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My Interview with Giuseppe Zanotti: Creator of the Sexiest Shoes on Earth

Giuseppe, can you describe your designing process: from an idea to the creation of a shoe?

G. Z.: My favourite way is to start from a simple sketch. I would take an empty paper. It’s very important, a white piece of paper. Your ambition is to realize something on it — whatever. And you design a line, simple line (Giuseppe takes a pencil and draws a shape of a high heel shoe).

Beautiful, you’ve made it in five seconds!

G. Z.: It’s not a technical sketch, it’s just a line. And you know that after 2 hours you can always add something to it: metal, or flowers, or diamonds, or nothing. Or you can do a flat version of the same shoe. So this is the first exercise: to put your ideas onto a white paper. Then you need to write a story for your shoe, like for a movie, to insert it to the whole marketing strategy. And then the realization begins: you need to find materials, shape it, develop first prototypes, cut the leather, do the stitching and then correct it with scissors in hand made mode. And then, if your blood becomes worn by people, then it’s a good shoe. If not, it’s just garbage!

Do you have some hobby apart from your work, like sports, art, hunting?

G. Z.: I’m a bit allergic to sports. I even don’t care about football too much, unlike the majority of Italians. Sometimes I exercise though, about 2 times a week, but it’s always a torture for me, and my coach is my enemy who wants to kill me because I’m cancelling my appointments all the time! I do like art, and I visit lots of museums while travelling for work. I’m inspired by the past and history. I’m collecting contemporary and photography. I also like nature: at home, I have an organic biological garden with cucumbers, watermelons, salad, eggplants and olive trees to produce my own oil. I’m happy when I’m close to nature and animals.

Do you think that photography is real art? Who are your favourite photographers?

G. Z.: I think that photography is a unique medium to catch the atmosphere, the soul, the blood. A good photo should stay with me like a friend, I like having it at home to find inspiration in it all the time. But I don’t appreciate something too strong or too raw. For me, Helmut Newton was a great artist; I find lots of power of women and love in his work. I admire Richard Avedon for elegance as well. I also enjoy a lot the work of my friends who are famous Italian photographers, like Maurizio Galimberti and Carlo Benvenuto.

How do you choose photographers for your ad campaigns?

G. Z.: First of all, they need to capture what your product represents, to render the mood and the idea of the collection. Creating an ad campaign or a look book, it’s always about teamwork. You should have a good art director and stylist to transmit the concept behind the collection, and the photographer needs to have the right sensibility: if the collection is about 1920s, jazz & night, the photographer should be able to shoot in this mood, and also research this vibe in the archives to get into the right aesthetics.

Can you name some well-known people who inspire you and whom you would like to be compared with?

G. Z.: I don’t want to be compared to anyone, but in fashion, I respect a lot the work of Martin Margiela for his purity, Thierry Mugler with whom I worked, Azzedine Alaia who I was lucky to meet many years ago. But it’s not about the fame — I’m inspired by all the people who are strong and who have personality. I also admire the normal people who love what they do, people from the streets — like those who love to cook, or carve wood, or do some construction works for my house. In Italy the hands of people represent real value. We respect expertise and tradition. Simple values of real life: this is where I jump when I’m exhausted by the fashion system.

Which superpower you would like to have?

G. Z.: My superpower would be going to the past with time machine and see the world which was less contaminated than now: the sky was wider, the water purer. We need to educate the population to respect more this crazy planet, and use this lesson that life is giving us now in order to learn something. Using this superpower, I would travel to Rome, Lisbon, Beijing, but also all the small cities of Italy, which are all precious with their castles of XI century. Here in Italy we have 3 000 years of history behind us: the Romans, the Etruscans, we have them in our blood. And, of course, I would take my mobile phone with me and come back with lots of pictures!

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What’s your favourite place in the world?

My living room! When I’m tired after work trips (Milan – New York – Miami –Milan – Rome, etc), I adore being back to my living room, to and my dog, the remote control and a glass of Nebbiolo or pinot noir wine.

Could you describe your brand in terms of values?

G. Z.: Giuseppe Zanotti has good and bad things about it, like all the other brands. The bad, for me, is having too many ideas: I would like to be more edited! The good thing is that we really think a lot about adapting the design to the needs of a woman, trying to give also the comfort when she’s wearing 10 cm of stilettos. We engineer our shoes to give the pleasure of wearing, good shape and stability. Also, my shoes do last!

