge into the canal was a good idea. I couldn’t stop thinking of the Zoolander Gas Station scene while watching this.
I’ll have an interview with Lamberto up in a little while, but I thought I would post this portrait of him that I just love. Lamberto is the creative designer behind, ““La Maison du Couturier“”