Archive for August 2012
Today I was looking in a very good blog specialized in makeups: The Meteo Beauty and I got caught from Selma´s latest blog post about the new Lancome Midnight Roses Collection. You can see the entire blogpost here
The Midnight Rose collection, inspired by Trésor Midnight Rose features a majestic hue of purple, violet and royal reds.
we spoke already about a “path of light and darkness” in two of my previous posts: Jesus is Lady (discovering the true colors of Santiago De Compostela´s Old Town) and Berlin Cemetery Tour Part I (darkness and romanticism).
Still in the mood to discover other fascinating burial monuments and graves, I couldn´t miss the Hoenzollern Crypt in the Berlin Cathedral.The Hohenzollern Crypt contains 94 entombments from the end of the 16th century until the beginning of the 20th century.
Sadly I couldn´take much good quality photos in the crypt as it was very dark and the flash is not allowed. I decided then to show you a complete tour of the Berliner Dom, from darkness and death to light and heaven, from the crypt to the couple.
abbiamo parlato in precedenza di cammini fatti di luce e buio in due dei miei posts precedenti: Jesus is Lady (alla scoperta dei veri colori della “città vecchia” di Santiago De Compostela)e Berlin Cemetery Tour Part I (oscurità e romanticismo). Essendo ancora dell´umore adatto a riscoprire monumenti cimiteriali e tombe non potevo di certo perdere la Cripta regale degli Hoenzollern nel Duomo di Berlino. La cripta contiene 94 tombe dalla fine del XVI secolo agli inizi del XX secolo. Putroppo non ho potuto fare molte foto di qualità, essendo la cripta molto buia, ho deciso dunque di mostrarvi un tour completo del Duomo di Berlino, dall´ombra alla luce, dalla cripta alla cupola…
The Berliner Dom
The Altar and the Sauer Organ…
The huge pipe organ, built by Wilhelm Sauer
The Hoenzollern Crypt
Many artistic styles since the late-Gothic are reflected in these coffins some of which are very simple, some richly decorated.
Miniature of the Cathedral
Inhouse model of the church
Inhouse model of the imperial stairways
Plastics of the statues
Angels in front of the couple
credits: Molly Crabapple
Luckynumberblack supports Free Pussy Riot
The three russian feminist young members of the band Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years each in prison for hooliganism after performing a punk concert/prayer protest in Moscow’s cathedral against Vladimir Putin and the Ortodox Church. The sentence has been denounced as disproportionate.
I believe in freedom of speech and art. I believe in feminism and strong rebellious girls getting straight to the point. I believe in female power. As long as free provocative females will be shutted up and jailed from the sistem itself, this World will be unjust. The affair “Pussy Riot”has clearly a strong symbolic meaning, representing well all the violences and both physical and phsychological conditioning, like the “Chador” or false appearances of parity and “same opportunities”, which many young (and less young) females are subjected in not democratic and democratic countries as well.
Amnesty International, many countries, artists all over the world and celebrities like Madonna, Patty Smith, Paul Mc Cartney, Sting are supporting Free Pussy Riot in the name of freedom of opinion, speech and artistic licence.
Luckynumberblack supporta Free Pussy Riot
Le tre ragazze russe femministe, giovani membri della band punk “Pussy Riot” sono state condannate a due anni di prigione ognuna per atti vandalici dopo aver messo in scena un concerto/preghiera punk nella cattedrale di Mosca come dissenso a Putin e alla chiesa ortodossa. La sentenza e´stata denunciata come non proporzionata e troppo dura sia da Amnesty International che da molti paesi, inclusa la germania. Molte celebrita´,tra cui Patty Smith, Madonna, Bjork, e Paul McCartney come moltissimi artisti in tutto il mondo hanno aderito al movemimento “Free Pussy Riot” in nome del diritto di opionione, parola e di liberta´artistica.
