Last Saturday it was great to work on a Bridal Show with a twist: instead of the typical Bride styling we went for a semi-elf in the forrest….but a very elegant one.
If you happen to pass by Malpensa Airport on your vast travels you might just happen to stumble upon an exhibition of our dear friend Andrea Rovatti regarding food, buildings and friends. Obviously, when he asked me to pose for one of the portraits at the show I could not imagine what the final photos would look like. When a friend asks you to bring your favorite gold jacket (the one you used for your wedding on Miami Beach 23 years ago!) and then to pretend that two mandarin fruits could be earphones…well I was quite confused!
Today was the opening of this show and I have to say that I am delighted to have been a part of it. By the way, that gold jacket that I am wearing is starting to be a kind of icon in town. Friends have asked me to lend it to them, wear it when I go on stage at the Don’t Tell My Mom storytelling event or just to bring it along when we have an aperitivo. Maybe I should seriously consider renting it out!
If you happen to pass by Malpensa Airport here is more info on the show:
Portraits of Milan Malpensa Exhibition info
Every year on the first Sunday of May the town of Camogli celebrates a huge sagra (festival) that revolves around the frying of enormous amount of fish in a huge skillet (and we mean gigantic!) along with the traditional burning of a huge “falò” which is a themed structure built out of wood. Usually, they tend to be two structures which involve the preparation and participation of the local population (grown-ups and kids) in the building of these wood structures that are in the evening set on fire.
This year the subject matter was a shark and Noah’s Ark. As you can imagine the town is packed over the weekend when this event occurs so we avoid going to it like the plague!. But thanks to the collaboration of Betti’s sister we can offer these shots from the 2015 edition. Enjoy!
Photo credits: Simona Chiesi
As most of you know Elisabetta is a make-up artist since back when we meet in the early 90s. Last night there was a huge Event organized by Giorgio Armani to celebrate his 40 year’s in the business. Celebrities such as the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Tina Turner, Glenn Close, Lauren Hutton, Hillary Swank and many others were flown in from around the world for a Fashion show which was set for 8.30 pm along with a series of late night parties.
When these shows typically start Betti has to go early and join a team of 17 make-up under the guidance of Linda Cantello.
For those who are curious here is a glimpes of the backstage atmosphere at the end of the show:
Last Friday I had the pleasure of coordinating and launching a live stream of an interview with one of Italy’s top notch photographers: Gianni Berengo Gardin. This is a project that we are working on in conjunction with a new portal site called Mooz (www.moozproject.it) which revolves around photographer and art in Italy and abroad. I would like to invite you to check out the youtube video of the Hangout on Air below (it’s in Italian but what better way to practice…no?)
For a short panorama of Gianni Berengo Gardin’s photographic story check out this video:
A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of visiting the lovely town of Camogli along with our dear friend Mia Voss (themiaconnect.com/) who was here on her #MiaOnTheGo tour. Have to say that the Easter weekend down in Liguria was super special and we were proud to host our friend in the beautiful setting that is Camogli.
We also took advantage of the situation and did a Food and Booze show from my brother in-laws restaurant in Camogli called La Bossa (www.labossa.it).
Check out the video on YouTube:
This morning I was at the airport at 7am to pick up a dear friend Mia Voss from Denver, Colorado who is visiting Italy on here 50th Birthday celebration.She is a Entrepreneur, YouTube Host & Video Content Strategist. Mia will be celebrating her Birthday this Sunday along with Elisabetta Chiesi and Karin Valbrun who will be offering a full makeup and hair styling session as a Birthday present!
We will also be taking audience questions regarding makeup and hair since Betti and Karine are both professionally Makeup and Hair experts.
Check out the live event here: Live from Milan! The Mia Connect Power Chat – Weekend Edition
Apart from this Mia has a full itinerary which is covered in this great storyboard on her website: The Mia Connect: Mia on the go!
We are super pleased to announce that our dear friend and radio personality Matteo Caccia is currently involved in a new program on Rai Radio 2 called “Una vita” which for the first time ever is available as an English version on the Itunes Store. This is a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) program which will last 6 months and revolves around the diverse phases of a life of a person by way of story telling at its best:
A trip to the age of each of us .
From zero to one hundred years.
Every human being is different from another, but the stages of life are similar for all.
The birth, the first memories, the school, the first kiss, the exams, the decisions to be taken, ends, the first changes, the work does not arrive and then finally, yes, the love that matures, the losses, the work ends, life as it is.
By way of Storytelling and mixed with documentary material that tells the story of twenty-five different people who are going through life in twenty-five different ages of their lives.
A journey of six months which revolves around who we were, what we are and perhaps what we will become.
Starting from zero and going to the end.
Different ages, different people, one life.
Una vita (a life) is a program created by Matteo Caccia, Tiziano Bonini, Mauro Pescio, Chiara Biffi. Conducted by Matteo Caccia on Radio Rai 2, directed by Guido Bertolotti and curated by Renzo Ceresa
Transmitted live in Italian Saturday and Sunday from 7pm till 7.30pm on Radio2 Rai.
The English version of the program in podcast here:http://unavita.blog.rai.it/english-podcast/
This last week is the typical Fashion Week in Milan where the city goes crazy and you tend to run into tons of female and male models running around with maps in their hands and ordering Cappuccino’s in the afternoon (a no-no in Italy!)
During this week I usually get my ears pulled (typical expression from my wife when I don’t help here out with the house chores!) for not paying attention to small details like what washing powder goes into the dishwater (yes, there is a risk that she comes home and finds the house like that scene from The Party with Peter Sellers…sorry for the film quality but it is the only one that shows what could happen at our house!)
For those who are a bit curious here are some shots from behind the scenes of a typical Fashion Show preparation prior to the 9 minutes which is how long they typically last:
Having met my wife in Miami Beach back in 1992 while she was visiting for a fashion shoot I still get excited when she shows me a very brief glimpse of that magic that she is able to do with her brushes and colors. Bella!
For those interested here is what happens in the front while Betti is in the back running around and retouching the girls.
Last night I had the pleasure and joy of watching this wonderful documentary (directed and co-written by my dear friend Carlo Sigon) on a great soccer player from Argentina called Javier Zanetti. Their was a live satellite hookup in major theatres across Italy.
The movie is not your typical sports documentary since there is a parallel story of a fictional Argentinian writer that narrates the dreams and struggles of a young kid from the Buenos Aires all the way up to his arrival in Milan and the vast years as captain of F.C Inter of which he is currently Vice-President. He retired from active soccer play last year.
The great news as I wake up this morning is that Carlo called me up to tell me that the movie was the top box office hit across the whole country for a one day showing competing with the likes of Birdman and the Sponge Bob movie.
I know the amount of effort and work that Carlo put into this movie (extensive interviews with stars such as Lionel Messi, José Mourinho, Roberto Baggio,etc) Location filming both in Argentina and Italy. Great story with fantastic footage and photography.
Congratulations my friend! You deserve it!
Final game and goodbye: