Il Corpo del Capitano, the photographic book by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli

Il Corpo del Capitano, the photographic book by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Photography

About two years ago we talked about the photographic project Realpolitik: La terza Repubblica by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli. The book published by Cesura Publish showed a complete and true portrait of the Governo Conte through close-ups of politicians, the faces of the participants in the demonstrations, but also small details that manage to capture the political and social atmosphere of the country. 

Once the Realpolitik project was over, Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli did not lose interest in the world of Italian politics but decided to concentrate all their artistic research on a single character, perhaps the most emblematic, Matteo Salvini

This choice stems from the fact that they recognized an innovative character in the language adopted by the leader of Lega who, in a certain sense, deprived photographers of the possibility of doing their job. In fact, if in the past the representation of politicians was entrusted to photographers, in Salvini’s case it was he who produced images of himself, ending up self-representation, or appropriating images of others using them to his own advantage. 

The two photographers are no strangers to this practice. One of the photographs in Realpolitik showing Salvini in the foreground was chosen as the cover photo for an issue of Time in which the leader of Lega was criticized. Despite the tone and arguments of the article, Salvini decided to use that same shot on several occasions.

Driven by the desire to regain possession of their role and to give back to the public organic documentation of Salvini’s political activity, Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli have created a new volume entitled “Il corpo del Capitano“, always published by Cesura Publish

Adopting a style characterized by the use of black and white, which contrasts with the aesthetics of Salvini’s communication, the photographers dissect the Captain’s body capturing small parts, from fingers to mouth, from beard to eyes, and then continue this analysis with the objects that are now part of the multifaceted Salvinian figure, from the crucifix to the T-shirts with printed inscriptions. 

For the cover of the book, the same photo that appeared on the time but emptied of the eyes was chosen: Salvini’s face becomes a mask, referring to the politician’s ability to embody dozens and dozens of different roles. 

In the end, however, a question arises spontaneously and it is the same one we find at the beginning of the book: “To whom, then, does the Captain’s body belong? To Matteo Salvini, to everyone, to no one”.

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“Teaser”, the Givenchy capsule collection

“Teaser”, the Givenchy capsule collection

Andrea Tuzio · 3 days ago · Style

As of June 16th, Matthew M. Williams began his work as Givenchy‘s new creative director, replacing Clare Waight Keller who had held the position for three years.

Six months later, the founder of 1017 ALYX 9SM, presents the capsule collection “Teaser”, a selection from Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2021 ready-to-wear collection, which includes both male and female looks with an innovative and refined cut.

Among the most important items in the women’s collection are tailored outerwear, jeans characterized by a craquelure pattern, long fitted blazers and high-waisted pants.

While for the man we find squared shirts that recall aesthetic elements typical of workwear, a single-breasted jacket embellished with 4G embroidery and an oversize parka. 

Obviously, there is no lack of accessories: the It bag, the Lock ankle boot, the GIV 1 men’s sneaker and the baseball cap adorned with a pair of horns that is the distinctive feature of this collection.

The Givenchy “Teaser” ready-to-wear capsule collection Spring/Summer 2021 will be presented exclusively at seven Ginvechy boutiques worldwide and on the French fashion house’s website from 1st to 22nd December 2020.

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The new Stüssy x Nike Air Force 1 Low

The new Stüssy x Nike Air Force 1 Low

Andrea Tuzio · 3 days ago · Style

Nike and Stüssy close 2020 with a new collaboration that this time has as its object Air Force 1 Low and will be released on December 11th.

The sportswear giant and the brand founded by Shawn Stüssy worked on one of the most iconic silhouettes ever released by Beaverton, the Nike Air Force 1 Low. In this collaboration the sneaker is characterized by: a totally hemp construction, tone-on-tone embroidered Swooshes, Stüssy’s double S on the toe and heel and co-branding on the tongue. They will be proposed in two different colorways, “Fossil Stone” and “Black”.

The Stüssy x Nike Air Force 1 Low will be available from December 11th exclusively from selected Stüssy retailers.

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6 – MONCLER 1017 ALYX 9SM, a look to the future

6 – MONCLER 1017 ALYX 9SM, a look to the future

Andrea Tuzio · 2 days ago · Style

Functionality and elegant design combined with an urban aesthetic, a perfect mixture of technology and craftsmanship, between industrial and artisan. These are the main features of Matthew M. Williams‘ collection 6 – MONCLER 1017 ALYX 9SM, as part of the Moncler Genius project.

The desire of the Italian fashion house and the Chicago-born designer was to combine the souls of the two brands to create a collection that looked to the future but remained faithful to their legacy.

Moncler’s outdoor character meets the silhouettes of 1017 ALYX 9SM characterized by laser-cut details, seamless ultrasonic welding, taped tailoring shapes and a minimalist color palette. 

Deepening the research on garment dyeing and applying it to feathers, working on neutral colors combined with black and making natural fabrics technical, Williams has created a collection that plays with both overlapping and the concepts of shiny and matt and that includes parkas, cropped jackets, trench coats with zipper, but also elegant pants and leggings. The tights, together with the tops, are made of Econyl®, regenerated nylon derived from the ocean and land-based waste.

To complete a completely new collection of technical outerwear, we find the unmistakable hardware and the iconic rubber boots.

The collection 6 – MONCLER 1017 ALYX 9SM will be available from December 3rd.

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The collection FW20/21 Fred Perry x Akane Utsunomiya

The collection FW20/21 Fred Perry x Akane Utsunomiya

Andrea Tuzio · 2 days ago · Style

Fred Perry presents its third collaboration with Japanese designer Akane Hasui who has been working with the brand she founded in Tokyo for 10 years now.
The two companies have combined their aesthetics and their DNA for the FW20/21 collection characterized by a play of patterns, prints, proportions and textures that rework the classic Fred Perry items thanks to a lively color palette, bold and combined with black, which represents the color par excellence of subcultures of which Fred Perry has often been, and still is, an aesthetic expression.

The design of the Polo Shirt is completely characterized by the color block jersey and is finished with chenille ribs; the ribbed top in fact distinguishes the collections of Akane Utsunomiya and defines the aesthetics.

There is the Argyle, the pattern that more than any other represents the British tradition, which dominates the knitwear; the tennis skirt is presented with a ribbed waist belt and comfortable asymmetrical pleats; the track jacket instead is characterized by a funnel neck and a pocket on the sleeve that reflects the aesthetic and stylistic canons of the Japanese brand.

Through the shots of photographer Ittetsu Matsuoka, we get even closer to the world of Akane because they explore the Komazawa Olympic Park, the sports facility in Tokyo where the Japanese designer grew up.

The FW20/21 Fred Perry x Akane Utsunomiya collection is already available on Fred Perry’s website.

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