Palm Angels by Francesco Ragazzi

19 December 2014

Palm Angels Francesco Ragazzi Rizzoli Books-1

Francesco Ragazzi’s ‘Palm Angels’ takes an elevated look at the sport that started as an off-shoot of surfing and became a cultural phenomenon. With the Los Angeles-area as an inextricable backdrop, Ragazzi’s stellar images range from glam shots with lush cityscape scenery, to gritty action grabs and even more personal looks at skaters at rest. It heavily features the bedrock locales of the sport – Manhattan Beach and Venice Beach – and provides an authentic look at what it means to be a skateboarder in Southern California. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Guy Bourdin: Polaroids by Oliviero Toscani

18 December 2014

Guy Bourdin Polaroids Book

Guy Bourdin (1928–1991) created some of the most challenging and seductive fashion photography of the last century. He worked for French Vogue for over 30 years, from 1955–1987, and his images filled the pages of international fashion magazines during the 1970s and 1980s in groundbreaking campaigns for Charles Jourdan, Bloomingdales and Dior. His high-glamour, yet often surreal work revolutionized the genre of fashion photography, presenting fashion as the luxurious embellishment rather than the subject of his photographs, which foreground dark fantasies of lust, consumption and desire. Bourdin’s legacy can still be seen in the work of photographers such as Stephen Meisel and Helmut Newton. This accessible monograph is the perfect introduction to his work. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Tim Walker Pictures by Tim Walker

08 December 2014

Tim Walker Pictures Book by teNeues Press

This book offers us a privileged glimpse into the artistic process used by top fashion photographer Tim Walker. This comprehensive overview of his work brings us deep inside his glamorous world of adventure. Featuring a wide array of sketches, contacts and Polaroids we share in source materials normally hidden within the photographer’s studio. The evocative images are rich with textured nuance and intriguing details. Walker gives full rein to his playful side and intersperses collages among the photographs. The over-sized format showcases some of the most imaginative and exuberant art being produced today. Tim Walker’s work appears in trend-setting magazines such as Vogue and W. He has also created advertising campaigns for exclusive clients such as Comme des Garcons. Also available as Special Edition and Collector’s Edition. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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The Haute Couture Atelier: The Artisans of Fashion by Hélène Farnault

04 December 2014

The Haute Couture Atelier The Artisans of Fashion Book by Helene Farnault et Hubert de Givenchy-1

In this digital age of mass reproduction, nothing distinguishes luxury so clearly as the handmade. Here is a privileged glimpse into the best of the fashion workshops: the world of embroiderers, lacemakers, weavers, textile designers, pleaters, featherworkers, floral decoration makers, leatherworkers, jewelry and accessory designers, fanmakers and perfumers.

Featured in this book is the work of some of the finest haute couture craft specialists – experts who have perfected their skills over many years, keeping alive the knowledge and techniques that might otherwise have disappeared for ever. France maintains its renown as the home to many of the traditional craft ateliers that serve the fashion industry. Their unique creative skills are much in demand at the greatest haute couture houses, such as Chanel, Valentino, Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga.

Close-up details from the ateliers and fashion shows have all been specially photographed, allowing readers to follow the progress of work from sketchbook designs to the finished creations on the catwalk.

Hélène Farnault is a consultant on fashion crafts and artisans. For many years she worked for France’s Ministry of Culture, supporting and sustaining these rare trades at the heart of the fashion industry. Hubert de Givenchy founded The House of Givenchy in 1952. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Annie Leibovitz Art Edition by Taschen Books

27 November 2014

Annie Leibovitz Art Edition by Taschen Books-1

Annie Leibovitz is one of the foremost photographers of today, her work published in magazines amongst the likes of Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. The Art Edition of her book by Taschen not only features the leather bound book and all four of its dust covers, but also a custom-designed stand by one of the world’s most renowned industrial designers, Marc Newson, and perhaps most special of all, a twenty inch by twenty inch print signed by Leibovitz herself. Available to Order Now from ModaOperandi.com.

