DiLello, longest cocktail party feat. Pretty Green

Pretty Green crowned Drapers Brand of the year!

Pretty Green store opening in London, Carnaby Street

Pretty Green beginning

Pretty Green beginning

George Harrison 2001-2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MILAN - Some days ago Liam Gallagher said Beady Eye next album will be more inspired by "All things must pass" (Liam said he cries listening to it). He was also an inspiration for style and Pretty Green clothes. And sometimes Liam also says, e.g. at the end of a Twitter twit: "Beware of darkness", as the song by George.
The other day was 20 years without Freddie Mercury, today is 10 years without my favourite Beatle, also F1 McLaren fan, see an older post on Oasisblues.
Everybody knows John Lennon is Liam's idol, some even say he thinks to be him, but it's not true. When asked about his favourite song, album, etc., it's always something by George Harrison. As album, the triple "All things must pass" (nothing ever lasts forever, lol), and as song Something (Beatles times), the biggest love song ever, also according to the Italian origins legend Frank "The Voice" Sinatra.
A curiosity: the song "Badge", co-written with Eric Clapton (they formed a close friendship in the late 1960s), was released on Cream's Goodbye album in 1969: George also played rhythm guitar on the song, and for contractual reasons, he was required to use the pseudonym "L'Angelo Misterioso" in Italian.
Noel Gallagher probably took the word Wonderwall from the psychedelic "Wonderwall music" soundtrack by George: he was also a film producer, as Liam will be soon, about the Beatles.
When I was a kid my favourite Beatle was Paul McCartney, 'cause he was the first one I've seen (and also met when we organized Literature Prizes, he also wrote poems), from Michael Jackson's duets in the '80s. And Paul had a pretty funny face, the girls liked him, so it was easy for a kid to take him as favourite one.
From George in those years I remember "I got my mind set on you", funny video for a kid.
But since I started to have a deep knowledge of the Beatles, I can say George is my favourite: the vast majority of their songs were "Lennon/McCartney", but his (22 in total) songs with them (also, Here comes the sun, While my guitar gently weeps, etc., and as solo artist My sweet lord, Wah wah, etc.), are precious stones in music history.
Photo: with Pattie Boyd, an Oasis groupie was very similar to her. 

Tribute day to George (when you want), you know he was the most inspired one by Indian culture, and most mysterious (because he was introvert). 
I was born and spent all my life near this place. This is a hidden street where I used to buy the newspapers everyday, and in fact the name is Press Street (via Stampa). There's also live music and dance shows in this Indian restaurant in Milan historic centre, Sarla www.sarla.it
I love spicy food as the Indian one (and Mexican), and it's also Liam's favourite one. Sometimes I cook Indian even at home, I make the Prawn Biryani, that is spicy rice with curry, shrimps (Jean Shrimpton :), coconut, onion, to eat while drinking tea. One time in another Indian restaurant quite close to this one, a waiter FORCED me ahaha to finish a dish (it was a VERY spicy tomato soup), 'cause probably accepting to eat the whole dish means "good manners" for Indian people, otherwise it would mean you don't like it. My friends were wondering how I could eat that, but almost every day I eat spicy food.
The Football English pub where Oasis used to go, it's near here and next to it there's a Hare Krishna place :))

some beautiful songs by George:
My sweet Lord (where Noel Gallagher copied some Supersonic and Hindu Times)
Wah wah (from my compilation)

Oasis' To Be Where There's Life (song by Gem), with Indian sitar
Oasis using Indian sitar from minute 5:50
Oasis covering George's Within You Without You

Pretty Green bags, featuring Italian trim & handles

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MILAN - Something else for women too, and costing less than the previous bags. This week we've introduced our latest collection of contemporary everyday bags which span from the military inspired Duffle Bag to the compact Poachers Bag. Made from a durable canvas main with a luxury Italian trim, these bags will help you carry through your modern life expeditions.
available in : stone or black colour

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Pretty Green Canvas Stone Tote Bag made from a stone canvas main and a luxury chocolate Italian trim.
Featuring a chocolate Italian leather handles, a large main, an inner patch pocket with a signature Pretty Green embossed press stud fastening finished with a stitched Pretty Green leather patch.