I can prove it: I bought my first pair of your shoes about 5 years ago, and they still look like new. This is also very sustainable: shoes that last become a good investment.

G. Z.: Yes, I was always thinking that fashion shouldn’t be about throwing your money into a garbage bin. It’s interesting that nowadays I often see my shoes of 20 years ago in vintages stores. And I buy them, to have them in my archives, to learn from the crazy and ambitious ideas that I had in those times.

What is the best piece of advice one can receive in the fashion world?

G. Z.: Keep calm, relax. In fashion everything is fast and furious; everyone wants the things be done immediately. And also people often dream about working in the fashion sphere to get the taste of this privileged world with its atmosphere of luxury. And it’s a wrong approach. To work in fashion, you need to learn seriously: study materials, colours, stones. You need to be experienced. In fashion, you should work with passion and patience.

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My to-do list for Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week fall-winter 2020/2021 starts on Wednesday, February 19th, and I’m ready to hit the shows. My schedule is full of runways, cocktails and presentations from early morning to late night: follow my steps at @hungryfaces to discover the most interesting events in town!

P.S. Have I told you already that I am styling La Kore Milano fashion show this year? Stay tuned to see my biggest achievement as Stylist on Saturday 22th!

Миланская неделя моды сезона осень-зима 2020/2021 стартует в среду 19 февраля, и я готова к показам! В моем расписании запланированы презентации, шоу и коктейли с раннего утра и вплоть до поздней ночи: следите за обновлениями в Инстаграме @hungryfaces на этой неделе, чтобы быть в курсе самых интересных модных событий в городе!

P.S. Кстати, я уже говорила вам, что в этом сезоне я стала стилистом показа миланского бренда La Kore? Настраивайтесь на волну и смотрите мое главное шоу в Инста-сториз в субботу 22 февраля!

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Wednesday, 19/02

9.30: Gilberto Calzolari’s show, my favourite new Italian designer presented by Cameramoda

11.00: Moon Boot presentation

13.00 Maryling show

16.00: Brunello Cuccinelli presentation 

20.00: Moncler fashion show

Thursday, 20.02

10.00: Santoni footwear presentation

11.00: Peter Lindbergh exhibition preview at Armani Silos

12.00 Romeo Gigli presentation 

13.30: Anteprima fashion show

17.00 Hogan presentation 

 

Friday, 21.02

10.30: Emporio Armani  fashion show

15.00 Prada re-see

16.00: Iceberg fashion show

Saturday, 22.02

12.00: Versace Re-see

13.00: Giuseppe Zanotti presentation

15.00: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini fashion show

18.00: Annakiki fashion show

20.00: LA KORE Fashion  – styled by me!

21.00: Philipp Plein fashion show

La Kore ADV and Look Book FW 19/20 styled by me

Sunday, 23.02

16.00: Giorgio Armani fashion show

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Taste of love and elegance of Giovanni Gastel

Giovanni is one of the most famous Italian photographers, known for his passion for fashion, portraits and poetry.

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I was lucky to meet him in person and see his studio with the  most sophisticated library ever seen  in Milan. One of the phrases that stuck in my mind is about how he started doing photography: “I fell in love with a woman”. Straight after that, I understood that all ladies secretely want to be that powerful enough to inspires such talent as Gastel.

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 His career skyrocketed after he met Carla Ghiglieri, who introduced him to the fashion world. He was shooting for VogueWElleVanity FairAmica and Glamour. Then he started to do advertising campaigns for Dior, Krizia, Trussardi, Nina Ricci, Tod’s, Versace and Acqua di Parma. 

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He has numerous publications, awards and exhibitions: like his personal retrospective atTriennale di Milano design museum in 1997 curated by Germano Celant. One of the secrets of Gastel’s photography is its seduction factor. “I have to be seduced by and seduce the person taking the picture of “. 

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Джованни – один из самых известных итальянских фотографов, который знаменит своей страстью к моде, портретами и поэзией. 

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Мне повезло встретиться с ним лично и увидеть его студию, в которой я увидела самую изысканную библиотеку в Милане. Одна из фраз, застрявших в моей голове при встрече с ним: “Я влюбился в женщину”, когда Гастель рассказывал мне, почему он решил заняться фотографией. Сразу после этого я поняла, что глубоко в наших сердцах, дамы, мы все хотим быть той могущественной женщиной, которая вдохновила бы такой талант, как Джованни Гастел. 

