A Walk to Remember
En route to Versace late this afternoon I happened upon Via Della Spiga—a street lined with luxury shops that flanks the northeastern side of the Quadrilatero Della Moda (translation: fashion quadrilateral), where you’ll find the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Moschino, and other Italian powerhouses. Fixed at the end of it was a large-scale print of the photo shown at left, shot by Alexander Straulino. Not only did it remind me of Helmut Newton’s iconic “Le Smoking” image, but I think I also found it so compelling because the notion of a cigarette being portrayed as sexy isn’t something you see often in the States nowadays, in fact, it has become quite foreign. The Milanese, however, don’t seem to mind—especially when the addiction in question involves a bullet of Dior lipstick. This image and annotation printed below it (a poem written by Tomaso Kemeny) is part of an open-air exhibition dubbed Ieri, Oggi, Domani (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow) featuring ten photographs and poems put together by Amica (an Italian fashion magazine) and L’Associazione Amici di Via Della Spiga (the Association of Via Della Spiga Friends) to celebrate this strada that plays host to a stampede of stilettos every season. The display runs through September 24, so be sure to take a stroll down this stylish lane before you jet off to Paris.