Tuesday, 08 October 2013

Mitzi Martin / One Woman 100 Faces


A career that spans over 25 years, model Mitzi Martin has travelled the globe and has graced the covers of the world’s most notable fashion magazines. Martin of recent, is the subject of makeup artist Francesca Tolot and photographer Alberto Tolot’s new book; “One Woman 100 Faces” serving as a document to Martin’s career and accomplishments. A natural beauty, Martin has been a muse and subject  for both Francesca and Alberto for many years. “Personally I feel like Francesca and Alberto taught me how to model,” reflects Martin. Traveling the globe working runways, television, and print has always come naturally to the organic beauty with unusually light eyes and alabaster skin. Martin has graced the covers of such magazines as Elle, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, and campaigns for the likes of Christian Dior, and L’Oreal, and this book is a wonderful compliment to Martin’s illustrious career.

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Zero Zero Project Volume 02: Them/Her


Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,

"Everything leads us to believe that there is a certain place in the spirit where life and death, the real and the imaginary, past and future, the communicable and the incommunicable are no longer perceived to be in contradiction to one another." - Andre Breton, 1929

Using these words by the French Surrealist writer as their starting point, Miles Aldridge, Nicola Formichetti and Kaimin embarked on the production of the second multi-sensory issue of Zero Zero Project.

The new issue was celebrated with a pop-up gallery in the Meatpacking District which encased its visitors in a room full of psychedelic, animated projections exploring the borders between fantasy and reality. Models wearing blood-covered designs created by JUUN.J posed in the entrance landscape designed by Brooklyn-based design studio Snarkitecture and in a sculptural platform created by Edward Yim, where Kaimin later performed a blood ritual performance to the live music set of LCD Soundsystem's Gavin Russom. The evening also displayed video work by Casey Jane Ellison, Marie Schuller and D Yi alongside a performance by Troy Schumacher and his dance collective.









As for the publication itself, Them/Her creates a creative space "where the subconscious and reality mate" through two photographic series, Black and White. In each of these visual stories, photographed by Aldridge and styled by Formichetti, conceptual artist Kaimin interprets a specific femme fatale protagonist. 





The stunning hardback publication is available as a box set (designed by David Roennfeldt from 3Deep Design) containing creative writings by Ana Finel Honigman, a Blood by Kaimin perfume (comprised of sensual rose, wood, leather, patchouli and cinnamon notes) created in collaboration with Joseph Quartana of Six Scents Parfums and perfumer Darryl Do, and more.




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Monday, 09 September 2013

Dziga Vertov's 1924 - Soviet Toys - Animated Soviet Propaganda film @presentfuture_




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Thursday, 29 August 2013



Here is the trailer for Aron Lehmann's KOHLHAAS OR THE PROPORTIONALITY OF MEANS, now out in cinemas in Germany. KOHLHASS, was produced by my good friend here in Berlin Miriam Klein, who I was introduced to though our mutual dear friend in Paris, Ottavia Palomba. The film has been playing many festival and doing quite well (find links below for more info) and is described is a very modern interpretation of Kleist's "Michael Kohlhaas", a classic in German literature.

"What happened here we shall record, though we must allow those who wish to question it the freedom to do so." -- Heinrich von Kleist

Deep in the Bavarian countryside Kleist's historical drama "Michael Kohlhaas" is being shot. But instead of shooting a huge epic with impressive costumes and extraordinary props, grown-up men in blue overalls and suits run through the woods and fight with imaginary weapons. What has happened?"



KOHLHASS is playing here in Berlin at and here is a review on the film in English on, by Ben Umstead.   

On Sept 9th Miriam informed me that there will be a special screening in Lichtblick Kino (with engl. subs) here in Berlin, in presence of Aron Lehmann, presented by EX BERLINER.

Today happens to be Miriam's birthday as well, so I am sending out a special digital HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISH TO YOU. Congratulations on the success of the film!


