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Pietro Russo - product designer

'My ideas are very artisanal, I like to have full control over a piece. I am like a child, I don't want to let go of any part of the process. I feel better when I am working with artisans, because you speak about simple things in life. And the process is so collaborative. You experiment, you draw, you design, you experiment. You touch the object. You get your hands dirty. It is all about the process.'

Pietro grew up in a small Mediterranean-style town in Puglia, Italy, just 6km from the sea. His family is large, with four brothers and two sisters. Pietro and his siblings would spend hours playing in the surrounding countryside, shirts off, close to nature with the sun on their backs. He recalls a blissful childhood.

Pietro believes it was his humble beginnings that propelled him into the world of design. There was never enough money to spend on toys so Pietro began to make his own. He would find materials around his home - wood, pieces of metal and would craft these into creatures and robots. When an appliance at home no longer worked, Pietro’s mother would give it to him to pull apart and use the workings. As a small boy Pietro was fascinated by robots and inspired by the Japanese Manga cartoons. His robots became characters in his world.

Pietro’s other big love was painting. He would spend many hours painting scenes from his home town. He had a dream of being an artist. On leaving school Pietro studied at the academy of art in Florence, but also took up a course in design and architecture. His teacher said to him ‘you are a designer.’

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Posted in 'Designers' on Tuesday 16th December 2014

Dante Ferretti - Academy Award winning production designer, costume designer and art director

'I decided when I was thirteen years old that I wanted to be a designer in film... every afternoon I went to see movies in my town. Instead of going to study I went to see movies. I told my father that I wanted to be a designer, and that he has to support my decision to go to fine arts school. He said 'Dante why do you need to leave? I want to leave my factory to you.' I said 'Father you are better to sell your factory, because if you leave it to me it will fall apart. I have another dream.'

When Julie and I travel to Italy we work at a hectic pace; we are interviewing, we are shooting, we are exploring and we are attending events. And as much as we would like to have each trip planned perfectly, much of the magic doesn’t actually happen until we set foot on Italian soil. One person we interview casually suggests we catch up with another person, who just happens to be their very good friend. This is how it works. This is exactly how the opportunity to interview Dante Ferretti came about. One minute we were having lunch with a new friend in Rome, the next we were being whisked away to interview Dante. One of those magic moments.

Dante Ferretti is highly respected, highly awarded and probably one of the most famous production designers in the world. Throughout his career he has worked with an array of high profile directors, both Italian and American, including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, Terry Gilliam, Franco Zeffirelli, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Anthony Minghella, and Tim Burton. Ferretti has won three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction; for The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Hugo, and has had seven previous nominations. He has also won three BAFTA Awards.

As we walk through Dante’s studio I am reminded that we are in the presence of greatness. The walls are teaming with sketches and details from various films that Dante has worked on. I am fascinated by the richness of creativity, layers of Dante’s mind displayed and unravelled into something tangible. A scene from The Gangs of New York captures my attention. As does Dante himself, unassuming, almost shy.

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Dante's Italian tips:

1. DO YOU AND YOUR WIFE HAVE A FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN ROME YOU ALWAYS RETURN TO?

Dal Bolognese in Piazza del Popolo

2. WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN ROME FOR AN APERITIVO?

La Buvette in Via Vittoria

3. IS THERE A PARTICULAR THEATRE OR CINEMA THAT YOU REGULARLY VISIT IN ROME?

Teatro Argentina and Teatro Eliseo

4. DO YOU AND YOUR WIFE HAVE A FAVOURITE ITALIAN HOTEL THAT YOU LOVE TO VISIT?

We travel so much ... our favourite place in Italy is our home.

