What’s black, white, and sexy all over? Try Mario Testino’s opening party for his Asociación Mario Testino (MATE) organization! Joined by six dazzling top models- Karlie Kloss and Lily Donaldson included- the famed photographer feted the opening of the MATE non-profit cultural initiative, which aims to promote the creativity and culture of artists in his native Peru.
With the model muses at his side, Testino presented MATE’s inaugural exhibit, Todo o Nada, or “all or nothing,” which houses 58 of his most intimate celebrity portraits featuring everything from haute couture to nudity- two reoccurring themes in his collection of fashion photography.
Taking inspiration from the models and industry tastemakers that he surrounds himself with, Testino spent time posing for photographers along with the six beauties invited to the event-namely Karlie Kloss, Isabeli Fontana, Constance Jablonski, Izabel Goulart, Lily Donaldson, Edita Vilkeviciute. Together, the bombshells walked the red carpet in mostly all-black looks that turned daring with graphic cutouts, high-cut slits, and in Karlie Kloss’s case, some sleek gold accessories.
Of the organization’s larger initiatives Testino told to Vogue UK,”I wanted to give back to my country and I figure the best way that I can do this is by giving back through culture. We have many ideas for supporting and working with artists with MATE and we hope soon to be announcing some plans.”
Todo o Nada will officially open July 27, and will house not only the creative works by Peruvian artists, but also the largest collection of Testino’s work in the world. The exhibit is the latest extension of Testino’s philanthropic efforts, who remains dedicated to numerous charities including the Elton John Aids Foundation, amfAR, and Women to Women. Although he has made London his home for the majority of his adult life, Testino has always felt a connection to his homeland, and the country’s unique culture.
“When I left here it was a bit difficult for me to be confident in my nationality,” explained Testino. “Everything successful was based on what the Americans and the French were doing. It’s very important for young Peruvians to see that they must use what they have to move forward.”
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