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My Interview with Eva Geraldine Fontanelli, Italian fashion icon and founder of Goooders

Eva, how do you pass your quarantine?

Eva Geraldine: Just like everyone else, I’m cooking, cleaning, talking on the phone with my friends and family, and also revising my clothes. I’ve found recently so many nice things that I completely forgot about. I’m looking at my wardrobe from another perspective, thinking about how to recycle and restyle the items I don’t wear. I would mix them in an unusual way, or adjust the fit.

What is your background in fashion?

E.G.: I started working in fashion in my 20s, moving to New York and getting an intern job, very ‘Devil Wears Prada’ style. Since then I was working on different positions, in New York and London, and at the end I moved back to Italy to be a fashion editor. About 4-5- years ago I decided to change my career, trying to give it a real purpose. This is how I turned to sustainable fashion.

Many people will be inspired by your story! I’m on your side, being interested in sustainable fashion. How do you support ethical fashion?

E.G.: I’m working as creative consultant for ethical fashion brands abroad, helping them to enter into the fashion business. I’m trying to add a truly fashionable concept to ethical projects, which usually lack this aspect. For this purpose I travelled to Kenia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Afghanistan – which is very different from working for Prada team! The local designers have good ideas, but they need vision, and I need lots of patience to work with the artisans. But the quality of their work is incredible, and even I would like to promote collaborations between established European designers and these artisans. And some oh their creation we also sell on Goooders.

You’re doing great job! Tell us about your Goooders project.

E.G.: It’s a multilayered concept. Goooders.com is a brand, a platform, a guide – many different things. The main idea is bringing to the market beautiful and meaningful, sustainable, eco-friendly creations. It started from conscious travelling with pop-ups in luxury hotels (as in Paris, on Amalfi Coast).The e-commerce initially was only aimed to give a hint about what we have in pop-up stores, but now, when everything is going digital due to the situation, we are moving all our experiences into online – as our SoFa, So Good travel experience dedicated to various destination with high sense of realism. I would like to bring the idea of conscious living.

Can you give us some advice on how to be more sustainable?

E.G.:You can be eco-sustainable, trying to consume less plastic and buying at farmers markets where you have paper packaging. Always carry your personal multiuse water bottle. Try to use less the elevator and switch off the lights when you don’t need it: when a bunch of people does it, we’ll make difference. Do nice things for others, for your environment and the people who surround you. Upcycle your clothing: restyle, think about new ways of using, cut off the collar of your white shirt or make a skirt shorter – experiment!

What your summer wardrobe consists of?

E.G.: Definitely, a white shirt, which is the base of my wardrobe. Also, I’m in love with pareos in nice fabrics for summer, which you can wear as a top, a skirt, or a dress. Pajamas, I’m a big fan. And it’s getting more and trendier nowadays! I would pair them with some nice accessories, or shoes, to make it look fancy. We have some nice ones at Goooders.com – it’s Made in India and fair-trade. Also, kimonos are a great thing for summer, especially for a night out.

What is your vision for future?

E.G.: I’m thinking about more and more collaborations, at deeper levels – to my mind, this is the future model. For example, Goooders and Nike. For my business this will be the way. I think we all will be more open to interaction in general. I’m dreaming about launching a Goooders hotel in a sustainable and luxury destination.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

E.G.: Be yourself!

Name 3 things you’re craving to do when the quarantine’s over?

E.G.: Having my morning cappuccino at the corner bar where I’m a regular. I really miss the seaside (my grandmother lives in South of France, and my mother in Tuscany by the sea), so I would probably take a drive along the coast. And I would love to catch up with my friends, laughing together in person.

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Idealist world of Mario Sorrenti

Best known for his nude spreads in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Sorrenti was born in hot Naples and bred in New York. Working as a model in his youth, he shot to fame as a photographer in 1993 at the age of 21 with pictures of his then-girlfriend Kate Moss for the Calvin Klein Obsession perfume campaign.

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The self-taught photographer has since produced ad campaigns for leading luxury brands from Yves Saint Laurent to Prada.

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And recently published a book with dozen of unseen pictures of Kate. They say that intimacy was vital ingredient of his work which gives a space to emotions and makes shots so special.

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Mario Sorrenti’s works were exhibited at London (Victoria and Albert Museum), Paris, Monaco and New York (New York’s Museum of Modern Art).

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Also Sorrenti worked on Pirelli Calendar in 2012, which is my favourite calendar ever.

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Известный прежде всего своими обнаженными изобрадениями в Vogue и Harper’s Bazaar, Сорренти родился в горячем Неаполе и вырос в Нью-Йорке.

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Работая моделью в юности, он прославился как фотограф в 1993 в возрасте 21 года с картинками его тогдашней девушки Кейт Мосс для кампании духов Obsession  Келвина Кляйна.

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Фотограф самоучка с тех пор произвел рекламные кампании для  ведущих брендов класса люкс от Ива Сен Лорана до Prada.

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В 2018 он издал книгу с дюжиной фото Кейт которые никто еще не видел до этого.

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Говорят, что близость была жизненным компонентом его работы, которая дает пространство эмоциям и делает его работы настолько особенными.