Pretty Green's take on a classic 'poachers bag' made from a stone canvas main with a luxury chocolate Italian leather trim. With it's large uncluttered main compartment and dual front pockets, this compact poachers bag is perfect for your everyday needs.
Featuring a flap front with twin buckle straps, an adjustable shoulder strap, dual front pockets, a large main compartment with concealed zipped pocket, rear pocket with a signature Pretty Green embossed push stud and a signature stitched Pretty Green leather patch.

Originating in Belgium, this is Pretty Green's re-working of a classic military issue duffle bag. Designed with simplicity and functionality in mind whilst maintaing it's military roots, this utilitarian duffle bag will help you carry through your everyday expeditions.
Made from a stone cotton canvas main with a luxury chocolate Italian leather trim featuring a top opening with thick cord drawstring, a concealed inner pocket, a detachable shoulder strap, an embossed Pretty Green logo on the base, finished with a signature stitched Pretty Green leather patch.

Button & Beady Eye Beatles for Japan

MILAN - Even if nothing to do with motorbikes, we brought @ the Eicma the helmet Button used at the Suzuka GP (and won), the white one with red sun as tribute to Japan, as Beady Eye did (while Noel Gallagher didn't do anything and didn't appear at the concert for Japan with many musicians).

a tribute video of mine, with the Beatles cover "Across the universe". Milan, Japan

Paul Weller, in mod we trust

Monday, November 14, 2011

LONDON - "I swear Noel’s obsessed with me,” says Paul Weller, with a sly smile. “Honestly, he’s always mentioning me in interviews.” He’s responding to the Weller-comments in ShortList’s recent interview with Noel Gallagher. But the former Oasis guitarist isn’t the only rocker you could accuse of having a Modfather fixation.
Since he snarled on to the scene with The Jam nearly 35 years ago, he’s cast an impeccably tailored shadow over pop culture as an icon of music, style and singular hairstyles. So it’s no surprise that Liam Gallagher has enlisted him to design his own Pretty Green capsule line. But does this foray into fashion mean the 53-year-old’s quitting music? Not a chance…

You’ve got a new collection on Liam’s label. Does that make him your boss?

[laughs] Yeah, I’m working for Liam. Working for the man. Nah, he hasn’t really been involved, but I showed him the stuff and he likes it. [Pretty Green] made a suit for me last year when I was playing the Royal Albert Hall and it all went from there.

How important is what you wear to your music?

I grew up in a time when music and clothes were intertwined. If you liked a band’s music you liked the way they looked, their haircuts, their attitude and their influences. It was all one and the same. I don’t know if that exists today, but it was a real obsession for me and people of my generation. It went on at least until the end of the Seventies and maybe into the Eighties, but everything comes and goes so quickly now. Bands don’t last any more, but the fashions seem to stick around forever.

What are some of the common style errors men make today?

Two-piece suits with trainers. I’m not having that at all. It seems to be a bit of an old, 60s rock-star thing. You see Ronnie Wood, Keith [Richards] and Macca doing it. I don’t know if it’s just that you get to that age and think, “God. I just want to wear something comfortable.” Hopefully it’ll never happen to me, because there are certain things you just shouldn’t do. Tracksuits have their place in the gym, but day-to-day and on the high street? Nah, I’m not having that either.

Who do you rate, style-wise?

That Brian Cox looks pretty good. I like him. ‘The Mod Professor’. He’s got good hair.

Would you go the Wayne Rooney route if you started losing your locks?

What, a transplant? Probably, yeah. That or some wigs.

Noel also had a few things to say about the quality of your tea-making...

Listen, Noel’s got a lot of stories, but how many of them are actually true is another matter. He’s from that Manchester school of bullshit, bless his heart. He’s got lots of stories and theories but few of them are rooted in truth.

