Social Media: Music, Fashion, Art and the great revolution 3.0



There is such long time (not even so much, to be honest… approximately 10 years of Social Media impact)  the web  changing our lives.

We use our smartphone as our best friend, 27/7 addicted and absorbed  by the information flux and almost of the time we live inside virtual reality.
Television, newspapers, radio, music changing their aspects and migrated into the web  which acts as a large capacitor.

The network is huge and almost pressed to meet and exceed all of our needs: from the basic ones to the more superfluous.

The content creators today are the real stars of this world stage: bloggers, singers, artists, journalists and more.

All in real-time: commens, video, content,tweets, makes headlines.

Who comes from old media seems to struggle to adapt, apart from rare and exceptional cases.

Clearly, the web has its pros and its cons.

The magazines have seen a sharp decline, with regard to the paper version, while the other party online seems to be getting stronger and more focused on what could be called opinion leaders.

There are  many talented young people who are moving in this universe, determined to fight the global crisis and they seems to have found a new way of working, by following their passions and their vocations.
The majority of these guys are all graduates with an instruction of all respect, good looking, smart and confident.

Here are the 10 bloggers that make up Net-a-Porter’s “Blog Power List” – bookmark these guys if you haven’t already! Over at Net-a-Porter, you can shop the blogger’s signature look, read quotes from the panel of experts and learn which blogs almost made the cut.

1. Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil

2. Hanneli Mustaparta of Hanneli

3. BryanBoy of Bryan Boy

4. Garance Dore of Garance Dore

5. Susanna Lau of Style Bubble, (Go, Young & Posh!)

6. Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist

7. Imran Amed of Business of Fashion

8. Tavi Gevinson of Style Rookie

9. Erin Kleinberg and Stephanie Mark of The Coveteur

10. Julia Frakes of Yes! A Bunny Stream of Conch

Want the scoop on which fashion experts put together this list? Here they are:

Mickey Boardman, Founder, Paper Magazine
Derek Blasberg, Editor-at-Large, Harper’s Bazaar and Senior Editor, V Magazine
Grace Lam, Senior Fashion Style Editor, Vogue China
Colin McDowell, Fashion Commentator
Jonny Johansson, Creative Director, ACNE
Anna Laub, Creative Director, Prism
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, Designers, Peter Pilotto
Richard Nicoll, Founder & Creative Director, Richard Nicoll
Rich Tong, Fashion Director, Tumblr
Mattias Swenson, Founder, Bloglovin’

The television seems to be aimed at an audience more obsolete, that belongs to another generation is not digitized. In fact, even the tv, apart from Pay-per-view, it is rightly moving online.

This also happens with music. The CD has been supplanted by platform as Spotify, Sound Clouds, I tunes, Ping  that allow you to download music.. This was a blow that put their backs to the wall to record labels.

Social networks are the new form of communication and entertainment. The network creates the opportunity to zap on what we are interested in, like a  stream of consciousness in which every thought is materialized in the virtual world.

The creativity is change:

The influencers


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I tell you some about the project: INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment. The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.”

Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today’s pop culture.

Probably today, social media is the cornerstone of your music career. It’s what lets you stay in touch with your fans and easily notify them with exciting news. With all the social media guides out there, you’d think no one remembers one of the key behavioral aspects to being human – socializing. I know, it’s hard to find a balance between social and promotional – afterall, you still need to sell your show or record. Here’s 10 secrets to help you find that social media balance.

vintage cassette music


In Art: The social media platform is not only launching the career of under-the-radar artists, it is providing the world with an entirely new way to access art. Where artists once had to first get support of the art world elite—critics, galleries and big name collectors, which would eventually lead to museum shows—before reaching the monied masses, today artists use Instagram as their own virtual art gallery, playing both dealer and curator while their fans become critics and collectors, witnessing the creative process in real time.

Standing before Marc Quinn’s looming Myth Venus sculpture in front of Christie’s Rockefeller headquarters last night was a masked protester holding a large poster that readF*** U. It was a parody of Wase Guyton’s s 2005 Untitled that sold for $3.52 million just hours later at the live-streamed “If I Live I’ll See You Tuesday”auction, which included 35 contemporary artworks from blue-chip names such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Martin Kippenberger and Alex Israel, all handpicked by contemporary art expert Loic Gouzer, with the majority of the production on his—and Christie’s—Instagram accounts.

Instagram, makes the art process more easily!

