The Ladybug meets the Queen of Vintage: Anna Piaggi by Karl Lagerfeld in Milan

When I heard about the opening of Anna-Chronique: 70s and 80s. Anna Piaggi by Karl Lagerfeld at the Fondazione Sozzani in Milan I immediately felt the call!

Anna Piaggi is one of my main icons for many reasons, one of them being the fact that she was the first one to my knowledge to mix designer modern pieces with vintage many decades ago. I also loved her strong personality and the way she showed it through her clothes.

Last year, the Fondazione Sozzani with the Associazione Culturale Anna Piaggi launched this exhibit dedicated to Anna Piaggi but in particular to her relationship with Karl Lagerfeld in a double exhibit: a selection of drawings signed by Karl Lagerfeld portraying his muse Anna Piaggi, realized between 1973 and 1984. Not only 130 portraits but also pictures, manuscripts, jewelry and of course hats from her personal collection…a real dream for vintage lovers!

The second exhibit is a fashion diary of the 90s: 50 Karl Lagerfeld drawings realized between 1990 and 1997 where the style and fashion sense of the iconic Anna Piaggi are represented at their best through the eyes of king Karl!

To visit this double exhibit that I adored I wore a tribute to Anna Piaggi tee, handpainted by Madame Ilary (it was the perfect occasion to wear it!), a vintage electric blue blazer found on Vinted by Freja Vintage, a pair of Rouje jeans. I added a lovely ethnic vintage bag from Bivio, small Fulani earrings from Dielle Nubya and a pair of old beige Supergas.

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The Ladybug’s memories from Paris

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It feels a bit strange to write about Paris right now, about a week after the sad events of the 13th of November. But I don’t want to keep these sad memories and I want to remember my Paris, the city I probably love most in the world due to my past experience, through the same eyes I had when I visited for a weekend a couple of weeks ago.

If there is a city in the world that I still would move to immediately this city is Paris. I spent there part of my youth during many long stays mostly for study and my first travel ever alone was there. I can say that I know the city pretty well and that I left a piece of my heart there. This is one of the reasons why I don’t go there too often, because I feel so sad when I have to leave! My last visit was about ten years ago. At the beginning of the year I decided that 2015 was the year for my “homecoming” and I picked up the best vintage event in town to have the perfect excuse to go and visit my friends in Paris: the Salon du Vintage.

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We will talk about this event in my next post but for now I just want to tell you about my Saturday around Paris. I didn’t feel like visiting as a tourist so I decided to pick up some interesting exhibits to visit during the day and just walked around enjoying the atmosphere and the life as a real Parisian (which meant also eating in lovely French bistrots and cafés). I started the visit with the Andy Warhol exhibition, Warhol Unlimited, at the MAM – Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. It was a great exhibit maybe my third or fourth of Mr. Warhol but I could see some of his pieces I’ve never seen before, including short videos of the Factory icons and Jackie Kennedy paintings. It was also the occasion to walk around the Palais de Tokyo with one of my favorite views of the Eiffel Tower!

Second stop was one of my favorite places in the world, the Centre Pompidou, where I could finally visit Cuban artist Wifredo Lam exhibit and walk around one of my favorite areas in Paris also full of vintage shops where I spent part of my afternoon (I will tell you more in my next post!), before heading to the Pinacothèque de Paris to visit Karl Lagerfeld amazing photography exhibit A visual journey.

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I couldn’t help heading to the FNAC to buy French books and walking to the Ile de la Cité to visit (again!) Notre Dame Cathedral. From there I walked to Saint-Germain-des-Prés to remember the area of French artists and intellectuals of the 40’s and 50’s (no wonder I had Simone de Beauvoir books in my bag!) and one of my favorite areas in town.

It was a quite full day of exploring and re-visit places that really mean something to me and I realized that nothing has really changed even if things have changed on both sides (Paris and mine!): this is the city that I married years ago and that I’m still madly in love with!

More about “Vintage Paris” in my next post!

I wore Whistles dotted dress, Max & Co coat and bag, Lazzari shoes and Maison Momoni scarf.

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The Ladybug’s Dream of Being “The Little Black Blogger”: Covering The Little Black Jacket…

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I understand that I am very excited about something I’m going to write about when I don’t know how to start my post… like now!

When I read that the most interesting and exciting photography expo was coming to Milan, after traveling with huge success around the world (New York, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin and London) I immediately called my friend to go see it with her because she’s the only one I knew who shared my excitement about it! I am talking about the famous “The Little Black Jacket,” an itinerant expo of pictures taken by Karl Lagerfeld in Cannes, Paris and New York under the stylistic direction of Carine Roitfeld (also pictured in the first image that opens the expo). These pictures are now not only one of the most acclaimed fashion expos of the last year, but they’re also a beautiful book.

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The focus of the expo is very simple: it’s centered around one of the most iconic pieces created by Coco Chanel. No, not the Little Black Dress. And not my adored quilted 2.55…  It’s The Little Black Jacket.  Like the LDB, it’s worn by many celebrities from movies to fashion, but unlike the LBD… (well, with the exception of Marc Jacobs) it’s also a staple of men and women and it crosses different cultures and backgrounds, everyone bringing their own personality and style to this amazing piece. I have been told by some visitors, who didn’t know about it, that they didn’t realize they were all wearing the same jacket (only Keira Knightley and Kirsten Owen are wearing the white version). Which means that, despite the boring concept, the result is quite amazing! And believe me, it is!

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The expo is now in Dubai for its last date, but if you missed it- I’m sharing here some of my favorite pictures.

Let me say a few words about the location: the expo was held at the Rotonda della Besana, one of the historical places in Milan but maybe one of the less known and this is a real shame. It is a wonderful park surrounded by arcades where we enjoyed a nice walk after the expo. There’s what used to be a church in the middle, which is now used for expos or cultural events. I also enjoyed the inside lighting and space which, I think, gave more importance to the exposed images because of how the light was directed.

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Another little idea that I liked: not only was the expo free, but there were also free posters of some of the pictures from the expo for all the visitors… classy! Oh, I forgot… during the days of the expo, a selection of the S/S 2013 Chanel collection’s jackets were exhibited in the Milanese boutique in via S. Andrea… classier!

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