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Его карьера взлетела после встречи с Карлой Гигльери, которая познакомила его с миром моды. Он снимал для Vogue, W, Elle, Vanity Fair, Amica и Glamour. Затем последовали рекламные кампании для Dior, Krizia, Trussardi, Nina Ricci, Tod ‘s, Versace и Acqua di Parma. 

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Бесконечные публикации, награды и выставки, как, например, одноимённое шоу в музее дизайнаТриеннале в 1997 году под руководством Джермано Селанта. Один из секретов фотографии Гастеля – в соблазнении: “Я должен соблазнять и быть соблазненным моей моделью», – признается он.

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Erotic femininity of Ellen Von Unwerth

German model turned photographer best known for her playfully erotic images of female pop musicians and models.

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She worked as a model for a decade before switching to another side of the camera where she was credited launching the career of Claudia Schiffer through a campaign for Guess in the 90s.

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Since then, von Unwerth’s images have appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview, and other publications, she has also shot campaigns for brands such as Dior, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, and Uniqlo.

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In 1991, the artist won first prize at the International Festival of Fashion Photography, and American Photo Magazine named her as one of the most important people in photography in 1998.

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In 2017, the artist was the subject of the exhibition “Ellen von Unwerth Heimat,” at TASCHEN Gallery in Los Angeles, coinciding with a book launch of the same name.

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We would be on the 7th heaven to be photographed by her, you too?

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Немецкая модель превратилась в фотографа, наиболее известного своими игриво эротическими снимками поп певиц и моделей.

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Она работала моделью в течение десяти лет, прежде чем переключиться на другую сторону камеры, где ей приписали запуск карьеры Клаудии Шиффер через рекламную кампанию для Guess в 90-х.

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С тех пор работы Эллен фон Унверт появились в Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview и других изданиях, она также снимала рекламные кампании для таких брендов, как Dior, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren и Uniqlo.

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В 1991 году она получила первый приз на Международном фестивале модной фотографии, и American Photo Magazine назвали ее одним из самых важных людей в фотографии в 1998.

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В 2017, Эллен была субьектом выставки “Ellen von Unwerth Heimat” в галерее TASCHEN в Лос-Анджелесе, что совпало с выпуском одноименной книги.

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Мы будем на седьмом небе от счастья быть сфотографироваными ей, вы тоже?

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Newton Helmut refresh on King of Kink

A word to describe the career and life of photographer Helmut Newton is controversy. I’m a gun for hire, that’s how Newton described himself to others.

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And what you will say about him? Helmut created images in which sex and fashion combine to create strikingly iconic imagery that is permanently ingrained in the minds!!!

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The world fame was brought to him by a series of photos where stars are represented at the same time sensual and cold.

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This contrast has caused a lot of controversy and reasons for discussions, but has made a huge contribution to fashion photography as well.  Enjoy 

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Если описать карьеру и жизнь Хельмута Ньютона одним словом оно будет – противоречие.

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Я – оружие на прокат, то как Ньютон описывал себя другим. А вы, что скажете?

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Хельмут создал изображения, по которым пол и мода объединяются, для создания поразительно культовых образов, которые постоянно проникают в мозг!!!

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Мировую известность фотографу принесена серия фотографий, где звезды изображены одновременно чувственными и холодными.

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Этот контраст вызвал большое противоречие и служил причиной для обсуждений, но сделал огромный вклад в модную фотографию в том числе. Enjoy 

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rebel spirit of Mert and Marcus

Lots of photographers borrow from the past. But what holds Mert and Marcus together as a team and sets them apart from others is their point of view and their restless hunger to try something else—and then something else again.

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Thats so much about hungryfaces too… Known for their hyper-saturated, digitally manipulated images, the duo – who go by simply Mert and Marcus — have shot high-profile editorials for Vogue, W and Interview, and collaborated with Givenchy, Gucci and Calvin Klein on provocative ad campaigns.

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They have started in a small garage in London and have inspired Katie Grand that much, she gave them their 1st publication in Dazed Confused magazine. From there duo skyrocket to the cream of the crop. What i can add don’t be shy to be yourself…

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During NYFW guys launched limited edition book. Hurry up!!! There are only 1000 copies and available on pre-order on Taschen from 29th of September.

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Много фотографов занимают у прошлого. Но то, что держит Мерта и Маркуса в команде и отличает от других – их точка зрения и беспокойный голод в поисках чего-то еще и затем что-то еще снова. Это о hungryfaces также…

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Известные гипер насыщенными изображениями, которые видоизменены в цифровой форме, дуэт – который проходит просто как Мерт и Маркус – сняли высококлассные передовые эдиториалс для Vogue, W и Интервью, и сотрудничали с Givenchy, Gucci и Calvin Klein на провокационных рекламных кампаниях.

