Saturday, July 23, 2011


In 1948, fashion designer Sonja de Lennart developed the first capri pant.
She had designed a line of skirts and belts a few years earlier and named the clothing line after her favorite vacation destination, the island of Capri in Italy. The capri pant was a new and cutting-edge fashion piece, featuring a length and style of pant not yet shown before on fashion runways. The capri pant was embraced by women seeking more daring fashion choices, and, once popularized by celebrities, the trend took off.
Pants which end mid-calf are capri-style pants. Capri pants are distinguishable by their length. They are typically three-quarter's length and end mid-calf or just below the calf. They can be worn either in a tight-fitting style or a looser style. They have been referred to as "clam diggers" or "long shorts," though their length is generally closer to that of pants rather than shorts.
The capri pant style was embraced by popular icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and Mary Tyler Moore. Audrey Hepburn wore them in the 1954 film "Sabrina," which started the fashion craze. Mary Tyler Moore further popularized them on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," where her character, Laura Petrie, wore them in the home. Capri pants became an instant fashion hit.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


The only business open to customers on Viale Augusto on a Sunday afternoon is the local betting shop where the football-crazy gambling-mad punters scour form books as they attempt to strike lucky. When Napoli play at home, the main drag heading towards the San Paolo spills over with pedestrians, cars and scooters careening their way to the stadium.
Fans stop by for a quick bet on the weekend’s fixtures and also a flutter on the lottery. This is when La Smorfia comes into its own. The ancient rite of interpreting dreams has adapted with the ages, held sway in popular culture, embedded itself in everyday life. The purpose of La Smorfia is to yield meaning from the odd array of characters who populate nightly visions, the figures strange and familiar who also creep into woken existence.
Serie A Round 33, Il’Anne ‘e Cristo, the age of Christ, already a good omen if ever there was one. 20 wins from 32 matches for Napoli before heading into the meeting with Udinese. 20, ‘a Festa, the party, another positive portent.
The Azzurri were enjoying their best spell of form of the season, four straight wins – the last, away to Bologna, witnessed an influx of 15 thousand supporters to the Dall’Ara to deck Bologna’s stadium in sky blue. Four, ‘o Puorco, you lucky pig!
Five matches unbeaten, the longest unbeaten run. Five, ‘a Mano, the hand pointing to glory.
As much as Napoli were on the up, Udinese on the other hand, were on the down. Two and two, 22, o’ Pazzo, the mad man was laughing at Udinese’s misfortune. The signs were evident: The unpronounceable dream could/would/must continue through to Easter weekend, when hope springs eternal.
Yet, the dream ended on Sunday, 17th April. The number six ruled.
In Round 33, the sixth from last match of the 2010/11 Serie A season, six minutes separated Gokhan Inler’s non-celebration after scoring the opener from German Denis’s goal, non-celebrated by apologising to the stunned onlookers.
Napoli lost at home to Udinese to slip six points behind leaders AC Milan. Six games were left, six minutes between the two non-celebrations, six points behind the Rossoneri: 6, which La Smorfia explains is chella ca guarda ‘nterra. And that which looks upon the ground did not look favourably on Napoli.
The feeling of contented disappointment was displayed by the entire support at the final whistle. The players were treated to a dignified ovation as the cold wind painted a painful grimace on the Neapolitan faithful.
Fitting when you consider the general meaning of smorfia? Grimace.