Defait

Monogram backpacks, bomber jackets with a collegiate attire, must-have urban pieces (caps, sweatshirts, chest bags…), men’s wardrobe staples enlivened by bright colours, and lots of denim, reinterpreted in the most diverse ways, including jackets, five-pocket pants and trousers with logos. These are the essential ingredients of the “Defait” fashion story, which entrusts Roberto Autuori’s images to tell the tale of the best men fashion for autumn/winter 2022/23.

Moschino fall 2022
Total looks Moschino

Ferragamo men 2022
Total look Ferragamo

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Total look Ferragamo

Avant Toi uomo
Shirt and jeans Levi’s, sweater Avant Toi, shoes Roberto Cavalli, cap Diesel

Diesel collezione 2022
Total look Diesel

Zegnafall winter
Sweater and leather trousers Zegna, boots Moschino

Diesel brand 2022
Total look Diesel

Boss collezioni 2022
Total looks Boss

Levi's men 2022
Coat Avant Toi, shirt and jeans Levi’s

Valentino sneakers 2022
Total look Valentino

Valentino men 2022
Total look Valentino

Credits

Photographer Roberto Autuori

Fashion editor and stylist Muccino Amatulli

Ph. assistant Cristina Proietti Panatta

Stylist assistant Giulia Palmisciano

Make-up artist Azzurra Cogotti

Hair stylist Francesco Termine

Set assistant Isabella Giustiniani, Giorgia Riva

Videomaker Luca Matteucci

Video editor Gloria D’Ascanio

Model Federico M. and Francesco @Zoe Factory

Opening image: total look Ferragamo

Giberne

A fashion story (shot for Manintown by photographer Giovanni Peschi, with styling by Giorgio Ammirabile) in which the creations of the Giberne brand take centre stage. To design the label’s bags, the creative director, Amis Garrigue, looks to the bullet bags that used to accessorise the uniforms of historical figures such as Napoleon and King Gustav II of Sweden, proposing itself as a lifestyle brand in balance between art and fashion, aimed at brilliant, self-confident men and women.

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Blazer POAN, leather pants Gemini, bag Giberne

The feathers, Giberne’s logo, represent the values dear to the brand, which are freedom, unity, strength, individuality and quality craftsmanship, sublimated in bags designed as collector’s pieces, to be handed down from generation to generation.

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Bag with shoulder metal mesh Giberne

Gemini fashion brand
Strap with shoulder metal mesh Giberne, leather shorts Gemini

Akoni sunglasses
Trench and bag Giberne, sunglasses Akoni

Vivienne Westwood collezioni 2022
Velvet blazer Erdem, shirt Blouseworks, pants Vivienne Westwood, bag Giberne

Credits

Photographer Giovanni Peschi

Stylist Giorgio Ammirabile

Model Georgi Nikolov @Ivet Fashion Model Management

Photographed at Giberne Studio, Florence

Giuseppe Allocca #2

Photographer Davide Musto creates a series of intimate, steady shots where the expressivity of the protagonist, the model Giuseppe Allocca, make a real difference. He moves nonchalantly in front of his lens, interchanging  bright velvet clothes and sharp blue suits.

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Total look Antony Morato

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Antony Morato uomo 2022

 Avant Toi brand
Total look Avant Toi

Credits

Model Giuseppe Allocca @Crew Model Management

Photographer Davide Musto

Fashion Editor Rosamaria Coniglio

Opening image: total look Avant Toi

Daniil K

The absolute protagonist of Igor Vavilov‘s retro-flavoured , analogue fashion story is Daniil Kudryavtsev aka Daniil K, who combines his work as a model with that of photographer, art director and stylist. Here we see him roaming the streets of Istanbul and posing in elegant interiors in the Turkish city, drawing on a selection of big and new names for his outfits, both renowned labels (like Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten and Yohji Yamamoto) and prominent Turkish brands (Emre Erdemoğlu, For Fun), with artsy hats, slouchy blazers, printed shirts and loose-fitting denim pants.

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Jacket Dries Van Noten, tank top For Fun, trousers Emre Erdemoğlu, sandals Vagabond

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Jacket Dries Van Noten, tank top For Fun

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Jacket Emre Erdemoğlu

Vagabond shoes men 2022
Shirt Emre Erdemoğlu, jeans Miu Miu, sandals Vagabond

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Hat Daniel Nyström, vest Hockerty

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Vest Hockerty, shorts Degrave Paris

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Vest Hockerty, shorts Degrave Paris

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Credits

Photographer Igor Vavilov

Model and stylist Daniil K

Brais Albor, the young Spanish designer who challenges the definition of manhood

The 28-year-old designer Brais Albor, who has just graduated from Central Saint Martins College, presented his first menswear collection in March, during the prestigious London School MA in Fashion Show, which returned to the live format after the stop caused by the pandemic. The collective fashion show was held during the London Fashion Week and it allowed 32 students to show their respective collections. Among them we have Albor, with his mix of sartorial codes, womenswear elements, shapes and suggestions taken from the animal world and a great use of irony (aimed at breaking down the stereotypes traditionally associated with the idea of manhood), to define the identity of a “Powerful and Revolutionary Human”, as he said. This first show earned him entry to the shortlist of finalists for the 2022 edition of ITS – International Talent Support, committed to scouting and supporting emerging fashion talents.

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Brais Albor wears clothes and accessories of his eponymous brand

We asked him a few questions in order to get to know better a creative man that is set to make his way in the menswear industry.

Interview with Brais Albor

What are your background and professional experiences?

I did my BA courses in Santiago de Compostela at EASD Mestre Mateo and with this I came to Milan to do my Erasmus course the last year of the BA at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. This is when I met Milan and I really enjoy the city. I have been doing this Erasmus Course, a Erasmus Internship at Casa D’Arte Fiore, where I have been working for 3 years and a half. Here I was a menswear pattern maker for cinema and theatre and I learned a lot about historical costume, fashion and structures. I tried to work in fashion in Milan but after been rejected a lot of times I decided to study more, so I applied (twice) to Central Saint Martins and I went to London to do my MA in Fashion. I have been one of the student who did the catwalk during LFW to show my collection. The final collection of the MA is the same one that I used to apply to ITS. After the show Marc Goehring (Fashion Director at “032c magazine”, author’s note) meets my collection and after chats with him, he comes over London to support me with his experience and talent styling my collection for the campaign and look book pictures.

“I want to make the wearer feel powerful and strong”

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Brais Albor Fall/Winter 2022 collection

Tell us about the concept of your brand, your first collection and your idea of masculinity.

About my collection: I want to shift non-standard sized bodies from being concealed and buried into the spotlight. I emphasise their bodies in tailored constructions, hugging and elevating their physique. Using sartorial fashion, I want to make the wearer feel powerful and strong. It is almost like the gentleman wearing a suit as strong as a chainsaw whilst being as sweet as poetry on the inside.

