The Revolutionary Art of Crochet

The Revolutionary Art of Crochet

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Style

I started crocheting in the summer of 2020, and since then, I have entered a world of its own. A new space, made of creativity and rules to follow. Many call it crochet therapy, but some have turned this passion into a real job. That’s why we spoke with four women, the force behind three very different brands, but united by the technique they use to create unique garments and accessories. This technique, crochet, is also intertwined with seemingly distant themes such as dopamine dressing or sustainability. From Laura and Ludovica De Luca – the very young sisters behind the success of Trippat – to Made For A Woman, the sustainable and socially responsible brand born from an idea by Eileen Akbaraly. But there’s also Rat Hat, a family venture conceived during the first lockdown by Alice Sofia Navarin. The rise of crochet seems unstoppable, and the reason probably lies in the timeless charm of creating something with your own hands, from scratch. Profiles like @skumpstitch show us that sharing crochet-themed content is not just a passing trend but a true lifestyle, definitively revived during the first lockdown in the distant 2020.

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One of the most obvious signs of this resurgence is the spread of crochet workshops. It happened at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where a group of students introduced an open crochet (and knitting) workshop for everyone, even those with no experience. In recent years, personalities like Ella Emhoff, a model and knitwear designer from New York with an iconic style, have emerged. She primarily engages in knitting, collaborating with various brands and more. We also saw Tom Daley crocheting at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, and even earlier, we were captivated by Bernie Sanders’ mittens immortalized in an image that became an international meme. In short, we are facing a real phenomenon that has kicked its way into pop culture.

Rat Hat, Trippat and the power of dopamine dressing

Looking at the profiles of Rat Hat and Trippat, two small but colorful Italian brands, it’s impossible not to notice the abundance of colors – including neon – combined together. An explosion that immediately attracts and aligns perfectly with the concept of dopamine dressing, the attitude of wearing colorful clothes that uplift the mood.

Not just color but also social responsibility. Talking to Alice Sofia Navarin, the founder of Rat Hat, it is a real mission that stems from her experience in the fashion world as a model. «[…] I made considerations about textile production and the waste that normally occurs in this sector, and I think it was a natural process to make responsible choices. I tried to be consistent with the initial idea and not move production out of the context I started from—my family and my city,» Navarin explains.

Like Rat Hat, Trippat’s story also begins in 2020, the year zero of the crochet revival. The very young Laura and Ludovica De Luca, confined to their Trippat Room, found themselves wanting to learn the basics of crochet with the help of their grandmother. From that moment, a real star was born, «a bridge between different generations that creates new connections and synergies,» as stated in the press release accompanying the brand’s presentation. The name itself roots in their origins, mixing with elements belonging to Gen Z. Trippat itself comes from the transformation of “trippy hats” in the Neapolitan way.

Laura e Ludovice DeLuca, le founder di Trippat

We also wondered how Trippat became so viral, but according to the founders, «the turning point came when we got in touch with Jovanotti and continued to realize the impact of our project every time figures like Madonna, Marracash, and Tokischa showed interest in us» Despite everything, they cannot define it as a real job, and the approach they maintain is that of a passion; «as long as it remains so, we can be sure that our garments have value» Laura and Ludovica continue.

La missione di Made For A Woman, il brand di Eileen Akbaraly

Abbiamo scelto di raccontare anche un’altra storia, diversissima da quella di Rat Hat e di Trippat, ma dal respiro internazionale e interamente focalizzata nel controvertire le regole del sistema moda per come lo conosciamo. Un progetto di gran lunga più strutturato ma sicuramente interessante, Made For A Woman è un brand con una missione ben precisa: «creare e implementare un modello di business sostenibile, scalabile e innovativo basato sull’uguaglianza di genere, per dimostrare che una narrazione autentica e la trasparenza sono valori fondamentali per avere successo nel mondo della moda». Un obbiettivo ambizioso che la founder, Eileen Akbaraly si è fin da subito prefissata arrivando a collaborare con brand del calibro di Swatch e Chloè. Quella Akbaraly è una storia particolare – cresciuta in Madagascar e di origini italiane e indiane – che le ha permesso di aprire gli occhi sul tema della responsabilità sociale ma non solo.

