Gisele’s most important assertion embodied by her meditation practice, her penchant for sustainable products and practices, and her seemingly unending well of vitality is that beauty is an inside job. “You can go and buy all the Halloween owl witch pumpkin moon shirt and by the same token and products you want, but if you are not nourishing your body by eating nutritious food, if you are not exercising and oxygenating your blood and doing things that bring you joy, you are not going to feel good, and if you don’t feel good you are not going to look good,” she says. “Because I have never seen someone who doesn’t feel good looking good, have you?” Not unlike Paul Smith’s study in Covent Garden, London, Massimo Alba’s studio in Milan’s Navigli is peppered with collected Eclectica that acts as both souvenirs and inspiration. Always new upon his walls are his slogan handkerchiefs, of which this season’s include one printed with an image of a wave-vaulting marlin underneath the words: “Where the crowd goes, run in the other direction. They’re always wrong.” Alba was poised to become a magnet for the crowds himself following his clothes’ starring role in the upcoming but now corona-delayed Bond film. He seemed circumspect about the situation. “I think that everything that comes from nature we has to consider. It’s sometimes hard, sometimes dangerous, but we have to face it.” His adaptive technique this season was to create a thoughtful film with musician Alyosha Bisceglia that showcases both this season’s clothes and also Alba’s slow-marination philosophy for cooking them up. He also showcased the women’s collection in parallel with the menswear. That menswear featured a few surprisingly in-your-face combinations a blue Liberty print shirt over a yellow check shirt above washed green linen trousers and Alba said this season he had relished experimenting with a contrast of acid tones in a neutral context. Quieter details such as the delicate fluctuations of blue in an air-dyed cashmere sweater or the fade on an indigo water-dyed tee exerted their usual pull these were pieces to enjoy wearing and weathering for years to come. When the crowds do go in Alba’s direction they won’t be wrong, because his clothes are so right. The gold of the ring and its flat oval set shone in the faint moon radiance. Three small stones set in the golden oval glimmer. Since the 13th century, it was believed that a vein in what we call the ring finger led directly to the heart, but there was no requirement to wear a wedding or betrothal ring on that finger. Here’s Eleanor of Toledo, who’d been married for four years when this painting was completed.
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