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Spotlight: H A L A B Y


Mercoledì 20 maggio 2009 era fissato il mio appuntamento per conoscere Monsieur Halaby (che va letto con h aspirata, grazie!) che, proprio in questa giornata, diventa ufficialmente cittadino italiano.

Entro nel piccolo punto vendita vicino al Pantheon in cui ad accogliermi c’è Luca che collabora con Gilbert.

halaby filigrana

orecchini filigrana e pelle

Gilbert Halaby, un vulcano di idee in eruzione, ha ristrutturato lui l’interno del negozio, ha curato lui l’allestimento dello stesso. Nato in Libano, dove consegue un major in Archeologia, dopo una breve permanenza a Dubai e una più lunga a Parigi, decide di stabilirsi nella capitale romana. Dove nel 2005 fonda il suo brand. Inizia con gli accessori, in particolare lo affascina la filigrana, per poi passare alle borse. La prima ideata è la Pochette Plissè, la seconda (la mia preferita) la borsa Toile, per l’ispirazione al TOILE DU JOUY che inizialmente ricopriva i muri interni del locale. Ma se entrate trovate anche decorazioni per la casa e costumi da bagno … perché in mente Halaby ha anche una linea di moda, che per ora si limita a pezzi unici, ma noi speriamo presto diventi per tutte noi.


1. Pochette Plissè; 2. Borsa Toile.

www.halaby.it | Punto Vendita: Via del Seminario, 00186 Roma

Celebrating Valentino


Valentino The Last Emperor is a feature-length film on the legendary designer Valentino Garavani in the wake of his exit in 2008 from the company he founded in Rome more than 45 years ago. Shown around the world in film festivals to wide acclaim, the film that has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion, featuring access never-before allowed in the high temples of Haute Couture. The legendary Valentino is the star of the film, along with his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti. Valentino The Last Emperor follows them for the final two years of their careers, and show the struggles the two men face as they confront the final act of a nearly 50-year career at the top of the world’s most glamorous and competitive game.

The struggle of art against commerce is at the center of the film. In the end, however, the story proves to be not one about money or expensive clothes, but about love. The movie is now playing in U.S. theaters. For more infos, the trailer and a list of the selected theaters: Official site | Facebook Group |



For almost half a century Valentino dominated Italian haute couture, dressing the world’s wealthiest and most glamorous women. Only a few years after opening his fashion house in Rome in 1959, Valentino could already count Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn among his devotees. Despite his retirement in 2007 little has changed; his brand continues to thrive and prosper, and is worn by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez. Valentino has always designed magnificent gowns, never wavering from his signature style despite fads like grunge, deconstruction, and minimalism. This new Taschen lavish book traces Valentino’s illustrious career through copious images from his archives, including drawings, magazine editorial shoots, advertisements, portraits, and documentary photographs. Presented chronologically, the visual material is accompanied by a vast array of newspaper and magazine articles about Valentino throughout the years. Combined, they provide an in-depth look at the man, his lifestyle, and his genius.
Following the Collector’s and Art Editions, this trade edition puts Valentino’s haute couture glamour within reach at a ready-to-wear price point.

Chitolina, Armando (ED)
Tyrnauer, Matt / Menkes, Suzy / Miscellaneous
Hardcover, 25 x 33.4 cm (9.8 x 13.1 in.), 576 pages
$ 70.00 | ISBN: 978-3-8365-0329-7
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Agenda: 125 Years of Bulgari

BULGARI. From History to Eternity 1884-2009. 125 years of Italian Jewellery | 22 May – 13 September 2009 at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale, 194, Rome Italy


fYears of research in the Bulgari archives have come to fruition with an in-depth look at the history of this extraordinary brand and what it represents in the world today. The assembly and analysis of historical documents has enabled us to reconstruct a remarkable story that spans centuries and international borders, tracing the course for the taste of innovation and detail that has become an unmistakable style in its own right.
Bulgari occupies a significant chapter in the history of jewellery making, which begins with Sotirio Bulgari, the company’s founder. The uniqueness of his vision; the originality of his incorporation of classical Greece and Rome into the ethos of his own time; the boldess of his journey, like a modern-day Odyssey, that would take him to Corfu and Naples and finally to the capital of the newly unified Italian Republic, have even older and deeper roots.

Until the early decades of the 20th century, Bulgari was an advocate of the Art Déco movement that was destined to change the taste of the entire Western world and from that point forward has continued to introduce key technical and aesthetic innovations to the field. After the extravagance of the fifties and the chromatic renaissance of the following decade, Bulgari captured the glamour that lay at the heart of the Pop Art movement during the seventies, and then changed the way we make and think about jewellery yet again in the wild eighties by introducing the prêt-à-porter concept to the luxury sector.

In more recent years, long and tireless research has culminated in the creation of an historical archive and a permanent collection of landmark Bulgari jewels which recount and explain the monograph that is Bulgari’s rich history.
This massive effort required the reorganization of a cultural heritage comprising many thousands of documents, photographs and original sketches, along with selecting and locating the finest Bulgari creations of the past 125 years, many of which had to be tracked down and reacquired with no small amount of difficulty.

The exhibition, which opens in Rome in late spring, will celebrate both the founder and the history shared by Bulgari and the Eternal City. Moreover, 2009 marks the 125th anniversary of the opening of the first Bulgari shop in Rome. It is here that a new vision began to grow and spread. The Palazzo delle Esposizioni, built just a few hundred meters from the places where the young Sotirio Bulgari, in those same years, established his reputation as a master jeweller, will display 400 of the best jewels, watches and decorative objects produced by Bulgari throughout its history. The majority have never been seen before in public, having spent decades in private collections and safes. Additional works from the private Bulgari Vintage Collection will also be exhibited, alongside drawings, historic documents and photographs of famous clients: businessmen, aristocrats, artists, film stars.

Contents: Palazzo delle Esposizioni | Images: 1. The 0,60 euro commemorative poststamp that Poste Italiane will send out on April 24th is part of the ”Made in Italy” collection and reproduces a yellow gold and platinum necklace dated 1965 with diamonds, emeralds, amethysts and turquoises. 2. Windows of the Bulgari store on 5th ave, New York City, reproducing the original Art Déco graphics and typography.