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Posted in 'Designers' on Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Alessio Alessi - of the Alessi brand; objects for the home

'I love the mountains. I go skiing and hiking with my mountain dogs. I have eight dogs. In fact everyone here knows how to ski and navigate the mountains. There is nothing more inspiring than being alone surrounded by the enormity of the mountains. The goal is always to reach the top but you need to tackle the mountains step by step. I am so connected with nature and if you look at the birth of the Alessi brand, so is the brand. It was born out of creating stainless steel products from these very mountains. I guess you could liken running the company to mountain climbing. You set the goals and move forward step by step and eventually you get to the top.'

The Alessi company was started in 1921 by Mr Alessio Alessi’s grandfather Carlo, a genius at invention. He invented the Moka espresso maker, which the company became famous for. The company was artisinal in the beginning, with a very small team. Mr Alessio’s father went to work there after the Second World War as a kind of general manager and his uncle took care of all the technical aspects of the machines. It was this generation that really developed the company.

Mr Alessi: “Today Alessi is very famous for design, thanks to my eldest brother Roberto. Roberto has a personal passion for design and in the 70’s he began to invite well known designers to collaborate with our brand to create innovative new products. The very first collaborations were with Franco Sargiani and Ettore Sottsass. By the 80s all our new products were created by external designers, this model of product creation was unique to Alessi.”

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Alessio's Italian tips:

1. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PLACE IN ITALY FOR A FAVOURITE SKI HOLIDAY?

I suggest the DOLOMITI SKI by far the number one ski place in Italy, located in the nord-east Alpin area.

2. CAN YOU SUGGEST A WONDERFUL PLACE TO SKI FOR A SEASONER SKIIER?

MONTEROSA SKI RESORT is a wonderful sky area ​facing the Monterosa mountain, located in Piemonte region. Large compound with possible eli-sky out of the regular slopes.

3. WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE ON THE MOUNTAINS FOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES - HIKING, CLIMBING?

There are many great places in the Alps near Lake Maggiore where I live.  VEGLIA-DEVERO NATUANAL PARK and FORMAZZA are stunning pristine mountains with incredible views. Although I have never stayed there because it is close to my home I have heard that CRAMPIOLO is a great place to stay, it's a village of no more than 20 houses, on the way to the DEVERO LAKE.

4. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE HOTEL IN ITALY?

There are so many wonderful locations from north to south. I suggest the last one I have discovered. A really must stay place called Villa della Pergola, located in Alassio (Savona) in Liguria, less than 500 meters to the Mediterranean sea. This incredible small hotel is built with love and passion. It has a beautiful garden. Must see!

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Posted in 'Business, Designers' on Friday 21st November 2014

Sophia Loren Gala Evening

'AFI's tribute to Italy's most celebrated actress'

Last night we had the great pleasure of attending the American film institute’s (AFI) tribute to Italy’s most celebrated actress, Sophia Loren. The event took place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre and Sophia Loren’s arrival on the red carpet transported the captivated crowd back to the glamour and beauty of days gone by.

Wearing a bedazzling sequined gown that perfectly framed her famous curves and a contagious smile that lit up the room, at 80 years of age she is the epitome of timeless beauty. This very special evening, part of the AFI festival presented by Audi, honoured Sophia’s illustrious career and all the gifts that she has brought to the world.

The evening began with an intimate conversation with Sophia hosted by director Rob Marshall who directed Sophia in the 2009 musical ‘Nine’. Marshall, who clearly adores Sophia spoke with her candidly about her family and childhood in Naples, the struggles in the early stages of her career, her phenomenal success and her leading men – her honesty was very touching and her expressive face answered most questions before she said a word.

Director Edoardo Ponti, Sophia’s son, also paid tribute to his mother before presenting ‘Human Voice’ an emotive 26 minute short film set in Naples which he directed and his Mother starred in. A truly beautiful collaboration.

The evening was perfectly finished by a 50th anniversary screening of one of Sophia’s most famous movies ‘Marriage Italian Style’ which earnt her an Oscar nomination… and last night, left us with an unforgettable reminder of her phenomenal talent, enchanting presence and unmeasurable beauty.

