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In Case You Missed It: Gilt’s Hottest Summer Trends on Good Morning America


Summer fun isn’t just about rooftop rosé — let your wardrobe enjoy the warmer weather, too, by test-driving the season’s hottest trends. Gilt’s Editorial Director Tracey Lomrantz Lester joined host Amy Robach on Good Morning America to give viewers the dish on seasonal staples with right-now twists. Think one-piece dressing through the magic of the romper, everyday shades amped up with serious color, and all-American denim in mini dress form. Scoop up everything you spotted on the show and much more in our exclusive sale now.

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Meet the Artist: The Magic World of Uti’s Cristina Ghelfi

utiart3When it comes to decorating your kids’ rooms, white walls just won’t do. But before you give them free rein to plaster their space with stickers and crayon scribbles, why not introduce a little fine art into the mix? Enter The Magic World of Uti, a colorful line of perfect-square prints — back on Gilt today — and the brainchild of Italian painter Cristina Ghelfi, whose mother, Uti Fontana, serves as muse for the collection’s titular character. We chatted with the Modena-based artist about her family, her inspirations, and her signature craft.

StyleFile: Where did this line of artwork begin? Does each painting have a special meaning?
Cristina Ghelfi: This work has always been inside of me because it is related to my love for nature, animals, and colors. Often I take inspiration from the news, from a photograph, from a book, or while walking somewhere. With the colors, the play and lightness, I try to exorcise the lack of respect that human beings have for the land. I illustrate what surrounds us, what we do not see or have forgotten — A world of colors, smells, trees, flowers, mountains, and animals. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Uti is a little girl who rejoices in what she sees and what surrounds her — she loves to play and constantly interacts with everyone and everything with curiosity and wonder. In her world, there is space only for color and positivity — she is what I would like to see every day.


SF: What is your training? Do you have a background in fine art?

CG: I started drawing from a young age and it has always been my passion, perhaps conditioned by the environment in which I grew up. My grandfather, who designed engines, had a passion for painting, also my uncle, my mother, and then my father, Franco Fontana, who is a gifted photographer. I attended art school and graduated in graphic design, with a Master’s of art and decoration. I attended 3-D animation and illustration courses, but honestly, I’ve never been an excellent student and possibly because of my shyness, the academic environment made ​​me feel like I was in a cage and my creativity was hidden. My most important training comes from experiences of life, my family, and also the time I spent in the United States which has been very important in my journey of creative growth.

FRANCO FONTANA E UTI

Ghelfi’s parents, Franco and Uti Fontana — Portrait by Douglas Kirkland

SF: How does your mother, Uti, act as your muse? Do you have a favorite character from “The Magic World of Uti”?
CG: My mother is an endless source of inspiration for my work and there is no particular reason.  She’s just a wonderful person, a very positive and strong woman, and a constant point of reference in my work. Uti is the main character of my children’s illustrations and definitely my favorite.  I get attached to the most recent piece of art I am working on or to those which I have only imagined.

SF: What other artists have inspired you?
CG: I have a great admiration for Mark Ryden, a wonderful contemporary painter.  In photography, without a doubt, Franco Fontana. And, going a little back in time, I would say Leonardo da Vinci and Perugino.

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In Case You Missed It: Gilt Gives a Super-Stylish Makeover on the Wendy Williams Show

It’s a month-long celebration of being “50 & Fabulous” on the Wendy Williams Show, in honor of Wendy’s own milestone birthday — and today, she enlisted Gilt Lifestyle Editor Chassie Post to give one lucky 50-year-old viewer the gift of a game-changing makeover. Newly single mother-of-two Deneen is ready to jump back on the dating bandwagon with a fresh new look, and we delivered by styling her to the nines in a knockout hot pink Shoshanna dress (score it on Gilt now), plus get-noticed accessories, like a colorful Kotur clutch and strappy sandals by Gilt-exclusive label Renvy.

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Stars, Stripes & Snaps: Gilt Staffers Share Their Pics From the 4th

Team Gilt was more than ready to celebrate the long weekend in style, from the shores of the Hamptons to home in NYC. Rain or shine, our staff kicked back poolside, indulged in classic lobster dinners, and spent their days in the sand and surf — with kids looking super-cute in their patriotic best. We asked them to share some of their favorite moments from the fireworks-filled holiday. Happy 4th of July!

phototll“Lobster and corn on the cob is the most all-American meal to me, and the best way to celebrate the 4th. And everything — everything! — tastes better in Bridgehampton.” — Tracey

20140629_151943  “I was with my family — here is Charlie on our beach in Connecticut.” — Becca

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