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Работы Марио Сорренти были показаны в Лондоне (Музей Виктории и Альберта), Париже, Монако и в Нью-Йорке (Нью-Йоркский музей современного искусства).

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Также Сорренти работал над Календарем Pirelli в 2012, который является моим любимым календарем на свете.

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Steve McCurry vison of life as remarkable travel

Each of my photos is not just an episode from life, it’s  quintessence,  a full story, that what Steve McCurry said. By taking a glance at his works you are teleporting in that story….

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McCurry has brought his works to such perfect level of perception when, you are looking at them, anyone realise the participation and partaking in the concept of universal development. 

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His career was launched when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes and images that would be published around the world as among the first to show the conflict there.

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His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, an award dedicated to photographers exhibiting exceptional courage and enterprise.

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Some of his pictures and especially a portrait of the Afghan girl are entered in the category of the well-known world photo-icons. 

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Though, without looking, at several photos that have passed one million and a world fame, McCurry, still, doesn’t consider himself well-known. As the photographer has told in one of his interviews: “Usually public recognise the photo, but not her author”. Discover more by visiting  Steve McCurry exhibition in La Venaria Reale in Turin. Enjoy 

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Каждая из моих фотографий не является просто эпизодом от жизни, это – квинтэссенция, полная  ее история,  то что сказал Стив МакКарри. Взглянув на его работы Вы телепортируетесь в эту историю…

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МакКарри довел свои работы до такого совершенного уровня восприятия, когда, глядя на них, любой осознает свою сопричастность и участие в концепции общемирового развития.

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Его карьера была начата, когда замаскированный в одежду уроженца, он пересек Пакистанскую границу в контролируемый мятежниками Афганистан непосредственно перед российским вторжением. Когда он появился, ему вшили катушки с пленкой в одежду и изображения, которые будут опубликованы во всем мире как первые, показывающие  тот конфликт.

INDIA. Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar. 1999. Flower Seller at Dal Lake.

Его репортаж выиграл Золотую медаль Роберта Кэпы для Лучшей Фотографической Отчетности из-за границы, премия, посвященная фотографам, показывающим исключительную храбрость и предприятие.

CHINA. Zhengzou. 2004. Shaolin monks training.

Некоторые его картины и особенно портрет афганской девочки введены в категорию известных мировых фотосимволов.

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 Хотя, не смотря, на количество фотографий переваливших за миллион и мировую известность, МакКарри, по прежнему, не считает себя знаменитым. Как сам фотограф сказал в одном из интервью: “Обычно люди узнают фотографию, а не ее автора”..

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Узнайте больше, посетив выставку Стива МакКарри в La Venaria Reale в Турине. Enjoy 

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Château de Villandry garden of Love

While spring blooms and the sun activating  its signal for outdoor chill out , bbq and picnic joy !!! Was missing this time a long cold winter months ))) If you like greener time as much as i do you would love stumbled castle located in Villandry, France.

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It has the magnificent gardens that were built for love — and even the French name jardin de l’amour sounds divinely romantic. Château de Villandry gardens have been called the most romantic and beautiful gardens in France.

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There is a love story behind Love Garden and the entire estate was designed with romantic symbolism from the Renaissance era. The Villandry has three garden styles, a formal water garden, a 2-part ornamental garden with topiary hedges ripe with symbolism for love including for the “Garden of Love” and the “Garden of Music,” and a huge decorative kitchen garden (potager). The gardens of Château de Villandry are an UNESCO World Heritage Site. I haven’t  never seen anything like it.

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In July there is an even more romantic reason to stroll through the Villandry due to Les Nuits des Mille Feux, meaning The Night of a Thousand Lights. 2,000 candles put out a romantic glow over the Château and gardens from sundown until after midnight. It’s not only a visual delight but audio as well since musicians playing Baroque music walk through the gardens. enjoy ❤

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В то время как весна цветет и солнце активизируется – это  сигнал для чил аута на свежем воздухе, барбекю и радостям пикника!!! Скучала по этому долгие и  холодные зимние месяцы))) Если Вам нравится более зеленое время так же, как и мне тогдва вы  полюбите натолкнувшийся  мне замок, расположенный в Вилландри, Франция.

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В нем есть великолепные сады, которые были построены для любви — и даже французское имя, jardin de l’amour кажется божественно романтичным. Сады Château de Villandry назвали самыми романтичными и красивыми садами во Франции.

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Есть любовный роман позади Любовного Сада, и все  его состояние было разработано с романтичной символикой с ренессансной эры.

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У Вилландри есть три стиля сада, формальный водный сад, декоративный сад с 2 частями с преградами фигурной стрижки кустов, готовыми с символикой из любви включая для “Сада Любви” и “Сада Музыки” и огромного декоративного огорода (potager). Сады Château de Villandry – объект Всемирного наследия ЮНЕСКО. Я никогда не видела ничего подобного.

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В июле есть еще более романтичная причина прогуляться через Вилландри из-за Les Nuits des Mille Feux, означая Ночь Тысячи Огней. 2,000 свечей производят романтичную яркость по Château и садам от заката до полуночи. Это не только визуальное восхищение, но и аудио также, так как музыканты, играющие Барочную музыку, идут через сады. Наслаждайтесь 

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