My debut collection “Descent of Human, and natural Selection in Relation to Love” is based on the reality of toxic masculinity, the Dandy figure of the 20th century and animal instincts. Combined, they create the uniform of the character I created- the “Powerful and Revolutionary Human”, capable and determined to be a part of the change. Therefore, the casting was very important to me. I wanted to use real humans, with traditional non-runway sizes. They contrast with the garments and break the traditional stereotypes of men in fashion. Essentially, it is a masculine menswear collection created in the most un-masculine way in order to create a new identity. I worked with sustainable textures and materials, by using deadstock fabric. This allowed me to create high-quality garments whilst being environmentally conscious. Additionally, the shoes have been made in collaboration with Atelier Vania, an Italian family business. In the beginning, Atelier Vania made shoes for transgender women, and after this collaboration, they decided to make high heels for everyone. This added heritage to the value of my collection. All of these elements give my characters, the models, the tools to fight for the revolution of love.

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Brais Albor Fall/Winter 2022 collection

Brais Albor ITS Trieste

“My Spanish blood and hometown culture make me create the garments on that way”

Where is the Spanish influence in your work?

The Spanish influence is probably reflected everywhere. I mean, my Spanish blood and hometown culture make me create the garments on that way, criticizing in a ironic way that we understand as “Macho Iberico”. This toxic traditional stereotype of man which I would break and use it to create something new who represent better my culture and ideas.

Why did you choose to move to Italy?

I’m choosing Italy at the moment as I think it is very similar to the Spanish culture but bigger in terms of fashion. In my opinion, people here enjoy life more than other countries, and the mix between work and enjoy here is perfect. So, my next project is the one to stay here, working for some fashion company to get the experience and try to understand if I am able to produce and launch my own brand in the future. Nowadays I just do custom pieces of my collection and new creations. I would love to launch a new collection but after all the expenses of the MA it is not easy to have the support to create at the moment.

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Brais Albor

“I criticize in a ironic way that we understand as Macho Iberico”

Your signature piece and favourite textile.

My favourite piece from my collection is the coat I wore during the show. It is made in mohair wool fur that I dyed by hand as was yellow (this was stock from a London based brand) and I get this texture and colour during the process. I really like it for this reason I will wear it during the winter. I even love the trousers of the LOOK 3  (was my first trouser idea and development and from this one the others was born) and the good thing of that collection as I did all the sizes as me or bigger, I can wear the garments. This was made in rat grey wool with contrast pieces made in cream wool trying to imitate the calico which we use in fashion for prototypes.

Brais Albor designer
Brais Albor

Opening image: the first Brais Albor men’s collection

Gianluca Saitto closes the Méditerranée – Taranto and la Dolce Vita event with the fashion show ‘Couture in fieri’

Méditerranée – Taranto and the Dolce Vita, a two-day event dedicated to art, fashion, history, culture and traditions, has just come to an end. The special guest of the first edition was Gianluca Saitto. He’s an eclectic designer whose made-to-measure creations, balanced between sophistication and flawless tailoring, have seduced fans of the likes of Loredana Bertè, Patty Pravo, Renato Zero and Gianna Nannini.

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The Gianluca Saitto fashion show in Taranto

The couturier brought to Piazza Castello, in the heart of the city, 30 looks from his latest collection, “Couture in fieri”, that is a summa of the cornerstones of the eponymous label,beginning with embroderies and appliqués (executed strictly by hand) on long dresses, sharp blazers, minidresses and soft skirts. The enhancement of the silhouette through very accurate cuts, see-through effects, refined textures, shiny and metallic-looking fabric (a reference to the shiny outfits – literally – of the 70s rock icons, an eternal source of inspiration for Saitto) is an other atout of the brand. Moreover, some outfits were completed for the occasion by haute couture headwear by Pasquale Bonfilio, an authentic artist of handcrafted millinery.

30 outfits that sum up Saitto’s creative journey

On the sidelines of the fashion show, Gianluca Saitto said: “I accepted with great enthusiasm the invitation of Mario Rigo and Angelo Labriola, creators of the “Méditerranée” format, who want to actively contribute to the rebirth of the city. I was immediately fascinated by the hidden beauty of the city, a cradle of the Magna Graecia,as it looks to the challenges of the future from a glorious past. Similarly, I draw inspiration from the best craft traditions, such as embroidery, to transform them into something contemporary. In the heart of the ancient city, I presented 30 garments that summarize the journey of these 10 years of activity, whose protagonists are the dresses in shades of gold and silver, as they play on an exceptional brightness stressed by the precious broderies and hand-applied crystals. A true tribute to Italian savoir-faire”.

Gianluca Saitto
Gianluca Saitto

According to Mario Rigo, this collection “represents a compendium of Gianluca Saitto’s most spectacular creations and his vision of fashion constantly evolving (in fieri), in which the traditions of embroidery are newly interpreted from a contemporary perspective, enhancing evening gowns and suits with structured jackets. It is precisely the kind of sartorial workmanship that could be realized in our Taranto”.

An outstanding fashion show closes an event that promotes the excellences of Taranto

With Saitto’s fashion show, the first edition of the kermesse “Méditerranée – Taranto and the Dolce Vita” came to a close, transforming Taranto’s old city into a laboratory of solutions to make the ancient part of the city, a treasure chest of ancient history, with a project that involved institution and local entrepreneurs. Mario Rigo and Angelo Labriola stated: “It was important to organize a major haute couture event in Taranto, the first in a long series of events created to enhance our city and the handmade.

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“Couture in fieri” fashion show

Our goal is to make people discover the values of our territory, its roots, its art and culture with a constructive attitude. That is why we have discussed the event dedicated to Saitto to recover ancient crafts and artisan workshops in the noble palaces under restoration. We want to bring out the local tradition of byssus, a technique used by high fashion which can be revived thanks to young people. To create a bridge with Milan, since Puglia is an important production hub for fashion. Taranto could train new generations by recovering these dying crafts. Together with the city administration and entrepreneurs, we will bring out the often hidden Beauty of this territory. We thank Gianluca Saitto, who was the first one to give his art to uncover the ancient city in a new way”.

Taranto
Taranto

Opening image: the finale of the Gianluca Saitto fashion show in Taranto

Giuseppe Allocca

Model Giuseppe Allocca, who has a penetrating gaze and flowing dark hair, wears for Manintown outfits that anticipate some of next season’s menswear biggest trends, from oversize to a reinterpretation of the classic two-piece suit.

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In Davide Musto’s shots we see him sporting garments and accessories that express the unique vision of brands such as Dsquared2, MSGM, JordanLuca, Giuseppe Zanotti, Davii, Yezael by Angelo Cruciani, switching between low-cut jumpsuits, lime-coloured suits with flared trousers, grunge-style checked blazers and satin-finish suits.

