SPRING & SUMMER
on my mind
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A DATE WITH
Rome is where
the heart is
Meet Nieves Alvarez
Along the Amalﬁ coast 6
Pirates of the Mediterranean 26
Denim and the big blue 28
Rome is where the heart is 42
Rugger – the escape plan 50
Grazie, Giambattista Bodoni 52
Positano pastels 54
Young colors! 62
Cinema Paradiso 64
A date with spring 66
Capri on my mind 72
The white cat of Capri 80
This side of Paradise 84
Night vision 92
The story of a dress 96
Berlin Fashion Week 99
Among good friends on a yacht cruising along the rocky coast;
summer is ﬁnally here. photo: Anne Menke
“ Positano bites
deep. It is a dream
place that isn’t
quite real when
you are there and
real after you
John Steinbeck, Harpers’s Bazaar 1953.
“Making a spontaneous sailing trip
Elisisi tio dio con ut adei to Capri, we lazed on the sun-drenched
deck, read, and sipped Limoncello.
onsectet ad eugait augue It was the perfect start
feum acidunt iuremir to the vacation.”
of the mediterranean
I’m getting my crew together; a rough gang ready for a long day of pure
monkey business. Beware! photo: Anne Menke.
and the big blue.
a change of scenery;
MEMORIES to last
photo: Anne Menke.
PICK YOUR SHADE OF BLUE
Rome is where
the heart is
wor ds by: Peter Loewe photogr a phs: Magnus Reed.
Nieves Alvarez lives a busy, intense international life with
her husband Marco, split between Italy and Spain. She
is a genuine Madrileña from a long family tree and he is
Roman through and through. She’s an internationally re-
nowned fashion model who has worked with all the great
designers, he a fashion photographer. Somehow it seemed
destined that they should also have a life together beyond
the fashion scene and far away from the camera lens.
B ecause of their work, they’ve been fortunate enough
not to have to choose between Rome and Madrid. Instead
they’ve taken the best of both worlds and created their
very own blend; a hectic life of paparazzi camera lights
following their every move in Spain and a more quiet
family life in Rome where they can even ﬁ nd the time to
visit Marco’s family’s country home outside the city.
Right in the centre of Piazza Ottavilla in Rome, you’ll
ﬁ nd a 1930s building that is a blend of functionalism and
post-classicism. The house is well known in the neighbor-
hood. An old poet, who wrote beautiful, dark poems about
death, used to live on the ground ﬂoor. On the ﬂoor above
lived a painter who shied away from daylight and had had
all the large windows plastered over.
At Home in Rome
Today however, the charming penthouse at the top of the
building is suffused with light; that unique Roman light
which kisses marble, pine trees and children with the
same golden intensity. This is where Nieves and Marco
live with their three kids. The apartment is abuzz with life
courtesy of those little twin turbos, Bianca and Brando. Design and philosophy
On the small terrace, big brother Adriano, 4, is washing This is not your typical Roman residence – other than
his toy cars in an inﬂatable pool. perhaps the façade of thin, rust-colored bricks, which is
“The connection with Rome, the love for Rome – it an updated version of an antique tradition. The interior
is so strong,” Nieves explains. It is a love that just keeps bears witness to the traveling life Nieves used to live, with
growing, no matter how impractical it may be to pull a Bali and New York leaving the most traces. Interior design
pram through busy Roman streets or how many more is a common interest for this couple. Precious oriental
cities you visit. Marco knows. He was actually born here woods like jacaranda and teak meet classic modernist
in the neighborhood of Monteverde, which ﬁttingly means design furniture. A tiny Buddha bought by Nieves watches
the “green mountain”, as large parks surround it. Even as impenetrably over the family and the conjugal bed on the
early as his school days, he would often gape at this large freestanding loft that is the top ﬂoor. This is actually not
building from the bus window. Was there a longing in so much a traditional family apartment as it is an ex-
his young heart? He nods and smiles, revealing that he bachelor’s pad. However the apartment more than makes
kept an eye on the house over the years. When an opening up for the lack of large children’s bedrooms, with its great
came, he jumped at the chance to buy. charm and style.
With 2,000 years of mixing cultures and styles, the
couple’s aesthetic ideal, an eclectic mix based in 1950s
American modernism, feels completely natural in Rome.
