La Grande Bellezza opens with forgivable cliché. Picture a scene of tourists on a hill overlooking the cityscape of Rome – a Japanese man faints from the sheer beauty of what he is seeing. Sorrentino's film is pure sensual overload. The leading light, Jep Gambardela is an elegant, well-connected flâneur and I think the London equivalent might well be Nicky Haslam.
Italy seduces us all and this month tempts us once again. For the design cognoscenti there is the Salone del Mobile furniture and design week in Milan. For those going off-piste the Spazio Rossana Orlandi showing Ochre’s Seed Cloud Installation is must.
The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 has just opened at the V&A and explores great craftsmanship and creativity, luxurious materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned.
de Le Cuona scours some of the world's unlikeliest places in the hunt for beautiful textiles but works with Italian mills to weave the most exquisite cashmere. Illusion, is a gossamer fine cashmere with a whisper of a paisley design woven into it. Bernie de Le Cuona has launched her first collection of accessories online called Shop the Studio. This edit of handcrafted items includes designs woven from ultra-soft Italian cashmere, such as this sublime Balmoral Cashmere throw cum bed blanket.