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Jumpsuit Davii

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Total look JordanLuca, shoes Giuseppe Zanotti, necklaces stylist’s archive

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Total look Dsquared2, boots Karl Lagerfeld

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Jumpsuit Davii

Angelo Cruciani
Shirt Yezael by Angelo Cruciani, pants Simon Cracker

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Total look Yezael by Angelo Cruciani

Model Giuseppe Allocca @CmodelsCrew

Photographer Davide Musto

Ph. assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Stylist Federica Mele

Grooming Maria Livia Igliozzi @Making Beauty Management

Opening image: shirt Yezael by Angelo Cruciani, trousers Simon Cracker

In the mood for Milan

The photos by Davide Simonelli that you can see on this page, exclusively for Manintown, are inspired by the films from the golden decades of auteur cinema, from the 1960s to the 1990s. The work, as the author explains, is also a personal homage to the flawless style of the director Wong Kar-Wai, who is praised for the emotional strength of his films, also conveyed – and perhaps above all – by their visual elegance, with colour palettes designed in every detail and a masterful use of lights.

Milano fashion shooting

The Chinese model Jun Lai, one of the most interesting new talents in modelling, poses before the photographer’s lens. Dressed from head to toe in black, with figure-hugging jackets, skinny jeans and tartan skirts, he moves from sunny exteriors to the interiors of a vintage building in Milan, where his total black outfits clash with the light pink shade of the walls, instilling some charisma and charm into every shot.

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Milano moda shooting

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Manintown fashion editorial

Manintown model editorial

Credits

Model Jun Lai @Brave Models

Photographer Davide Simonelli

Make-up and hair Rachele Faggian

Manintown returns to the Venice Film Festival with the Next Generation Awards

Between the end of August and the beginning of September, the who’s who of the seventh art lands in the Laguna for the Venice Film Festival, an highlight, together with Cannes, of the international cinematographic festivals circuit. There will be premieres, awards ceremonies, red carpets full of stars and, along with them, the Next Generation Awards powered by Manintown, organised by the magazine and MI HUB Agency, a project that seals the magazine’s ongoing commitment to promoting the rising stars of Italian film and, more generally, creative scene. The initiative was created to concretely support the new talents of Italian cinema, as in the case for Giancarlo Commare and Ludovica Francesconi, who were awarded in 2021 and quickly established themselves as two leading names of the new generation of Italian actors, collecting roles in first-rate works and authoritative awards.

The four award-winners of the 2nd edition of the Next Generation Awards powered by Manintown

The second edition of the awards will take place on Thursday 8 September in an exceptional location, the Campari Lounge | Terrazza Biennale at the Venice Lido, on the rooftop of the Palazzo del Cinema, the kermesse’s main venue. Of course, the protagonists will be the four award-winners, namely Nicolas Maupas (best revelation actor), Carolina Sala (best revelation actress), Matteo Oscar Giuggioli and Amanda Campana, who will be there for two special prizes.

They are all emerging talents, in their twenties or early twenties, who have, however, already demonstrated their ability to juggle different genres and contexts, moving with ease from the big to the small screen, from plays to cult series among the younger and youngest people.

Nicolas Maupas, known for the role of Alessandro Gassmann/Dario Balestra’s son in “Un professore”, was among the protagonists of the emotional series “Mare fuori”, while Carolina Sala made her theatre debut and then went from psychological thrillers (“Vetro”) to Netflix (“Fedeltà”) and Rai (“La guerra è finita”, “Pezzi unici”) productions. Amanda Campana and Matteo Giuggioli are versatile and successful performers too, appearing in successful films and series such as “Summertime” and “Bastardi a mano armata” (in Campana’s case) and “Buongiorno mamma!”, “Vostro onore”, “Sotto il sole di Riccione”, “Il filo invisibile” (in Giuggioli’s).They also starred together in “Suspicious Minds”, which will be released soon.

Amanda Campana e Matteo Oscar Giuggioli, two successful performers, starred together in “Suspicious Minds”

The actress says in this regard that she’s “truly honoured and happy about this recognition from Manintown, especially to receive it at the Venice Film Festival. My grandfather had been asking me for a while when I would go, and seeing him touched and full of pride was a huge satisfaction for the work during these years, which began with ‘Summertime’, my stepping stone to Netflix, and then went on to other films and other wonderful people I have worked with, up to the latest project in which I took part together with Matteo Oscar, directed by the flawless Emiliano Corapi”.

Her set colleague, who shares the same enthusiasm, states: “My first Festival is also my first real time in Venice. I had bet that it would be at the Festival. Until last night it was something to watch every now and then. I’m one of those who grew up with the balcony chats with grandpa and all the biggest dreams. We will see each other soon in Emilia Mazzacurati’s ‘Billy’, a film by a lovely girl who made me realise that we are not alone in the world. Then, with ‘Suspicious Minds’ by Emiliano Corapi and ‘My Soul Summer’ by Fabio Mollo”.

The four winners in Jacopo Ascari’s artworks

To underline the project’s creative thread, MI HUB Agency and Manintown commissioned the artwork portraying the four actors by Jacopo Ascari. The illustrator combined art, fashion and architecture (one of his great passions) in watercolour drawings, depicting the faces of the award-winners with vividly coloured reproductions of iconic places and symbols of the Venetian city, from the gondolas (dominated by the winged lion) to the Palazzo del Casinò, the basilica and the bell tower of San Marco. He wanted to reconcile portraiture and representative views of Venice because as he explains “a beautiful article from 1937 states that the vital finding of the Exhibition is the Venetian insularity of the Lido”.

A project that seals the scouting activity by Manintown

Federico Poletti, founder and Editor-in-chief of Manintown, notes how “today talking about new generations and young talents has become a real trend. It is a panorama that years ago was unimaginable, but today it has exploded and is growing thanks to new platforms. This only confirms our vocation for scouting, a path that began several years ago and whose importance we were among the first ones to grasp. The Next Generation Award allows us to make it more concrete, identifying the talents we want to bet on and offering them great visibility in the context of one of the most recognised and important events in the sector, the Venice International Film Festival“.

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Carolina Sala photographed by Filippo Thiella for Manintown

These words are echoed by the magazine’s photographer and head of scouting, Davide Musto: “Bringing these young people to Venice, accompanying them on their first red carpets and shooting them for the cover stories (the cover stories of the next issue of Manintown, to be published for the Rome Film Festival, will be dedicated to Maupas, Sala, Campana and Giuggioli. We expect great results from the four award-winners of this edition, you will see them in films and productions that will represent an important stage in their careers. We often have the privilege, but also the courage, to stand by these authentic talents from the very beginning of their journey, supporting them through editorial projects and initiatives such as the Next Generation Award”.

“Manintown has the privilege, but also the courage, to stand by these authentic talents from the very beginning of their journey”

Massimo Pozzi Chiesa, General Manager of MI HUB Agency, explains that “MI HUB, an agency born thanks to the partnership between Supernova Hub and Manintown, has consolidated in recent months its vocation in the search for talent and in the organisation of events, from Pitti Uomo to abroad with American Dream. Thanks to the synergy with Supernova, we are developing services and tools dedicated to enhancing talent and their creative potential, in connection with brands that need to speak to the new generations through digital languages. This award shows the consistency with which this scouting activity is carried out, and represents an important and propaedeutic project for future developments”.

The appointment with the Next Generation Awards is on Thursday 8 September, at the Campari Lounge | Terrazza Biennale in Venice Lido. For accreditations and info [email protected]

Halite

Two photographers with a sleek authorial flair, specialized in portraits of great intensity, join forces for an editorial exclusively published by Manintown.
For “Halite” (this is the title of the four-handed shoot by Anthony Pomes and Sébastien Marchand), both artists pictured Amaury, and the images are showed side by side in a specular way, as in the diptychs of classical painting.

