Michael Stabile’s Optical Art Fashion Exhibition at the Aleph Rome Hotel




We get the news from the Italian press agency. Art and fashion,  a  combination  that I love because it links two extremes of creativity and beauty that spring from the human mind. The artistic context on which the Italian photographer refers is linked to a very congenial period for me. The prints illustrate the Optical Art linked to the movements of Kinetic Art, born in the 60s.


Michael Stabile is a fashion photographer, specialized in Fashion Advertising Photography. He uses the images as a channel of communication: Michael Stabile presented during Alta Roma the FASHION EXHIBITION – PHOTOGRAPHER MICHAEL STABILE. The event was included in the official calendar of Alta Roma section In Town, edition of JUNE 2018.

FASHION EXHIBITION is a calendar embracing a Photography’s exhibition on tour, produced by the Photographer Michael Stabile, who exhibits on canvas a concept of advertising campaigns designed and created by him for several “Maison de Haute Couture”. The opening of the exhibition was on June 27th in one of the most prestigious locations: Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. The exhibition runs until July 1st 2018 and will host an audience that will be able to enjoy the works.

The Exhibition concept, “Optical Art Fashion” shown prints on 70/100 canvas, conceived and realized by Michael Stabile, at the Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. The prints are illustrating the “Optical Art” which is closely linked to the movements of the “Kinetic Art” that was originating around the sixties and that was evolving the examination and the study of the two-dimensional illusion.

The “OPTICAL ART FASHION EXHIBITION” works, presented in the exhibition, conceived and realized in the pose room by Michael Stabile in December 2016. The Photographer used as backdrop, the original fabric from which the dress derives and he physically placed the model in a geometric line to offer the viewer a unique work presenting two dimensions. The result is an impression of movement and of hidden image. The work becomes a “unique example produced in Haute Couture”. The eyes of Michael Stabile, are revealing his character while enclosing the perception that is appearing in his photography. The feeling is that all entirely depends on one point of view, as it happens in life.

To conclude the opening event, all guests, national and international press have been invited to a happy hour on the beautiful terrace of the Aleph Rome Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been proclaimed husband and wife 



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been proclaimed husband and wife after pledging their love to one another at a fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle. After a service watched by an estimated global TV audience of 1.9billion, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex emerged from the historic church set in the grounds of St George’s Chapel, beaming with delight.

Having walked his now daughter-in-law down the aisle, Prince Charles reduced guests to tears at the afternoon reception with a speech about his ‘darling old Harry’.They later left for the evening reception in ultimate style – taking a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was originally manufactured in 1968 and has since been converted to electric power to Frogmore House in Windsor.

The car’s number plate bore the date of the wedding – E190518 – and Prince Harry proved he was the perfect gentleman as he opened the door of a vintage car to let his bride step in, as he drove her to their private evening reception in a scene akin to a James Bond film.

Earlier, at the top of the vast West Steps, where the West Door was decorated with hundreds of cream and white flowers and green foliage, Harry and his bride stopped and kissed to the delight of cheering onlookers. An estimated more than 100,000 well-wishers lined the streets of Windsor to cheer the newlyweds as they started their married life with a tour in an open-topped Ascot Landau carriage.

The Queen’s grandson and the American former actress, who is now an HRH and a member of the British royal family, said their vows in front of 600 guests including the monarch and more than 30 members of the Royal family. Ms Markle wore a stunning elegant white gown – with a white veil and boat neck – was created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy. Prince Harry and his best man the Duke of Cambridge are both wearing the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals.

As they met at the altar, Prince Harry told his bride “you look amazing”, to which Meghan replied “thank you”. The couple tenderly held hands and exchanged smiles during the wedding ceremony.

Ms Markle’s delicate veil was five metres (16ft) long and made from silk tulle, with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads, with two of her page boys carrying the ends as she made her way up the steps. Her hair was styled in an up do and she wore the glittering Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen. The pair set off on an open-top carriage ride through the streets of Windsor where an estimated more than 100,000 well-wishers had descended on the town for the royal nuptials.

As they paused on the steps, a smiling Ms Markle looked up at her new husband and asked: “Do we kiss?” Harry replied with a discreet: “Yeah.” The new Duke and Duchess travelled in the Ascot Landau waving to the thousands of royal fans lining the streets and up the Long Walk, with Ms Markle exclaiming “wow” at their rapturous welcome.As the horse-drawn carriage returned to Windsor Castle ready for a lunchtime reception in the magnificent St George’s Hall, Prince Harry quipped: “I’m ready for a drink now.”

