In 1528 the Spanish conquered the Incans, wiping out a brilliant civilization. But for one weekend this past July, a Peruvian king once again was ensconced on the throne in Lima: photographer extraordinaire Mario Testino.
The word “Inca” actually means “king” or “lord” in Quechua, the ancient Incan language, so it was fitting that when Testino sought to herald the opening of his new arts foundation in Lima, a very glamorous court was assembled there to attend to him.
Supermodels Karlie Kloss, Lily Donaldson, Izabel Goulart, Isabeli Fontana, Constance Jablonski, and Edita Vilkeviciute were among the lovely beauties who arrived to commemorate MATE—pronounced ‘mah-tay,’ after the way Testino’s initials are said in Spanish—a foundation which will
1. feature rotating shows of the photographer’s own art collection as well as provide educational programs for local talents.
Of course this being a Testino production, no party detail was left unturned. For the big opening, the gaggle of top girls were styled by a holy trinity of fashion: clothing selected by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, hair by Oribe, and makeup by none other than visage expert (and beloved Visionaire founder) James Kaliardos. An endless supply of pisco sours—a sweet but potent local alcoholic bebido—made for a lively dinner atop a covered swimming pool that had been decorated like a 19th-century garden. “Getting to the finale of any project is an adrenaline high,” says Testino. “There is like nothing else like it, and the opening of our foundation, MATE, was no exception in the company of Karlie, Lily, Edita, Isabeli, Constance, and Izabel!”
The evening also marked the premier of Testino’s own work “Todo o Nada” (“All or Nothing”), which started with austere women wearing buttoned-up couture and evolved into women in various states of undress. By the end, the Testino swans that need no introduction (Gwyneth, Demi, Kate, and Sienna) appeared wearing nothing at all.
“I hope the foundation gets to help Peruvian artists that work and live in my city of Lima,” says Testino. “I hope it will push young Peruvian talent to go and fight for their dreams.”
Fuente: V Magazine
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