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Tuesday, 20 August 2013



Was happy to find the trailer for Jodorowsky's new film, LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD (DANCE OF REALITY), which debuted at Cannes last May. My dear friend in Mexico City Alisarine Ducolomb did the production design on the film, which she has been telling me about for sometime. I am look forward to seeing LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD, which is described as "a magic-realist memoir" of Jodorowsky's youth.


Here is an interview with Jodorowsky from Xan Brooks at The Guardian.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A.I. Artisanal Intelligence Fair at the National Museum of Palazzo Altemps and Angelica Library in Rome. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio



Dear Shaded Viewers,

One of the highlights of this edition of Alta Roma was the A.I. Artisanal Intelligence exhibit at the show-stopping Palazzo Altemps, home of Angelica Library which, starting in the 17th century, became the world's first lending library. A.I. is a platform created by to unite art, craftsmanship and fashion in the name of Made in Italy.

For this editon of A.I., the common theme is "head." The head and its representation, the head meant as pure thought and spirit, as a place for knowledge and research, as a fetish to be reproduced. The artists and designers who displayed their work at the Angelica Library represent what's inside and outside the head.

"Rome becomes a model, Caput Divina for laical and divine inspiration," say Clara Tosi Pamphili and Alessio de' Navasques, organizers of the event. "The Fashion that is born in Rome is the daughter of the performance and the spectacle, and has always been closer to cinema than the catwalk: a neo-couture of unique pieces, unique works of art, inspired by millenial culture, from the palaces and the churches and the sounds of fountains."



When I arrived at the Palazzo Altemps, I ran into designer Paola Balzano, who has some dresses in the exhibit.


There was definitely a special energy emanating from all those books from the 1600s and onwards.


Taxidermy as baroque art greeted me as I dropped by to see the hat designs of Naomi Goodsir (whom I had met a few nights before during a 3-hour long, Robert Altman-esque cocktail party in the gardens of the Dante Society at the Palazzo Firenze.)


Naomi Goodsir is an Australian living in Cannes who designs hats and bags handmade with carefully chosen materials and exceptional leather.




You know you've always wanted a handbag made out of metal (which could double as a weapon if anyone tries to mess with you), and now you're in luck: Shooting bag by Alessandro Di Cola is a line of artistic yet functional accessories. A young artist who studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Di Cola has a distance from fashion which allows him to find new roads, experimenting with aluminum as a sewing material.




 Sculpture by Davide Dormino. Dormino is particularly close to the world of fashion as a parallel world to modern art.


 Dresses from the Fall 2013 collection of Paola Balzano. Paola studied at the Accademia di Costume e di Moda in Rome (where Diane and I met her in 2010) and later studied at Central Saint Martins in London, where she lives now. Her designs represent the image of nature as the only certainty.



 Paola Balzano's AW13 collection is entitled Chrysalis. "Inspired by the mysterious process that is hidden behind the protective and fragile cocoon, the theme of metamorphosis is the starting point: the Chrysalis, as the most delicate stage that the pupa has to through to become a butterfly, becomes a symbol of the personal process to achieve individuality."


 Designed by Istituto Europeo di Design graduate student Judita Daujotaité, this bag has a decidedly Schiaparelli vibe.


 We were all intrigued by the very olde books and illustrations that were displayed around this most hallowed library.



Bags adorned with bullets by DoM. An emerging brand in the Italian handmade luxury sector. "The DoM brand is synonymous with the hummingbird, an extraordinary creature of tiny dimensions and small resources that knows how to gather and taste the beauty and harmony of nature, just as DoM knows how to interpret the love and passion of craftsmanship, the idea of beauty and the well-made."


 Diego Buongiorno and I in the library's vestibule. Diego is a musician and his CD "The Bush" contains some tracks with Diane doing the voiceover. Here's 2 teaser videos (not the one with Diane, but I will ask Diego for that one):





We were all mad for the wildly imaginative masks designed by Simone Valsecchi. A true renaissance man, Simone has collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier, Peter Greenway, Gianfranco Ferre and others and works as a stylist and also musuem curator and collector of museum-quality dresses starting from the 7th century. He was a lender to the Museo Fortuny for the exhibit "Diana Vreeland After Diana Vreeland."