Quello che e´successo alle tre ragazze Maria, Nadia e Katerina ha chiaramente una valenza simbolica di portata internazionale. Credo nella liberta´di parola e nella liberta´artistica, nella democrazia. Credo nel femminismo e in donne forti e ribelli, credo e voglio che il potere sia “donna”. Fino a quando giovani ( e meno giovani) donne saranno zittite e messe dietro alle sbarre, questo mondo sara´un mondo ingiusto. Non mi riferisco solo alla vicenda Pussy Riot ma a tutte le violenze e condizionamenti sia fisici che psicologici che molte donne subiscono ancora nel mondo, in paesi piu´ o meno democratici, sotto un chador o sotto apparenze di finta parita´e pari opportunita´come ad esempio in Italia.
Pussy Riot performance in the Cathedral and Patty Smith´s speech
Madonna´s speech for Free Pussy Riot
Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova,Yekaterina Samutsevich
Whene it comes to dark extreme places Kunsthaus Tacheles( Art house Tacheles) is a must see location here in Berlin. I already introduced to you this intruguing “dirty and cool” spot in one of my old blog posts here
the building house is an artists collective which is constantly threatened with eviction.
Originally, it was built as a department store in the Jewish quarter (Scheunenviertel). Serving as a Nazi prison for a short while, it was later partially demolished. After the Berlin Wall had come down and two months before the planned demolition, on february 199o the complex was occupied from a group of artists who called it Tacheles, Yiddish for “straight talking.”
The group of artists, are often threatened to be evicted, that´s why in this days, the project is closed as protest. The permanent exibition of Alexandre Rodin with his dark violent gigantic paintings is for this week closed as well…
While august is slowly fading away, autumn is at the door with tones of new 2012 collections and black fashion to enjoy…
I couldn´t resist, as often, to show you a must have styling from AllSaints. When I first saw the Neely Body I got immediatly caught by the seductive silhouette, the lace pieces and the luxury gold coloured metal zip at the centre back. A must have of the season which gives a charming dark romantic yet modern touch to every kind of styling.
So, when I tought what I would personally match with this body my eyes fell on a pair of extreme skinny fitting jeans made using high shine coated stretch black denim. The Petrel Brodie Jeans
The Hero Boot: a luxuriously soft, mid-calf boot made from Portuguese tumbled nubuck.a simple design enhancing the good quality of the leather.
Your style for today is done:)
Going on… seeking for the perfect ring with a dark original touch. Last time we spoke about the charm of black diamonds, this time I will introduce to you the black titanium.
Black titanium is being more and more used very often to create stylish and dark wedding bands for both, males and females. A “modern” metal, widely available on the market since the 90´s. The durability and strenght of this metal is very well advertised in the 1989 underwater science fiction movie “The Abyss“, where Ed Harris sticks his hand into a closing hydraulic emergency door. His titanium wedding ring stops the door from closing, saving his life.
Often crafted in combination with diamonds and other kind of gemstones, titanium is a very strong and hard natural element, harder than platinum, yet less expensive and hypoallergenic. Titanium is non toxic, lightweight, highly resistant to water and to corrosions. The black titanium with it´s dark color assures a minimalistic, simple and non-intrusive sporty stylish touch…
Core Jewels . Black diamonds rings. Designer: Yamasaki Norimasa
A very dark and stylish kind of design for haute jewellery…
Since Carrie Bradshaw, in the second movie of “Sex and the City”, has recived a 5 carat black diamond ring as gift, from her husband Mr Big, the request of black diamonds in engagement ring has dramatically raised.
So yes, diamonds can be white, coloured and black as well…
The “Black Diamond” also known as Carbonado is a natural polycristalline diamond found in alluvial deposits in Brazil and in the Central African Republic. Carbonado is more porous than other diamonds, opaque and don´t sparkle.
The origin of the black diamond is controversial,for this reason is often named “ The mystery diamond“. Some theories includes extraterrestrial origin such as: formation inside an earlier-generation giant star in our area that would have long ago exploded in a supernova and an origin in interstellar space due to the impact with a meteorite.
