Visionaire’s 63rd issue ‘Forever’ is the first ever metal magazine. Contributors including Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Inez and Vinoodh, Lady Gaga, Karl Lagerfeld and more, provided sketches to be etched and embossed onto ten 28cm x 24cm aluminum and steel plates. These limited edition 3D designs are housed in a transparent-top presentation box and come with a pair of black cotton gloves. Visit Net-a-porter.com to Purchase Now.
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“I attempted to use every device to make as much magic as possible” – Oliver Messel
Oliver Messel (1904-1978) was a British costume and stage designer active from the 1920s-1970s who went on to become an equally well renowned interior decorator. The uncle of Lord Snowdon, Messel is perhaps best known now for having designed Princess Margaret’s Les Jolies Eaux estate in Mustique, however, during his career in theatre and Hollywood he designed costumes for a wide variety of iconic talents ranging from Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes to Academy Award-winning director Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Messel studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London where he also began making masks out of papier-mâché and wax for student productions. These were then exhibited at the Claridge Galleries in London in 1925 and led to his first major commission to design masks for the prestigious Diaghilev ballet production of Zéphyre et Flore, performed at the London Coliseum.
In 1932 Messel created a white-on-white set and costume series for the Max Reinhardt directed opéra bouffe Helen which secured his place as designer of note. The look caused a sensation in the London theatre world and caught the attention of film producer Alexander Korda. Messel’s work for Korda, founder of London Films and Denham Film studios in Buckinghamshire, led to further film commissions from Hollywood, providing him with a steady stream of work in both theatre and film until the 1960s.
Below are examples of some favourite designs by Messel. His archives, The Oliver Messel Collection, were inherited by Lord Snowdon in 1978 and later donated to the V&A, where over 10,000 items from Messel’s work have been housed since 1981.
Writing with an exuberant love of language and detail, Anjelica Huston shares her enchanted childhood in Ireland, her teen years in London, and her coming-of-age as a model and nascent actress in New York.
Living with her glamorous and artistic mother, educated by tutors and nuns, intrepid on a horse, Huston was raised on an Irish estate to which—between movies—her father brought his array of extraordinary friends, from Carson McCullers and John Steinbeck to Peter O’Toole and Marlon Brando. Every morning, Anjelica and her brother visited their father while he took his breakfast in bed. “What news?” he’d ask. “I’d seen him the night before,” Anjelica recalls. “There wasn’t much to report.” So she became a storyteller.
In London, where she lives with her mother and brother in the early sixties when her parents separate, Huston encounters the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. She understudies Marianne Faithfull in Hamlet. Seventeen, striking, precocious, but still young and vulnerable, she is devastated when her mother dies in a car crash.
Months later she moves to New York, falls in love with the much older, brilliant but disturbed photographer Bob Richardson, and becomes a model. Living in the Chelsea Hotel, working with Richard Avedon and other photographers, she navigates a volatile relationship and the dynamic cultural epicenter of New York in the seventies.
A Story Lately Told ends as Huston launches her Hollywood life. The second part of her story—Watch Me—opens in Los Angeles in 1973 and will be published in Fall 2014. Beguiling and beautifully written, Huston’s memoir is a treasure. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.
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For millennia pearls have been associated with royalty, glamour, and status, and treasured for their exquisite beauty. Pearls traces the history of these coveted gems over the centuries and across cultures from East to West, from the Roman Empire right up to the present day. Historical portraits and contextual material explain the social and cultural significance of pearls, exploring the changing fashions in how pearls were worn, whether as signs of luxury and status or as attributes of the Virgin Mary, representing purity and chastity.
Pearls brings together an impressive range of jewelry, from Renaissance-era pearl necklaces that made history with their intricate stories and intrigues, to the pearl drop worn by England’s Charles I when he went to the scaffold and a brooch given by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria on their third wedding anniversary. From the late 19th century, luxury brands such as Chaumet, Garrard, Cartier, Tiffany, and Bulgari came to the fore, and with the introduction of cultured pearls in the early 20th century, pearls, formerly a symbol of privilege, became a more popular and affordable adornment. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.
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Published in honor of the iconic designer’s birthday, this hardback book is a celebration of Mr Karl Lagerfeld‘s “razor-sharp wit”. Filled with typically forthright and often inspiring quotes on topics ranging from fashion and style to love and the meaning of life, The World According to Karl is a fabulous gift and a coffee table must. Visit Net-a-Porter.com to Purchase Now.
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Léonard Autié was the hair dresser of Marie-Antoinette, accredited with inventing the pouf or beehive style that symbolised the excessiveness of the court at Versailles during the her reign as Queen. Known as Monsieur Léonard, he also was able to use his royal patronage to open the Théâtre de Monsieur. In 1838 Alphonse Levavaseur published Léonard’s memoirs and although the authenticity of the text is debated it must make a great read. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.
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Long considered an ambassador for the ever-evolving vision of the modern woman, fashion designer Sonia Rykiel‘s ‘dictionary’ is not one in the traditional sense but rather a book about her career and thoughts on fashion. Through poems, anecdotes, points of advice and sketches, Sonia offers her guide to life and style. Published by Flammarion in 2011, the book was only printed in French. Available to Order from Amazon.com Now.
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A to Z of Style is a delightful, illustrated fashion dictionary that preserves the wisdom of the world’s greatest fashion designers, their famous clients, and others from the world of fashion. Compiled by curator and dress historian Amy de la Haye, this charming compendium includes quotes from Chanel on perfume, Dior on elegance, and Schiaparelli on hats. Illustrated with newly commissioned line drawings by Emma Farrarons, this compact volume the perfect gift for anyone with a love of fashion and style. Available to Order Now from ShopBop.com.
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