Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly

07 October 2014

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Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age; fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Both her name and brand are recognised the world over, whilst at home in the UK she has attained National Treasure status as the nation’s favourite fearless female icon.

This is her story. Told for the first time in all its glamour and glory and with her unique voice, unexpected perspective and passionate honesty: ‘The living deserve respect. The dead deserve the truth; Ian and I are working together on this and I am excited that this will be my story, the story nobody ever did before.’

For the first and only time, she is both writing and collaborating on a unique personal memoir and authorised biography: partly her own voice, partly through contributions from her vast network of friends, family and associates. Ian Kelly (award-winning biographer of, amongst others, fashion maverick Beau Brummell and the original self-publicist, Giacomo Casanova) brings the insights of a historian and friend of Vivienne to the life and works of one of the major influences of our age in this wonderful, insightful collaboration. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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To Audrey with Love by Hubert de Givenchy

02 October 2014

To Audrey with Love by Hubert de Givenchy.

This luxurious book gathers 150 exclusive fashion sketches by Hubert de Givenchy, done in May 2014. The book was created as a gift to his muse and marvellous friend, Audrey Hepburn.

Some of Hubert de Givenchy’s most beautiful creations were born from their wonderful friendship. On and off the big screen, Audrey Hepburn brought to these clothes her exceptional charm: Sabrina (1954), Funny Face (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), How to Steal a Million (1966)…

Hubert de Givenchy’s drawings dance on the pages, inviting us to embark upon an exclusive retrospective of his most beautiful designs, accompanied by his annotations, from the famous Bettina blouse of 1952 to the wedding dress of his last collection in 1995. We also find his creations for the Empress of Iran, HRH Princess Grace of Monaco, the princess Caroline of Monaco, the Duchess of Windsor, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich and many other iconic personalities.

This book promises to be a formidable source of inspiration for all the fashion addicts and the lovers of the incomparable Givenchy style, that incarnates french elegance and taste at their summit. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Dinner Diaries: Reviving the Art of the Hostess Book by Daniel Cappello

30 August 2014

Dinner Diaries Reviving the Art of the Hostess Book Daniel Cappello

Dinner Diaries follows in the spirit of Assouline’s popular Proust Questionnaire, Fashion Questionnaire, and Wine Questionnaire, using the format of Proust’s handy interview helper, to ask everything about dinner parties, from preferred seating arrangements to the best conversation topics. Featuring handwritten answers from experienced hosts such as Ivanka Trump and chef Alex Hitz, Dinner Diaries is illustrated with ephemera from these hosts—seating charts, menus, guest lists, place cards—and contains blank questionnaires and seating charts in the back to share with friends. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Plum Skye’s Bergdorf Blondes & Debutante Divorceé 10th Anniversary Editions

28 August 2014

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It’s the tenth anniversary of the publication of Vogue writer Plum Sykes’ novels Bergdorf Blondes and the Debutante Divorcee. To mark the occasion special edition covers of the two books have been released, meaning you ought to update your library or add a copy for the first time! Head to Amazon.com to Purchase Both Novels Now.

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The French Riviera: In the 1920’s by Xavier Girard

22 August 2014

The French Riviera In the 1920's by Xavier Girard

The French Riviera of the 1920s and early ’30s was a haven for artists and writers from the far reaches of the world. This book revitalizes the now-legendary tale of personalities such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso, Picabia, Cocteau, and Gerald and Sara Murphy as they are caught between a desire for creation, the quest for happiness, and the looming darkness of World War II. Extraordinary images taken from personal archives reanimate the lifestyles and artwork of some of the most influential artists of the twentiety century. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari

15 August 2014

The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Modern Library Classics) Giorgio Vasari

A painter and architect in his own right, Giorgio Vasari (1511-74) achieved immortality for this book on the lives of his fellow Renaissance artists, first published in Florence in 1550. Although he based his work on a long tradition of biographical writing, Vasari infused these literary portraits with a decidedly modern form of critical judgment. The result is a work that remains to this day the cornerstone of art historical scholarship.

