Eyewear for the festive season

In Cortina

With its 66 ski runs and 34 lifts, the pearl of the Dolomites confirms itself as one of the most prestigious ski resorts, immersed as it is in the magical setting of these unique mountains. But Cortina is also all about glamour. Between lunch at the famous Chalet Tofane restaurant and dinner at a mountain refuge (choose from Dibona, Federa and Mietres), heading back to the hotel with a romantic night sleigh ride; shopping in the boutiques of Corso Italia, at the centre of which stands the symbol of Cortina, the Dolomite stone bell tower built in the mid-19th century; a gourmet snack in one of the two famous patisseries, or a pre-dinner drink at the Enoteca Baita Fraina (in the centre) or at the picturesque Masi Wine Bar, right in front of the famous Col Druscié ski run. So many unforgettable moments to admire from behind a pair of glasses from the GUESS Holiday ’23 Collection, the geometrically shaped cat-eye glasses created especially for this festive season, illuminated by a crystal set in the temples that reproduces the iconic triangular shape of the GUESS logo. Feminine, festive and full of character.

In Berlin

A classic tour ‘Unter den Linden’ in the borough of Mitte, in the rationalist city of Mies van der Rohe, or the hunt for alternative boutiques in young, vibrant areas such as Friedrichshanin, Landwehrkanal or up-and-coming Neukölln. Even at this time of year, Berlin offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in a variety of styles, from the past to the future, from historic buildings to new neighborhoods with alternative bookstores and the workshops of young designers. A city to be explored with the right outfit, warm and casual, perhaps accentuated by a special accessory such as a pair of Max Mara glasses, dedicated to the quintessential ‘It’ coat, the cosy Teddy bear coat, which is ten years old this year. A frame with character, created for the occasion, that embraces and protects the gaze, telling a story of precious details and modernity. And, after dinner in one of the little restaurants in the festively decorated Bergmannstrasse covered market, a stop at the Kreuzberg border is a must, to celebrate the New Year in a techno club like the iconic Berghain.

The perfect setting to shield yourself from the Florida sun with the fiery red-rimmed glasses from Pucci’s new eyewear collection.

In Miami

Relax at the tables of a small bar on South Beach or stroll through the hip Wynwood district, once the city’s industrial centre and now home to the much-anticipated Art Basel Miami Beach, which takes place every year at the beginning of December. It’s great to ring in the New Year among the colours, museums, murals and clubs of Miami. The perfect setting to shield yourself from the Florida sun with the fiery red-rimmed glasses from Pucci’s new eyewear collection. Elegant, sophisticated and embellished by the fishtail logo in which, inspired by the 1953 ‘Capri Sport’ label, two fish intertwine their silhouettes to form the letter ‘P’. A model that fully represents Pucci’s unique identity and personality. A style must-have for sunbathing on the rooftop of Astra, one of the most glamorous cocktail bars on the scene, exploring the Miami Design District, shopping in the Little Haiti markets or enjoying a pre-dinner drink on the rooftop terrace of the famous Area 31.

In the snow of the Dolomites

A unique region

Magical all year round, the Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage Site, are at their most beautiful in winter, when it’s cold and snowy. For anyone wanting to indulge in the pleasure of skiing on some of the most beautiful and famous slopes in the world, and for those who simply want to immerse themselves in the special atmosphere of the end-of-year festivities in San Candido, Brunico, Corvara, San Cassiano, San Martino di Castrozza, Madonna di Campiglio, Selva di Cadore… Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, small villages, Christmas markets, exhibitions and, of course, all the flavors of local food and wine.

Stop off in Cortina

When it comes to skiing, Cortina remains the most prestigious resort in the Dolomites. Already an official venue for World Cup races and a future venue for the 2026 Winter Olympics, it offers skiers magnificent slopes in at least three districts: Tofane, Faloria-Cristallo and Lagazuoi-5 Torri. But also the chance to try out new Fat Bike routes, surf the snow with a snow kite or learn how to drive a husky sled. But people also go to Cortina just for the glamour. It is no coincidence that GUESS, a global brand of clothing and accessories, kicked off this year’s Winter Experience project in Cortina, where the brand has opened a new boutique at Via Cesare Battisti 11 for the occasion. The project was created to combine shopping and winter activities in one of the coolest ski resorts in the world.