Eicma 2011 feat. mod Lambretta

Saturday, November 12, 2011

MILAN - The biggest motorcycle show in the world. It takes days to see really everything, it's huge. We had some funny moment, the girls are working until Sunday. Some of them were the same of last year.
After some hours I noticed there were even the motorbikes, LOL. The photos don't give (never) the idea of how beautiful the girls are, you must go there. You realise that only when you're close to see the little blonde hair on the body of the girls, omg :). My favourite part was of course the legendary mod Lambretta.

some pics, videos and 2 songs: Better day (Ocean Colour Scene, you can read Lambretta) and Friday I'm in love (The Cure). There's something for Simoncelli, "uno di noi", one of us.

the "Speeding Birds" (mix between Beady Eye and Noel Gallagher albums, lol), or The Roller girls. Ok ok I know your favourite one is not here, but it was impossible to choose 3 for a podium, so I chose some (almost) randomly. Also, special mention for Simona from Czech Republic (from Plzen where AC Milan will play next month, met her again on Friday 11.11.11 at 11.11am, nice coincidence :).
Always looking for new faces, let us know if anyone wants to work for this next year. Not really hard work eh. The hard part belongs to the boys ^_^ ...now stop with double senses.
But I can't really stay for a long time in these places...just some hours... I mean, after all, we are men, not made of stone :)
Some girls were very "affectionate"... embracing me as Liam Gallagher did. Sorry Liam - I prefer the girls :)
meanwhile, just to keep the post about Oasis :), but babes are a classic of an English tabloid, though they'd go topless there - as I announced days ago, Noel plays Zurich, Switzerland, as my last Oasis gig with two Swiss girls on the front row and Noel winking an eye at me. Am I going there? Nah.. too expensive.. I'd rather save money for the Hungary GP, where Button and McLaren often win (of course I'm not going there because of the beautiful girls :). Unless some girls pay me for a threesome again. Nice experience.
 Ieva from Lithuania
Jessica from England (but Italian origins)

Pretty Italy, Liam: the food's the bollocks

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

CERNOBBIO - Both the Gallaghers always come on holidays in Italy (last time Noel was here on his honeymoon). This is the view Liam was talking about, from his favourite restaurant, the Black Cat (Gatto Nero) by Como lake near Milan. Liam about his favourite things: "I take holiday at Lake Como a lot. Pretty expensive, but beautiful. If you go up there in the mountains there's a restaurant called The Black Cat. It's outside, on a cliff, and you look over the fucking lake. The food's the bollocks. It's amazing."
The second part of Milan anthem in dialect (Oh mia bela Madunina, oh my beautiful Lady, dedicated to the golden statue of Milan's Duomo cathedral), called "Let the world talk" (Lassa pur che el mund el disa), names the "gurgunzöla" ahaha (Gorgonzola), a kind of cheese from Milan zone, Liam is mad for it. When I was a kid I didn't like it because it stinks :), but it's good and different from all.
This zone of Como lake (same of "The Betrothed", "I promessi sposi", Italian biggest love story, with happy end, unlike Shakespeare's "Romeo&Juliet" in Verona), is where George Clooney used to live with his Italian girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis. Many football players live in this nice place, also because it's close to Milan and Inter training centres, Milanello and Appiano. My first girlfriend was from this zone :), quite similar to Liam's wife.
As Milan anthem says: "...but then everybody's coming to Milan..."
So, as Liam said @ Milan last gig: "have a nice holiday, you deserve it!" :)

shrimp (Jean Shrimpton :) & asparagus risotto (rice), also Oasis fan Beckham learnt to cook this when he was playing for AC Milan

2008 birthday, auguri=best wishes

Jean Shrimpton 69th birthday and 69th Eicma

Sunday, November 06, 2011

MILAN - 69, nice number :). Tomorrow 7 November, it's her 69. birthday and from 8 to 13 November we organize that 69. Eicma moto event I already posted (job for girls always available), with Milano mod Lambretta (this was the 1967 calendar), that is also in Pretty Green stores and was on Oasis' Be Here Now and Don't Go Away (in red&black AC Milan RossoNeri colours :), also Manchester City's). The Gallaghers used the Italian scooters as the Vespa, that is also protagonist in the film Quadrophenia. 
Free entry for women/girls on 11-11-2011, the place is where Oasis had to perform their last concert ever in 2009 (Fiera Expo 2015). 

