Tilda’s Cloakroom

Tilda Swinton in Cloakroom Photo: New Press Photo / Splash News

Tilda Swinton in Cloakroom Photo: New Press Photo / Splash News

Tilda Swinton’s latest role: a piece of performance art in which she interacts – and chats – with coats.  The actress is the star of Cloakroom, which is being staged at the Pitti Uomo menswear show in Florence, Italy.  The 90-minute performance sees Swinton taking clothes that have been checked in by audience members on arrival, and treating them as her co-stars. She nuzzled a red mohair coat, buried her face in a suit jacket and had a conversation with a gilet.

Interaction with the clothes involved “studying them, caressing them – she licked the floral lining and at least one button of someone’s blazer – and even chatting to them. ‘She’s not even here,’ she reassured a pompom scarf, and later, to a jacket, ‘Don’t be silly!’”

The show is the brainchild of Olivier Saillard, a fashion critic and historian, with whom Swinton has collaborated in the past.  It has a serious point to make about our relationship with clothes and the role they play in our lives – an antidote to “fast fashion”. Swinton told i-D magazine she was interested in “the soul of clothes”.

The show is the brainchild of Olivier Saillard (Splash)

The show is the brainchild of Olivier Saillard (Splash)

She said: “The more I do this piece, the more I realise it’s about making relationships. We all have relationships with an old jersey that people have told us to throw out, but we’re not going to because you know what? You’ve got a very strong relationship with that thing.”  Asked if she disliked fast fashion, Swinton replied: “I don’t even really know what it is. I’m pretty slow in every department.”

Source: Telegraph UK

Leanin’ Lipstick

Lipstick

It’s no doubt that package design just adores the Leaning Tower of Pisa.   We have Liqueur Pisa, the Leaning Tower of Peas and even Pisa inspired thimbles that come in their town boxes.  As a profound lover of lipstick, this 1950’s lipstick case by jewelry designer Louis Nichilo takes the take.  Here is the cutest remark from Travel Magazine, Circa: 1962.  “For women: If what you’ve always wanted is a lipstick case that looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you can have it now. Gold plated, three inches high, with colored stones for decoration, it is made to fit all standard lipstick refills, costs 6.000 lire ($9.60) at Louis Nichilo, Via Sistina 42 In Rome.”

Italian Birds

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Awesome photograph taken in Italy during the early 1950’s by famous photographer Milton Green.  The name Milton H. Greene not ringing a bell?  I guarantee you know and have seen Milton’s famous photography – He is best known for the photo shoots he shot with Marilyn Monroe.  But let’s not let that vintage vixen Marilyn steal the show.  Let the photograph of this happy ciggy break take you back to the nifty fifty’s.  Those perfectly laundered circle skirts immediately brings to mind the decade of the 50’s.  Perfect hair, perfect shape and perfect smiles.  

Tiles ‘N’ Booties

SeaIsn’t it interesting when you love everything about a photograph.  This photograph is not just about the clothing – although those booties are to die for.  The tiles are even more amazing, along with the railing of the boat, the ripples in the water, the blue-green tones.  Rebena loves how free she feels down by the sea.

Model: Colinne Michaelis.  Photography: Arnaud Pyvka.  Publisher: Marie Claire Italia, March 2014.