In the apartment, well-known interior design magazines
share space with Spanish gossip weeklies, often with the
family on the cover. Even though they can live a quiet
life here, the paparazzi are on constant alert outside
their home in Madrid. But they don’t seem too bothered
by the ever-present photographers, as this is one family
that’s never been involved in any particularly dramatic
gossip. The only effect the paparazzi have had, Nieves
says jokingly, is that nowadays Marco always shaves
and gets dressed before picking up the morning paper
instead of after.
Just like any family with small children, the majority of
their evenings in Rome are spent at home. But they do
manage to get away to exhibitions and parties as well,
with the odd visit to a restaurant, or Marco’s relatives
outside the city or a trip to the movies thrown in for good
measure. Naturally, when they go to the cinema, Nieves’ for the right moment. In this family, paella can’t hold a
compatriot Pedro Almodovar is the given favorite. candle to white trufﬂe.
A big part of spending time at home is home cooking,
of course. Which, being Italian, is Marco’s responsibility. Mixing and matching
Nieves laughingly admits that she cannot cook to save Nieves laughs again. She is a ﬁery Spaniard who loves
her life. Marco however can often be found preparing bullﬁghting and gets an ecstatic sparkle in her eye when
delicious risotti, stirring them with care and love for 20 explaining that she has just bought tickets to see torero
minutes, while guests and family socialize in the large José Tomás. At the same time, she prefers an Italian white
open living room. Strangely enough, pasta is a rather rare wine like Vintage Tunina to a Spanish Rioja. Two worlds
occurrence at this Roman dinner table. Except for when – Italy and Spain – have come together effortlessly in this
Marco makes Nieves’ very exclusive favorite dish: fresh harmonious family. Which is not hard to understand,
egg pasta covered in thinly sliced white trufﬂe. given Rome’s 2,000 years of experience in blending
That’s why the family, when going back to Spain, often different cultures and people.
makes a detour to Acqualagna in the Marche region on
the Italian east coast. That’s where they get a particularly Peter Loewe is a writer and journalist who has lived in
special white trufﬂe, which is found nowhere outside of Rome since the mid ’80s. He writes regularly for Sweden’s
Italy. The trufﬂe is then stored in the freezer, just waiting largest daily newspaper and assorted travel magazines.
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GRAZIE, magazine and elsewhere) – Bodoni – is an
GIAMBATTISTA Italian creation, made by typographer
Gi a m bat t ista Bodon i in 1798. It is a
BODONI. classical, stylish serif typeface that has
There is a proud tradition of printing in been used in everything from 18th century
Italy and the Amalﬁ region. Paper has books to modern day fashion magazines.
been manufactured there since 1200 ad.
The typical, handmade, thick-paper, called
bambagina, is commonly used for wedding
invitations and especially elegant writing
Amalﬁ, a magical place! A secret getaway where no two days are alike
and you can experience things you might otherwise only dream of.
photo: Anne Menke.
amalfi on film
wor ds by: Lennart Häger.
In one of the best hotels in Positano, there is a room numbered 8 ½. Legend has it that Marcello
Mastroianni stayed here during the shooting of “What?” and he gave the room that number in
honor of his friend Federico Fellini.
When Italian romance is called for on the silver screen, the Most responsible for making Cinecittà a cult place was
starring role often goes to the azure blue waters and steep the director Fellini, but Sergio Leone also made all his
hills of the Amalﬁ coast. Never more so than in ﬁ lms like classic “spaghetti westerns” here. Stars like Sophia Loren,
“The Talented Mr Ripley” (Minghella), “Only You” (Jewi- Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti and Vittorio Gassman
son) and “Contempt” (Godard). supplied the rest, making Rome live up to the myth of “La
Italians may be the most passionate movie enthusiasts in Dolce Vita”.
the world. As proud as they are over their pasta and their Soon Cinecittà was called “Hollywood on the Tiber”.
football, they are just as proud to have given the whole After major US ﬁ lms like “Cleopatra”, “Ben Hur” and “Quo
world immortal moments in cinematic masterpieces like Vadis” were shot here in the ’50s and ’60s, Tinseltown moved
“La Dolce Vita”, “Bicycle Thieves” and “Amacord”. entire production departments across the Atlantic.