Ashley longshore courtesy of Vogue Usa


Guyton, who makes his art on inkjet printers and photocopiers, had used his own Instagram account over the weekend in what was quickly interpreted as a subtle threat, rather than just a cheeky response, to the auction by printing and photographing dozens of prints using the same file that produced his original inkjet on linen Untitled. He could flood the market, if he wanted to. But he didn’t and the auction, which “witnessed worldwide participation” according to Christie’s and surpassed its pre-sale target of $92.9 million to total a record-breaking $134.6 million, saw Israel’s Sky Backdrop sell for five times its estimate at $1.25 million in what was the artist’s first appearance at auction. Meanwhile Kippenberger’sUntitled sold for the world record price of $18.6 million. “Christie’s is taking contemporary art and making it go to prices that it shouldn’t,” the anonymous protester told the New York Observer. “By the time they’re 30, these artists aren’t going to have anywhere to go.” But if Gouzer’s auction has taught us anything, it is that what artists will have is Instagram.

The social media platform is not only launching the career of under-the-radar artists, it is providing the world with an entirely new way to access art. Where artists once had to first get support of the art world elite—critics, galleries and big name collectors, which would eventually lead to museum shows—before reaching the monied masses, today artists use Instagram as their own virtual art gallery, playing both dealer and curator while their fans become critics and collectors, witnessing the creative process in real time.


Digital natives are clearly studying, chatting,have fun, sharing a video with friends and downloading the latest tunes from the Apps, while on the one hand the old world is disappearing and is giving way to the era electricity.

It is not a new story:  Silcon Valley that has changed our habits to technology since the launch of the first computer.
Someone said that technology could leading us to isolation, but I think the road is that instead of sharing and growth of the global community.
Probably if the Orwellian vision scares you, try to see the positive side of things, we will have a life controlled but we can have bespoke, tailor-made travel, check our home when we are not in, make targeted purchases, order our favorite foods and have a medicals  visits at a distance and so on.

Certainly, media education is crucial for the new digitalised populations especially in early childhood because a responsible use makes the difference.


Source: Vogue; Net-a-Porter

Domenico Pierini and the magic of violin


Domenico Pierini


Dear friends, I’ve  recently watched beautiful movie inspired by the figure of Niccolò Paganini, “The devil’s violinist” starring David Garrett , who interpreted this great tribute to the genoese composer. I was totally fascinated by this complementary instrument to my beloved piano, so I’ve  decide to invite here in my blog a great friend of mine, violinist and conductor, passionate and sensitive  soul, but definitely much more affable then the  surly  Paganini represented in the film.

He is right now on tour , and we have made this interview via Facebook. Before the interview here the biography of Domenico, are you ready?

Domenico was born in Livorno in 1967.

In 1988 he was invited by Orchestra of “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” under the  Zubin Mehta‘s conduction, to take part as a First Violin Shoulder.

He collaborates with the most prestigious names in the contemporary music scene and also famous orchestra as the “Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona”, ​​“Bilbao Symphony Orchestra“, “La Fenice  Orchestra” in Venice and last but not least,  Arturo Toscanini’s Orchestra.

In 1999, Giuseppe Sinopoli invites him to became the first violin in the “Teatro dell’Opera Orchestra” in Rome, and after that experience he takes part in the  “Santa Cecilia National Academy”.

Riccardo Muti wants him as first violin in the Orchestra of “La Scala Theater” in Milan. After this great performance, Claudio Abbado called him for work at  “Lucerne Festival Orchestra” from 2002 until 2007.

As a violin solo he has received wide acclaim from critics also playing under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Severino Gazzelloni, Franco Petracchi, Elio Boncompagni. Twenty years of career spent in the major italian theaters, always in contact with the greatest contemporary conductors, led him to devote himself to conducting.

Giuseppe Sinopoli, one of his mentor, introduced him to the knowledge of the most important scores.

Everything under the guide and the mentoring of  master Zubin Mehta.


Domenico Pierini con Zubir Mheta


In 2007 Domenico directed the “Cavalleria Rusticana” at la “Pergola’s Theatre in Florence”  and receiving wide acclaim from audiences and critics.

In 2007 Domenico founded  the orchestra group called ”  Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”, a complex of arches directed by him as a conductor.

With The Cameristi, Domenico has recorded two albums  forthcoming,  concerning a monograph and a collection dedicated to Vivaldi  and the 1900  century Italian music by Respighi, Rota, Catalani and Puccini.

