Dusk and Other Stories by James Salter

12 May 2014

James Salter Dusk and Other Stories

First published nearly a quarter-century ago and one of the very few short-story collections to win the PEN/Faulkner Award, this is American fiction at its most vital—each narrative a masterpiece of sustained power and seemingly effortless literary grace. Two New York attorneys newly flush with wealth embark on a dissolute tour of Italy; an ambitious young screenwriter unexpectedly discovers the true meaning of art and glory; a rider, far off in the fields, is involved in an horrific accident—night is falling, and she must face her destiny alone. These stories confirm James Salter as one of the finest writers of our time. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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David Bailey: Bailey’s Stardust

18 April 2014


The portraits in this book have been personally selected by David Bailey from the wide range of subjects and groups that he has captured over the last five decades: actors, writers, musicians, politicians, filmmakers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels to Australia, India, Sudan and Papua New Guinea; many of them famous, some unknown, all of them engaging and memorable. Bailey’s Stardust is accompanied by a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in Spring 2014, which will then tour to international venues. The book, like the exhibition, is structured thematically, with iconic images presented alongside many lesser-known and previously unseen portraits.

Initially engaged as an assistant to John French in 1959, Bailey was contracted by British Vogue the following year. He has since worked for the French, Italian and American editions of the magazine, created album sleeves for musicians such as the Rolling Stones, directed television commercials and made documentary films, including in-depth studies of Cecil Beaton, Luchino Visconti and Andy Warhol.

Bailey’s photographs helped to define the cultural and social scene of the 1960s, and immortalizing figures from the worlds of fashion, music, film and art elevated Bailey to the status of celebrity himself. Michelangelo Antonioni’s cult film Blow-Up (1966), about a London fashion photographer, was inspired by Bailey, whose life was also dramatized recently in the film We’ll Take Manhattan (2012).  Visit Amazon.com to Order the Book Now.

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The Style, Inspiration and Life of Oscar de la Renta

08 April 2014

“I have always regarded him as fashion’s Renaissance man,” writes Anna Wintour in the foreword of this hardcover tome devoted to Oscar De La Renta. She continues, “We are lucky to have him, and this book helps us understand why.” In this publication, photography from Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Steven Meisel sits alongside personal pictures, interviews and quotes, offering a window into the private world and creative inspirations of this CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Available to Order Now from Net-a-Porter.com.

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Matisse and Picasso: A Friendship in Art by Françoise Gilot

07 April 2014

The artist and writer Françoise Gilot was Picasso’s companion from 1946 to 1954. During this time Gilot played witness to the unique relationship between the dying master Matisse and Picasso who still had decades of work left to produce. The text includes personal letters from Matisse to Gilot. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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The Glamour of Italian Fashion Since 1945

03 April 2014

Edited by curator Sonnet Stanfill and appropriately printed in Italy, ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion’ accompanies a major V&A museum exhibition of the same name. From post-war couturiers to the superbrands of today’s Milanese fashion scene, this coffee-table tome brings together fashion photography, essays and pieces from private collections to explore the designs, techniques and innovations that turned ‘Made in Italy’ into an internationally recognized mark of style. Available to Order Now from Net-a-Porter.com.

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Luxury Redefined by Ryan Korban

24 March 2014

Ryan Korban has redefined luxury for a new generation, with an approach to interior design that infuses a timeless sensibility with a sense of lost romance, sex, fantasy, and a strong fashion influence. In this beautiful book filled with more than one hundred full-color photographs, the acclaimed interior designer, who is making a career of translating this aesthetic into elegant, comfortable interiors, shows readers how to achieve a sense of luxury in their homes that is at once glamorous and highly personal.