What to see

Getting off the beaten track is easy. For those travelling to the Dolomites at this time of year, there is also Andraz Castle on the Falzarego Pass or the famous wooden nativity scene in Tesero, in the heart of the Fiemme Valley. And then it’s nice to get lost among the small woodcarving shops in Ortisei, to go for a walk to Lake Braies, to Alpe di Fanes or to take a break in the warm waters of the Pejo thermal baths. There are various itineraries that will allow you to admire the ever-present trees decorated with the traditional star made of straw or bread dough, the frightening masks of the Krampus figures, the candles of Santa Lucia and the rituals of the little star singers who go from house to house singing Christmas carols in exchange for delicious Lebkuchen, the traditional freshly baked Tyrolean biscuits.

Marcolin: a history of over 60 years

From the gold auctions

It was in 1961 that Marcolin was founded in Cadore (Belluno), in the heart of the Dolomiti area, which at that time was rapidly becoming the Italian eyewear district (one region, one vocation: celluloid frames were already being made there back in 1910). It was founded under the simple name of ‘Fabbrica artigiana’ and was inaugurated by entrepreneur Giovanni Coffen Marcolin, who started manufacturing gold laminated temples. This was just the beginning: three years later the company became ‘Marcolin occhiali doublé’, and in 1967 it expanded and moved premises. First to Vallesella di Cadore, then to Longarone, where its headquarters are still located.

To the fashion world

From the outset, Marcolin’s international vocation was clear: in 1968, it made its debut on the US market through a network of eight distributors, followed by France a few years later. But it is precisely from its origins, from this particular cultural and geographical context, the cradle of the best Italian manufacturing tradition, that we can truly understand Marcolin’s success. A company that, in just a few years, grasped the importance of combining the craftsmanship that is the envy of the world with advanced technologies and research into materials and design.

Through to the new numbers

This is the philosophy that allows Marcolin to continue to grow, transforming eyewear from a medical device into a must-have fashion accessory that changes the features of one’s face and defines one’s style. The first French subsidiary was followed by a branch in Switzerland and one in Germany: Marcolin grew from 80 to 200 employees and reached the milestone of one million frames produced in a year. That was the 1980s, and forty years later, with almost 2,000 employees worldwide and a prestigious and diversified brand portfolio, Marcolin still remains true to its roots. And to its history.

A journey into taste with Chef Akrame Benallal

One of the most popular Parisian restaurants of the last year is yours, two Michelin star establishment between the Arc de Triomphe and Trocadero, where you can taste dishes with Berber, Moorish, Mediterranean and Arabic influences. And not only that, given your numerous experiences: how has your idea of cooking transformed today?

So, my cooking really hasn’t changed, but it has evolved. Using less sugar, less salt, and less fat means it is much lighter. But that doesn’t mean it’s tasteless. I believe in bold blends of flavors.In other words, when I cook, I like to find combinations of flavours that work well together. For example, right now we are preparing celeriac with coconut. I never would have guessed that coconut could pair well with celeriac. But these two worlds really come together if we try. Let’s say if we focus on depth of flavor, which is to say, trying to find the perfect balance and the perfect equation between celery and coconut.

 

The choice of a place with very sober furnishings and dominated by a non-colour like black is intriguing. Where does this choice come from?

The colour black came into my life thanks to an artist I really admire named Pierre Soulages. It’s now been nine years that we’ve been working with black, and for me, black is a colour that has never been as central in my cooking as it is now. That’s what I’ve been trying to do: emphasizing this colour as well my own black and white style.

You put your signature on Marcolin’s menu for the inauguration of the new showroom in Paris: can you tell us the inspiration behind the dishes prepared for this special occasion? What does inspire you about the Marcolin world?

For the opening of the new showroom in Paris, I created the dishes that reflect my interpretation of black and white and of Marcolin’s sublime craftsmanship linked to innovation. It was very interesting to create these combinations for such an important event.