In October 2008, he takes  part of the jury of the “International Bellini Music Competition”, a prestigious international music competition in Beijing.

In July 2009, he directed “The Cameristi of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” in the “Grand Theater” in Beijing  where he received a new invitation for 2010.

He recently directed the “Vienna Chamber Symphony” (chamber orchestra made ​​up of the best musicians working in Vienna) in a flattering concert at the  “Filippo of Cecina’s Teather” (Livorno) and he  receiving an invitation to go head to Vienna.

Major concerts held by The Cameristi in May at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Teatro Verdi in Florence and Rome Auditorium of the Conciliation with Mario Brunello and Andrea Lucchesini.

In December 2010, host of the prestigious Circle of Whist Torino directed The Cameristi   in the historical hall of the Accademia Filarmonica, so important in the tradition of the musical life of the capital of Piemonte.

On the occasion of Expo 2010 at the Shanghai Grand Theatre has conducted the “Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” in the form of chamber music in a memorable concert with great success with audiences and critics, as the official representative of Italian and Florentine culture.

Also in 2010 he directed Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a special concert at the National Central Library of Florence.

As part of the 2010-2011 season has been a great success with the “Sanremo’s Orchestra Sinfonica” directing music by Rossini and Mozart with a new invitation for the 2011-2012 season.

Since March 2011, Domenico Pierini was nominatto General Music Director of the Vienna Kammersymponie, with whom he has already scheduled concerts and recordings.

In April 2011, he conducted the “ Zinaida Gilels’s Youth Orchestra” in the prestigious “Assisi festival in the world” under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies and the Chamber Musicians of Maggio in concert to celebrate the birthday of Zubin Mehta at the Villa “Le Corti” of San Casciano Val di Pesa (Florence), historic house belonging to the Princes Corsini.

In July 2011 he made his debut with “Teatro Comunale’s Orchestra” in Bologna as part of the Summer Season enjoying warm standing ovation, and in concert with the Vienna just as exciting at the “Assisi festival in the world”, and always in Summer 2011 he directed a new version of the Magic Flute by WA Mozart Festival Santa Fiora with the participation of Luigi Maio.

He recently directed, always with success with audiences and critics at the “Bellini Opera Festival” and Romantic symphonic concerts, the “International Sergiu Celibidache’s Orchestra” with symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn.

Alida: How are things going in Italy?Tell me a little about your new project, at this time …

Domenico: “This is a very intense period for me, divided between concerts as Concertmaster, as Director of “Chamber Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”, and shooting  a video as protagonist  in an advertisement on the “New Florence Opera House”, ready for the launch all over the world.

And finally I’ve finish to recording my album “Virtuoso Violin Solo Master Pieces” with music by Paganini, Ysaye, Prokofiev, Reger and Milstein, available on Itunes from February to March year 2015. So, I’m really busy !! ”


Alida: What kind of child were you? How was manifested your passion that  became your job?

Domenico : “I was a normal kid like everyone else, I loved playing toy soldiers and football. My father gave me the passion for music,  listening to some vinyls of great performances, so one day I shut myself in my room and took two small sticks stuck with the strings, began playing the violin concerto of Paganini with the vinyl substrate”.

Alida: A person with whom you worked on that you’re particularly fond of and maybe we want to tell some funny anecdote…

 Domenico:  M.Zubin Mehta … I was 30 years old, we just returned from a grueling tour later in the night … The next morning there was an orchestra rehearsal with  M.Mehta. I was sleepy and my reflexes were not exactly at maximum when the M.Mehta noticing this I immediately asked, “Domenico are you doing?” – “MasterI’m sorry, I’m a little tired! “- And he -” Tired ?? Why Tired ?? ”

Alida: Really funny, you are always on tour, there a  soundtrack that  accompanies your travel?

Domenico: Johannes Brahms Violin Concert Op.77

Alida: What is your favorite composer?

Domenico:  Every composer has his own spirit because … let’s say one over all, Mozart as the greatest genius of all time.

Domenico Pierini interviews

Alida: Domenico and fashion … How do you wear every day, and what do you wear when you’re more casual?

 Domenico : I dress like a … I do not give any importance to the clothes as the cowl does not make the monk … But I love to wear dress in black by Paul Smith.

Domenico Pierini

Alida: A book that you’ve read and you’d like to suggest to our readers

Domenico: “The Name of the Rose written by Umberto Eco”

Alida: A special moment of your career

Domenico: “The performance of “Ein Heldenleben” by Richard Strauss under the baton of Zubin Mehta at the Musikverein in Vienna”

Alida: Where will we see you next?