At one time, all movie roads led to Rome. Italian ﬁ lm still retains its magnetic attraction. After
From 1937 the studio city Cinecittà was the center for all stunning successes by Ettore Scola like “We All Loved Each
Italian movie making. This is where the neorealist move- Other So Much” and “A Special Day” in the ’70s, more
ment was born, movies made with simple camera tech- recent classics include “Life Is Beautiful”, “Il Postino” and
niques in black and white and with amateur actors. “Cinema Paradiso”.
A DATE WITH
THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES FOR EVERY OCCASION MAKE
LIFE SO MUCH EASIER. photo : Magnus Magnusson
From down in the Marina Piccola to the top of Anacapri, the
whole island gives off an exclusive yet welcoming air with just
a hint of mystery to it. photo: Alexi Lubomirski
hotel gatto bianco
A white cat is prowling through the Gatto Bianco hotel. Her insalata caprese would have been out of the question. No, in
name, somewhat mysteriously, is Matisse. Often she is the those days they served French foie gras and Iranian caviar
ﬁ rst living creature the guest encounters, since reception is in the Michelin-starred restaurant. “We bought the Iranian
her favorite place to sleep and snuggle, as well as to keep an caviar direct from the smugglers in Naples harbor,” laughs
eye on the guests. Matisse is the mistress of the hotel. Which Tonino.
is no coincidence, as the name of the hotel means just that: Among the guests you’d ﬁ nd famous actresses of the day:
The White Cat. Shirley MacLaine, Claudia Cardinale and Sophia Loren as
Like with most genuine places, the façade is modest and well as the former King of England, Edward and his infa-
the entrance unremarkable. Between the renowned “living mous Mrs Simpson. Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis was often
room of Capri”, La Piazzetta square, and the Grand Hotel there, and a suite was later named after her. Gatto Bianco’s
Quisisana you’ll ﬁ nd yourself in a resident troubadour also became a
world that hasn’t changed much over “No matter close friend of hers. Jaqueline and her
the years. A minimal hotel sign leads husband only came ashore from their
you through a white arch, into a
how many offers yacht when they knew that their fa-
little alley lined with small shops. I had to go abroad vorite musician was performing.
Passing one of the few remaining With his white hair, sharp memory
barbers on Capri, the distinguished
and start restaurants or and engaging banter, Tonino doesn’t
Signor Pasquale, you reach the hotel hotels, I could never leave out many details or funny sto-
at the far end. ries. He even tells of the humble be-
Gatto Bianco is the realm of the ginnings of the family business, when
Esposito family. As you enter, the smil- ton i no esposi to “Aunt Carmela” opened an osteria (a
ing Costantino, 25, greets you with a wine bar with the odd dish served) at
jovial “buongiorno” from behind the reception desk. He is nearby Punta Tragara in the middle of the 1800s.
the third and latest generation of the Espositos to work at
the hotel, so the future seems bright. Emperors and doctors alike
In the breakfast room, Tonino Esposito is reminiscing Caprese hospitality is unique. For more than 2,000 years,
with a couple of regulars from Trani in Southern Italy who geniuses, artists, writers and free spirits in general have
come here to vacation every year. They are talking about ﬂocked to the island. Rome’s second emperor, Tiberius (42
the Capri of today as compared to in days gone by. Because bc-37 ad), left perhaps the biggest mark. The ruins of his
Tonino Esposito at age 85 is not only the living, walking Villa Jovis are among the favorite sights for tourists today.
words by: Peter Loewe. photogr a phs: private collection.
memory of the family, but all of Capri. Another of the island’s famous residents was the Swedish
physician, psychiatrist and humanitarian Axel Munthe who
The large Esposito family has, for three generations, run one of the most charming A brief history of time lived a colorful life throughout Europe in the late 1800s and
hotels in Capri. At Gatto Bianco, regular guests are treasured and valued, eventually Tonino opened the hotel in the early 1950s with his older eventually settled on Capri. Here he fulﬁ lled his dream by
brothers Giovanni and Giuseppe, today no longer alive. This building an all-white house atop the Anacapri rock and cre-
becoming members of the extended Esposito family. One thing is for certain: once you’ve
coincided with an economic boom and an intense nightlife ating one of the world’s most beautiful gardens next to it.