The sporty clothes chosen for the shooting, designed by Marine Serre, Solid Homme, Rufskin and Ouest Paris, emphasize the sculptural physique of the model, focusing on stretched shapes, transparencies and perforated knit textures, thus enhancing the expressive allure of pictures that are the (marvellous) backdrop for the waves and rocks of a cliff overlooking the deep blue French sea.

Credits

Photographers Anthony Pomes & Sébastien Marchand

Model Amaury Bent @Bananas Models

Opening image: parka Solid Homme

Summer in the City

Model and professional skater Aaron Douglas Nielsen “performs” clothes and accessories from the Ten Minutes To Moon latest collection, a street-oriented label that combines accuracy and sustainability.

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Total look Ten Minutes To Moon, shoes Nike, socks and jewels model’s archive

Using the skateboard for his tricks or as a simple support to relax during summertime, in the Manintown shoot the model naturally emphasises the utilitarian (but always refined) essence of the garments of a brand projected, as its name suggests, towards the greatness of the universe.

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Total look Ten Minutes To Moon, shoes Nike, socks and jewels model’s archive

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Total look Ten Minutes To Moon, shoes Nike, socks and jewels model’s archive

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Total look Ten Minutes To Moon, jewels model’s archive

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Total look Ten Minutes To Moon, shoes Nike, socks and jewels model’s archive

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Total look Ten Minutes To Moon, shoes Nike, socks and jewels model’s archive

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Total look Ten Minutes To Moon, shoes Nike, socks and jewels model’s archive

Credits

Model Aaron Douglas Nielsen

Photographer Davide Musto

Ph. assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Opening image: total look Ten Minutes To Moon, shoes Nike

Jozef Gjura

Among the most promising names of the new generation of Italian actors, Jozef Gjura owns an impressive CV. He made his film debut in Mario Martone’s multi-award-winning “Capri-Revolution”, then he participated in the popular teen dramedy “Sul più bello” and its two sequels, “Ancora più bello” and “Sempre più bello”.

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Total look and shoes Çanaku, necklace and earring Ilenia Corti Vernissage, rings stylist’s archive

For Youth Babilonia editorial, the 28-year-old actor shows the same dynamism and versatility that he displayed on screen, interpreting the most disparate fashion moods through the fancy combinations chosen for him by the stylist, with the key pieces of renowned labels and talented designers (e.g. Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce&Gabbana, Paul Smith, Çanaku, Vìen, Ilenia Corti Vernissage). We see him first wrapped in a total leather in a rock look or dressed in velvet jackets completed with eye-catching jeweller. Then, he interprets a vintage elegance (with spotless trousers and neck scarf) or wears checked kilts, lurex pullovers with shiny details, bandana print blouses worn with dark trousers and studded trainers.

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Total look Desa 1972, jewels stylist’s archive

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Jacket and shoes Salvatore Ferragamo, trousers Grifoni, foulard Antonio Marras, earring Ilenia Corti Vernissage, rings and socks stylist’s archive

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Total look Dolce&Gabbana

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Sweater Çanaku, trousers Paul Smith, boots Salvatore Ferragamo, earring Ilenia Corti Vernissage, rings stylist’s archive

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Total look Çanaku, necklace and earring Ilenia Corti Vernissage, rings stylist’s archive

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Kilt Antonio Marras, necklace Ilenia Corti Vernissage, rings and socks stylist’s archive

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Total look Dolce&Gabbana

Credits

Talent Jozef Gjura

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Alfredo Fabrizio

Photographer assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Stylist assistant Federica Mele

Make-up Annagioia Catone

Location Studio Photografia

Opening image: total look Çanaku, necklace and earring Ilenia Corti Vernissage, rings stylist archive

Nordic Sun – Uncensored Bodies

The latest chapter of the “Uncensored Bodies” project bears the signature of Arnoldas Kubilius. The photographer (he is of Lithuanian origin, though he lives and works in Luxembourg) has made the body the subject of his pictures, investigating it through close-ups that linger on anatomical details or eye-catching plastic poses.

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Ph. by Arnoldas Kubilius

The “Nordic Sun” series – exclusively on Manintown – was shot in Oslo. Lights and shadows chasing each other over the powerful physique of the model, concealing some details and giving emphasis on others, celebrate the expressive power of the male nude once again.

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Ph. by Arnoldas Kubilius

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Ph. by Arnoldas Kubilius

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Ph. by Arnoldas Kubilius

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Ph. by Arnoldas Kubilius

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Ph. by Arnoldas Kubilius

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Ph. by Arnoldas Kubilius

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Ph. by Arnoldas Kubilius

Credits

Photographer Arnoldas Kubilius

Model Håvard Grastveit

Haroun Fall

Haroun Fall (26 years old actor of Senegalese origin, known for his roles in successful films and series such as ‘Zero’, ‘Cobra non è’, ‘Arrivano i prof’, ‘L’amore strappato’) poses for Manintown magazine, nonchalantly making his own the must-haves of the dégagé style, with casual and street accents, that go for the most today.

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Total look Louis Vuitton

In these pictures taken by Davide Musto, we see him dressed in over suits and monogrammed bucket hats by Louis Vuitton, knitted waistcoats, tailored pants and checked jumpers by Moschino, denim dungarees and chunky trainers by Dolce&Gabbana. Haroun shows a remarkable eclecticism, which allows him to dive – and stand out – into any situation.

Haroun Fall interview
Total look Moschino

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Vest and pants Missoni, shoes Doucal’s

Haroun Fall shooting
Denim dungarees and sneakers Dolce&Gabbana

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Total look Louis Vuitton

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Vest and pants Missoni, shoes Doucal’s

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Vest and pants Missoni, shoes Doucal’s

Talent Haroun Fall

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Stefania Sciortino

Ph. assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Make-up Iman El Feshawy @makingbeautymanagement

Location TH Roma – Carpegna Palace Hotel

Opening image: total look Louis Vuitton

Italian cinema has never been so cool: Giancarlo Commare

Photographer and Talent Director Davide Musto

Production and styling Alessia Caliendo

Grooming Kemon

Location Teatro Brancaccio Roma

Special thanks to Romeow cat bistrot

Photographer’s assistants Dario Tucci, Riccardo Albanese and Valentina Ciampaglia

Stilyst’s assistant Andrea Seghesio

COVER total look COVER – Valentino

Giancarlo Commare was recently awarded at Venice 78′ with the Next Generation Awards of MANINTOWN; we can say that it wasn’t difficult to choose him, in fact, his own path revealed him as the best actor of the new generation of talents of Italian cinema. In recent years he has entered Italian homes with TV series such as “SKAM”, which have left a breach in the audience. He started as a dancer and then became an actor with a thousand facets as we can appreciate now in the cinema.

His performance in “Masculine Singular”, with the role of a gay guy who undertook in such a natural way that he could approach the user without superstructures, for this reason he was welcomed by the LGBT public with open arms.



