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Red Carpet Heroines: Alba Rohrwacher at the 71st Venice Film Festival

Today a friend of mine asked me if I was covering the 71st Venice Film Festival; I replied I wasn’t because I’m going through a hectic pre-school phase and I haven’t much interest in what is going on on the red carpet. I changed my mind after a couple of hours, when I realized Alba Rohrwacher, one of my favourite Italian actresses, was attending the festival as the protagonist of Hungry Hearts, the latest film by Saverio Costanzo (who happens to be one of my favourite Italian directors). I haven’t got any intention to cover the whole festival yet, but I couldn’t miss the chance to write about the outfits she wore at the film premiere and photocall which took place on August 31st, 2014.

Update: I’m writing on September 6th, just after learning Alba won the Best Actress award!

Alba+Rohrwacher+Closing+Ceremony+Inside+71st+2vpcEtfyRP4lI’m so glad for her and I’m so proud she’s reached such an important achievement. Let’s see what she wore for the occasion.

venicefilmfestival2014_albarohrwacher_valentinohcShe walked the closing ceremony red carpet wearing a lovely Valentino white dress from the Haute Couture spring 2012 collection. A classic evening dress would have been out-of-place, so I’m happy she opted for something elegant but not that formal. The short silk dress had a frilled collar and cuffs; the waistline, cuffs and bodice were embellished by smocked stitches. She completed the outfit with a pair of dove grey suede ankle-strap pumps.

albarohrwacher_delfinadelettrez_pearlringShe also wore two rings by Delfina Delettrez, which beautifully complemented her look. The first was a triple pearl ring.

albarohrwacher_delfinadelettrez_triangleringThe second was the Orange Triangle Piercing ring, made of 18k gold, one orange topaz, three diamonds and one pearl.

3553faff3bbd61225e0f6a706700bbc5On August 31st, Adam Driver, Rohrwacher and the director attended the film premiere and walked the red carpet. I love her minimal style and I’m always in awe of her style choices.

albarohrwacher_hungryheartspremiere_valentinocoutureShe wore a Valentino Haute Couture outfit from the fall 2014 collection, combining a white silk collarless blouse and a high-waisted long pleated skirt with black leather criss-crossed belt. She wore it with a pair of black sandals. She kept her make-up simple and styled her short hair in a messy updo. Monastic chic.


Christina Aguilera’s Style: Performing at The Voice Finale, June 18th, 2013

… and she’s baaack! After some weeks M.I.A., Christina made her comeback in the public eye with a live performance which opened the finale of “her” show, The Voice. The 4th season of the talent show ended yesterday and Christina wanted to celebrate it with Pitbull. They performed their hit Feel the Moment in the studio where Christina has worked for two years.

06Didn’t she look amazing? I’m not referring to her shape (of course she’s slimmed down) because that’s not the point. She looked happy and full of energy, so I hope she’s really regained forces to go back in track. She wore a sexy outfit emphasizing her curves – a hot pink bra, a metal mesh cropped top, a black bandage skirt and platform peep-toe pumps with crystal heels.

Christina Aguilera’s Style: Performing at the 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, March 23rd, 2013

When I last wrote about Christina Aguilera attending the premiere screening of The Voice 4, I totally forgot she would make another appearance at the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards!  The show, which took place yesterday at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles. She didn’t walk the purple carpet, but opened the event with a live performance of Feel This Moment, along with Pitbull. Even if it’s not my cup of tea, the song is incredibly catchy and I love how it samples a successful song from the 1980s, Take On Me by A-ha. Many mini Christinas and Pitbulls joined the two artists on stage, for a funny and lively performance.

Christina+Aguilera+Nickelodeon+26th+Annual+WdaqGyQxCs2xThe most evident thing about Christina at this event? She was having fun on stage, and she looked better than ever! I think I’ve missed seeing her performing like this, just doing her thing and enjoying the moment. At the end of their exhibition, Christina pushed the green slime button and treated her partner with a disgusting shower. Ewwwww!


“Ma non parliamo più di me, perché è un argomento che mi deprime”: Unique Glittering Heels in Luchino Visconti’s Rocco e i suoi fratelli

All my students think I’m crazy when I say that I haven’t watched Italian tv since 2008. The absolute lack of interest for tv programmes is somehow softened by the passion for Italian cinema. I’m no expert when it comes to the classics, but I’m a dedicated and motivated learner. I started watching Luchino Visconti’s movies [1] last summer and I was shocked by most of them: besides the plots and the general atmospheres, what struck me was the incredibly modern use of colours, lights and shadows and the peculiar “eye” he cast on characters and places. After choosing Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa as one of my favourite movies ever and after realizing I’ve become obsessed with the costumes designed by Piero Tosi, I took a pause from Visconti’s movies. Two days ago, after a long Christmas holiday lunch, I decided to watch Rocco e i suoi fratelli. I had many expectations about it: I had read lots of reviews, so I had the general atmosphere in mind but I was looking forward to watching it anyway. I’m still trying to grasp its complexity because I’ve found many different suggestions in it: the story of a family which moves from Southern Italy to Milan is like the story of my family (my mother’s family moved to Turin just after the World War II, but they went back home after some years; later, my mother moved back to the North after taking her degree) and that’s surely a reason of interest. The rise and fall of one of the characters, Simone (played by one of my favourite Italian actors, Renato Salvatori), contrasts with the rise of the protagonist, Rocco (Simone’s brother, played by an incredibly beautiful and intense Alain Delon), and this is the core of the tragedy. They have a lot in common but are completely different, just like Cain and Abel or Judas and Jesus. Rocco is a Messianic figure, the Lamb who takes credit for his brother’s sins, who blames himself for them, who wants to save him, no matter what. Another Biblical figure is Nadia (Annie Girardot), a prostitute who falls in love with Simone first, but realizes she can really change her life thanks to Rocco’s love. She’s like Mary Magdalene, the sinner who’s released from the seven demons by Jesus. Like Rocco, she is the innocent victim of the world’s violence and she accepts her destiny like the Lamb (see the position of her arms in this scene, as if she were Jesus Christ on his cross).

