The Pope’s Daughter by Dario Fo

19 July 2016

The Popes Daughter by Dario Fo

Lucrezia Borgia is one of the most vilified figures in modern history. The daughter of a notorious pope, she was twice betrothed before the age of eleven and thrice married—one husband was forced to declare himself impotent and thereby unfit and another was murdered by Lucrezia’s own brother, Cesar Borgia. She is cast in the role of murderess, temptress, incestuous lover, loose woman, femme fatale par excellence.

But there is always more than one version of a story.

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The Story of Mademoiselle Oiseau by Andrea de la Barre de Nanteuil & Lovisa Burfitt

22 June 2016

The Story of Mademoiselle Oiseau Andrea de la Barre de Nanteuil Lovisa Burfitt

In this delightful tale, featuring illustrations by Lovisa Burfitt, Mademoiselle Oiseau helps turn shy Isabella into a confident girl. This is a story about friendship, dreams, and gowing up. On the top floor of a lovely old Parisian apartment building in the Avenue des Temps Perdus lives the slightly odd Mademoiselle Oiseau. No one knows exactly how old she is. In fact, since she never leaves her house, nobody really knows her at all. Sometimes, though, one can catch a glimpse of this elegant lady with her unkempt curls and endlessly long pearl necklaces when she’s out on her terrace amid her countless cats and birds.

Isabella is a 9-year-old girl who lives in the apartment under Mademoiselle oiseau’s. She is so unremarkable that she’s practically invisible. One day, when Isabella comes home from school and gets in the elevator, she accidentally presses the number for the sixth floor rather than the fifth. She doesn’t even realize her mistake until she sticks her key into the lock and Mademoiselle Oiseau opens the door. When Isabella and Mademoiselle Oiseau meet, a wonderful friendship begins.

They spend their days together exploring Mademoiselle Oiseau’s roof garden, creating fashion shows with silk dresses and high-heeled shoes, or–to the amazement of everyone–making it snow on a spring day. Soon, Isabella has become a much braver, more confident girl. 

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For the Love of Shoes Book

18 June 2016

For the Love of Shoes Book Patrice Farameh

Women have long realized that cool shoes do not only complement the outfit, they are the whole point. From Cinderella to Carrie, we have all fallen head over heels for “the right pair”– and to hell with cost or comfort! This book explores the outer realms of avant-garde shoe design. Unfettered by commercialism, these pioneering designers give full rein to their artistic visions. These zany pieces contain an array of extraordinary forms and materials. With influences ranging from Las Vegas pizzazz and arcane tribal relics to contemporary architecture, it may be difficult to distinguish between fun footwear and conceptual sculpture.

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The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie

01 June 2016

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And you thought sisters were a thing to fear. In this captivating follow-up to Sally Christie’s clever and absorbing debut, we meet none other than the Marquise de Pompadour, one of the greatest beauties of her generation and the first bourgeois mistress ever to grace the hallowed halls of Versailles.

The year is 1745 and King Louis XV’s bed is once again empty. Enter Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, a beautiful girl from the middle classes. As a child, a fortune teller had told young Jeanne’s destiny: she would become the lover of a king and the most powerful woman in the land. Eventually connections, luck, and a little scheming pave her way to Versailles and into the King’s arms.

All too soon, conniving politicians and hopeful beauties seek to replace the bourgeois interloper with a more suitable mistress. As Jeanne, now the Marquise de Pompadour, takes on her many rivals—including a lustful lady-in-waiting, a precocious fourteen-year-old prostitute, and even a cousin of the notorious Nesle sisters—she helps the king give himself over to a life of luxury and depravity. Around them, war rages, discontent grows, and France inches ever closer to the Revolution.

Told in Christie’s celebrated witty and modern style, The Rivals of Versailles will delight and entrance fans as it brings to life the court of Louis XV in all its pride, pestilence, and glory.