Jean Rosemary Shrimpton (also Jean Cox, born 7 November 1942 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) is an English model and actress. She was an icon of Swinging London and is considered to be one of the world's first supermodels.
Shrimpton graduated from Lucie Clayton's modelling school at 17 and began modelling in 1960. She has appeared on the covers of popular magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, Newsweek, and Time. During her career, Shrimpton was widely reported to be the "world's highest paid model", the "most famous model", and the "most photographed in the world". She was also described as having the "world's most beautiful face".
She was dubbed "The It Girl", "The Face", "The Face of the Moment", and "The Face of the '60s".
Glamour named her "Model of The Year" in June 1963. She contrasted the aristocratic-looking models of the 1950s by representing the coltish, gamine look of the youthquake movement in 1960s Swinging London, and she was reported as "the symbol of Swinging London." By breaking the popular mould of voluptuous figures with her long legs and slim figure, she was nicknamed "The Shrimp". Shrimpton was also known for her long hair with bangs (fringe hairstyle), wide doe-eyes,long wispy eyelashes, arched brows, and pouty lips.
Shrimpton also helped launch the miniskirt. In 1965, Shrimpton caused a sensation in Melbourne, Australia, when she arrived for the Victoria Derby wearing a white shift dress designed by Colin Rolfe which ended 10 cm (3.9 in) above her knees. She wore no hat, stockings or gloves and wore a man's watch, which was unusual at the time. Shrimpton was unaware she would cause such reaction in the Melbourne community and media.
In her article "The Man in the Bill Blass Suit", Nora Ephron tells of the time when Jean Shrimpton posed for a Revlon ad in an antique white Chantilly lace dress by Blass. Minutes after the lipstick placard hit the drugstores, the Revlon switchboard lit up with calls from women demanding to know where they could buy the dress.
Shrimpton was once engaged to photographer David Bailey. They met in 1960 at a photo shoot that Shrimpton, who was then an unknown model,was working on with photographer Brian Duffy for a Kellogg's corn flakes advertisement. Duffy told Bailey she was too posh for him, but Bailey was undeterred, and he and Shrimpton subsequently had a relationship for four years, ending in 1964. During the affair, Bailey was still married to his first wife Rosemary Bramble but left her after nine months and later divorced to be with Shrimpton.
Shrimpton's first photo session with Bailey was in 1960 (either for Condé Nast's Brides on 7 December 1960 or for British Vogue). She started to become known in the modelling world around the time she was dating Bailey. Shrimpton has stated she owed Bailey her career, and he is often credited for discovering her and being influential in her career. In turn, she was Bailey's muse, and his photographs of her helped him rise to prominence in his early career. Shrimpton's other celebrated romance was with actor Terence Stamp. She married photographer Michael Cox in 1979 at Penzance register office when she was four months pregnant with their son Thaddeus (born in 1979). They own the Abbey Hotel in Penzance, Cornwall, now managed by Thaddeus and his family.
Her younger sister Chrissie was also an actress, linked to both Mick Jagger and Steve Marriott of the Small Faces.
In March 2011, the BBC announced that the story of her relationship with David Bailey will be explored in a film, We'll Take Manhattan, with Karen Gillan playing the part of Shrimpton.
(not really looking amazing as Jean...)

Pretty Green in Liverpool

Friday, November 04, 2011

LIVERPOOL - Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green fashion label opens up it's 8th store in Liverpool.
We are delighted to announce the opening of the Pretty Green Liverpool store. Situated at the heart of Liverpool's fashion scene, the store sits proudly within the Liverpool ONE shopping centre.
The store will provide the high-quality tailoring of our Black Label collection and the everyday signature pieces of our Green Label collection.
This is the 8th Pretty Green store to hit the high street including other Pretty Green stores in: London’s Carnaby Street and Covent Garden, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham and Cardiff.
As with each of the Pretty Green stores, Liverpool will focus on providing monthly live music from a host of established and unsigned bands. If you're in a band and want to play in one of our stores, please send your details.