Domenico: “In Rome in november in a concert as Director and violin solo.”



Domenico Pierini Alida Altemburg dedica

Cari amici,recentemente ho avuto modo di vedere un bellissimo film ispirato alla leggendaria figura di Niccolò Paganini, “Il violinista del diavolo” interpretato da David Garrett, che rende omaggio in chiave vampiresca e sensuale, al  grande genovese. Affascinata da questo strumento complementare al mio amato pianoforte, ho invitato qui in questo spazio virtuale un caro amico violinista e direttore d’orchestra, appassionato e dall’animo sensible, ma decisamente molto piu affabile dello scontroso e leggendario Paganini rappresentato nel film.

Dalla sua ultima tourneè ci siamo sentiti tramite Facebook ed abbiamo iniziato a chiacchierare e così è nata questa intervista! Vi introduco una sua breve bio e poi…. Via con l’intervista!

Domenico è nato a Livorno nel 1967.
Nel 1988 è invitato nell’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino da Zubin Mehta che l’anno successivo lo sceglie come Primo Violino di Spalla.

Collabora con i nomi più prestigiosi della scena musicale contemporanea. Suona come Primo Violino con l ‘Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari,l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Barcellona, l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Bilbao, l’Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, l’Orchestra Arturo Toscanini. Nel 1999 Giuseppe Sinopoli lo invita come Primo Violino nelle Orchestre del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma e dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Riccardo Muti lo vuole come Primo Violino nelle Orchestre del Teatro alla Scala e la Filarmonica della Scala. Su invito di Claudio Abbado collabora dal 2002 al 2007 con l ‘Orchestra del Festival di Lucerna.
Come solista ha ricevuto ampi consensi da parte della critica suonando  anche sotto la direzione di Zubin Mehta, Severino Gazzelloni, Franco Petracchi, Elio Boncompagni. È stato docente di violino presso l’Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino ed ha tenuto regolarmente corsi e master classes di formazione professionale presso l’Orchestra Giovanile Italiana e i Conservatori di Livorno, La Spezia, Rovigo, Trento, Sassari. È stato invitato da Riccardo Muti a tenere seminari con l’Orchestra Cherubini a Piacenza e a Ravenna da Claudio Abbado come docente nei corsi di formazione della Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester a Ferrara.
Venti anni di carriera trascorsi nei maggiori teatri italiani, sempre a contatto con i più grandi direttori contemporanei, lo hanno spinto a dedicarsi anche alla direzione d’orchestra. Giuseppe Sinopoli, suo mentore, lo ha introdotto alla conoscenza delle più importanti partiture.
In seguito saranno le indicazioni tecniche e musicali di Zubin Mehta a completarne la formazione.


Nel 2007 ha diretto Cavalleria Rusticana presso il Teatro della Pergola di Firenze riscuotendo ampi consensi di pubblico e di critica.
Sempre nel 2007 ha fondato I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, complesso di archi del quale è Direttore Musicale. Con I Cameristi del Maggio ha inciso due CD di prossima pubblicazione, riguardanti rispettivamente una monografia vivaldiana e una raccolta dedicata al ’900 italiano con musiche di Respighi, Rota, Catalani e Puccini.
Nell’ottobre 2008 ha fatto parte della giuria dell’International Bellini Music Competition,prestigioso concorso musicale internazionale di Pechino.
Nel luglio 2009 ha diretto I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino al Gran Theater di Pechino da cui ha ricevuto un nuovo invito per il 2010.
Ha recentemente diretto la “Wiener Kammersymphonie”, (orchestra da camera formata dai migliori strumentisti operanti a Vienna) in un lusinghiero concerto al Teatro de Filippo di Cecina (Livorno) ricevendo un invito per dirigere a Vienna.
Di grande rilievo i concerti tenuti con I Cameristi del Maggio al Teatro Comunale di Firenze,al Teatro Verdi di Firenze e all’Auditorium della Conciliazione di Roma insieme a Mario Brunello e Andrea Lucchesini.
Nel gennaio 2010 presso l’Auditorium 2000 del Resort Il Ciocco di Lucca, ha diretto I Cameristi del Maggio con i quali è stato nuovamente invitato e ha diretto il grande concerto del 1 gennaio 2011 in occasione dei festeggiamenti dei 150 anni dell’Unità d’Italia.
Nel dicembre 2010 ospite del prestigioso Circolo del Whist di Torino ha diretto I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino nella storica sala dell’Accademia Filarmonica, cosí importante nella tradizione della vita musicale del capoluogo piemontese.
Nel quadro del rapporto di amicizia e collaborazione che lega Domenico Pierini al proprio Teatro, nel 2009 ha diretto I Cameristi del Maggio sul prestigioso palco della sala grande del Teatro del Maggio, presso lo storico Teatro della Pergola di Firenze e presso l’Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli di Torino.
In occasione dell’Expo 2010 presso il Grand Theatre di Shangai ha diretto l’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in forma cameristica in un memorabile concerto con grande successo di pubblico e critica, in qualità di rappresentante ufficiale della cultura italiana e fiorentina.
Sempre nel 2010 ha diretto Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in un concerto straordinario presso la Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze.
Nell’ambito della stagione 2010-2011 ha riscosso un grande successo con l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo dirigendo musiche di G.Rossini e W.A.Mozart con un nuovo invito per la stagione 2011-2012.