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Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan

17 November 2014

Marella Agnelli The Last Swan Book

The exclusive world of one of the twentieth century’s most glamorous and alluring women, as seen through her private homes and gardens. Nicknamed “The Swan” by Richard Avedon when he photographed her iconic portrait in 1953, Marella Agnelli is not only one of the great beauties of the last century, but also the most elegant and cultured of that exclusive club. Born the Neapolitan princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto, she became Marella Agnelli with her marriage to Gianni Agnelli, the Fiat industrialist. However, her innate style dates back to her New York internship with photographer Erwin Blumenfeld, and she was a Vogue contributor in the 1950s and ’60s as well as appearing in its pages.

One of the most photographed women of the jet-set society, she was captured by Avedon as well as Irving Penn, Henry Clarke, Horst, and Robert Doisneau, among others. Agnelli collaborated with the best artists and designers of her day, with her many residences as their palette. From Italian interior design legend Renzo Mongiardino—who worked on her New York apartment alongside a young Peter Marino—to Gae Aulenti, the important Italian architect, who built her homes in Turin and Marrakech, Agnelli created a series of extraordinary houses and gardens, full of timeless elegance, invaluable art, and groundbreaking decorating ideas. With ten residences spread throughout Turin, Rome, Milan, New York, St. Moritz, and Marrakech, ranging from regally classic villas to ultramodern apartments, her impeccable taste shines through in these gorgeous interiors and gardens. One of the famous modern fairy tales of love, glamour, and heartbreak, Marella Agnelli has become an icon of our times. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table

07 November 2014

Valentino At the Emperors Table

The emperor not only of fashion but also of l’art de vivre, Valentino Garavani is in a class all his own. At the Emperor’s Table is an invitation into his refined world of graceful and cultured living. The remarkable collection of table settings and objets d’art housed in his five residences, in Gstaad, London, Rome, New York, and Paris, as well as on his yacht, evoke the grandeur in which he lives and are presented in this first-ever edition with photographs by Oberto Gili. Recipes by Mr. Garavani’s personal chefs are also included and bring readers one step closer to discovering his extraordinary surroundings. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich

23 October 2014

I'll Drink to That A Life in Style with a Twist by Betty Halbreich Bergdorf Goodman

Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original. A tough broad who could have stepped straight out of Stephen Sondheim’s repertoire, she has spent nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She has helped many find their true selves through clothes, frank advice, and her own brand of wisdom. She is trusted by the most discriminating persons—including Hollywood’s top stylists—to tell them what looks best. But Halbreich’s personal transformation from a cosseted young girl to a fearless truth teller is the greatest makeover of her career.

Meticulous, impeccable, hardworking, elegant, and—most of all—delightfully funny, Halbreich has never been afraid to tell it to her clients straight. She won’t sell something just to sell it. If an outfit or shoe or purse is too expensive, she’ll dissuade you from buying it. As Halbreich says, “There are two things nobody wants to face: their closet and their mirror.” She helps women do both, every day. Available to Order from Amazon.com Now.

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The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

17 October 2014

The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg offers a book about becoming the woman she wanted to be.

Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be—in her words, “the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills.” She has since become that woman, establishing herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family and maintaining “my children are my greatest creation.”

In The Woman I Wanted to Be, von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life—from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. With remarkable honesty and wisdom, von Furstenberg mines the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, writing, “I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be.” Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Elsie de Wolfe’s Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm by Charlie Scheips

10 October 2014

Elsie de Wolfe's Paris Frivolity Before the Storm by Charlie Scheips

The American decorator Elsie de Wolfe (1858–1950) was the international set’s preeminent hostess in Paris during the interwar years. She had a legendary villa in Versailles, where in the late 1930s she held two fabulous parties—her Circus Balls—that marked the end of the social scene that her friend Cole Porter perfectly captured in his songs, as the clouds of war swept through Europe. Charlie Scheips tells the story of these glamorous parties using a wealth of previously unpublished photographs and introducing a large cast of aristocrats, beauties, politicians, fashion designers, movie stars, moguls, artists, caterers, florists, party planners, and decorators. A landmark work of social history and a poignant vision of a vanished world, Scheips’s book belongs on the shelf with Abrams’ classics such as Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time and Tony Duquette. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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