Inspiration can hit you in all kinds of places, and often the beauty isn’t just in the fact that it happens but in the way they choose to reinterpret a story or theme. Stefano Fepa & Paco Matteo Li Calzi were inspired by Hermann Hesse’s 1930 novel Narcissus and Goldmund (also published in Italian as Narciso e Boccadoro), and the result was a shoot that plucked elements from the story and loosely wove them into a new edition.

In this interpretation, our main characters are no longer male but female, the era not medieval but current. Still the theme of two people on two different paths remains: one clothed in dark layers and a monk-like hairstyle, her look dominated by a kind of strictness; the other seeking freedom in white lace and billowing neutrals.

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Narciso e Boccadoro by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Narciso e Boccadoro by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Narciso e Boccadoro by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Narciso e Boccadoro by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Narciso e Boccadoro by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Narciso e Boccadoro by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Narciso e Boccadoro by Paco Matteo Li Calzi
Narciso e Boccadoro by Paco Matteo Li Calzi

Fepa envisaged the disparate and yet perfectly on-theme looks, while the hair and makeup by Emme Psycho transformed models Laura Sgherri & Katia Pagni theatrically into character.

You can view the full shoot by Paco Matteo Li Calzi (pacomatteolicalzi.tumblr.com) by clicking on the gallery.

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