Dal marzo 2011 Domenico Pierini è stato nominatto General Musik Director dei Wiener Kammersymponie, con i quali ha già in programma concerti e registrazioni discografiche.
Nell’aprile 2011 ha diretto l’Orchestra Giovanile Zinaida Gilels nell’ambito del prestigioso “Festival Assisi nel Mondo” sotto l’Alto Patronato del Presidente della Repubblica, della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, del Ministero dei Beni Culturali, del Senato della Repubblica e della Camera dei Deputati, e i Cameristi del Maggio nel concerto per la celebrazione del compleanno di Zubin Mehta presso la Villa “Le Corti” di San Casciano Val di Pesa (Firenze), dimora storica appartenente ai Principi Corsini.
Nel Luglio 2011 ha debuttato con l’Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna nell’ambito della Stagione Estiva riscuotendo calorosi standing ovation, e con i Wiener in un concerto altrettanto entusiasmante al Festival Assisi nel Mondo, e sempre nell’Estate 2011 ha diretto una nuova versione del Flauto Magico di W.A.Mozart al Festival di Santa Fiora con la partecipazione del Musicattore Luigi Maio.
Ha recentemente diretto, sempre con successo di pubblico e di critica al Bellini and Romantic Opera Festival concerti sinfonici, l’International Sergiu Celibidache Orchestra con sinfonie di Tchaikovsky e Mendelssohn.

Grazie a Zubin Mehta e alla Fondazione Peterlongo e al Teatro del Maggio, Domenico Pierini suona un violino Giovann Battista Guadagnini del 1767 appartenuto a Joseph Joachim.



Alida:  Raccontami un po di te in questo periodo…

Domenico: Periodo molto intenso, diviso tra concerti come Concertmaster, come Direttore dei Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Chamber Orchestra,, riprese videocome personaggio chiave in uno spot pubblicitario sul Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze che saràproiettato in tutto il mondo e infine la realizzazione di un CD intotolato “Virtuoso Violin Solo Master Pieces” con musiche di Paganini, Ysaye, Prokofiev, Reger e Milstein, disponibile su Itunes da febbraio-marzo 2015.

Insomma un bel da fare!!


Alida: Com’eri da bambino? Come si è manifestata la tua passione che poi è diventata il tuo lavoro?

Domenico: Un bambino normale come tutti , amavo giocare a soldatini e a calico. Mio padre mi ha trasmesso la passione per la musica ascoltando vinili di grandi interpretazioni, così un giorno mi rinchiusi nella mia cameretta e presi due piccoli bastoncini con appiccicati degli spaghi iniziando a suonare il concerto per violino di Nicolò Paganini con il vinile di sottofondo.

Alida: Una persona con cui hai lavorato a cui sei particolarmente legato e magari ci vuoi raccontare qualche aneddoto simpatico

Domenico:  Il M.Zubin Mehta… Avevo 30 anni, Eravamo appena rientrati da una faticosa tournèe la sera tardi…La mattina seguente c’era una prova d’orchestra con M.Mehta. Avevo sonno e i miei riflessi non erano proprio al massimo quando il M.Mehta notando subito questo mi chiese : “Domenico che fai?” – “Maestro scusi , sono un po’ stanco! ” – e lui -” Stanco?? Perchè Stanco??”

Alida: Davvero divertente!Tu che sei sempre in tournè, che colonna sonora accompagna i tuoi viaggi?