I would call him a free actor, as he grows up with the roles he chooses to live, and this is the magic of cinema and for an interpreter it is the magic of life. Now we found him at the cinema with “Ancora più bello”, the sequel of “Sul più bello” alongside Ludovica Francesconi.

How do you feel in arriving in Venice, fare il red carpet, and be rewarded?

What do you ask me? How can I describe such a great emotion in two words. I had always told myself that I would never do the red carpet in Venice for no reason, just for the ambition to be there, and I waited for it to happen, and that’s all.

The only thing was that when I end up on the red carpet it all seemed absurd with amplified emotions. Now, however, I must say that just before lengthening the first step in front of the photographers, also because in doing the second step I was about to stumble, I felt a bit like what happens in movies when your whole life passes in front of you, this is what happened to me at that moment.

And what did you see?

Everything from the beginning, like an unfolded coil, from when I was a waiter, to when I cleaned the toilet of the restaurant at the end of the night, my childhood, the sacrifices, there were moments where I really had nothing inside the refrigerator and when I opened it it echoed.

I also thought of my father, with whom I don’t have a tie. I must say that were the worst things that surfaced in those moments, fortunately it lasted a moment, also because then I realized that it was my turn and it was my turn to smile at the photographers.

For the first time in my life I said to myself: Giancarlo, Giancarlo, you deserve it, go!



Why did you say only then such a phrase, you’ve already achieved several goals…

That’s just me, I’m really pretentious to me and everything I did was never enough, inside me I always heard the voice that said, you need to do more, it isn’t enough, and for this reason I’ve never enjoyed the merits I’ve been given or that I’ve taken.

Even during this last year, where many things happened, it’s like I didn’t have full consciousness.

I’ve experienced Venice as a light on all my work in recent years.



We can say that you have been a privileged, ‘cause between a lockdown and the other you have never stopped

I am surprised too, but apart from the first two months where we all stopped, then I resumed immediately, and before the pandemic it was exactly twenty-five months that I worked non-stop.

In some moments I acted on four different sets at the same time without even realizing it.

And now you also enter the sequel of “Sul più bello”.

That’s right, in three months we shot both sequels “Ancora più bello” and “Sempre più bello”.

I must admit that it was a complex for me on a personal level, I was going through a difficult time e and shooting two films together I think it is never easy, in addition, I had to complete other works and, at the end, I always found myself on the train commuting between Turin and Rome.

Call me by your name – Editorial

Layering, wraparound coats, loose-fitting jackets, trench coats with contrasting details. These are the stylistic ingredients of the “Call me by your name” fashion editorial, shooted for Manintown by Davide Musto.

Manintown magazine fashion
Trench and body Vìen, boots RBRSL

Manintown magazine
Trench and body Vìen, boots RBRSL

Manintown magazine fashion editorial
Denim jacket, shorts and knit leggings Andrea Pompilio, shoes Green George, denim hat Borsalino

Etro mens knitwear
Knit top Etro, hat Bonfilio

Brioni total look
Total look Brioni

men hats luxury
Hat Bonfilio

Credits

Model Jason Chuck @boommodels

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Davide Pizzotti

Ph. assistant Davide Simonelli

Grooming Maura Eleonora Vanja Corbetta @theagencyaldocoppola

Opening image: trench and body Vìen, boots RBRSL

Dodge Dunlap

A creature with an otherworldly yet carnal attitude, with the features and manners of those “mischievous fairies” Shakespeare spoke of in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The model Dodge Dunlap takes the role of a seditious, decidedly cheeky little spirit, who wanders around the garden of Palazzo San Niccolò in Florence for Manintown. He’s (un)dressed in skimpy lurex ensembles, 3D wing-effect jackets, tissue paper-thin bustiers, generously unbuttoned blazers and shirts, completing the outfits with fetish-flavoured accessories such as metal harnesses, chain necklaces and shiny black leather gloves.

Manintown black & white editorial
Crop top and underwear Wayeröb, boots Çanaku, earring, lace at the waist cristallonero, shibari leather wire Sirainer

John Richmond men
Total look John Richmond, earring cristallonero, shibari leather wire Sirainer

gilet fashion men
Patch overlay jacket Di Liborio, boots Bruno Bordese, leather leggings stylist archive

Bruno Bordese sneakers
Total look John Richmond, boots Bruno Bordese, earring cristallonero, shibari leather wire Sirainer

men's style editorial 2022
Patch overlay jacket Di Liborio, boots Bruno Bordese, leather leggings stylist archive

elegant look men
Cropped shirt and bustier Leonardo Valentini, papillon Mani del Sud, boots Çanaku

Manintown editorial men
Total look John Richmond, earring cristallonero, shibari leather wire Sirainer

harness men fashion
Total look John Richmond, chain harness Sirainer

John Richmond men shirt
Total look John Richmond, earring cristallonero, shibari leather wire Sirainer

men fashion shoot Manintown
Cropped shirt and bustier Leonardo Valentini, papillon Mani del Sud, boots Çanaku

Credits

Model Dodge Dunlap @Independent

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Alfredo Fabrizio

Producer Alessandra Gubinelli

Photographer assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Stylist assistant Federica Mele

Make-up Giada Pinferi

Location Palazzo San Niccolò, Florence


Opening image: total look John Richmond, chain harness Sirainer

In my intimacy – Editorial

A well-known TV personality (he has taken part in several programs, including the 16th edition of “Big Brother”), 36 years old, a love for fitness spoiled by his imposing physique, with muscles sculpted by hours spent in the gym (he’s a personal trainer as well as a model), Michael Terlizzi literally gets naked for Manintown, posing for intense black and white portraits that convey strength and delicacy in equal measure.

Michael Terlizzi

naked men fashion editorial

Michael Terlizzi fashion

Michael Terlizzi model

Michael Terlizzi social

In these images Michael Terlizzi wears underwear, clothes and accessories Emporio Armani

Credits

Model Michael Terlizzi

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Alfredo Fabrizio

Photographer assistant Davide Simonelli

Grooming Claudia Blengio @simonebellimakeup

Opening image: tank top Emporio Armani

Picturesque – Editorial

A contemporary adonis with a statuesque physique, barely veiled by ethereal fabrics, mesh tops and see-through shirts, is the dominus of this Davide Musto shoot, published on the “Youth Babilonia” issue.

fashion editorial Antonio Marras
hood Antonio Marras, ring Albert M., underwear and top strass stylist’s archive

men fashion shoot sexy
hood Antonio Marras, ring Albert M., underwear and top strass stylist’s archive

fashion editorial Manintown
Headpieces and top Efek, pants Antonio Marras, bracelets Albert M., boots Bruno Bordese, underwear stylist’s archive

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Total look Di Liborio, boots Collini Milano, belt Efek

fashion shoot artist
Total look Collini Milano, headpieces Efek

fashion shooting pictorial
Total look Di Liborio, bracelet and rings Albert M., necklace stylist’s archive

Credits

Model Sager Kurusinkal

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Alfredo Fabrizio

Photographer assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Hair&make-up Eleonora Mantovani @simonebelliamakeup

