Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Be My Guest: Ale from Rosaspina Vintage!

This is my new corner of my blog: Be My Guest! I'll have a blogger guest in my blog every month
from now. I start with the one of my favorite bloggers; Ale from Rosaspina Vintage! She always gives
me enough inspiration about style, and photography. Her pretty new brand Rosaspina Vintage Handmade 
and her beautiful life in Turin through her film roll photos are so amazing & inspirational.
I get to know her life a little bit more thanks to her answers :)

Here is the interview, enjoy!


* What do you do for a living?
I work full time in animation as a character animator and storyboard artist for feature films, tv series 
and advertisments. I'm also a children's book illustrator, so I pretty much draw all day long, but it's what 
I've always wanted to do since I was a little girl and I wouldn't have it any other way. I really enjoy 
being a freelance artist as it gives you the chance of living in the place you love the most, organizing 
your free time according to your needs and having always a cat (or two) on your lap! Occasionally, 
I teach at the National Film School and since a few months I design for my own handmade clothing label, 
Rosaspina Vintage.

* What are the 3 specific things you like to do?
I love sleeping. If no one wakes me up, I can sleep for 14 hours straight, especially if my cats join me
in the process… I also love baking and have long afternoon walks with my husband.

Which movie you never get bored of watching?
Return to Oz. Despite its dark, almost creepy atmosphere I literally consumed the video tape 
when I was young. The imagery and plot are so vivid and captivating that I couldn’t help but feel like 
I was drawn into another world. Some sequences still scares the hell out of me and little Fairuza Balk
is an exquisite Dorothy. The Emerald City is a superbly crafted triumph of green and silver/gold 
set design and I would rewind it several times just to see each and every part, not to mention 
the astonishing old-school special effects. Heartily recommended!

Which song makes you happy?
“Let’s go fly a kite” from Mary Poppins!

* What are your inspirations in life? 
When designing a new collection, I can find inspiration anywhere from an old photograph of my 
grandmother’s holidays to a documentary about schoolgirl’s uniforms, vintage silhouettes and patterns,
a film noir, pretty furniture or a simple picnic in the countryside.

When talking about drawing and animation, I've always been inspired by the incredible draftsmanship
of the Nine Old Men, the artists that shaped the Walt Disney Studios between the 1930s and the 1970s, 
especially Milt Kahl, Marc Davis and Frank Thomas. I’ve always been influenced by Art Nouveau 
and I'm deeply in love with Alphonse Mucha's work, from the advertising and book illustrations 
to the oil paintings, the quick pencil sketches and his photography series. 
Quentin Blake is another favorite of mine, his children's books are so fresh and fun to look at. 
And Mary Blair of course, she was such a talented, innovative and stylish lady! If I could travel through 
time I would definitely love to meet her for a cup of tea!


How do you describe your style?
It’s a mix of different decades, I love the natural elegance of the 40s and 50s and the fun patterns 
of the 60s. I adore vintage clothing as you can find the most charming pieces that come with their own stories, 
I find it so romantic. While thrifting or online shopping, I would look for frocks with pretty collars, dainty pleats, 
t-bar shoes, old leather satchels and unusual antique brooches.

*  If your style is a movie character who would she/he be?
I guess it would be an Ariane in "Love in the Afternoon" with a young Sally Draper twist.

* If you have a color palette, which colors you put together to create your style?
I enjoy creating looks with any sort of colors, but looking at my wardrobe right now I would definitely say navy,
cream and touches of bright red!


Where do you live right now?
Turin, a beautiful town in the North of Italy surrounded by the Alps.

What are the 3 local suggestions for people who want to visit your neighborhood?
I would strongly suggest renting a bicycle and getting lost in the city centre, it’s absolutely breathtaking 
with its baroque buildings, the royal residencies, the huge squares and lovely gardens.
I guess a visit to Turin would not be complete without a walk by the river Po as the sun sets, after having paid 
a visit to one of the historic cafés, like Fiorio, established in 1780, where you can enjoy the most delicious ice cream (gianduja is my favorite!) or a cosy cup of cappuccino.

* Which city do you want to live for the future?
I've been traveling a lot in the past years and because of my job had the chance to visit very beautiful 
towns that stole my heart. Now that I’m a freelancer I could basically pick any place in the world to live in, but I chose to come back to Turin as that’s where I truly feel like home.

Thanks Ale...


  1. Love this new corner of your blog. As much as I love Rosaspina blog which is one of the best blog in Italy:)

  2. So interesting post & adore her style

    1. Thanks so much, I'm happy if you like it, stay tuned for the next :)

  3. Her job sounds amazing! Plus she's one of my favorite bloggers :)

  4. Oh she is adorable, love her style!

  5. I love the idea of having a monthly guest blogger, and you certainly chose a terrific lady! She is incredibly inspirational and I cannot wait to check out her blog. Thank you for sharing this interview!

    Xo, Hannah


  6. Thank you so much Deniz for having me as your guest and thanks ladies for all your sweet words! xxx

  7. Thank you so much Deniz for having me as your guest and thanks ladies for all your sweet words! xxx

  8. These guest posts are lovely. Really nice questions :) xx

  9. Rosaspina is so inspiring! I already follow her blog, but it's been lovely seeing more into her life here. <3


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