Spanning the period from the thirteenth century to Vasari’s own time, the Lives opens a window on the greatest personalities of the period, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Mantegna, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian. This Modern Library edition, abridged from the original text with notes drawn from earlier commentaries, as well as current research, reminds us why The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects is indispensable to any student interested in Renaissance art. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri

01 August 2014

The Track of Sand (Inspector Montalbano Book) by Andrea Camilleri

Inspector Montalbano rises one morning to find the carcass of a horse on the beach in front of his seaside home. But no sooner do his men arrive, than the body has mysteriously vanished, leaving behind only a trail in the sand . . .

Before long Rachele, a beguiling equestrian champion, turns up at police headquarters to report her horse missing. She had been keeping it at the stables of a certain Saverio Lo Duca, one of the richest men in Sicily. Montalbano investigates, and soon things take a more disturbing turn . . . But who has Montalbano upset within this strange, unfamiliar world of horse-racing? And what has the Mafia to do with it all?

Maneuvering his way through the colorful demimonde of eccentric aristocrats and high-rolling bourgeois, Montalbano must decipher the cryptic messages being sent by those spying on him and once again call upon his special blend of intuition, analysis, play-acting and Proustian memory for good food, if he is to uncover this latest mystery . . . Available to Order and Download Now from Amazon.com.

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Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography Book

24 July 2014

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A landmark fashion photography monograph chronicling the most famous and sought-after brand in the world. Since the 1920s, the images of Louis Vuitton—both advertising and editorial—have drawn the world into its ethereal, luxurious identity and have changed the way we see fashion, travel, art, and culture.

These captivating touchstones of fashion photography have served as a glamorous, romantic porthole to one of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands. Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography is an unprecedented visual history of the company, seen through its presence in photographs. This exceptional album features over two hundred images by the most important modern and contemporary photographers, including David Bailey, Henry Clarke, Patrick Demarchelier, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, David Sims, Bert Stern, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, and Bruce Weber.

This book features images from iconic Vuitton advertising campaigns from the ’20s through to the present, with magazine editorials from publications including Vogue, L’Officiel, Numéro, V, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, W, Egoïste, Love, and Pop. This elegantly designed mix creates a unique and exciting expression of the brand and its interpretation by top stylists and fashion editors. Chronicling the style, history, and exquisite fashion through lavish, evocative photography, this volume is an absolute essential for lovers of fashion, art, and photography. Available to Pre-Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People

22 July 2014

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition is the most spectacular event of its kind. With subjects that both reflect the zeitgeist and contribute to its creation, each exhibi­tion—from 2005’s Chanel, to 2011’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and 2013’s Punk—creates a provocative and engaging narrative attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. The show’s opening-night gala, produced in collaboration with Vogue magazine and attended by the likes of Beyoncé, George Clooney, and Hillary Clinton, is regularly referred to as the Party of the Year.

Covering the Costume Institute’s history and highlighting exhibitions of the 21st century curated by Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, this book offers insider access of the first order. Anchored by photo­graphs from the exhibitions themselves in tandem with the Vogue fashion shoots they inspired, it also includes images of exhibited objects and party photos from the galas. Drawn from the extensive Vogue archives, the featured stories showcase the photographs of icons such as Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, and Craig McDean; the vision of legendary Vogue editors like Grace Coddington and Tonne Goodman; and the knowledge and wit of writers such as Hamish Bowles and Jonathan Van Meter. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Peter Beard by Steven Owen and Steven M.L. Aronson Book

16 June 2014

Peter Beard by Steven Owen and Steven M.L. Aronson Book Taschen Books-01

 

Photographer Peter Beard has kept diaries from a young age, and combines his passion for photography and collage to document his life in Africa and New York City. This hardcover book is a combination of two volumes that Taschen has published previously that came to define the work of this artist, and together cross 600 pages for an exceptional extract of his oeuvre. Available to Order Now from Mr.Porter.com.

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