VIVIANA VOLPICELLA

CANDELA NOVEMBRE SPENT A DAY WITH VIVIANA VOLPICELLA, STYLIST AND ANNA DELLO RUSSO'S EX ASSISTANT FOR VOGUE JAPAN, TO HELP HER WITH THE CHANGEOVER OF HER WARDROBE. WHILE THEY CHATTED CANDELA MANAGED TO GET AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH HER FOR REDMILK MAGAZINE!

What is your first thought when you wake up?
A happy thought. Every morning I say thank a big thank you for my good luck to be doing the job of my dreams.

What makes you happy?
Managing to express what I am, in my work, in my friendships, in my personal relationships and with my family. It matters a lot to me: I like to understand others, lower the tempo, immediately try to convey calmness, let people trust me. That is my main task every day. When I manage it I’m happy!

What makes you feel at home?
The sea. I was born in a seaside town. When I see it I recognise its colours, the light, the sounds, and I feel at home.

What is the food that represents you?
I eat a lot; I make no secret of it. The food that most represents me is taralli. Even when I have nothing to eat, I am never without them and, with them, I always feel secure.

In your opinion, who represents style today?
In the past style was dictated by the designers. You looked at a collection and immediately recognised the hand of each stylist. Now it is more difficult: inside a fashion house, every season can be designed by different artists, so it is more complicated and you need to go and look elsewhere. Perhaps I’m unpopular, but for me, today, it is the women over 40 who are the true custodians of style: they have acquired a certain awareness, they  know what they want and what point in life they have reached, and they are better able to express their own personalities. The “younger” twenty or thirty year-olds are still working on these aspects. If a woman of forty feels beautiful, she really is, and she shows it through her style. I would say that this is my arrival point: a forty year-old is a woman of style!

Your life in a play-list?
In my musical taste I am mono-thematic; I only love a few kinds. I listen to the traditional bossa nova of Caetano Veloso, Jobin, Jaào Gilberto: masters of an authentic Brazilian rhythm. And then I like Italian music, the music my parents listened to; the confidential style of Fred Bongusto and Bruno Martino. I have a memory of my mother and my father dancing at home with friends. Amongst the young musicians only Joe Barbieri does this style. I’m a bit old style. I just can’t get on with Lady Gaga, she’s not on my wavelength. Ever since I was a child I’ve been a passionate fan of Jovanotti. I was twelve when I heard “Sei come la mia moto”, and I cried because my parents wouldn’t let me go to his concerts, but I’ve more than made up for it now! I have all his records, all of them. I would say that I love him!

If life were a film, who would your director be?
Wes Anderson. He’s completely crazy! He has that slightly nostalgic air and a streak of madness: all of his films are super stylistic, the costumes fantastic. In the film The train for Darjeeling he used a collection of suitcases created exclusively for the film by Marc Jacobs.

What is your idea of relaxing?
Being with my boyfriend. No phones, no timetables, no alarm clocks, without time. Definitely by the sea, because we both love it.

What is your leitmotiv?
My rule is smile and make others smile. I’m often accused of being too positive, because even in situations that are a bit difficult I try to make a witty remark, but only because I think it important to go back to smiling: my father taught me that. I remember that he was always making us laugh, even in the darkest moments of his career.

What frightens you?
The death of my parents. I only recently made the leap from being a daughter to becoming a woman and I’m fully aware of it. But, being the youngest child (I’ve got two brothers who are older than me by 15 and 13 years): I’ve always been the most pampered. I’m scared of having to deal with very elderly parents who live a long way away. Sometimes I dream about them at night, and I call them, because I get anxious, paranoid. I feel guilty because I can’t always be there, near them.

What wouldn’t you ever wear?
Never say never! But, I can’t be doing with leggings. Either you wear tights or you have bare legs. I’ve never worn them, not even for my sets: I really don’t know how to use them!

Have we finished already? I enjoyed it.