This is not classical cycling, but is invoked by the design of the bicycle; the bicycles don’t have breaks and they slow down by the use of pedals; the audience and the circuit are nearly tackled numerous times at very high speed, this being the track bike crit, racing bikes with no brakes. Street circuits in the dark of the night, at a very high speed, spectacular falls and the idea of turning everything into a real Olympic sport recognized by the UCI, are the characteristics of track bike crit a competition between fashion and sport.
May 23rd, 1498. A tribune, set up on the steps of the Palazzo della Signoria, at the corner occupied now by Neptune, receives the highest city authorities, two envoys of the Pope, and a few dozen friars. A large crowd is waiting on the other side of the square. Around the scaffold there are straws and firewood being placed. Savonarola and two of his associates, Silvestro Maruffi and Domenico Buonvicini, were found guilty of heresy and schism. They are escorted in front of the grandstand where the reading of the judgment and undressing takes place: their hands, faces and heads are being shaved, and they are stripped of their Dominican clothes and covered with small white robes.
The movie enthusiasts are already excited and, as usual they will form a crowd in front of the “red carpet’” to applaud the stars present at the most prestigious European cinema festival that will open on May 13 and will end the 24. Eleven days during which there will be presented the best movies that have been produced all over the world and every participant will dream to bring home their “Golden Palm”, an award almost as prestigious as the Oscar. Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have been called to preside as jury.
In June, Stephen Peng will arrive in Florence with a personal exhibition, the first one in Italy and Europe that will be hosted in the prestigious halls of the ALL Space in Palazzo Capponi Canigiani. After a long, successful career as an established designer for major fashion houses such as Cerutti, Guess, Diesel, Calvin Klein Jeans, Levi’s and United Colors of Benetton, Stephen Peng has restarted at full speed his artistic, exhibition activity. His latest successes in the exhibits held at Singapore and Taipei, where due to the vibrant freshness of his works and have found the attentive interest of collectors and art curators.
Italy has always been an icon in the world of fashion and Florence has seen the blooming of a large number of world renowned fashion designers such as Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Patrizia Pepe, Emilio Pucci, Ermanno Scervino and many more. Some say that Florence is the birthplace and earliest center of the modern fashion industry in Italy. Among important fashion events going on year round in the city, Pitti Immagine is one of the most abundant in events and innovation. Pitti Uomo 88 that will take place between June 16 and June 19 is the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections and for launching new projects in men’s fashion.
“The language of flowers” exhibit, held at the Gucci Museum from March 13 until September 20 is a reference to one of the iconic motifs of Maison Gucci: Flora. The curator of this exhibit is Martin Bethenod, director of the Palazzo Grassi-Punta della Dogana in Venice, who granted special attention when selecting the works of artists with distinct styles, in order to show how flowers relate to both beauty and memory. The exhibit reunites art works realized between 1967 and 2012 by four different artists, works that play with the iconography of flowers. The four artists involved are South African born painter Marlene Dumas, American photographer Irving Penn, Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch and French photographer Valérie Belin, with pieces including Belin’s Phlox New Hybrid (with Dahlia Redskin), Dumas’ Einder, and Penn’s Single Oriental Poppy.
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