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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style by Paul Martineau

24 May 2016

Herb Ritts L.A. Style by Paul Martineau

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style traces the life and career of the iconic photographer through a compelling selection of renowned, as well as previously unpublished, photographs and two insightful essays. Herb Ritts (1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for distinctive images of fashion models, nudes, and celebrity portraits. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ritts was sought out by leading fashion designers such as Armani, Gianfranco Ferrè, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Valentino, and Versace, as well as magazine editors from GQ, Interview, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others, to lend glamour to their products and layouts. Largely self-taught, Ritts developed his own style, one that often made use of the California light and landscape and helped to separate his work from his New York-based peers. From the late 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts’s ability to create photographs that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill, but also marked the synergistic union between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones by Rich Cohen

17 May 2016

The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones Rich Cohen

A panoramic narrative history that will give readers a new understanding of the Rolling Stones, viewed through the impassioned and opinionated lens of the Vanity Fair contributor—and co-creator of HBO’s Vinyl—who was along for the ride as a young reporter on the road with the band in the 1990s

Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway—privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen’s chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock ’n’ roll band of all time.

The story begins at the beginning: the fateful meeting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on a train platform in 1961—and goes on to span decades, with a focus on the golden run—from the albums Beggars Banquet (1968) to Exile on Main Street (1972)—when the Stones were prolific and innovative and at the height of their powers. Cohen is equally as good on the low points as the highs, and he puts his finger on the moments that not only defined the Stones as gifted musicians schooled in the blues and arguably the most innovative songwriters of their generation, but as the avatars of so much in our modern culture.

 

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The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

22 March 2016

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon Hello Magazine

HELLO! magazine editor Rosie Nixon brings us “A fast-paced, fun-packed rummage through the ultimate dressing up box, THE STYLIST is perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk and Sophie Kinsella”.

When Amber Green, a shop assistant in an exclusive London boutique is plucked from obscurity and mistakenly offered a job working with Mona Armstrong, the infamous, jet-setting ‘stylist to the stars’, she hits the ground running, helping to style some of Hollywood’s hottest (and craziest) starlets.

As awards season spins into action Mona is in hot demand and Amber’s life turned upside down. Suddenly she catching the attention of two very different suitors, TV producer Rob and Hollywood bad boy rising star Liam. How will Amber keep her head? And what the hell will everyone wear?

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Love Style Life by Garance Doré

08 December 2015

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Garance Doré, the voice and vision behind her eponymous blog, has captivated millions of readers worldwide with her fresh and appealing approach to style through storytelling. This gorgeously illustrated book takes readers on a unique narrative journey that blends Garance’s inimitable photography and illustrations with the candid, hard-won wisdom drawn from her life and her travels. Infused with her Left Bank sensibility, the eclecticism of her adopted city of New York, and the wild, passionate spirit of her native Corsica, Love Style Life is a backstage pass behind fashion’s frontlines, peppered with French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing J.Crew with Chanel, to falling in love, to pursuing a life and career that is the perfect reflection of you. Available to Order Now from www.Amazon.com.

At Home In the Garden by Carolyn Roehm

16 November 2015

At Home in the Garden Carolyne Roehm

In this exquisitely lush volume, lifestyle legend Carolyne Roehm celebrates her gardens as outdoor living rooms, revealing how she chooses the plants, flowers, and layouts; how she entertains guests with gorgeous table settings and breathtaking arrangements; and how she savors the hours among the blooms.

For Roehm, the garden has always been more than a canvas for beauty. A place where her devoted efforts bear glorious results, the garden is not only a reflection of what has inspired Roehm, but also a font of inspiration from which she draws–for her astonishingly lovely arrangements, her gracious dinner parties, and her new passion for interpreting her flowers in vibrant watercolor paintings.

A garden is like love, Roehm claims, and indeed, this lavishly illustrated volume is a testament to an enduring, complex, unquestionably personal, and deeply passionate amour.

The book is available to order from OneKingsLane.com (another perfect holiday present), who also bring us this lovely tour of Roehm’s famous estate in Connecticut, Weatherstone. Continue reading to view the full house tour.

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Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman: The Bazaar Years, 1936-1962

27 October 2015

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Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman is a new biography of the fashion icon edited by her grandson Alexander Vreeland. Published for October 2015 by Rizzoli USA, the text is the first Vreeland book to focus on her three decades at Harper’s Bazaar, where the legendary editor honed her singular take on fashion. Available for Order from www.Amazon.com.

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