Ahost of stars were invited to join the happy couple in the chapel including US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, tennis champion Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba. Prince Harry and Ms Markle gazed into each other’s eyes as they exchanged vows. The Duke of Cambridge, in his role as best man, stepped forward to deliver the rings, with the couple smiling as they placed the bands on each other’s hands.

Unlike his brother, Prince Harry has chosen to wear a wedding ring.

Loud cheers could be heard from outside St George’s Chapel as the Archbishop of Canterbury proclaimed the couple husband and wife. Prince George and Princess Charlotte did not follow directly behind Harry and Meghan as they made their way back up the aisle, like the other bridesmaids and page boys.

Instead, the youngsters held the hand of their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they made their way out of the chapel. Ms Markle has become the first mixed race person in modern history to marry a British senior royal. She found fame in the US legal drama Suits playing the character Rachel Zane, and a number of her former co-stars, including Patrick J Adams and Gabriel Macht, were there for her big day.

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The Kering groups against violence on women in the White Ribbon campaign



Kering Foundation launches the White Ribbon Campaign 2017 online to raise awareness of the new generations of violence against women. With the white ribbon Christopher Kane, Joseph Altuzarra, Stella McCartney, Salma Hayek, Alessandro Michele and Dennis Chan.

The campaign, which started yesterday (20 November) and ends on 25 – when it will resort to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – wants to capture the attention of the Z generation to provoke a profound and sustainable cultural change on the theme globally.

The #ICouldHaveBeen campaign and the dedicated site icouldhavebeen.org want to reflect on the fact that women of all ages are exposed to a high risk of violence, simply to be born of a female gender.

The public is invited to imagine her life as “her”: the woman on three who is in the world a victim of violence, though no one, as the creators point to, can really understand what she is doing without having really suffered a violence.

Among the official ambassadors of the initiative are Christopher Kane, Joseph Altuzarra, Alessandro Michele and Dennis Chan, who have been photographed with the name that their parents could choose in the hypothesis that they were female females.

Fashion designer Stella McCartney and actress Salma Hayek (wife of François-Henri Pinault, owner of the Kering group), who are part of the board of the foundation, appear in the campaign with the generic “her” (pictured).

About Z-Generation, as reported by the Kering Foundation, every two seconds in the world a girl under the age of 18 is forced to marry.

A teenager over three, between 13 and 15, is bullied regularly. 15 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 claim to have experienced non-consensual sexual relations in their lives. Over the past 12 months, 9 million girls have been subjected to sexual assault.

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Pitti Uomo 90 Just Arrived


Fortezza da Basso, Palazzo Pitti 14-17 June 2016, Florence

Lifestyle and fashion make for obvious bedfellows, more elegantly worded by the late Gianni Versace, one of my favorite Italian designers, who said “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live”. Walking in Florence, since choosing to relocate here in February, I couldn’t have a better introduction to Italian culture and the sartorial trends which have influenced men’s fashion throughout the world; than the twice-yearly, Pitti Uomo trade event which presents “…clothing and accessory collections and launching new project’s in men’s fashion.”

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The exhibition, under the auspices of its corporate parent, Pitti Immagine, has provided a “Global showcase and a unifier for the national industry” since 1972, including many of today’s international fashion industry scions: Armani, Ricci, Valentino and Versace who have set the bar high for forthcoming designers. In 2016, hosting as many exhibitors and rigorously selected designers as there are statues in our museums, the Fortezza da Basso presents Hiroki Nakamura working his street apparel and cult footwear, Fausto Puglisi staging his luxurious designs using tradition fabrics, Raf Simons showing his contemporary S/S 2017 collection toGosha Rubchinskiy – this year’s guest menswear designer – showcasing his social commentary collection through media visuals, and Lucio Vanotti, the 2012 ‘Who is on Next?’ finalist known for his elegant unisex style. Concurrently, at the Palazzo Pitti, Visions of Fashion, a photographic exhibition by the iconic Karl Lagerfeld, opens to the public from 15th June inaugurating a three-year programme dedicated to the culture of contemporary fashion. This historic location more famously knows as the former residence of the Medici family, whose wealth and influence originally derived from the textile trade, offers a fitting location indeed to “promote the fashion industry as the aesthetic expression and global evolution of taste.”



If you found Barneys or the Polo Bar suspiciously empty last night, that’s because every single fashion person in New York was at Lincoln Center for the world premiere of Zoolander 2. Derek and Hansel, Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, a handful of Jenners… we could go on. Even Neil deGrasse Tyson made an appearance.