Domenico: Johannes Brahms Violin Concert Op.77


Alida:  Qual’è il tuo compositore preferito?

Domenico: Ogni compositore ha il suo perchè… diciamo che riconosco Mozart come il più grande genio di tutti i tempi


Alida: Domenico e la moda… Come ti vesti tutti i giorni e che cosa indossi quando sei piu casual?

Domenico: Mi vesto come uno qualunque…non do importanza a gli abiti poichè essi non fanno il monaco…Ma adoro indossare abiti neri di Paul Smith



Alida: Un libro che hai letto e che vorresti consigliere ai nostri lettori

Domenico: Il Nomedella Rosa di Umberto Eco



Alida:  Un momento speciale della tua carriera

Domenico: L’esecuzione di “Ein Heldenleben” di Richard Strauss sotto la direzione di Zubin Mehta al Musikverein di Vienna


Alida: Dove ti vedremo prossimamente?

Domenico: Roma a novembre in un Concerto in veste di Direttore e Solista



Grazie  di cuore Domenico per essere stato qui con me in questo spazio, ci vediamo… Sul web!

David Bowie: music, art and fashion



The music and fashion, art painting sculpture photography and literature, as well as the movie are the offspring of human genius. The arts are inextricably linked.

Substance and appearance will fund together to create something magnificent. The fashion among a lot of inspiration from because as he said Wilde “Fashion is what one wears. What is unfashionable is what other wear ”

Projected towards the future this is the task of the creator’s own existence as a work of art.
The music brought a great contribution to the costume and clothing and inspirations come to us from the past in which the great musicians on the scene and were exhibited complete original trend, created styles.
Today I bring you on a journey through fashion and music, from classics to get to David Bowie.

Rock and baroque, really have a lot in common you know?

We start from a recent event, after the great success at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, “David Bowie is”. For the first time in history after the Beatles  musician landed in the art world! Now the exhibition is in Berlin:

David Bowie in Berlin


If you click on the picture you’ll be automatically redirect to the site of the exhibition!


He has influenced music, ranging and contaminating sounds  from rhythm and blues to electronics through the glam rock and shocking the world.

An alien from Mars, who has influenced our musical tastes, our approach with science fiction and not least our wardrobe.

Alien, vampire, king of the goblins and yet melancholy Pierrot, Bowie become a perfect intellectual gentlemen change looks even today.

David Bowie look

Let’s take a step back; we are in Salzburg in the middle of 1700 century. A young Mozart performs with his piano and enchanted the austrian nobility. The fashion of the time was magnificent and elegant, with all the gold and decorations typical of the neoclassical style and Baroque derivation …


Kyoto Costume Institute French 1790


Another example came trought  romanticism. No one was  more elegant as Chopin was , the most classy and sophisticated among the composers in this period. Emaciated,young with pale skin (just like Bowie) but with an air of noble and delicate it was contended by all ladies in the european high society. It is said that his gloves (that he used to protect his precious hands as incomparable tools)  became very fashionable at those times, and everyone want to wear it!




In the twentieth century with the advent of jazz and modern music are faced with new styles and new looks.
After the 1950, rock and roll  change faces again with musician as  Elvis and The Beatles: music has influenced wardrobes around the world.
But we get an hero and not just for one day.


Boho, hippie chic, dandy and delicately effeminate David Bowie started to emerge with this look.

After escaping a loathed job in a Soho advertising agency, Bowie became a full-time performer – while still living in Foxgrove Road, Beckenham with his mum. He failed to secure roles in West End productions of ‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’ and ‘Hair’, and flirted with Buddhism, performance art and maxi dresses. When he married Angie Barnett in 1970, the two adopted a similar look: flowing locks, trousers and blouses. He was frequently described as looking like Greta Garbo. In 1971 he caused a sensation with the cover of ‘The Man Who Sold the World’, reclining in a medieval-style number by designer Michael Fish, whose Marylebone boutique specialised in ‘man dresses’ – one of the few missing pieces in the exhibition. His mum was bemused but tolerant, telling the press: ‘As long as he remains a boy, I can’t see any harm in it.’




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Now living with Angie (still in Beckenham), with the world starting to take notice, Bowie decided to make things interesting. The streak of lightning, the shock of red hair, the insect-like body in a sequinned second skin: Ziggy Stardust is Bowie’s most visually memorable persona.

