Eva Fontanelli opens up on The Sartorialist…
Editor of Elle Italia
Which cultures have influenced you lately?
Since I’m currently traveling in Morocco, I find myself wrapping scarves mixed with jewelry around my head like the old Berber women—I look forward to wearing long gypsy dresses, sequined pieces, and pastel colors for the spring.
What are the most interesting pieces you’ve picked up when traveling?
An old, colorful Peruvian bag and an Argentinean pendant. I really cherish the pendant; it’s a real gaucho medallion in silver and mother-of-pearl with the initials of someone very special.
Favorite weekend escape?
Pietrasanta in Tuscany, but if I had more time I would go to Careyes in Mexico.
What do you consider your ideal environment to work and create?
In the craziness of my mess: in my hotel room, in my closet and in my bags.
My assistant hates me because when I say, “Don’t worry I’ll take care of the clothes and put everything in place” I actually just strew everything around…
Where do you seek visual inspiration most often?
I look to books, landscapes, and images– Tim Walker photographs are my favorite. I love the way he contrasts the real world with fantasy, the old and the new, the surreal proportions and ability to play with nature. His photograph ‘It rained outside and we camped inside,’ reminds me of when I was a child and always built little cabanas in my room.
Any particular movies?
Pretty Woman—or I suppose that’s the most romantic, so I would say Amarcord.
What materials would you like to experiment with?
Nature’s treasures: shells, wood, and leaves.
Vogue.it for the horoscopes, a selection of newspapers, and of course Italian Elle.
How do you approach getting dressed?
I don’t think too much of what is appropriate or not, I just dress to feel special.
When do you feel most feminine?
When I wear something special, sexy and fun at the same time—my favorite collections are Moschino and Alberta Ferretti.
Never leave the house without?
Red lipstick! It adds a spark when I’m running around all day and makes me feel more sexy and confident. I like a shade from Dolce & Gabbana, the Scarlett Johansson one.
Which shops you could spend the whole day in?
Wait and See in Milan on via Santa Marta, and lots of vintage shops.