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September 1 2014

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Save Roma! Says Fashion

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View of the Spanish Steps or the Stairway of Trinita dei Monti, with the Church of Trinita dei Monti and the Barcaccia Fountain in the foreground

Fashion is dead set on fixing up Rome. The Eternal City has seen some wear and tear over the past few millennia, and last year both Fendi and Tod’s stepped in, vowing to restore the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, respectively. Jewelry house Bulgari is the latest Italian brand to jump on the save Roma bandwagon, announcing today that it is donating 1.5 million euros to facilitate the restoration of the iconic Spanish Steps, an 18th-century landmark in the center of the city. The pledge is meant to commemorate Bulgari’s 130th anniversary. It’s fairly admirable that the three abovementioned houses—each of which has Roman roots—are working to better the ancient metropolis. Your move, Valentino.

Photo: Alinari via Getty Images  

Prada Marfa Vandalized by Dubious Do-Gooder TOMS Marfa

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prada marfa

Prada Marfa‘s somewhat infamous reputation remains firmly intact. The faux boutique, which last fall faced a legal foe in the form of the Texas Department of Transportation, was defaced on Sunday morning by a vandal calling himself TOMS Marfa. The building’s facade was stickered with the socially conscious espadrille titan’s logo, and spray-painted in TOMS’ signature powder blue hue. Seemingly worded for maximum provocation, a manifesto left on-site offered up the following: “TOMS Marfa will bring greater inspiration to consumer Americans to give all they have to developing nations that suffer disease, starvation, and corruption. So long as you buy TOMS shoes, and endorse Jesus Christ as your savior, welcoming the ‘white’ him into your heart. So help you God, otherwise you’re damned to hell.” Guerrilla philanthropy, performance art, or fanatical vandalism? Only time will tell.