Unit 18
14 Manestys Lane
Liverpool ONE
L1 3DL

Pretty Green Beady Eye photo shoot

Thursday, November 03, 2011

LONDON - A step back, in ever sense, as there are Beatles references (Rubber Soul, also the Pretty Green logo). Of course I have many more pics, and of higher resolution. The photos were then used for the cover of Bring The Light, the posters of the concerts, cds for magazines, bootlegs, magazine covers, also the Japanese Crossbeat

the Beatles in Milan and Pretty Green Lennon hat

MILAN - 1965-2011, Beatles-Beady Eye. 

today, Grand Hotel Duomo where the Beatles stayed, beside Duomo cathedral 

you can download the recording clicking here (e-mail me: marco@miamilan.com for the password)

From father to son. Mine also gave me many vinyls. "Mamma tonight I'm going to a Beatles concert"...can you imagine? :)
The Beatles were in Italy to play only one time, June 1965. When you're young, you think everything has a future. Then you find out that everything for sure has only a past. And so this one too: historic, unique event. The Beatles split up in 1970.
Of course Paul McCartney was in Milan other times (we met him in 2001).
The Beatles arrived in Milan 23 June 1965 at Stazione Centrale with Trans Europa Express (T.E.E.) train from Lyon, france, 3,000 fans waiting for them at n.16, but the train arrived on another railroad to avoid them. Then they were taken to Duomo hotel in via San Raffaele street on four Milan Alfa Romeo 2600 convertible sport cars (Alfa Romeo has Milan-England flag in its symbol), I have photos of my father's Alfa, he was so cool :). Press conference, and the famous photo shoot with Duomo cathedral behind, and only one place at night: the club Charlie Max near there, in via Dogana street beside piazza Diaz. For the concert at Vigorelli open air velodrome on 24 June they performed a double show, one in the afternoon (very hot at 38°C degrees, 7,000 people, young people), one in the evening (about 20,000, more adult), lasting about 35 minutes. Paul McCartney introduced many songs speaking in Italian, and thanked the crowd in the same way. Supporter bands before their show were Italian famous singers as Peppino Di Capri, Fausto Leali, etc.
The songs were: Twist And Shout, She's A Woman, I'm A Loser, Can't Buy Me Love, Baby's In Black, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day's Night, Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby, Rock And Roll Music, I Feel Fine, Ticket To Ride (their best song according to ex Oasis' Noel Gallagher), Long Tall Sally.
They were very elegant, and Paul had his Hofner bass, John Lennon with Rickenbacker guitar and his typical hat (see Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green hats, called Lennon hat), George Harrison with his Gretsch guitar, Ringo Starr behind Ludwig drums with its unmistakeable band logo.

Can't buy me love
"we don't come for the millions"... Liam said something similar when he started Pretty Green ("I'm not doing it for the money")
I've got a pair of similar Milan Dolce&Gabbana glasses :)

Twist and shout

She's a woman

Ticket to ride, with Italian magazines and vinyls
Fred Perry polo, our rivals :)

the fool on the hill and I feel fine

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

LONDON - The ‘Fool on the Hill’ Overcoat returns to our Autumn / Winter Black Label collection - inspired by the 1967 Beatles song of the same name, the eponymous 'Fool on the Hill's' demeanor embodies a genuine sense of style wisdom. Used as military uniform since the late 18th century, the heavy wool three quarter length overcoat acted as protection against winters elements.
Pretty Green’s reworking of a British military classic, the double breasted ‘Fool on the Hill’ overcoat is cut from luxurious melton virgin wool featuring a spread collar, button down shoulder epaulettes, back half belt and stitch detailing. Finished with metal cast signature Pretty Green buttons and fully lined with the signature Pretty Green tone-on-tone paisley lining, the tailored styling of the ‘Fool on the Hill’ sets it apart from any other Overcoat.
Made in England. click here

Brown Vented Mac here
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