If you wish to know more about the supposed interstellar origin of the Black Diamond read here…
The mystery of it´s origin and the opaque ink dark colour invest the black diamond of an own unconventional charm and appeal, an appeal able to guarantee a place in the “fashion collective imaginary”. A part from Carrie Bradshaw´s ring you will all remember the Victoria´s Secrets black diamond bra worn by Adriana Lima in the campaign 2008…
Gemvara black diamonds and platinum rings
A classic and refined interpretation for a black diamond engagement ring…
While I was heading to Santiago de Compostela, waiting at the Bergamo Orio al Serio airport for the Ryanair flight I got caught by the dark front page and title of a book, which, I found out later, has become a cult and worldwide bestseller of the summer: Fifty shades of Grey.
“The second and third volumes of the trilogy are titled Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, respectively. Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists around the world, including the United Kingdom and the United States. The series has sold 40 million copies worldwide.
The Fifty Shades trilogy was developed from a Twilight fan fiction originally titled Master of the Universe and published episodically on fan-fiction websites under the pen name “Snowqueen’s Icedragon”. After comments concerning the sexual nature of the material, the author, E. L. James, rewrote Master of the Universe as an original piece, with the principal characters renamed Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and removed it from her website prior to publication.” (Source: Wikipedia)
At the book store…
My eyes point immediatly at the front page of the second chapter of the trilogy: Fifty shades darker (Cinquanta sfumature di nero, in Italian), featuring a venetian like mask on a dark background..(see below)
As you all know, dark and black are my passion…
Why not, I think, for two and a half hours of boring flight, I can give it a try, but better to start from the first book to follow better the story… dark front page with a grey tie image, not bad as well…
So here I am, after years of just online reading, I buy my first paper book again. At around 14 Euros, Italian version, at the expensive airport book store.
On the plane…
As the nice front page opens and I start reading… I detect immediatly that the audience will be equally shared between the ones that will love this book and the ones, like me, which will stop reading it after few pages.
At a first look the plot may seem intriguing: a young inexperienced and naive college girl meets a beautiful, young, business magnate with a taste for dominance and submission games, a control freak.
All things most of us have already dreamt about, all things some of us have already experienced, with just the little difference that we are not that naive, not that inexperienced, not so young and bad dressed like her, and we like to see our creative immagination fulfilled as we desire and deserve. So, lack of identification at first, for me. She is too young, not really going to enjoy the tones of experience that she will gain (thanks to Mr Grey), she is not enough imperative. Anastasia thinks and talks like a typical “double morale obsessed” girl making things bigger than what they really are and interpreting them with a typical unenlightened view. In short: she is too mainstream. A good reason for me not to identify with her, a good reason, on the contrary, for many to identify with her and buy the book.
For me, it’s simple: the fact we share similar (but not equal) dreams doesn´t make us the same, not our choices the same.
Let´s go on…
what about Him?
Mr Grey (the soon to be Master)… He is beautiful, pretty young (in his thirties), incredibly rich and successful, yet a little bit weired in his sexual preferences.
A dream of a guy, for many girls, partly for me as well… and that´s the point… too much unreal and too young for my taste. I like ways more experienced kind of guys, ways older than me, I do not care of young and beautiful skin, on the contrary I enjoy to see signs of experience on their faces…
Mr Grey is not the Darken Rahl of Terry Goodkind´s “The Sword of Truth” saga, a real powerful, eager, ruthless, experienced Master of the evil able to make, for real, good girls go bad.
He is not Darth Vader as well (Darth has been my first great crush since I was a child). Darth, the true “Switch” for excellence, so powerful yet slave. Beautiful and young, half machine and old, I don´t care… I will always love him. No matter how he looks like… and his metallic breath drives me completely crazy. He IS contradiction. He simply IS DARTH.