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Они начали в небольшом гараже в Лондоне и вдохновили Кейти Грэнд так сильно, что она дала им их 1-ю публикацию в журнале Dazed Confused. Оттуда дуэт катапультировал к сливкам.

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Что я могу добавить, не стесняйтесь быть собой… Во время NYFW ребята выпустили книгу в ограниченном тираже. Спешите!!! Всего есть 1000 копий и доступны на пред заказ на Taschen с 29 сентября.

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Gentleman Barry Lategan

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The most of  Barry Lategan fame came to him with discovering of Twiggy. One day hairdresser called him and asked  to capture aspiring model.

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From that day on he discovered phenomenon of 60s legend as well his own evolution. Interim he proceeded own path of photography and captured Grace Coddington among others.

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There also was a moment when she asked him to make some nudity, beauty pics of new face that appeared on the cover of Vogue . It was a big bang effect for his work and future.

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He became a star of British Vogue for next decade. Not bad as for the guy who joined photography club in military , right ?

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His idols were French John and Norman Parkinson. Barry is a great example of zeal, passion and dedication that you should follow.

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And believe one moment can change all the course …. enjoy  

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Большая часть известности Барри Лэйтгена пришла к нему с обнаружением Twiggy. Однажды парикмахер позвонил ему и попросил сфотографировать подающую надежды модель.

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С того дня он обнаружил феномен легенды 60-х и также собственную эволюцию. В тот промежуток времени он продолжал двигаться своим  путем фотографии и запечатлял в основном Грэйс Коддингтон среди других.

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Также был момент, когда она попросила, чтобы он сделал некоторые снимки nudes и beauty нового лица, которое появилось на обложке Vogue. Это был эффект Big Bang для его работы и будущего.

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Он стал звездой британского Vogue следующего десятилетия. Не плохо как для парня, который вступил однажды в клуб фотографии при вооруженных силах, верно?

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Его идолами был Джон Френч и Норман Паркинсон. Барри – яркий пример усердия , страсти и посвящения, за которым вы должны следить. И верьте, что один момент может изменить, весь курс…. Enjoy 

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Heroin chic Day, Corinne

A self taught photographer, Day broke the mold of fashion photography in the early 1990s the her raw, documentary style dubbed “heroin chic” by the press.

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A former fashion model she started her career behind the camera by taking shoots of fellow models for their portfolios. She went to work in publication such as i-D, the Face and Ray Gun in early 90s, where she first worked with young Kate Moss, capturing the youngest moments of future supermodel

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As the both found success, Day was chosen to shoot Moss for her first Vogue cover in april 1993.

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Influenced by documentary art photography of Nan Goldin, Day began documenting the lives of her friends, with explicit approach that featured sex, drugs and hardship.

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Later she returned to fashion photography, working with a Vogue and National Portrait Gallery. Check out her pictures and enjoy your stay sweets!!! 

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Фотограф-самоучка, Дей сломала форму фотографии моды в начале 1990-х ее сырой, документальный стиль названный “героин шик” прессой. Бывшая фешн модель начала свою карьеру позади камеры, фотографируя друзей моделей для их портфолио.

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Она пошла работать в такие издания, как i-D, the Face и Ray Gun в начале 90-х, где она сначала работала с молодой Кейт Мосс, запечатлив самые молодые моменты будущей супермодели. Так как обе нашли успех, Дей была выбрана, фотографировать Мосс для ее первой обложки Vogue в апреле 1993.

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Под влиянием документальной художественной фотографии Нан Голдин Дей начала документировать жизни ее друзей с явным подходом, который показал секс, наркотики и трудности.

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Позже она возвратилась к фотографии моды, работая с Vogue и Национальной Портретной галерее. Смотрите фотографии и наслаждайтесь перебывание сладкие!!!!

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“The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” ~Richard Bach

Work can be miserable and tedious, or it can be a task you look forward to accomplishing each day. The choice is yours, and if you want to shift your thinking on it, try to develop a strong desire to get it done. This will make it seem more like a game than work, and will give you a strong sense of accomplishment when the day’s tasks are complete. You may even feel like you didn’t really do any work, because you really wanted to get it done. Trudging along doing work that you don’t particularly like can be stifling, so work on wanting to get it done.

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