Halston: Inventing American Fashion by Lesley Frowick

07 February 2015

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Written by Halston’s niece and confidante, this is the first monograph to chronicle the designer’s life and his glamorous, minimalist aesthetic that personified American fashion in the electric 1970s. After rising in the fashion world from his beginnings as a milliner for Bergdorf Goodman, Roy Halston Frowick (1932–1990) launched his eponymous womenswear label in 1968, buoyed by his connections with socialites and celebrities. As the creator of Jackie Kennedy’s signature pillbox hat and as Liza Minnelli’s fashion guru throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Halston was synonymous both with American style’s modern, glamorous look and an A-list clientele. The Halston look continues to be revered today as a marker of American fashion at its peak.

This book chronicles the ultrachic Halston’s journey from his homespun roots to the acme of urban fame, illustrated through the lens of the author’s personal archives and early sketches, as well as unseen Joe Eula and Stephen Sprouse drawings. His story unfolds through the author’s interviews with Jane Holzer, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, and Jeffrey Bilhuber, among others, all of whose personal narratives are essential to Halston’s enduring legacy. Spotlighting his most important design achievements and his collaborations with luminaries such as Martha Graham, Elsa Peretti, and Hiro, this book presents to readers the untold story of Halston and solidifies hisplace as a key designer in American fashion. Available to Order Now from www.Amazon.com.

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Vintage Fashion Complete by Nicky Albrechtsen

23 January 2015

Vintage Fashion Complete by Nicky Albrechtsen

Fashion enthusiasts need look no further for style inspiration and knowledge than this definitive guide to all things chic. Through more than 1,000 stunning photos of the most fashionable women’s garments from the past 100 years, whether from the 1950s printed housedresses or from the 1980s sequined shoulder pads, this comprehensive tome explores the elegant shapes, signature pieces, classic looks, and perennial themes that defined twentieth-century style. Fashionistas, fashion designers and design students, and vintage clothing collectors and enthusiasts will be delighted and inspired by authoritative text and gorgeous I-want-to-wear-that looks—all presented in a volume of magnificent proportions. Fashion history has never looked so good. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Sam Taylor-Johnson: Second Floor from Steidl x Edition 7L

13 January 2015

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When Sam Taylor-Johnson climbed the famous mirrored staircase of Chanel’s headquarters at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris, she did not quite know what to expect. Her destination was Coco Chanel’s private apartment on the second floor; her mission, to photograph it. Through the door marked ‘MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ’, Taylor-Johnson entered Coco Chanel’s secret world–exactly as she had left it at her death in 1971. Taylor-Johnson captures the mysterious, eerie presence of Coco’s ornaments and furniture: a golden lion, a bejewelled birdcage, leather-bound books, Chinese lacquer screens, crystal chandeliers. Ultimately we are left with a sense of beautiful emptiness–Coco’s touch is everywhere, but everywhere is haunted by her absence. Available to Order Now from www.Amazon.com.

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Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat

06 January 2015

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Karl Lagerfeld’s world-famous cat dispenses essential advice on lifestyle, diet, fashion, beauty, and international travel for the uber-fashionable feline. Choupette—the constant feline companion of designer Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at Chanel—is a celebrity pet like no other. She has it all, from her own iPad to private jet service. She eats from Goyard silver seated next to Karl at the table, has been immortalized in Tokidoki figurines with the Kaiser, and has inspired his couture collections. “I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat,” Mr. Lagerfeld said in a CNN interview.

Choupette delivers words of wisdom to her 37,000+ Twitter devotees, but here, for the first time, she shares her complete lifestyle guide. Humorously themed chapters cover diet, beauty, healthcare, fashion tips, secret loves and pet hates for the pampered cat, along with observations and advice from Madame Horn (her vet), and Madame Françoise (her lady’s maid). Photographs taken by Karl himself include his Sacred Cat of Burma on fashion shoots with Laetitia Casta and Linda Evangelista. The book is completed with drawings, poetry, and photographs of literary cat-lovers including Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Saul Steinberg, Dorothy Parker, and Edward Gorey. This season’s most talked-about cat book is the perfect chic gift for cat lovers, the fashion-conscious, and style-aware readers. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Palm Angels by Francesco Ragazzi

19 December 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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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