Gli artigiani di Made For A Woman al lavoro per la realizzazione dei pezzi in collaborazione con Chloé

«I feel grateful to be able to combine my creativity through fashion design with this mission.  But with all of that said, I strongly believe that a sustainable fashion brand is also a “something bigger.”  2.1 billion tons of greenhouse gasses are emitted by the fashion industry every year. Pushing the fashion industry as a whole towards a more sustainable and ethical future isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. Our hope is to have our business model implemented across the globe and also to continue to lend our craftsmanship to other luxury brands that are dedicated to making their own businesses more sustainable» ci spiega Akbaraly.

The strategy of Made For A Woman focuses on creating a secure, socially, and environmentally sustainable value chain at the core of their distinctive business model. The sustainable social strategy of the brand is based on a thorough assessment of the needs of the artisans working in the Made For A Woman atelier and revolves around four main pillars, following the principles outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals created by the United Nations.

In essence, discussing crochet doesn’t just mean talking about a pastime but also about social responsibility and sustainability. The stories of Alice Sofia Navarin, Laura, and Ludovica De Luca, along with that of Eileen Akbaraly, take us down a new path, far from the frenetic dynamics of Fashion Weeks and compulsive production.

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Has food truly conquered us?

Has food truly conquered us?

Anna Frattini · 1 month ago · Photography

Over the past year, the internet seems to be obsessed with food culture, fueling a trend that is now evident even in the world of visual culture. From the Tomato Girl Summer, which many mock retrospectively, to the foodie fashion girlies, Balenciaga’s collaboration with Erewhon, and the massive success of The Bear. Food appears to be experiencing a rebirth, but in the worlds of art, photography, and design, it has always been present. Is this just a passing trend, or is it the glorification of an element that has always been part of our lives?

Un’illustrazione di Maisy Summer

From Tomato Girl Summer to the pomegranate

It was only in 2020, with lockdown recipes—does anyone remember Dalgona Coffe?—that so much talk about food emerged. On TikTok, @wishbonekitchen made us dream by showing us her life as a private chef in the Hamptons this summer. Unforgettable were her Heirloom Tomato Gallette and the garden where she harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2023, it seems to have been the summer of food not only with the release of the second season of The Bear but also with Tomato Girl Summer. On the other hand, according to Danielle Cohen on The Cut, it now seems to be the time of the pomegranate.

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Thanks to its shape and the vivid red that characterizes it, this fruit is widely recognized as a symbol of fertility in many parts of the world. But not only that, we find the pomegranate in mythology, art history, and, according to Cohen, even in the Torah. In short, fruits and vegetables seem to be largely protagonists of this rebirth, so we have collected some works and photographs by artists and photographers we have talked about in the past and more.

Browsing through our archives, we remembered Michael Crichton‘s photos and his photographic series, Conceptual Food, as well as Dan Bannino, who many years ago narrated the eating habits of the powerful. But there is also Stephanie Sarley, an artist who, with fruit fingering, challenged the way the art world has represented the female reproductive organ throughout its history.

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Why it seems not to be just a passing trend

The success of food in visual culture can be attributed to its tangible communicative power. We see and experience the colors and textures of food daily, all evocative elements of memories that we have been collecting forever. In conclusion, we can only wonder which will be the next fruit to receive all this attention, already dedicated to tomatoes and pomegranates, even before avocados and bananas.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Anna Frattini · 1 month ago · Photography

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS recently showcased Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion, a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Franco-Algerian photographer, marking his first solo exhibition in Milan. Starting from January 16, the second chapter of this exhibition opens, featuring unconventional shots infused with a street and urban soul. Additionally, there are elements of irony and sensuality that highlight Haddi’s complex personality.

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© Michel Haddi – Debbie Harry, British Vogue, London, 1994 | Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

In this second chapter, nude shots and unpublished works by Michel Haddi are presented, stemming from advertising campaigns he personally captured. The displayed photographs capture the spirit of their time, thanks to influential figures such as John Galliano or Patsy Kensit, who have played pivotal roles in the realms of fashion, cinema, and music.