It was created piecemeal, a jigsaw of cultural references assembled by the interested-in-everything Bowie. The haircut came first – courtesy of Suzy Fussey of Evelyn Paget ladies’ hair salon on Beckenham High Street. She later dyed it red to match a picture of Marie Helvin that Bowie had seen in a magazine. The make-up was inspired by Alice Cooper and the outfit by costumes in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’, stitched together by designer Freddie Burretti. Finally, Bowie – always first to spot new talent – went to the first Japanese fashion show to take place in the UK and hired Kansai Yamamoto, who would become the genius behind Ziggy’s most memorable costumes, like the catsuit that even Kate Moss struggled to get into on a 2003 Vogue shoot. Then Bowie shaved off his eyebrows and things started to get really weird. ‘I can take on guises of different people I meet,’ he said in 1973. ‘I can take on their accents – I’m a collector.’

From there Bowie was born alienated, emaciated and bloodless “The man who fell to earth” character after the film Roegh, David will drag this character on his way to Berlin, in the old Europe separated by Th Wall.



We can be heroes…

The trilogy marks another extraordinary era for music, which becomes dark and electronics introducing new genres and new styles.

Close to self-destruction, Bowie took himself to Berlin to soak up the music and art scene, and break himself of an epic coke habit. Estranged from Angie, he immersed himself in the music of Brian Eno, the writing of William Burroughs and the art of Salvador Dalí – and moved in with Iggy Pop. Bowie played with Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards and borrowed Burroughs’s cut-up technique to piece together lyrics from words on scraps of paper. 




The Berlin Wall, the Nazi fascination, friendship with Eno and Iggy Pop its loyal employees and friends of raids.




The melancholic Pierrot:

In 1980, Bowie was back in dress-up mode again – flying between London and New York and playing gigs in both cities. On ‘Saturday Night Live’, he performed with the then-unknown cabaret countertenor Klaus Nomi. To sing ‘TVC 15’ he wore a dress with a toy poodle at his feet with a television screen in its mouth. Don’t think anyone saw that coming… For the ‘Ashes to Ashes’ video, he revisited a lifelong fascination with sad clown figure Pierrot (who he would also reference in song ‘Threepenny Pierrot’: ‘Happy little feet that dance all day/Lonely little heart with lots to say’) and commissioned Natasha Korniloff (costume designer for Bowie’s 1967 stage debut, ‘Pierrot in Turquoise’) to create an astonishing cyber-clown suit.

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Yet for someone whose profile often preceded his output, Bowie has been enigmatic of late, neither attending the V&A opening nor promoting The Next Day (announced out of the blue on his 66th birthday in January, a decade after his last album, Reality). The album cover reworked the Heroes sleeve, with Bowie’s face now obscured by a white square. “Great pop or rock music… is ‘of the moment’, forgetting or obliterating the past”, explains designer Jonathan Barnbrook.

Bowie hasn’t played live since 2006 and no tour dates are planned, leading to rumours of ill health following heart surgery in 2004. Yet recent videos see him looking fit, and paps recently snapped the recluse in Venice, hiding in plain sight behind shades and hats. This is because, following in the footsteps of Keith Richards, Bowie will soon be seen in a Louis Vuitton campaign, having reportedly been lensed in the Italian city touting the luxury luggage. Tellingly, it’s not simply new musical material that’s putting Bowie back into the public eye, but his longstanding style-icon status, and a continuing association with fashion.

David Bowie for LVMH


Innovative and wise manager for himself with the album “The Next Day” gave us  theproof that his talent have no age and also his taste for fashion: recruiting in his latest video Tilda Swinton his alter ego and androgynous models.



All the designers from Gucci to Prada, Paul Smith, Yves Saint Laureant, Armani (and more) have dedicated over the years and now more than ever looks and collections inspired and often overtly allusive.


“Make your life a work of art”




Inspire your look:



A. Paloma Jacket - Lagom ~ B. Atzec Jumpsuit - Kuccia £50 ~ Siren Chunky Heel Sandal - MeeMee £40 ~ Vincenta Small Bag Aqua - Malababa €135

A. Paloma Jacket – Lagom ~ B. Atzec Jumpsuit – Kuccia £50 ~ Siren Chunky Heel Sandal – MeeMee £40 ~ Vincenta Small Bag Aqua – Malababa €135


A. Black Pinstrip Pinafore Jumpsuit - River Island £45 ~ Sugar Hooker Bodysuit - Project104 £84 ~ Fancy Dress Black Satin Eyepatch - £0.99 ~ Argo Heavy Strap Boots - Topshop £92

A. Black Pinstrip Pinafore Jumpsuit – River Island £45 ~ Sugar Hooker Bodysuit – Project104 £84 ~ Fancy Dress Black Satin Eyepatch – £0.99 ~ Argo Heavy Strap Boots – Topshop £92




La musica e la moda,l’arte la pittura la scultura la fotografia e la letteratura, così come il cinema sono figlie del genio umano.

