Sempre Libera Degg'Io

photography Manuela Pavesi

realization Moreno Galatà

Issue VII




The Presidential suite of the Grand Hotel et de Milan is dedicated to maestro Giuseppe Verdi. He moved into Suite 105 of the so called "Albergo di Milano," in order to breathe the city liveliness and balance it with his relaxing and quite Sant'Angata country house. During those years the Master was working on the Otello composition. The night of its premiere he looked out his window to find a screaming crowd on the street; he was with Tamagno, the tenor, who sang parts from the opera for the public below. Milan citizens showed the same reverence and respect years later when they asked the Hotel to publicly display Verdi's sanitary bulletin, seeking updates on his health. He died on January 27, 1901. Giuseppe Verdi's great niece, Gaia Maschi Orlandi Barezzi, explained that the Master often found inspiration in this room, and its elegantly refined furniture. It was in this space that his piano was placed, becoming the very soul of the room. The room is enchanced by the wide and bright lounge, the antique furniture, and the bedroom and two bathrooms. 

This scoopneck sleeveless dress with nipped waist and bell-shaped skirt is designed by MARC JACOBS, as is the white peter pan collared shirt underneath. As worn on actress Silvana Manganoin the 1974 Luchino Visconti film "Gruppo di famiglia in un inferno," the veiled astrachan fur headpiece, used throughout the editorials is courtesy of the FENDI archives.

The full-length astrachan fur coat with frontal zipper and puffed wristbands comes exclusively from the FENDI archives. The lizard skin boots are by MIU MIU and the calfskin leather doctor bag, used throughout the editorial, belongs to the PRADA collection.

A two-toned cashmere melton coat is worn over a midnight blue bustier dress with full skirt, both by JIL SANDER. Used throughout the editorial, the white pipeline shirt by CALVIN KLEIN and the net stockings are by COMME DES GARCONS f/w 2008 collection. The spazzolato leather loafers are by MIU MIU.

The military tricotine apron-dress is worn over a blue hand-embroidered sleeveless shirt and black tricotine trousers. The two-toned calfskin leather heels complete the look. All by PRADA.

This double-breasted lapelled jumpsuit in soft wool comes from the MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA collection.

This JUNYA WATANABE silk crepe loose dress has draped shoulders and reveals a cashmere wool neckline and sleeves.

The luxurious beige trench coat with sable fur wraparound collar, cuffs and lining is the one worn by the actress Silvana Mangano, as Marchesa Bianca Brumonti, in the 1974 Luchino Visconti film "Gruppo di famiglia in un interno." It is courtesy of the FENDI archive. The model's own white t-shirt and MIU MIU lizard skin boots complete the look.

A navy tricotine collared coat with hand-embroideries, matching trousers and two-toned calfskin leather heels come from the PRADA collection.

A navy tricotine collared coat with hand-embroideries, matching trousers and two-toned calfskin leather heels come from the PRADA collection.

This folkloric full-lenght VALENTINO coat is proposed in a ribbon rush jacquard, nipped waisted and gentle rounded shoulders. The two-toned calfskin leather heels are by PRADA.

Rei Kawakubo designed thid dramatic two-toned wool felt coat with rounded collar for her COMME DES GARCONS line.

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