Mr Grey IS not, He is a Mr GREY indeed, not more, not less. Not my kind of guy. He could be, but he is not. Sorry–I like it darker than grey…
For now we have two typical mainstream characters and a promise of a “sexual and sadomasochistic initiation” for the virgin protagonist… mostly sexual–I would say–which means automatically boring. I already smell in the air that the BDSM session will be reduced to a normal belt spanking with her getting shocked for sure, and nothing really intriguing… She is not the beauty imprisoned in the castle from the dark prince… Forget about that. (If you wish to read somenthing like that I suggest to you “The sleeping beauty” written by Anne Rice, way more inspiring or the “Story of O“, gets straight to the point)
I am a bit pissed off… The reading is getting harder yet I go on jumping some pages… and get to a part that I hope will eventually catch my attention… THE CONTRACT
So.. as the World has begun, formal contracts in D/s relationships became a basic rule (except the many examples of war slavery and the Inquisition, of course), most of the time overridden, yet pretty fascinating as kind of game. But of course, it depends on what kind of contract we are talking about…
Ok, here I stop….
I start reading… yes, ok usual stuff.. he is going to do what he wants out of her…I go on……Con.. consensuality?? NO, NO, NO please NO. A safe sane and consensual D/s contract in a fictional book? This is too much. I close the book and stop reading, forever and ever. Please give me back the Darken Rahl which forces young sweet good girls to become terrible Mordsits and Mistresses through the hard way of true pain, survival instinct, and parental homicide, give me back the kidnapped princess enslaved from the bad, yet fascinating, sultan of the eastern lands. Give me back the Gorean way and the fight between forced enslavement and freedom. Give me back what I want to find in a book: my wildest dreams, my imagination, all my little secrets, all what I find hard to confess.
“Fifty” good reasons, at least for me, to stop reading it: too mainstream, to vanilla, too sexual and not enough pain and tears, lack of charm and sensuality. Too much “Twilight” (even tough I enjoy sometimes to the twilight movie, reading it is too much), as it was indeed originally intentionally inspired.
“Fifty” good reasons, on the contrary, why it has become a best-seller and is worth reading if you are seeking for safer and more conventional ways of facing your dark dreams… The book itself is well written (even tough I have seen just the Italian version, I think the original one, in English is even better) and has the right charm if you are yet unused to D/s thematics but wish to get slowly acquainted with.
When it comes to sensual, refined, expensive and provocative lingerie dreams, Agent Provocateur leads above everyone. The dream of many girls indeed.. and not just usual girls.. Celebrities of the caliber of Kate Moss, Dita Von Tease and Kiljie Minogue have been testimonials, trough provocative advertisement campaigns and video clips for this luxurious and lascivious brand.
Refined lace and bondage lingerie, corsets, playsuits, hosiery, accessoires and crystal riding crops give Agent Provocateur the right syncretism between the “Story of O” and elegant modern fashion. The perfect lingerie, for a lady, kidnapped and imprisoned in an ancient castle as well as the perfect outfit for an imperative modern woman.
Playful, elegantly outrageous, unconventional yet classic…
Here some shots from the new autumn 2012 campaign…
“Mónica Cruz is the star of our glamorous, dark and mysterious Autumn Winter 2012 campaign.
Set in Victorian London, the campaign tells the story of an enigmatic woman whose true Agent Provocateur spirit is revealed by a magical camera. Her inner sensuality is unveiled, and she mesmerizes and bewitches.
The Autumn Winter collection returns to a rich, dark colour palette that is far from morbid and gothic. An intense femininity is created with figure-defining styles and by layering lace with ruffles.”
A range inspired by ‘Traitors’ Gate’, the notorious gateway into the Tower of London, which was an entry into both a palace and a prison. The Autumn Winter collection plays with the juxtaposition between toughness and softness. The Whitney range has soft hand woven elastic that wraps around the body to evoke a sense on entrapment.
A very cheeky and playful equestrian playsuit with a French silk jacquard riding stock and unique AP engraved gold stock pin…