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Sustainability of Living Heritage

In the heart of Valetta, the city which once was found by the Knights of the St John’s Order of Jerusalem, there is a beautiful 16th Century palace called Casa Rocca Piccola owned by a Maltese Noble family. The head of the family is the 9th Marquis de Piro, who lives in the palace with…

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The Simplicity of Roman Elegance

In 1881 an important archaeological site was accidentally discovered in a small town called Rabat and situated outside the gates of the old capital of Malta, Mdina. The discovery revealed outstanding Roman remains from the ancient city of Melite with some ruins, what must have been a sumptuous Roman house belonging to the first century…

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The Art of The Bookstore

Yesterday I was desperately looking for a bookstore with the official name “Island Books Malta” here in Gozo, which according to Facebook would have some older copies available. After walking through long streets with the sun at its peak, I could finally find the place. In Triq Birbuba in Gharb, village at the westernmost point…

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The Hermitage – the “Window on Europe” of Fashion

It has been a while since every girl around the world through Carry Bradshaw discovered who Manolo Blahnik was or sooner what he was brilliant at – high-end women’s footwear. Today his talent has also got a high acknowledgement from the art word and his exhibition Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes is accommodated by…

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Le Bateau-Lavoir – Noah’s Ark of Art

Le Bateau-Lavoir (“The Boat Wash-house”) was once a moldy old tenement in a shaded square in the Monmartre district of the 18th arrondissement of Paris, which has taken a prominent place in art history. Christened by the poet Max Jacob, the building became an anchored shelter for such artists and writers as Pablo Picasso, Otto…

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Style Has No Age

American Gigolo from 1980 is the film on everyone’s lips, owing to the fashion icon and supermodel of 1970s, Lauren Hutton. Looking at her current photos from Bottega Veneta’s runway show in September 2016, you can hardly believe that it has passed 36 years since Paul Schrader’s romantic crime-drama appeared on the widescreen for the…

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English Father of French Fashion

The fashion system in its classical appearance with the designer at the forefront, as it still exists now, started from an Englishman by the name Charles Frederick Worth. He made his name and his fortune in the 1850s at the court of Napoleon III of France by designing the gowns for Princess Pauline Mettrnich and…

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Luxurious Sustainability

These days, when fast fashion has become speed-blinded in its endless attempts to meet our desires and exceed the selling numbers of the previous quarter, we finally raise the issue of sustainability. Thus we start realising how much we need to understand about our consumption and learn about all its effects on our planet. What…

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Jacqueline Kennedy – A Look of Exquisitely Simple Elegance

Yesterday Jacqueline (Bouvier) Kennedy would have celebrated her 87’s birthday. “The Jackie Look” eternalized in timeless fashion photographs is still inspiring and iconic. Meanwhile the name behind that sophisticated and laconic style is Oleg Cassini (11.04.1913, Paris – 17.03.2006, New York). Aristocrat, with excellent sense of style, inherited from Italian mother, and great dignity acquired…

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The Game of Mind and Scissors

The word “collage” has a French origin from “colle”, that means glue. Oxford Dictionary defines collage as the art of making a picture by sticking pieces of coloured paper, cloth or photographs onto a surface; a picture that you make by doing this.   During 1930s, Henry Matisse applied this art technique by cutting different…

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