Of course, with NYFW in the air, this major fashion moment was anything but your typical movie premiere. Besides a red carpet, there was a full-blown runway show featuring the likes of Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk, and Stella Maxwell. Penélope Cruz, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell all appeared in character, and Justin Theroux reprised his role as the evil, dreadlocked DJ (he danced down the catwalk with Skrillex. #Casual).

Needless to say, there were plenty of memorable looks to be seen. Click through for our favorites!

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I read this article of the italian Blogger, Alessandro Sicuro, he’s always very careful to recognizing the talents creativity of Made in Italy and beyond. I immediately wanted posted in my blog this important report, because I believe that, this brand and its line will have ‘future.



Schermata 2015-11-19 alle 22.23.15As a lover of Italian creativity and ingenuity, I am always on the lookout for companies to discover new ideas and products.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Creative Lab of a young Tuscan Company Marka™ Ltd, for their collection of accessories and unique jewelry, bracelets and chains for pants, designed and styled very attractively. Silver, precious stones such as amethyst, tiger eye, silver bracelets, leather, python, set in magnificent frames made in the urban Hipster style.


Many times companies write to me for a technical opinion and input on their creations. I am generally happy to oblique.

One of the most interesting ideas that I have become aware of lately, is a new brand with a very unique style.  How did the idea begin? The story is simple, and the entrepreneurs are four friends, who met over dinner and decided to give birth to a new line of products, involving the creation of fashion accessories.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGiven the fact that the four friends have a plethora of experience in the field of industrial creativity for many years, although each in different sectors. For them, this environment for them is so challenging, yet complicated and fascinating at the same time, allowing him to obtain several successes to the point of deciding to embark on this new creative venture with the creation of the brand 43°11° © –

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I readily admit that this idea intrigued me from the very beginning, their enthusiasm has spread and my talent scouting staff, “always lurking like a sentinel,”  I immediately came to understand that I was in the right place, at the right time. Then moving from words to deeds, I came to see the creations of the collection 43°11°©, led by creative director Andrea Balleri, to see for myself this team full of energy and passion for innovation, there’s really an idea worth telling and bringing forward.

Schermata 2015-11-19 alle 22.46.49Ing. Andrea Balleri creative director 43°11°©

Upon arriving at the company and opening the caskets of the collection, I noticed three elements that strike me immediately in the products. The first is the lightness of the product, a fact that I always find very valuable when you have to wear something. Despite the closure of the bracelets and chains, they are both reliable and lightweight, as well for pendants, and chains that are set with semiprecious stones.

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The second element that struck me is the exquisite design and detail, impact, quality of micro-fusion of silver, an aesthetic and functional mix I found really fascinating.

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The third element that struck me is the price: finding to be an excellent compromise between quality and cost. Bearing in mind that manufacturing procedures faithfully respect the matching processing parameters in compliance with the safety standards.

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The collection is ready and the holders Marka Ltd say, which is also in high demand by social media and Internet.


Marka srl. Sede legale: Ripa Castel Traetti, 1. 51100 PT (Italy)
Sede operativa: Via Prov. Francesca Sud 143 145, 56029 Santa croce sull’Arno PI.
P.iva 01843420470  email:  info@4311.it




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schermata-2015-10-02-alle-10-03-52I had often heard of this prestigious event. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the creator for an interview, Paul Lubrano.  While it may be difficult to define this character with a few lines of text: elegant man, in love with his land, with organizational skills and achievement, really special. “

On September 30, 2015 a press conference was held, where I participated, in the prestigious and oldest theater in Naples in front of a large group of journalists and representatives of private companies that were the sponsors. ”Last year, the city of Pozzuoli hosted the orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo, and this year will be the Teatro San Carlo, who will host Pozzuoli” – These are the words of Paul Lubrano, Producer of the Civitas Prize, who on the morning of Wednesday, September 30th outlined the details of the 19th edition of the prestigious award, aimed at enhancing and promoting the image of Pozzuoli in the world with the help of personality forming task of real testimonials Flegreo territory.


                                                    Why did the choice fell to these three individuals?

Giuseppe Gaudino, Pozzuoli Doc, starring in recent weeks of the film “For Your Sake.” The theater director Franco Dragone, the genius of Cirque du Soleil, has exported abroad sophisticated talent from Campania with a cumulative audience of more than 85 million people. And finally, the astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Neapolitan by adoption for fundamental formative years spent at the Academy Force Academy and Federico II; a woman who this past January moved us devoting time to the disappearance of Pino Daniele via a photograph of the Gulf of Pozzuoli, taken from the International Space Station. In short, a trio of excellent awards recipients who serve as ambassadors of the artistic heritage, landscape and culture of Pozzuoli in the world.  Names sure to be added to the long list of personalities transformed over time in the face of the Civitas Award, range from Sophia Loren to Tilda Swinton, from Sherman to Dante Ferretti.