Michel Haddi has the ability to portray his subjects with both irony and depth, and each of his shots tells a unique story. His life, marked by a turbulent start, has nevertheless propelled him to become one of the leading fashion photographers from the 1990s to the present day.

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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography Contributors · 1 month ago · Photography

A few weeks ago, the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London announced the new exhibition by Joel Meyerowitz, which opened on January 17th. We couldn’t help but talk about him, the American photographer born in New York in 1938, famous for his street photography, and recognized as one of the pioneers of color photography. The London exhibition, titled “Dialogues,” highlights this aspect effectively. Pairs of photographs engage in a dialogue concerning light, color, and composition. The pairings are chosen to investigate the development of color in the artist’s work, set within non-hierarchical and unresolved compositions.

The exhibition in London

Meyerowitz’s imagery blends a distinctly American aesthetic with a meditative approach to color. Spanning from 1964 to 2011, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour reveals Meyerowitz’s enduring interest in the sensory and evocative experiences of his surroundings. Paired with lesser-known images from the artist’s extensive archive, the exhibition features some of Meyerowitz’s most famous works, including his early street photography and images from his seminal series, Cape Light.

Joel Meyerowitz and the Color Revolution

Joel Meyerowitz is widely acknowledged as one of the first photographers, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, to bring color photography from the periphery to the center of fine art photography. Historically, where black and white photography was considered a serious medium, color was widely viewed as technically inferior and aesthetically limited, relegated to advertising campaigns, television, and personal holiday photographs. In the London exhibition, it’s interesting to trace Meyerowitz’s shift from black and white to color. On display are works from “A Question of Color,” where Meyerowitz, carrying two cameras, paired black-and-white and color prints of nearly identical scenes.

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A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Not even a week ago, Alessia Glaviano – Head of Global PhotoVogue – a guest on our Spigola podcast, reminded us that it no longer matters whether you shoot with a camera or a smartphone. What matters is the intention behind the shot, not the means. We pondered deeply on this statement, and although there was initially some skepticism, we concluded that to take a true stance on the matter, we had to try it ourselves: capturing moments solely with a smartphone, but with the same attitude we would have had with a professional camera. Xiaomi provided us with the opportunity and the means.

Almost by chance, Xiaomi presented us with a challenge: to visit a distant place and attempt to capture its uniqueness using the brand-new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. And so began our journey, short but very intense, in Bangkok.

All the promises of this new device – which, along with four others, forms the new Redmi Note 13 Series, further enriching the brand’s Redmi Note lineup – were substantial. Starting from the battery, rechargeable to 100% in just 19 minutes with a lasting capacity of days (not hours), and of course, the camera system consisting of 3 cameras, including a main 200 MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a macro camera.

We decided to put Xiaomi to the test in every moment spent in the Thai capital. The first stop was at the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple, where the goal was to capture the colors of the mosaics and decorations.


Being one of the most touristy places in the city, we encountered many people who, like us, were fascinated by the architecture of these sacred places. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G came to our aid in this moment as well. The smartphone is equipped with AI-based editing tools that, among other things, allow us to remove people who accidentally end up in our shots. You know those photos you see on Instagram of tourist spots always empty? Now you can have them too, effortlessly!

But a city is not only visited during the day; often, it comes to life at night, illuminated by a myriad of different lights. In our case, the lights were those of the legendary tuk-tuks, indispensable in a trip to Bangkok. In this case, the challenge was formidable: darkness, colored lights, movement. All the ingredients for a challenging shot were present.


Not content with just the shot, we continued to play with AI tools and added a bit more movement, some stars, many stars.

When traveling, we know very well that we are not only captivated by architecture, landscape, and glimpses, but we also focus on the faces we encounter on the streets. However, we often don’t have much time to photograph them, sometimes because they move, other times because we are the ones on the move. That’s exactly what happened to us in the characteristic Thai markets, first and foremost the Floating Market.

Reviewing the photos on the return flight and at home with friends was like reliving the journey once again, leaving no detail behind.


In Bangkok, on the occasion of the launch of the new Redmi Note 13 Series, the brand also introduced the brand-new Redmi Watch 4 and Redmi Buds 5 Pro. Visit Xiaomi’s website to discover all the features of these devices.


Photos shot on Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G

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