been to Capri you always return. For the astonishing beauty and the ﬂoral splendor, but
in Italy, later referred to as “La dolce vita”. The movie stars His memoirs, “The Story of San Michele” became an in-
perhaps more importantly to simply exist and sometimes work in a place where heaven passed through his hotel and its restaurant, Valentino. With ternational bestseller and have lured millions of visitors to
and sea are perfectly balanced. Tonino as chef, a basic spaghetti alle vongole or a simple Capri since their publication in 1929.
hotel gatto bianco
“My nephew’s favorite on the secluded outdoor dining terrace of Il Geranio, above
Via Krupp, eating pasta like scialatielli allo scgolio (with
author Bruce Chatwin squid and shrimp complemented by the ripe local tomatoes)
lived and worked and then ﬁsh all’acqua pazza (which means “crazy water”
and has tomatoes and olives in it). Culinary perfection to
quietly next door to them end a meal comes in the form of the island’s own chocolate
for years without cake with grated almonds: torta caprese, and a glass of ice
cold limoncello, the local lemon liqueur that ﬁ rst chills and
anyone knowing.” then ﬁ res you up in the Mediterranean night.
ton i no esposi to
Matisse might very well be the most photographed cat in
A family affair the hotel world. For the last four years she’s been the living The white cat watches over the hotel.
Originality has always seemed to thrive on Capri. All these symbol of the hotel. One of the regular guests found her in
strong, artistic personalities didn’t come to the island just Naples after she’d been run over and brought her along to
to swim or vacation. They came to create or to live their Capri, where she quickly recovered. She is an extraordinari-
lives the way they wanted. To this very day Gatto Bianco is ly intelligent cat. Sometimes she’ll sleep in the guests’ rooms
something of a sanctuary for people who want to vacation and she has her favorite visitors. When Japanese tourists ar-
quietly out of the public eye. Regulars come back year after rive, she automatically jumps into an old dried-out fountain
year. Renato Esposito keeps in contact with many of them. to be photographed. However, German or French tourists
“If we don’t hear from them one year, we’ll call just to check don’t get the same treatment – the best they can hope for is
that they’re ﬁ ne. We follow their lives; births and weddings. a bit of purring and a light nudge against the leg.
Guests quickly become part of our family,” he explains. In fact, Gatto Bianco has a long history of feline connec-
These are guests that like a personal touch more than tions. Before the hotel was built, a lemon grove stood in its
glitzy luxury and strict minimalism. Here the profusion place. One day, the Esposito brothers found a white cat and
of navy blues and soft pastels all around remind you con- three kittens there. When they proceeded to buy the plot, La Dolce Vita – The Good Life
iat beach b
stantly that you are on Capri. The ﬂoor is made of exquisite, the Esposito brothers were assisted by a solicitor with the nd the Mare are F y clients
The Jolly a and wealth
ﬂowery majolica tiles, made exclusively in Vietri sul Mare ially for lu xury hotel s ommon
sconi etc). C
curious name of Scannagatti – meaning “the cat killer”.
made espec Silvio Berlu
on the nearby Amalﬁ coast. Intellectuals in Capri have in fact long held a deeply nassis and day.
(Ari stotle O existence to
t less than 100 in
rooted belief that they will be reborn as animals. The afore- in Capri bu
Capri today mentioned Doctor Munthe for instance claimed that the
Today, Capri is hip in a different way. Models and TV-stars dogs roaming the Piazzetta were actually the reincarna-
make a pit stop at the Piazzetta for an aperitivo, on their tions of writers who had been working there.
way from swimming in the Marina Piccola, to be seen and Renato Esposito, in turn, is convinced that Matisse is
to have their visit documented. Afterwards they disappear the reincarnation of a former hotel regular, a journalist for
without a trace behind villas covered in foliage or the lush the newspaper Corriere della Sera. “He always told me he
bougainvillea that makes the white walled houses of Capri wanted to be reborn as a cat.”
blaze in red and orange. Instead of nightclubs they seem to And who wouldn’t want to be a cat and wander the alleys
prefer dining discreetly in restaurants like Villa Brunella or of Capri, making sure that the good life goes on?
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE
You know you’re in your own little slice of heaven when the sun is just
right, the breeze is soft, the water inviting and everything your friends
say seems witty. photo: Alexi Lubomirski
The gracious center of attention that gives the evening direction and
deﬁnition – this is her night. photo: Alexi Lubomirski
of the design process.”
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