Here is Simone Valsecchi with a mask he created from various prescription medicine boxes (including some HIV medication) that belonged to some of his friends.


The pills as tears echo the tears tattoos that are sported by jailed murderers.


A disturbing and provocative piece, the pill box mask houses a real human skull.



On a lighter note,Genevieve Xhaet presented her collection Flapper in the library's Dewey Decimal System card catalog area. Her wonderful turbans were inspired by such "pre-revolution, pro-feminist symbols" from the 1920s as Zelda Fitzgerald, Louise Brooks, Dorothy Parker and Lee Miller. Genevieve regards the turban as "a symbolic object of female freedom."



Genevieve Xhaet 





Photographs by Mustafa Sabbagh. Born in Amman, Jordan, Mustafa studied architecture in Italy and learned his craft as a photographer under the one and only Richard Avedon. He is considered "one of the 100 most important nude photographers in the world."



Thanks for reading.

Baci, baci, baci,

Glenn Belverio


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Tuesday, 25 June 2013


As someone who has been fan, proponent and originator of independent publishing in the past (The Key, STOP & CSNA) I'm very excited to announce the launch of my on-line & limited print edition art & literary journal VACCINE. VACCINE will feature a varied assortment of photography, multi-media art & collage, graffiti, short stories & broken werd. The extremely talented & visionary art director Frank Gargiulo will be in charge of the design and visual presentation. The early roster of contributors is nothing short of stellar, including Scooter LaForge, Dietmar Busse, Gazelle Paulo, Bubi Canal, Joel Handorff, HOMO-RIOT, Walt Cassidy, Paul Wirhun, Ethan Shoshan, Honey McMoney, Brett Lindell, Benjamin Fredrickson, Nicholas Gorham, Jonathan Daniel Federico, Chick Byrne, Marne Lucas, Richard Schemmer, Allen Todd Yaeger, Derek Dewitt, Natasha Gornik, Max Steele, Maria Pineres, Bj Dini, Muffinhead, Lee Baxter, Dick Mitchell, Ben Copperwheat, Clint Catalyst, Jeff Silverman, Simon Crawford, Shain Kish, Michael Alago & more to come. I am currently accepting submissions for the first edition which will debut in December 2013 at
No censors. No limits. Ain't no stopping us now. As always, come correct or don't come at all.
Original VACCINE Logo by Mike Lohr @


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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Stop selling fake Humor Chic prints text Stefania Seoni

Dear Diane, dear shaded viewers,

It 's true  maybe,  that when  someone starts to imitateyou, you know that  you've become famous..

But the limit is always the unauthorized appropriation of the work and the creativity of others.

 This  total lawlessness,  unfortunately seems to have become the norm.

For the past months these t-shirts with the artwork of   AleXsandro Palombo founder of Humor Chic have been circling on the web.

 It is a real invasion, there are now dozens of websites and facebook pages that sell t-shirts with prints   stolen from Humor Chic.

Every week the press office  asks them  to remove the photos and the merchandise on sale . 

Below are some pictures with fake copies of illustrations of Humor Chic.

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Let's put a halt to this thievery, please do not support their sales.



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Monday, 29 April 2013


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The fourth edition of Floracult, the event created by the illuminated fashion designer of Carmina Campus and activist Ilaria Venturini Fendi featured many scents, colors, flavors and events all celebrating nature and was held in the Rome countryside, at La Storta, I Casali del Pino.

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The featuring in the House of animals at Floracult

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Another little host of Floracult


THis event surprises me every year wth new discoveries, successful meetings around a slow, conscious and sustainable lifestyle. 

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The non-profit association Oxfam Italia featuring in Floracult

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Oxfam Italia

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One of this marvelous happenings concerns my meeting with Stefano Mancuso, expert of vegetal neurology, director of LINV (International Laboratory of Vegetal Neurology) who featured in the book launch of “Verde brillante. Sensibilità e intelligenza del mondo vegetale(Bright green. Sensibility and intelligence of vegetal world)” he wrote. 