Images and words credited to Julie Adams.

 

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Posted in 'Actors, We love' on Friday 14th November 2014

Ferragosto recipes for Summertime Entertaining

'with Fabio Dore and Flavio Carnevale - week 4'

This month An Affair with Italy proudly brings you four recipes by Fabio Dore and Flavio Carnevale, owners of the beautiful 'Italian' restaurant Popolo, located in Sydney's Rushcutter's Bay. This inspiring duo are passionate about Southern Italian cuisine and the success of their contemporary Italian restaurant is a testament to their impeccable taste and all embracing Italian hospitality.

Every week we will be sharing with you one traditional Ferragosto recipe as prepared by Fabio and Flavio. The August holidays of Ferragosto celebrates the end of the busy harvest season in Italy with a period of rest and festivities, making these dishes perfect for summertime entertaining everywhere.

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Posted in 'Chefs, Food & Wine' on Monday 10th November 2014

Ferragosto recipes for Summertime Entertaining

'with Fabio Dore and Flavio Carnevale - week 3'

This month An Affair with Italy proudly brings you four recipes by Fabio Dore and Flavio Carnevale, owners of the beautiful Italian restaurant Popolo, located in Sydney's Rushcutter's Bay. This inspiring duo are passionate about Southern Italian cuisine and the success of their contemporary Italian restaurant is a testament to their impeccable taste and all embracing Italian hospitality.

Every week we will be sharing with you one traditional Ferragosto recipe as prepared by Fabio and Flavio. The August holidays of Ferragosto celebrates the end of the busy harvest season in Italy with a period of rest and festivities, making these dishes perfect for summertime entertaining everywhere.

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Posted in 'Chefs, Food & Wine' on Monday 10th November 2014

Ferragosto recipes for Summertime Entertaining

'with Fabio Dore and Flavio Carnevale - week 1'

This month An Affair with Italy proudly brings you four recipes by Fabio Dore and Flavio Carnevale, owners of the beautiful Italian restaurant Popolo, located in Sydney's Rushcutter's Bay. This inspiring duo are passionate about Southern Italian cuisine and the success of their contemporary Italian restaurant is a testament to their impeccable taste and all embracing Italian hospitality.

Every week we will be sharing with you one traditional Ferragosto recipe as prepared by Fabio and Flavio. The August holidays of Ferragosto celebrates the end of the busy harvest season in Italy with a period of rest and festivities, making these dishes perfect for summertime entertaining everywhere.

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Posted in 'Chefs, Food & Wine' on Tuesday 4th November 2014

Rossano Ferretti - Hair stylist

'I am famous because I invented the invisible haircut, girls come to us with chopped hair or a classic bob, we cut their hair and they say, ' Finally I am free. Before I had a haircut, now I feel beautiful.' There is a big difference between having a haircut and feeling beautiful."'

So how does a man from a little village of 350 inhabitants in the North of Italy become a world famous icon in the world of beauty?

As an advocate for travelling with my hair straightener everywhere, when in Rome I jumped at the opportunity to meet Rossano Ferretti, hair dresser extraordinaire, to not only find out about the secrets of his success but to learn just how you create an effortless natural look every day (without carrying around your whole beauty kit!).

Rossano grew up in Campegine, a small village where dogs, cows and sheep outnumbered people. He had a very simple upbringing. His grandfather was a barber working in the village square. Eventually his grandmother opened a two chair salon. His mother worked there also. At age 14 he was shampooing for his mother’s clients. Rossano, however, wanted to be an architect. He was also very good at soccer (he now has two sons that are both professional soccer players).

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Rossano's Italian tips:

1. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MENSWEAR BOUTIQUES IN ITALY?

