HIP HOP culture in MUGELLO: Michael Lavine’s photo exhibition at the Barberino Designer Outlet from 12 June to 22 July 2018.

 Michael Lavine is an American photographer renowned for his visually moving sensibility. He is also famous for his acute care for formal composition. Over the years he has made numerous portraits which later became iconic of the world of Hip Hop. Famous are his album covers for the likes of Notorious B.I.G, Puffy, Lil ‘Kim, Jay Z and Wu-Tang Clan. With his photo portraits, the artist has managed to unveil the different nuances of Hip Hop. This cultural movement, after forty years from its birth, has crossed territorial, ethnic and temporal boundaries. Today it can still be considered a pivotal phenomenon of contemporary society.

From Tuesday 12 June to Sunday 22 July you can discover the shots of the best Hip Hop icons. These icons have also marked the history of streetwear becoming icons of style: Jay-Z, Eminem, Tupac and many others. This important Hip Hop exhibition in Mugello is located at the Barberino Designer Outlet near Florence.

Why HIP-HOPculture in Mugello

Hip hop is freedom, escape, struggle, resistance and above all education.A phenomenon that has become history, not only musical but also of style.

Hip hop music, presupposes freedom and imagination. Just this propensity to the eclectic and unusual combination is also found in the look of the rappers. In fact, it goes from the garish clothing and oversized dresses by Missy Elliott, to the style of dark tones, called gangsta, of the famous Notorious B.I.G. And again, the sensuality of Lil ‘Kim, exponent of the so-called sexy hip-hop style, the ethnic style, the sporty style of Will Smith, and the unforgettable deluxe outfits of Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy.

Real style icons, inspired not only by fans and ordinary people but also by the stylists themselves.

Da qui nasce una mostra inedita che analizza lo stretto rapporto tra stile di strada e streetwear. Un inedito connubio attraverso le immagini di uno dei suoi testimoni più eccellenti, il fotografo Michael Lavine.Hence an unpublished exhibition that analyzes the close relationship between street style and streetwear. An unprecedented union through the images of one of his most excellent witnesses, the photographer Michael Lavine.

The exhibition presents the most significant faces of the Hip Hop scene imprinted in the shots of Lavine. Composed by 30 images never before exhibited in Italy. Among the photographs on display will be the iconic cover of the album “Stankonia” by OutKast, the prophetic images of the last disc of Notorious BIG “Life after Death” and the portraits of Jay Z. (credits to Barberino designer Outlet website).

 You may be interested in the subject of the exhibition that is Hip Hop culture in Mugello. Or you may be drawn by the art of the photographer Michael Lavine. You can combine culture with shopping. You can take a few days off to visit Florence and Mugello, land of Giotto and Fra Angelico. There is a new hosting venue on Airbnb and Booking suitable for every need. This is “La Casa della Sarta”, a delightful apartment in Barberino di Mugello, recently introduced into the hospitality circuit near Florence. Check it out you will not regret it.

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