Opening image: hood Antonio Marras, ring Albert M., underwear and top strass stylist’s archive

Nowhere to run – editorial

Models Giacomo Affede and Nacho Penin play two super stylish skaters in Davide Musto’s black & white shots for Manintown, wearing tailored suits, printed shirts, checked blazers and zipped jumpers.

skate fashion photography
Giacomo (left): jacket, shirt and pants Dior Men, shoes Zegna; Nacho (right): total look Givenchy

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Giacomo (right): jacket, shirt and pants Dior Men, shoes Zegna; Nacho (up): total look Givenchy

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Left: shirt and pants Hermès; right total look Gucci

Manintown fashion Youth Babilonia
Nacho (right): total look Louis Vuitton; Giacomo (right, on skateboard): top, pants and belts Salvatore Ferragamo, sneakers Givenchy, sunglasses Zegna

Credits

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Emily Lee @W-MManagement

Photographer assistant Davide Simonelli

Stylist assistant Francesca Minardi

Grooming Chiara Bussei @W-MManagement

Models Giacomo Affede, Nacho Penin @IMG

Opening image: Giacomo (right) wears jacket, shirt and pants Dior Men, shoes Zegna, Nacho (right) wears total look Givenchy

Dive into the rap scene, the success of Highsnob

Michele Matera, aka Highsnob, is age 37 and was born in Avellino and raised in La Spezia. He is one of the most successful artists in the Italian rap scene. With a turbulent past, he founded the duo Bushwaka together with Italian rapper Samuel Heron in 2013 and released “Pandamonium”, an album published by the Newtopia label. After this experiment, he embarked on a solo career and in June 2015 released his first single “Harley Quinn”, a gold record in which he fused trap with the sounds of classic rap.

Highsnob rap
Suit Vivienne Westwood, T-shirt Kangra, shoes Salvatore Ferragamo, sunglasses Tom Ford

Anticipated by the single “Wannabe” featuring Junior Cally, his first studio album “Bipopular” was released in summer 2018. In 2019 “23 coltellate” was awarded gold status by FIMI and in 2020 the singles “Wannabe vol. 3” and “Per odiarti non ho tempo” were released.
In 2022, Highsnob debuted at the Sanremo Festival in a duo with singer-songwriter Hu with “Abbi cura di te”, a song dedicated to the end of a love story, in which pop, rap and electronic genres are mixed.

Highsnob rapper
Total look Hermès

Highsnob songs
Jacket Diesel, T-shirt Kangra

Credits

Talent Highsnob

Editor in Chief Federico Poletti

Photographer Filippo Thiella

Stylist Davide Pizzotti

Photographer assistant Andrea Lenzi

Stylist assistant Gianluca Sacchetti

Grooming: Ricky Morandin/W-MManagement

Opening image: suit Vivienne Westwood, T-shirt Kangra, shoes Salvatore Ferragamo, sunglasses Tom Ford

A multifaceted & unconventional artist: Hu

Born Federica Ferracuti, in Fermo (Marche) in 1994, Hu is a multifaceted artist: a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and sound technician, passionate about music from an early age, with a degree from the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro. Her stage name, taken from the Egyptian divinity who is neither man nor woman, reflects her individual style, fluid and free from boundaries. Through her melodious voice, Hu combines urban tracks with electronic and pop contaminations.

Hu music
Suit Emporio Armani, vintage shirt and tie

She first rose to prominence in 2020 by taking part in the AmaSanremo show, where she performed her song “Occhi Niagara”, and standing out for her talent. After taking an increasingly experimental direction, she then released the singles “End” and “Millemila”.
Together with Highsnob, she took part in the 2022 edition of the Sanremo Festival with “Abbi cura di te”, a song that combines rock, electronic and ambient music. Her first official album, “Numeri primi” was released in March and features collaborations with the La Spezia rapper Highsnob and Francesca Michielin.

Hu songs
Jacket and pants Fendi, sunglasses Tom Ford, brogues Marsèll, vintage shirt and tie

Hu Sanremo
Jacket and pants Alexander McQueen, vintage shirt and tie

Hu abbi cura di te
Jacket, dress and pants Thom Browne, rings Nove25

Credits

Talent Hu

Editor in Chief Federico Poletti

Photographer Antonino Cafiero

Stylist Sabrina Mellace

Photographer assistant Filippo Ragone

Stylist assistant Elisabetta Catalano

Make-up Greta Agazzi

Special thanks to Patrizia Ferro

Opening image: suit Emporio Armani, vintage shirt and tie

Dare to be yourself, the different shades of Gianluca Ginoble

Gianluca Ginoble singer
Vintage suit stylist’s archive

Gianluca Ginoble is a child prodigy from Abruzzo: an opera singer best known as being one of three members of the trio Il Volo. He began singing at the age of three and had already participated in a talent show at the age of fourteen, where he met Pietro Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, with whom he founded the group Il Volo shortly thereafter.

Gianluca Ginoble il volo
Jacket The Nick, pants FBMT, hat Lorenzo Seghezzi, jewelry Vitaly

Il volo Gianluca Ginoble
Shirt Saint Laurent from Antonioli.eu, jewelry Vitaly

Gianluca is a baritone whose deep, soft voice immediately stood out, earning him a large following of fans on social media with whom he shares moments of his everyday life as a singer. He is still part of the group today, which is currently preparing for a world tour in the US and Canada.

Gianluca Ginoble songs
Total look Saint Laurent from Antonioli.eu, jewelry Vitaly, shoes Sonora

Gianluca Ginoble interview
Jacket Alessandro Vigilante, jewelry Vitaly

Gianluca Ginoble cantante
Vintage suit stylist’s archive

Il Volo baritono
Total look Ardusse

Gianluca Ginoble fashion
Shirt Saint Laurent from Antonioli.eu, jewelry Vitaly

Credits

Talent Gianluca Ginoble

Photographer Leandro Manuel Emede

Styling Nick Cerioni

Stylist assistants Michele Potenza, Salvatore Pezzella, Noemi Managò

Make-up & hair Mara De Marco

MANINTOWN editorial – One Man Show

men's key pieces 2022
Total look Simon Cracker, boots John Richmond, hat Bonfilio

As the headline suggests, model Rocco Serio is the protagonist of the photos by Davide Musto for the shooting published in the “Youth Babilonia” issue of MANINTOWN. He interprets some key pieces from the collections of brands such as Acne Studios, Dsquared2, Giuseppe Zanotti, Annakiki and John Richmond, beetween sculptural puffy capes, embroidered balaclava, fancy hats and printed dresses.

fashion editorial menswear
Coat John Richmond, shirt Dsquared2, shorts stylist archive, boots Giuseppe Zanotti, hat Bonfilio

men's fashion capes
Hood Christopher Raxxy

Credits

Model Rocco Serio @FashionArtWise

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Alessandra Gubinelli

Photographer assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Stylist assistant Federica Mele

Hair Sara Petrucci @makingbeautymanagement

Make-up Eleonora Mantovani @simonebelliagency

Opening image: total look Simon Cracker, boots John Richmond, hat Bonfilio

YOUTH BABILONIA: Giuseppe De Domenico

TWICE A YEAR (Januar y and June), YOUTH BABILONIA will explore the young international creative scene with more than 100 pages of Fashion and new models who, we are sure, will rock the scenes of Fashion.
Created thanks to an idea of Davide Musto, the print&digital project aims to explore and experiment with different cultures, capturing the new generations in fashion.