So begins the countdown to the Nineteenth Edition of the Civitas Award which points to the stars of space, film and theater. Namely: the astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the director Giuseppe Gaudino and theater director Franco Dragone. The three will receive the award Sunday, October 4th at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and not, as is customary, in the ancient Macellum (Temple of Serapis) Pozzuoli, due to bad weather.

franklinchristopher-150227-001The Civitas Award for 2015 consolidates the usual collaboration with the Teatro Santeatro-san-carlo-festa-della-musica Carlo Theater-St-Charles-party-of-the Greatest Neapolitan with music enriching the event by having a special replica of “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti drama (1797-1848). On the podium, directing Orchestra and Chorus will be the American Orchestra Director Christopher Franklin, with the historic staging by Roberto De Simone.

schermata-2015-10-02-alle-09-51-24The Civitas Award was created by the artist Lello Lopez who created an original work, inspired by the unique charm of his art: a steel hand covered with a starfish. “I’ve been able to see and photograph, which I must say, is a beautiful work.”

There is a prize that the City of Pozzuoli hosts as well, thanks to Civitas, the fourth edition of Lermontov. Lermontov was established by the Foundation and the Institute of Russian Culture M. Lermontov with the aim of uniting, spiritually and artistically, Italy and Russia. For 2015 the Lermontov prize goes to the Teatro San Carlo. A well-deserved honor and recognition.

Although the event will not take place at Macellum, the Civitas Award is working to create an innovative lighting system installed in the historic site.

AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – During the last year there were many who point out that, after theschermata-2015-10-02-alle-02-36-46 impressive rally of May 29, 2014, it was unacceptable that the area of ​​the Temple of Serapis continued to continue with conditions of neglect and decay. Today the Civitas Award is working to create an innovative lighting system installed in the Macellum to be donated to the city with the collaboration of the Campania Region, the City of Pozzuoli and Department of Antiquities. “The Civitas Award is aimed at promoting the area away from the tourists – reiterates Paul Lubrano – and this year we allocate a substantial investment in the exploitation of international cultural impact (the responsibility of the Superintendent and now dimly lit thanks to the synergy of the City – Ed.)” We have opened a discussion with the bodies involved in order to have all permits and conclude the process as soon as possible – continues Lubrano – The goal is to succeed in December this year. Through the lighting fixtures to LED source, ensuring sustainable lighting, we will redesign the character of the original archaeological site, highlighting the features and points currently in the shadow of the Macellum.” The installation is signed off by the lighting designer Filippo Cannata, who adds:” I expected a light that was not the evening dress of the monument but that could express a concept of beauty, capable of bringing out the hidden image from time to citizens and tourists, as strong flow of attraction. “

Sara Dal Monte

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Pozzuoli, the city of the region Campania, Italy, just a few miles from Naples, with which together with: Amalfi, Ischia, Capri, Bacoli, Sorrento, shares the Gulf more ‘beautiful and picturesque southern Italy. Undisputed guardian of all the adventures is the Vesuvius, that with its plume asleep, feeds a number of mouths of volcanic vent called sulphurous. Terme, Stufe di Nerone, settlements natural Spa, Thalassotherapy, etc. are the frame together with a wonderful area called the Flegrea zone.

1While attending the international conference where today the important and significant matter being discussed is the theme of the development of the oldest district in the city – Flegrea.   This matter holds a great deal of historical and cultural significance and importance to the region.

Let’s take a cue from journalist Elisabetta Froncillo to retrace the path from last winter with the courtesy of Mayor Vincenzo Figliolia; we undertook the photoshoot that we have attached with the article.
We work to redraw the future. With the International Meeting set to discuss the relaunch project for submission to Lubec and feel that this goal shall be achieved.