Each of the book’s seven thematic chapters focuses on a key component or influence that is essential to Korban’s approach to decorating, and offers numerous sources of inspiration and innovative ideas. Every section also includes an introductory essay that explains his point of view on the subject, followed by a seamless flow of captioned images that expresses it in detail and from various visual perspectives. The photographs of spaces he has designed—including homes for celebrity clients—are complemented by images from fashion, advertising, fine art, and design that will inspire readers with their compelling juxtaposition and enhance the luxurious aesthetic. A Sources section listing Korban’s go-to shops for everything from flowers to furniture rounds out this stunning book that is as alluring as the spaces featured within. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig

21 March 2014

Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) was a poet, novelist, and dramatist, but it was his biographies that expressed his full genius, recreating for his international audience the Elizabethan age, the French Revolution, the great days of voyages and discoveries. In this autobiography he holds the mirror up to his own age, telling the story of a generation that “was loaded down with a burden of fate as was hardly any other in the course of history.” Zweig attracted to himself the best minds and loftiest souls of his era: Freud, Yeats, Borgese, Pirandello, Gorky, Ravel, Joyce, Toscanini, Jane Addams, Anatole France, and Romain Rolland are but a few of the friends he writes about. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Bemelmans’ La Bonne Table

12 March 2014

Here is the best of Bemelmans on the subject he loved most: la bonne table. The entrancing memories and charming pictures assembled here transport the reader behind the scenes of the great hotels of Europe and America – including the immortal “Hotel Splendide” – and such restaurants as the Tour d’Argent in Paris and Le Pavillon in New York. Memorable dishes, the eccentric geniuses of the kitchens who created them, the opulent and often astonishing patrons who ordered them, the legendary wines and the occasions they toasted, are all evoked in rich and piquant flavor.

The gifted and exuberant Ludwig Bemelmans was trained as a boy for a career as a restauranteur, and La Bonne Table is in effect his gastonomical autobiography. The high – and sometimes riotous low – points of his life with food, from Austrian cafes to the late, lamented Ritz of New York, are narrated with delight and zest as he celebrates beer and sausages, pressed duck and caviar, and the chefs who cooked for him. He remembers with decidedly mixed emotions the ways of the busboy and the waiter, and the qualities that make up the perfect maitre d’. He muses over great menus and great eaters – and soon makes the reader very hungry. Here, truly, is a feast of reading, as a lost world of luxury and elegance is brilliantly evoked and savored. Bemelmans’ extraordinary charm captivated all who met him; it glows through the pages of La Bonne Table. Available to Purchase Now from Amazon.com.

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Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka by Johnny Moncada

02 March 2014

Capturing the romance and beauty of la dolce vita, this volume features intimate and rare moments of Veruschka, the iconic face of 1960s glamour, from the forgotten and unpublished photographic archive of Johnny Moncada. When fashion photographer Johnny Moncada unlocked a trunk he had left sealed for forty years, he and his daughter discovered ten thousand of his unpublished negatives. They revealed the world of 1960s Italian fashion in all its languid glamour, personified by the iconic Veruschka. In three thousand images, Moncada captured the German-born model in both beautifully staged and informal poses. A selection of these photographs is presented in this lavish volume. They were taken over the course of a year in Rome, including seaside shoots in Capri, Sardinia, and other locales of la dolce vita. While serving as an invaluable source of inspiration to aficionados of 1960s style, Moncada’s work also presents a rare glimpse of a young woman, known to friends as Vera, transforming in front of the camera into the image of perfection that we know as Veruschka. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Brancusi New York by Jérôme Neutres

18 February 2014

Credited as an early pioneer of abstract sculpture, Constantin Brancusi remains one of New York City’s most beloved artists. Esteemed art curator Jérôme Neutres traces Brancusi’s legacy from the artist’s pivotal 1913 Armory show, the trial concerning ‘Bird in Space’ which helped define modern art, to his dream of skyscraper sculpture. Filled with striking archival photographs and essays, it tells a visual story of the unique relationship between the sculptor and the Big Apple. Available to Order Now from Net-a-Porter.com.

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