Total Look Trussardi

Photographer: DAVIDE MUSTO

stylist: OTHER AGENCY

photographer assistant: VALENTINA CIAMPAGLIA

mua: FLAVIO SANTILLO

Oh so pretty

Model Luigi Bruno, in front of Davide Musto’s lens, plays with the cult pieces of the new season and shows off a naturally fluid attitude, fitting with ease lace micro tops, sleeveless pleated blouses, studded blazers and leather accessories with a BDSM flair.

Luigi Bruno model
Shirt Youwei, pants Roberto Cavalli
Fashion editorial fluidity
Shirt Youwei, pants Roberto Cavalli
Luigi Bruno Instagram
Total look and shoes John Richmond, choker Vanesi, socks stylist’s archive

Credits

Talent Luigi Bruno @Elite Milano, CmodelsCrew

Editor in Chief Federico Poletti

Photographer Davide Musto

Stylist Alessandra Gubinelli

Photographer assistant Valentina Ciampaglia

Stylist assistant Federica Mele

Make-up Alessandro Joubert @simonebelliagency

Hair Sara Petrucci @makingbeautymanagement

Songs must have a touch of restlessness: the secret according to D.whale 

I’ve been writing songs my whole life, ever since I was a child. It has always been the only way to understand myself and to exorcise the pain.
I was born as a songwriter and only later became a producer. I’ve always produced the songs I write, so this transition was quite natural. My approach always begins with the song, as I hardly ever work on things I don’t write myself.

That’s how it goes: we meet in the studio, have a coffee, talk about ourselves and just start writing. But only when I think a song is good do I move to the second step, which is the arrangement. I still have a sense of ancient respect for music. I never make fun of it, and I never do something just because it’s work.

d.whale music

Music has literally saved my life, and every time I walk into the studio it’s like entering a temple.
I’ve got my work team there and it’s been the same for ages. Here is Paolo Antonacci, with whom I’ve written many radio hits in recent years, and Stefano Clessi, my lifelong friend. We started together in an independent reality, inventing ourselves every day. He was the one who introduced me to songwriting, I never thought that an artist would sing songs written by someone else until ten years ago. Now I find myself working with many different artists from different genres and music worlds.

All my work definitely shares a veil of melancholy and emotion that I’ve always carried deep within. I’ve never believed in packaged music, just to be clear, that’s made of “plastic”.

To vibrate my deepest strings, songs must have some sort of restlessness.

In the same way, every production preserves my taste and training from the golden age of hip hop in Berlin to 80s electronic music. I’m truly in love with pop and everything that makes you hum a song from the very first time you hear it.

d.whale producer

The Italian music scene changes from month to month and I find it very inspiring right now: there are no clear distinctions anymore, all the rules have been broken. This keeps me awakeand inspires me so much. Take for example Mahmood and Blanco: only two years ago, these two artists would have been defined as “urban” and yet they won Sanremo with an exquisitely Italian pop song, a beautiful melody in the best Italian traditions. This is the triumph of pop. The metrics change a little, of course, but urban is now mixed up with pop, there are no rules anymore.

Our country celebrates melody, and a lovely melody always wins over everything else. It wins over repeated attempts to be cool at the expense of the song, and it also wins over useless attempts to make a production forcibly lavish, which only weakens the songwriting.

In the end, only the songs win. This is so simple that is only understood by a few.

Text by Davide Simonetta

David LaChapelle. I Believe in Miracles

The large-scale solo exhibition ‘David LaChapelle. I Believe in Miracles, at the MUDEC in Milan, produced by 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 ORE and promoted by the Comune di Milano-Cultura, is the result of a journey of artistic research lasting a lifetime which presents a previously unseen and, to some extent, surprising David LaChapelle. Over 90 works are displayed – including large formats, site-specific installations and new productions – directly from the artist’s studio, to present his vision of a new world and a potential new humanity.

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David LaChapelle, ‘Mary Magdalene: Abiding Lamentation’, 2019 (©David LaChapelle, courtesy of Reflex Amsterdam)

A series of works that are part of the new, visionary phase of LaChapelle

Starting with his early works, the eyes of the public are opened for the first time at the Museum of Cultures to a previously unseen series of works that are part of the new and visionary phase of his output – the last, dated 2022 – the result of the powerful legacy of his lengthy artistic and human experience. With an unprecedented project curated by Reiner Opoku and Denis Curti in partnership with LaChapelle studio, the Museum of Cultures hosts an exhibition itinerary that critically examines the human soul, investigating its various facets of joy, pain, solitude and passion, insecurities  and  ideals. Humankind and its relationship with itself, human beings in the surrounding environment and in society, humankind in nature. A very personal vision that the Mudec has chosen to present by staging this retrospective of the artist, furthering anthropological reflection on the present.

David Lachapelle art photography
The Holy Family with S. Francis‘, 2019, Hawaii (©David LaChapelle)
David Lachapelle religion
‘Annunciation’, 2019 (©David LaChapelle)

The exhibition includes over 90 works which unfold in a flowing and captivating narrative, through the artist’s very personal vision of a “gestural” kind of photography; that is, a snapshot of the present while “alert” for the future ahead.

Images that reveal LaChapelle’s vision for a new world

David Lachapelle new world
Landscape: King’s Dominion‘, 2013, Los Angeles (©David LaChapelle)
David Lachapelle Lil Kim
Lil Kim: Luxury Item‘, 1999, New York (©David LaChapelle)

Starting with works that portray the vulnerability of the planet and the fragility of humankind, together with a repertoire that looks at pop culture and the stars of cinema, music and art, the exhibition winds its way through images that reveal the artist’s vision for a new world. A world that seeks an uncontaminated and luxurious nature where everyone can experience spirituality, love and beauty and where men and women can finally live liberated from alienation and in unity with the natural context.
The exhibition itinerary is a personal journey steeped in memories and sentiment that purposely mixes a non- chronological order with the experiences of a professional and private life which, in the end, prove to be on the same level. New photos have been exhibited for the first time following the challenging experience of the two-year pandemic. They have been conceived in the natural surroundings of Hawaiian forests, where LaChapelle has made his home.

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Heliconia No. 1‘, 2020 (©David LaChapelle)
David Lachapelle nativity
Our Lady of the Flowers‘, 2019, Hawaii (©David LaChapelle)

The photos interpret certain passages from the Bible and seem to signify a “change of pace”. His style gradually becomes more intimate and pensive. The settings relinquish, at least partially, the surreal dimension to descend into a more realistic atmosphere.
Less saturated compared to his previous works, the colours invite us to go back in time to reflect on our values and on the need to see also ourselves in a miraculous new world.