Sostanza e apparenza si fondo insieme per creare qualcosa di magnifico.

Le ispirazioni giungono a noi dal passato in cui i grandi musicisti sulla scena esibivano completi originali e facevano tendenza, creavano stili.

Oggi vi porto in un viaggio tra moda e musica, dai classici per arrivare a David Bowie.

Il rock e il barocco, hanno davvero molto in comune lo sapevate?


Partiamo da un evento recente che si è tenuto a Berlino dopo il grande successo londinese al museo Victoria and Albert. Per la prima volta nella storia dopo il Beatles un musicista approda nel mondo dell’arte e lo fa a trecentosessanta gradi.


Ha influenzato la musica, spaziando e contaminando sonorità che vanno da rythm and blues all’elettronica passando per il glam rock e scioccando il pianeta.


Un alieno da Marte che ha influenzato i nostri gusti musicali, il nostro approccio con la fantascienza e non da meno il nostro guardaroba.

Alieno, vampiro, Re degli gnomi e ancora Pierrot malinconico, per poi diventare perfetto gentlemen intellettuale e cambiare ancora fino ad oggi.


Facciamo un salto indietro; siamo a Salisburgo nel 1700. Un giovanissimo Mozart si esibisce per le orecchie incantate della nobiltà Austriaca. La moda dell’epoca era sfarzosa ed elegante, con tutti gli ori e le decorazioni tipiche dello stile neoclassico di derivazione barocca.


Il musicista è padrone assoluto della scena oltre che della musica. Mozart esibiva vestiti eccentrici e meravigliosi proprio come la sua personalità. Ecco qui qualche esempio


Nel romanticismo nessuno come Chopin era piu elegante tra i compositori. Giovane emaciato (proprio come Bowie) ma con un’aria nobile e delicata era conteso da tutte le signorine per bene dell’alta società europe. Si narra che il suoi guanti che egli usava per proteggere le sue preziose mani, strumenti incomparabili, fossero diventati di grande moda.


Nel novecento con l’avvento del Jazz e della musica moderna si affacciavano nuovi stili e nuovi look.

Dopo gli anni 50 con il rock and roll da Elvis ai Beatles la musica ha influenzato i guardaroba di tutto il mondo.

Ma arriviamo al nostro eroe, non solo per un giorno.

Da hippie chic e Bobo a Marziano il passo è breve. Con l’aiuto della sua allora moglie Angela Barnett i costumi diventano sgargianti e complice la Tv a colori il nostro alieno esce dallo schermo e si impadronisce dell’anima di milioni di teenagers.


Il successo che consacrerà Ziggy è destinato a finire per volere del nostro Bowie, con il concerto live del 1973 dove verrà ucciso.


Da lì nasce Bowie alienato,emaciato ed esangue “L’uomo che caddde sulla terra” personaggio che dopo il film di Roegh, David si trascinerà finchè sarà a Berlino.


La trilogia segna un’altra epoca straordinaria per la musica, che si fa cupa ed elettronica introducendo nuovi generi e nuovi stili.



Il muro di Berlino, le fascinazioni naziste,l’amicizia con Eno e Iggy Pop suoi fedeli collaboratori ed amici di scorribande.


Fino ad oggi David ci stupisce per tutti gli stili e le epoche che ha attraversato e che attraversa, fino ad approdare ad oggi, fiero sessantenne nella campagna di Louis Vuitton, che richiama i toni di un carnevale barocco, guarda caso, mentre suona una spinetta, tanto cara a Bach  chiudendo in un certo senso un ciclo e riaprendone un altro. Innovatore e sapiente manager di se stesso, con l’album The Next Day ci ha dato la prova che il suo talento non conosce età e anche il suo gusto per la moda, reclutando nel suo ultimo video Tilda Swinton sua alter ego e modelli androgini tra cui spicca il nome della trans Andrea Peijc, meravigliosa icona contemporanea.


Tutti gli stilisti gli hanno dedicato nel corso degli anni e oggi piu che mai look e collezioni ispirate e spesso dichiaratamente allusive.


“Fate della vostra vita un’opera d’arte”


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