This is a special place of history and heritage, which since 1970 has been denied. Ittempio-augusto-pozzuoli_1_original-2 has been closed due to a renovation project that seems to be eternal, with hundreds of millions spent already on the project.  This is the Rione Terra in Pozzuoli where this morning an International Conference will open in order to decide on the future, the theme being: “the Renaissance of the Cathedral to the enhancement of the Rione Terra.” From here we shall     start to launch the final idea to be presented in October at Lubec (Lucca, cultural heritage showcasing projects of renovations to Italian heritage) and find a management model that will see the Acropolis as a great attraction as well as all of Campi Flegrei.  But what is the Rione Terra? Is the Acropolis a crossroads of cultures and populations over millennia or possibly a pearl of history and identity is not yet lost? Reopened to the public 15 months ago one of its jewels was a long forgotten Christian Cathedral.    Which conceals from within its columns of a Roman temple dedicated to Augustus, discovered by chance after a disastrous fire in 1966.    Among the palaces and buildings you pass as you walk through the narrow ancient streets leads to magnificent vistas overlooking the Gulf. dsc_02781Under the mantle of cobblestones and lava, we have discovered an archaeological path of 10,000 square meters, which has fabulously preserved the traces of an ancient civilization and previewed recently in a visit by the speakers at the Conference, in a renewed media and sensory capacity.   A city layered in ash and closed by its inhabitants too early for future generations of tourists and historians.   The story of the modern age of Rione Terra depart from the disastrous earthquake of 1970, which led to the evacuation of the entire area and the exodus of the inhabitants moved to new residential areas. A mass escape: the whole area was expropriated and declared “inalienable heritage of the municipality”.  The complicated recovery restoration and enhancement began in 1993 with municipal resolutions approved 2002 and 2004, by the administration led by Mayor Vincenzo Figliolia.  The same person today who returned to the city322268_0_1 government in 2012, he is trying every way to complete jobs and fast tract times in an enhancement process. A race against time passing inexorably, while the yard still involves half of the fortress, with the specter of not flushing things out in an attempt to completing the project and avoid yet another white elephant.  In addition to establishment figures such as Vincenzo De Luca, president of the Campania Region and the Superintendent, Archaeological and Landscape, will present professional, business, culture and tourism industry operators and national and European stakeholders, all gathered in
dsc_02991order to discuss the modalities to speed up the process of assessment and feasibility. Without forgetting the already existing hypothesis as to project financing to build a tourist attraction to create widespread hotels with 32 buildings, 212 rooms, 58 shops and restaurants, the three museums and the convention center already existing.  All of which is potential economic boom for the city.

The conclusions will be entrusted as well as the mayor and Figliolia Antonia Pasqua Recchia, Secretary General of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage.


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The Madonna of the Goldfinch, Raphael in 1506, to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, after a restoration lasting 10 years.


SONY DSCOne of the most touching masterpieces of the Renaissance will be welcomed back to Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, after a restoration lasting 10 years. The Madonna of the Goldfinch, painted by Raphael in 1506, shows Mary with John the Baptist and Jesus as children at her feet, and John offering Jesus a goldfinch which the latter strokes. The goldfinch symbolises Christ’s crucifixion because it is a bird that feeds among thorns. One legend has it that a goldfinch plucked out a thorn that was digging painfully into Christ’s brow as he was on his way to be crucified.The painting, 42in by 30in, was executed when Raphael was 23. It was a wedding gift for Lorenzo Nasi, a wool merchant from Florence. The painting’s problems began in 1547 when Nasi’s house collapsed, smashing the picture into 17 pieces. It was put together using nails and painted over by a contemporary of Raphael, Ridolfo di Ghirlandaio, to hide the joins.

Opificio delle Pietre DureIt found its way into the possession of the Medicis, the ruling family of Florence during the Renaissance, and the original radiant beauty of the painting was further obscured by successive attempts to cover up the damage. So when Opificio delle Pietre Dure, one of Italy’s state-run picture restoration laboratories, was approached about the possibility of restoring the picture to its original splendour, it approached it with great diffidence. “This patient gave us the most shivers and the

36 most sleepless nights,” Marco Ciatti, head of the paintings department of the lab, told Reuters. “We spent two whole years studying it before deciding whether to go ahead, because with the damage it had suffered in the past – which was clearly visible in the X-rays – a restoration attempt could go wrong.”

urlIn the end they decided to proceed, and the restorer who pulled the short straw was Patrizia Riitano. The painting has been her life for years. “I am just a technician but I probably know this painting almost better than Raphael,” she said. “He looked at it of course, but all these years I have been looking at it through a microscope.” She headed a team of 50 including wood specialists and photography technicians.  The restoration team decided that the larger nails holding the picture together should stay, as removing them risked doing more harm. The grime obscuring the picture’s beautifully balanced golds, reds and blues has been meticulously stripped away.                                                                                                                       Now, Madonna del cardellino, as it is known in Italian, is the centrepiece of a show on the restoration at Florence’s Palazzo Medici, before returning to the Uffizi. Antonio Natali, of the Uffizi, said: “We will celebrate it like the return of our prodigal daughter.”

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