Her first appearance shows she’s different from the Parondis and from the female figures we’ve met so far, especially Rosaria, Rocco’s mother (Katina Paxinou). She’s leaving her father’s house and looking somewhere to go, while wearing a floral-print dress, unbuttoned as a robe, worn on a satin basque with lace inserts. She meets Vincenzo (Spiros Focás), one of Rocco’s brothers, on the stairs and this will change her destiny and the future of the other characters, too. Later in the movie, her outfits (especially the camel trench coat with fur collar she wears during the scene shot on top of the Duomo in Milan) further emphasize the distance between her and the rest of the cast.

When it comes to the shoes she wears in her first scene, they tell a lot about her. She’s not rich, but she would like to be a wealthy lady. Those black pumps with glittering heels are the symbol of this dream and of her attitude of social climber. Later in the movie, we’ll see she’s actually wearing an armour, because her real desires are less material than expected, but the first impression we get will somehow stay attached to the character. I tried to take some screencaps, but enjoy the video above to see the tempting glittering heels of her pumps.


Tap Your Heels Together Three Times and Think to Yourself: “I Want Miu Miu Silver Pumps Now!”

There is some charm connected with them;

but what it is we never knew.

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Have you ever fallen in love with a pair of shoes? No, I’m not referring to the frenzy of fashionistas in front of a new pair of “it shoes”, the shoes that everybody wants even if they’re actually ugly. No, I’m talking about the moment in which you realize that a pair of shoes is not an object but a symbol. The burning desire to own them (or at least a copy of them) is not materialism, but the achievement of a dream.

I’ve always had a strange relationship to shoes. I don’t have many and 90% of them are sneakers or Melissa plastic flats. This doesn’t mean I don’t love them, but I usually try to spend as less as possible. Well, I could make an exception for the ones above, first spotted on the Instagram account of blogger extraordinaire Tavi Gevinson. Miuccia Prada has taken my shoe obsession (Dorothy Gale’s ruby pumps) and covered it in silver glitter: the result is breathtaking.

Eva Chen, the lovely beauty director of Teen Vogue, spotted the same shoes at Heathrow Airport and posted a picture on her Instagram account. What can I say? It’s love, hopeless love, because I know I’ll never own them, but still.


Beyond the Valley of the Sex Kittens: Miu Miu Campaigns

Some aspects of contemporary society are pretty confusing, and one of these is age. Boundaries between ages have already been taken down: a longer life expectancy seems to tell us that we can do whatever we want, at any age we want. Media say being 40 is the new being 30 and they keep on bombing the reader with ideas, tips and suggestions on how to make beauty last longer, usually thanks to the help of cosmetics or toxins. Society tells women that they must always be young and beautiful, otherwise you’re nothing, less than zero, and the latest news from my country are brutally clear on this point.

I don’t even want to start mentioning clothes and style: if a woman feels she must be desiderable, no matter what, she dresses accordingly. According to the wise Carrie Bradshaw,  “it’s time for ladies my age to cover it up. We can’t get away with the same stuff we used to,” but it’s clear most women don’t agree with her. The result? 50-year-old women who dress like 20-year-old girls and 8-year-old girls who dress like 20-year-old girls, probably supported by mothers who think this adultization must be welcomed and not rejected. This (creepy) process can be seen, for example, in the recent loungerie campaign by the French brand Jours Apres Lune, in the obsession the fashion industry seems to have for the 10-year-old French model Thylane Blondeau and in tv shows like Toddlers & Tiaras. “The world is a vampire”, sang Billy Corgan some years ago, and this is surely true for the world of fashion. Youth, more than beauty, is the supreme value to treasure and to pursue – an idea which is extremely disturbing because it goes against the natural process of growing old; you can do whatever you want to stop time on your face, but time flies anyway and you can’t do nothing to actually stop it.

For all these reasons, I’ve welcomed with enthusiasm the Miu Miu fall/winter 2011 campaign, shot by Bruce Weber and starring the 15-year-old American actress Hailee Steinfeld. When I first heard she had been chosen as testimonial, I had some doubts: how could a teenager interpret a very grown-up collection? I was afraid she would be turned into a 30-something and luckily I was wrong.

Maybe the pose could remind us of pensive Old Hollywood divas, but Hailee hasn’t been disfigured into a woman. Her make-up is light and natural, her hair is combed in a 40s-inspired hairstyle: you can say she’s a teenager wearing gorgeous clothes, without pretending to be who she’s not.

Christina Aguilera’s Style: NBC’s The Voice Event @ the Grove in Hollywood, June 3, 2011

I was pretty excited when I learnt Christina was making an appearance at the Grove in Hollywood to promote NBC’s The Voice show. She showed up with the talented members of her singing team – who performed live – and chatted with the host of the event, Mario Lopez.

I’m glad she’s sticking to the animalier trend, because an aggressive touch is always lovely on her, but what disappoints me here is her hairstyle. I loved her hair in recent appearances, but I don’t approve her Dolly Parton-gone-wild half updo. When her hair looks so bad, I think it’s time to ditch those extensions and to opt for a radical change. Besides this detail, I like her outfit.