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Stefano Mancuso during the book launch of “Verde brillante. Sensibilità e intelligenza del mondo vegetale(Bright green. Sensibility and intelligence of vegetal world)” 

I was amazed the cross  pollination from one grass to another, a practice which generates an addiction of the insect. Another weird discovery concerned the relationship between a tree and the ants that are hosted and nourished by that tree, it's body contains ingredients that create addiction and make the ants more aggressive. In fact the ants fight against every (little or big) creature to protect the tree. 


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 I talked hilariously to Stefano about the vegetal creatures that play a role of mistress and pushers. The sensitivity evidenced in the vegetal world like the mimosa pudica(“pudica” stands as “prudish”), a kind of mimosa which reacts to the touch of a hand. 

The prudish mimosa


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Stefano modestly encourages the knowledge and its sharing I consider this to be one of the beautiful gifts that came out of Floracult.



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Anna Fendi

 “Rosa Sublime” book launch celebrates the family tradition of Vittorio Barni, the production and creation of new types of roses like the Mariangela Melato rose, a white rose that had been presented to the sister of the iconic Italian actress who passed away recently. Emma Bonino, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italian Government, the actress Isabella Ferrari and the director Lina Wertmuller all spoke about Mariangela Melato and her sense of freedom and which the white rose in her honor evokes.

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Lina Wertmuller and Carla Fendi

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The Mariangela Melato rose

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Vittorio Barni and the curator of Floracult Antonella Fornai during the book launch of "Sublime rosa"


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Vittorio Barni, Antonella Fornai and Isabella Ferrari


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Emma Bonino along with Ilaria Venturini Fendi


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Carla Fendi and Lina Wertmuller


One day under the sign of nature I was pleased to share with Myriam B., bright fashion designer and dear friend of mine along with other friends.

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Myriam B between the Barni roses

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Carnation, a flower which is the root of my family name

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Me at Floracult







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Floracult shines a light on nature with a focus on sustainability and its culture with the book launch of “La mia vita a impatto zero” (My zero impact life). Paola Maugeri is known for her Videomusic and MTV  , a bright and warm-hearted individual who talked about her experiences, which she writes in her book: to have a zero impact lifestyle. 

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Paola Maugeri

Though - as she asserted - it is not possible to have a zero impact lifestyle, a word she used to depict a lifestyle which is more conscious, respectful for the nature and its seasonal cycles. Her experiment consisted of living without electric energy, having water warmed by solar panels, reducing the use of computers and mobile phones to three hours a day, and eating the seasonal food (Paola is also a vegan) as well as using candles instead of electric lights. She would eat at 5:30 pm and sleep at 6:30 pm. 

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Paola Maugeri, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

This experience brought her a new consciousnesses as well as a new time, a time she didn’t think of having, time to talk with her son, time to talk with herself, a time to think and read a book. She never had this as she, like most individuals in our times, focus on efficiency. She spoke about the difference between what is important and urgent, two simple words that reveal the (true or false) priorities that concern the behavior of a human being. The result of this experience has been a re-defining of her priorities. This change enriched her and she had the desire to share it with everyone because she sees living as sharing.

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The ducks and..

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...roosters at Floracult

The value of sustainability was also made concrete by “Victory garden”, the hydroponics laboratory of Studio Mobile of Antonio Girardi and Cristiana Favretto, bright architects and dear friends, who are focused on the creation of hydroponics systems in order to avoid the waste of water. They proved that the hydroponics technique used for a vegetable garden saves over the 70% of water.

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Cristiana Favretto and Antonio Girardi along with the hydroponics installation they made

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The lavender, one of my favorite flowers

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The textiles by Ai Canapai


Orchids at Floracult


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Ilaria Venturini Fendi and me, photo by Giorgio Miserendino

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Humberto Campana


Last but not least, walking with Silvia Venturini Fendi I also discovered a wide selection of linen made out of vintage textiles from the 30's the linen came from both Italy and Eastern Europe which evoked the scent, freshness and softness of a cloth which is rare to find today.



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Silvia Venturini Fendi 


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A rose which makes me think about Joey Arias








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