O. Oficina in Parma, Tassinari shoes in Bologna, Simone Sorgenti in Parma for my tailored suits.

2. WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN ITALY FOR SUMMER VACATION?

Amalfi Coast, Ostuni, Aeolian Island, Ponza island, Elba island and some unknown beaches in Sardegna

3. CAN YOU SHARE WITH US THREE THINGS EVERY TOURIST MUST DO IN PARMA?

Visit the Teatro Farnese at La Pilotta, the Battistero and Duomo, and the Parco Ducale.

4. WHEN YOU ARE VISITING PARMA IS THERE A RESTAURANT THAT YOU ALWAYS RETURN TO?

Due Platani. The best local food ever, they never fail. We recently had our Parma Salon anniversary lunch there.

5. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY AT IN PARMA?

Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati, PIO B&B, The Park Hotel Pacchiosi

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Posted in 'Beauty' on Thursday 23rd October 2014

Luca Gnecchi Ruscone - founder of L.G.R sunglasses

'I always knew I wanted to go down my own path. I remember my grandfather saying 'Luca you can do anything in this world, you can clean the floor, you can clean the toilet, but if you are really good at it you are going to be successful''

You know those moments in life when you feel like you have stumbled across something truly special, something unique and under the radar. You feel like you have been let into a secret that nobody else knows about. It’s a rush.  It’s like the time fifteen years ago when I discovered musician SIA, I felt like I was the first to discover her, now of course she is a massive star. This is how I felt when Julie and I uncovered sunglass brand L.G.R. To me L.G.R is a little treasure. So it is with great reluctance that I share this story, as greedily I would really like to keep it all to myself!

Founder of the brand L.G.R, Luca Gnecchi Ruscone, was born in Rome but grew up in the country side in Tuscany with his mother after his parents divorced when he was two years old. At age 12 Luca and his mother moved back to Rome when she was invited to work for Maison Valentino. Luca’s father lived in Kenya, working in the casino industry. He would see him twice a year.

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Luca's Italian tips:

1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN ROME?

Pastificio, it is an artists residence which also has a restaurant with delicious food, a good ambience, and interesting people.

2. WHERE WOULD YOU GO FOR AN AFTER DINNER DRINK WITH GREAT ATMOSPHERE?

Sometimes I go to Caffe della Pace, which is a historical 19th Century bar located in the centre of Rome.

3. WHEN ESCAPING ROME ON HOLIDAYS WHERE DO YOU GO?

I usually go to my home in the countryside where my family lives in La Polverosa. It is in Tuscany near the sea, very beautiful.

4. IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS VISITING ROME, WHERE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THEY STAY?

Buonanotte Garibaldi in Trastevere. A very charming hotel in a beautiful area of Rome.

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Posted in 'Fashion' on Saturday 4th October 2014

Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 15

'Street style by Lauren Michelle'

Show time in Milan… where the very best dressed adorn the front rows, the most beautiful bedazzle on the catwalk and the masters of fashion unveil their visions for the coming season.

Miuccia Prada, always leading the way, intrigued the crowds with her elaborate setting of purple sand dunes as seasoned models such as Gemma Ward and Lara Stone stole the show in elaborate displays of craftsmanship that Prada is renowned for. Pucci’s signature looking ‘bombshell babes’ strutted down the runway in billowing 70’s inspired caftans, Dolce & Gabbana found stunning inspiration in Sicily's Spanish influence and Bottega Veneta once again showed the beauty in simplicity, with a calming collection inspired by 'off-duty' dancers.

Whilst all this was setting the tone for what will influence our choices in the coming season, we were fascinated with how fashion was being interpreted on the streets of Milan at the moment.

Our Milan based contributor, photographer Lauren Michelle shares with us her 'street style' imagery from fashion week. Lauren captures everyone from super models to fashion bloggers; embracing vibrant colour, bold prints, jumpsuits and of course, the essential – statement eyewear… this year the mirrored kind.

Images credited to Lauren Michelle. Words credited to Julie Adams.

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Posted in 'Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle' on Sunday 28th September 2014