Mario Testino and Oliviero Toscani are two pillars of fashion photography, both advocates of images that have marked our time.
The advertising campaigns of Olivero Toscani for Benetton have received scandals around the world while the editorial services of Mario Testino have starred the most influential models and stylists in history.

A particular that unites them, in addition to photography and fashion, is the use of horses in their editorial shots.
An animal certainly not easy to use in a fashion shoot, where the clothes and their particularity should stand out in the spotlights and cameras, worn by models who often find themselves lying on the backs of the horses, not accustomed to this type contact.

Famous for Benetton’s advertising campaign, which sees two horses (one white and one black) as protagonists, but Oliviero Toscani has also created wonderful editorial services using horses, mostly American. Or like that time, on the pages of Elle Italia, where she used a donkey.

Mario Testino, instead, has used them much more often, especially for the editorials of foreign magazines such as Vogue US, Vogue Spain and V Magazine. There are rare times when Testino uses horses for static photos, usually his horses are photographed during an action, which can be a simple trotting walk, galloping or even during a jump.

Let’s start 2018 withe one of our columns with 5 fun tips on how to spend the weekend in January and February.
Not only exhibitions this month, but also a treat that will make you come back to children.

“Leonardo 39. The construction of a myth”

A real journey into the world of Italian genius, the one that comes to life at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, which has always been his home .
Documents, volumes, photographs and historical objects with which to trace the genesis of one of the most phenomenal artists on the Italian scene.
Open until 6 May – Via Vittore 21, Milan

“Steve McCurry”

From February 3 to June 6, the Scuderie del Castello Visconteo of Pavia, which deserve the visit alone, welcome over a hundred evocative shots by the great photographer McCurry. A collection of images to retrace all the forty years of career of the famous American author, from India to Brazil, from Burma to Japan, through Cuba and Afghanistan: the famous portrait of Sharbat Gula , the girl portrayed in the Peshawar refugee camp in Pakistan.

Open until 6th June – Scuderie of the Visconti Castle of Pavia

“Frida Kahlo”

Perhaps one of the most anticipated exhibitions of 2018, organized in early February at MUDEC -Museum of the Cultures of Milan, it is a great new retrospective which will collect the works of Frida Kahlo from the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, the two most important and extensive collections dedicated to the author in the world, as well as loans from the most authoritative international institutions.

Open until June 3rd – Milan Mudec

The Prince of Collectors Leopoldo De ‘Medici

The exhibition on Leopoldo De ‘Medici, open to the 28th of January, stands out in the panorama of European collecting for the vastness of its interests and the variety of the works collected. Using excellent Italian and foreign agents, merchants and secretaries, he gathered, during his life, excellent and refined specimens in the most diverse fields: ancient and modern sculptures, coins, medals, cameos, paintings, drawings and engravings, ivories, precious objects and in semi-precious stones, portraits of small and large format, books, scientific instruments and natural rarities.
A curious and very funny exhibition, very different from the other cultural proposals of the city.

Open until January 28th – Palazzo Pitti, Florence.

Mary Poppins The musical

The latest proposal is a gem that makes us go back in time, when children were enchanted in front of the TV to hum the funny verses of the songs of this timeless classic Disney. Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh, it will be staged for the first time in Italy and in Italian.
The theatrical version of Mary Poppins is a faithful adaptation of the wonderful stories of P.L. Travers and the beloved 1964 Walt Disney film starring Julie Andrews, who won 5 Oscars.
It definitely deserves to be seen.

From February 22nd – National Theater of Milan

During Fiera Cavalli Verona last October, Accademia Italiana has introduce it’s first Kids Collection, designed only for kids.

Th Kids Collection mood is more funny and colorful than the adult’s one, for not boring the kids.
Also the presentation was different, Accademia Italiana has used different mannequin with animals face, for a funny touch.

In the new collection, that will be in stores from April 2018, will have a lookbook with real kids, for underline the comfort of these Accademia Italiana products.

There are many news from Accademia Italiana for the Spring / Summer 2018 collection, officially presented at Fiera Cavalli Verona.

One of the most appreciated is undoubtedly the first collection of denim trousers available for women, men and juniors; made with a fabric in bi-elastic jeans and proposed in three different variants in the women’s collection:

  1. Denim Logo, that is a trouser with a full-size print with logo motifs, typical of the Accademia Italiana. Stone-Washed Wash, combined with cuttings, make this “rock” trouser but at the same time elegant.
  2. Denim Sky is the basic trouser of this collection, made of light denim with embroidered logo on the back pockets.
  3. Denim Black Stone is the dark denim trousers, embellished with black stones applied on the front pockets, for a glamor-rock style.

For man and junior collections, there is a single variant made of Stone Washed in dark tint and cuts with patch.

The Denim Accademia Italiana collection will be available in stores and online from April 2018.