Cinematic sweep was the backdrop for Jeep, a century of wisdom for Dodge and risque humor for Fiat - the three Super Bowl commercials from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. unit.   They were among a small but strong group of auto ads during the big game. "I'm surprised how well the auto ads did compared to the competition," said Mike Berna...

Bracelet, ring, necklace, earring, jewel, gem, pearl... these are the protagonists of some beautiful tales in Vicenza's Jewelry Museum. The word "jewel" itself has an interesting story to tell: some say it comes from the Latin 'gaudium', joy, others 'iocus', jest... two equally promising etymologies with a beautiful happy ending.   The curat...

by Abby White   Five years ago, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts hosted the only U.S. presentation of the Victoria and Albert Museum's superb The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957, which chronicled a celebrated era of fashion marked by the debut of Christian Dior's groundbreaking "new look" and a subsequent burst of cre...

By Anthony De Marco   "Code" is a word used often by luxury watch brands. It pertains to historical, cultural and other significant signs (maybe even myth and legend) that are identifiable with a particular company. The various ways these codes are protected and expressed by the brands vary.   For some it's paid lip service while for...

by Jill Papworth   Masseria Bianca, dating back to the late 1800s, is a rather splendid example of a restored Italian multi-roomed house composed of a series of "trulli". A trullo is a traditional dry stone building with a conical roof, unique to the Itria valley in Puglia.   Dating back centuries in some cases, trulli were generall...

  WTI Magazine #19    2014 Feb, 28Author : Francesca Favotto      Translation by:   A rigorous approach and strong shapes for the Quattromani's Fall Winter collection 2014/15, presented on 26th January 2014 in official AltaRoma AltaModa calendar. The Sardinian duo focuses on clean cuts and unexpected combinations of unusual materials, following...

by Tim McKeough   Gaetano Pesce is no stranger to working with flexible resin. The Italian-born, New York–based architect, who has been producing provocative furniture and buildings for nearly half a century, has molded the material into vases that appear to be melting, off-kilter tabletop pieces, and asymmetrical chairs and tables with a so...

It is happening all over the United States, but when it happens at home, it still hurts. Albano's Market in Springfield's South End is closing. Sisters Filomena Bruschi and Theresa D'Angelantonio have sold the property on East Columbus Avenue and will soon close its door.   Their parents opened the market in 1942. Frozen Italian lemonade was...

Coins thrown into the Trevi fountain in Rome are supposed to bring good luck, and fashion house Fendi is hoping rather more than a few coins, 2.8 million euros in fact, will bring it fortune in its restoration project.   Fendi is the latest fashion brand to pitch in and help spruce up the capital, but by no means the only one. The stylists a...

  WTI Magazine #21    2014 Mar, 14Author : Maria Teresa Squillaci      Translation by:   Milan fashion Week is when the biggest trends of the season start to make sense and we really find out what we will be wearing come autumn. The italian fashion capital is known for overblown glamour and downright sexiness but for a/w 2014, Milan was in a dif...