David Lachapelle world
Spree‘, 2020, Los Angeles (©David LaChapelle)

Opening image: David LaChapelle, ‘Gas: Shell’, 2012, Hawaii (©David LaChapelle)

Napapijri x Moreno Ferrari

Napapijri x Moreno Ferrari is the capsule collection created thanks to the collaboration between the outerwear brand Napapijri and the famous Italian designer and artist Moreno Ferrari. The inspiration for the concept came from the ‘NO Project’, an installation created by the artist in 2018 when he revisited one of Napapijri’s icons, the Skidoo jacket, transforming it into a work of art. Ferrari’s vision turned the Skidoo into an armour with traces of urban material in contrast with nature: a symbolic encounter between the artist and the brand to reflect on the boundary between commitment and civic responsibility towards the environment, especially for fashion. The desire to develop projects with this philosophy, where negative becomes positive, translates into a Circular Capsule Collection that combines design, sustainability and an innovative and ethical approach to the environment.

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Alan Cappelli Goetz wears Napapijri x Moreno Ferrari

Each garment is 100% recyclable

The capsule features a range of sustainable and fully recyclable urban looks. The five styles draw on elements borrowed from the urban landscape – such as bubble wrap and plastic safety nets – and focus on the need to reuse and recycle as much as possible. Each garment is 100% recyclable, made of ECONYL® regenerated nylon: an innovative fibre created from plastic waste such as old fishing nets, rugs and industrial waste. It has the same quality as virgin nylon, but unlike the latter, is infinitely recyclable.

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Alan Cappelli Goetz wears Napapijri x Moreno Ferrari

Objects that have heart, an ethic” (Moreno Ferrari)

Moreno Ferrari comments: “My design approach and this work in particular always takes society into account, it is a declaration of courage. Starting from the concept of beyond, crossing that ideal threshold beyond which one cannot go. Using recycled materials creates endless products and the result are objects that have heart, an ethic. There is no aesthetics without ethics nowadays”.

Strengthening Napapijri’s commitment to designing a circular future for fashion, the brand’s online take-back program allows all capsule products to be returned two years after purchase so that they can be transformed into new yarn and new products. Martino Scabbia Guerrini, executive vice president & group president of Vf Emea said: “This work is a perfect synthesis of what the market is today, where consumers are aware of sustainability but attentive to design. On the company side, we must look at the meeting points between communities, culture and our vision of design and aesthetics, always maintaining the strong commitment to sustainability that has distinguished us for many years”.

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Alan Cappelli Goetz wears Napapijri x Moreno Ferrari

Alan Cappelli Goetz was called on to interpret this capsule collection, as an actor who’s always attentive to green issues and responsible fashion. He is featured in an editorial set along the naviglio della Martesana, a crossroads between nature and urban culture, a place that has been redeveloped today and full of surprising stories.

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Alan Cappelli Goetz wears Napapijri x Moreno Ferrari

In the opening image, Alan Cappelli Goetz wears Napapijri x Moreno Ferrari

Creative by Nature: brands with an artisan, contemporary and sustainable DNA.

On the occasion of Pitti Uomo, from 10th to 12th, the exhibition “CREATIVE BY NATURE” opens the doors, a project curated by Federico Poletti showcasing 13 brands with an artisan, contemporary and sustainable DNA. A tribute to both established and independent labels that have put know-how and Made in Italy at the center of their philosophy and their products. An exhibition that takes place in a unique location: the “Serra fredda of the Orto Botanico Giardino dei Semplici”, created by the Medici as a garden of medicinal plants (the Semplici) in 1545,is one of the most ancient Garden in the world. A real gem in the heart of Florence near Piazza San Marco. A journey into the beauty of Nature, the exhibition presents a new generation of fashion makers capable of combining the traditions of Italian manufacturing with new technologies and a fashion twist that includes sustainability. Many of the realities are focused on the concept of creative reuse or upcycling, starting from the most varied materials such as abandoned furs, denim and vintage clothes up to the fabrics of sails or sports materials such as footballs, new products are developed and reborn.

From 10th to 12th January 202 the brands on show are: Artichoke Bags, BGBL Bouncing Bags, De Marquet, Je Suis Vintage, Mani del Sud, Sabelle Atelier, The Scius Concept,  Yekaterina Ivankova and Xacus.

Federico Poletti, curator of the project and editor in chief of MANINTOWN comments: “With the Creative by Nature show we want to give visibility both to more well known companies and to research brands, all united by an artisan DNA in which tradition is revisited in a contemporary way and with an eye on sustainability issues. A project that fits perfectly with the spirit and respect for Nature that visitors can discover by visiting the Botanical Garden and its wonders. A sign of encouragement in a complex moment worldwide. A warning not to lose the pillars values ​​of our Made in Italy, supporting the new generation of talents who are investing in their start-ups and responsible companies with great efforts and new ideas“.

On 11 and 12 January it will also be possible to book a free guided tour of the Orto Botanico Giardino dei Semplici, at approximately 12 pm or 2 pm by calling 055 – 2756444 or by writing to [email protected]

FASHION MAKERS ON SHOW

Artichoke was born in 2017 from an idea of Lorenzo Scotto as a brand of travel backpack produced in recycled materials.

BGBL is the Made in Italy bags brand born at the end of 2018 that bounces between sport and style, between the past and the contemporary.

De Marquet is a project launched from the desire to mix design, fashion and functionality in a strong way. The bag has become a best-seller in Switzerland thanks to its functional design and refined aesthetics.

Je Suis Vintage  is a project conceived by the two young Neapolitan entrepreneurs Antonio Pignatiello and Giuseppe D’Urso that focuses on an eco-sustainable and ethical fashion concept.

Mani del Sud – accessories project founded by Raffaele Stella Brienza – combines the highest conception of craftsmanship with modern design, a visionary research with melancholy memories from Basilicata, an enchanted region of southern Italy.

Sabelle Atelier was born from the passion and friendship of Sabina Giangreco and Letizia Tomacelli, two entrepreneurs who have chosen to join professionally to give life to the brand, under the sign of ethics, creativity and reuse.

The Scius Concept  is a project launched in 2020 by Nicolò Biagini di Casaletto, founder and creative director of the brand. After some important experiences as buyers for stores such as 10 Corso Como, Sugar and Franz Kraler, Nicoló decided to create a project that could make known Tuscan craftsmanship by renewing it. The brand produces Furlanes (slippers) completely made in Italy, in particular “made in Tuscany”, completely handmade and with eco-sustainable materials that take into account the environment and the future of the planet.

Yekaterina Ivankova, launched in 2017 from the eponymous designer of Kazakh roots who moved to Italy in 2000. Since she was a child she has nurtured a great passion for fashion and contemporary art.

Xacus has always been synonymous with shirts for men and women, a company that has managed to combine technology and style, functionality and aesthetics, automation and tailoring, performance and sustainability.

VISITING HOURS CREATIVE BY NATURE

Orto Botanico – Giardino dei Semplici 

Via Giorgio La Pira 10 – Florence – free admission 

Mandatory Super green pass + FFP2 mask

10 January 2022, from 4 pm to 10 pm 

Opening cocktail, by invitation only