Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 by Vince Aletti and Carol Squiers

03 February 2014

Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 encompasses seven decades of extraordinary images by Richard Avedon, the most influential fashion photographer of the 20th century. This comprehensive volume offers a definitive survey, from Avedon’s groundbreaking early photographs for Harper’s Bazaar through his constantly inventive contributions to Vogue, Egoiste, and The New Yorker. Each carefully selected image represents an artistic collaboration with significant models, stylists, and designers. Avedon Fashion accompanies the first major exhibition to survey this body of work, at the International Center of Photography in May 2009. With critical essays by Carol Squiers, curator at the ICP, and photography critic Vince Aletti, as well as an appreciation by photo-historian Philippe Garner, Avedon Fashion chronicles an astonishing record of photographic achievement. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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A Golden Age: Surfing’s Revolutionary 1960s and 70s by John Witzig

21 January 2014

The 1960s and ’70s were seminal to the surfing community and as the boards got shorter and the styles got smoother, it experienced a rebirth. Through a collection of rare and vintage photographs, Australian legend Mr John Witzig offers a candid look at the pivotal period. This hard-bound book includes essays from notable enthusiasts and will make a soulful addition to your home library. Click Here to Purchase Now.

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Style is Instinct by Lori Goldstein

10 January 2014

Rizzoli’s hardcover book Style is Instinct is a beautiful showcase for visionary stylist Lori Goldstein’s anthology of work. Featuring a foreword by photographer Steven Meisel, this four-part compendium spans a 35-year career in the fashion industry and features over 80 iconic collaborations with renowned names including Mario Testino, Annie Leibowitz and Bruce Weber. Visit Net-a-Poter.com to Purchase Now.

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The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele

20 December 2013

Written by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Impossible Collection of Fashion is an authoritative examination of the 100 most iconic dresses of the 20th Century. From futuristic creations by André Courrèges to Christian Dior’s New Look and Hussein Chalayan’s infamous table skirt, every style has been selected because it inspired a new direction in design. Beautifully packaged in a linen-bound case, it is the ultimate compendium for followers of fashion history. Available to Order Now from Net-a-Porter.com.

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Visionaire 37 Vreeland Memos

08 December 2013

Encased in an envelope folder bound by a bright red ribbon, Visionaire’s collection of 150 memos from celebrated Vogue editor Diana Vreeland records a legendary career in style. Dating from 1966 to 1972, the correspondence gives a unique insight into the workings of both the illustrious tastemaker and the magazine she helped define. Ranging in tone from humorous missives to glimpses of her visionary thinking, this collector’s edition is a treasure-forever piece. Available to Order from Net-a-Porter.com Now.

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Giambattista Valli by Giambattista Valli

29 November 2013

Italian-born designer Giambattista Valli is renowned for his ability to craft stunning designs with a unique blend of feminine romance and modern minimalism. Using painstaking French couture techniques, he tailors with razor-sharp precision and a meticulous attention to detail, garnering a host of fans from royalty to Hollywood’s A-list. This hard-bound book explores Valli’s inspiration and creative process through interviews with his closest friends and collaborators. Beautifully detailed with photographs and sketches, this visual volume is a must-have for any home library. Click Here to Order Now.

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Jane & Serge. A Family Album. By Andrew Birkin

21 November 2013

Je t’aime…moi non plus. The Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg family album.

The highly public love affair of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. The moment Jane and Serge met on a movie set in 1968, sparks flew. They would spend the next 12 years together, a passionate union that produced the controversial duet “Je t’aime… moi non plus” (whose explicit lyrics and orgasmic moans caused so much fuss that the Vatican declared it offensive) and, in 1971, the legendary album Melody Nelson as well as a daughter, Charlotte, who has become a successful actress in her own right. From the earliest days of Jane and Serge’s romance until their split in 1980, Jane’s brother Andrew Birkin was a frequent presence in their lives; an avid photographer, he snapped thousands of candid family photos during those years. Birkin’s pictures—very few of which have ever been published—offer a rare view of daily life for the couple, bringing us back to a place and time we have long idolized. Though more than 30 years have passed since the two parted ways, and over two decades since Serge parted from this world, the passion for Jane and Serge has endured. This treasure trove is sure to fan the flames of its undying embers. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon

17 November 2013

When Tamara Mellon’s father lent her the seed money to start a high-end shoe company, he cautioned her: “Don’t let the accountants run your business.” Little did he know. Over the next fifteen years, the struggle between “financial” and “creative” would become one of the central themes as Mellon’s business savvy, creative eye, and flair for design built Jimmy Choo into a premier name in the competitive fashion industry.
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Over time, Mellon grew Jimmy Choo into a billion dollar brand. She became the British prime minister’s trade envoy and was honored by the Queen with the Order of the British Empire—yet it’s her personal glamour that keeps her an object of global media fascination. Vogue photographed her wedding. Vanity Fair covered her divorce and the criminal trial that followed. Harper’s Bazaar toured her London town house and her New York mansion, right down to the closets. And the Wall Street Journal hinted at the real red meat: the three private equity deals, the relentless battle between “the suits” and “the creatives,” and Mellon’s triumph against a brutally hostile takeover attempt.
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But despite her eventual fame and fortune, Mellon didn’t have an easy road to success. Her seemingly glamorous beginnings in the mansions of London and Beverly Hills were marked by a tumultuous and broken family life, battles with anxiety and depression, and a stint in rehab. Determined not to end up unemployed, penniless, and living in her parents’ basement under the control of her alcoholic mother, Mellon honed her natural business sense and invested in what she knew best—fashion. In creating the shoes that became a fixture on Sex and the City and red carpets around the world, Mellon relied on her own impeccable sense of what the customer wanted—because she was that customer. What she didn’t know at the time was that success would come at a high price—after struggles with an obstinate business partner, a conniving first CEO, a turbulent marriage, and a mother who tried to steal her hard-earned wealth.
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Now Mellon shares the whole larger-than-life story, with shocking details that have never been presented before. From her troubled childhood to her time as a young editor at Vogue to her partnership with cobbler Jimmy Choo to her very public relationships, Mellon offers an honest and gripping account of the episodes that have made her who she is today. As Mellon readies herself for her next entrepreneurial venture, In My Shoes is a definitive book for fashion aficionados, aspiring entrepreneurs, and anyone who loves a juicy true story about sex, drugs, money, power, high heels, and overcoming adversity. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Swans: Legends of the Jet Society by Nicholas Foulkes

15 November 2013

Exotic global locations, opulent yachts and star-studded parties in palatial mansions, British historian, author and journalist Nicholas Foulkes explores the glamorous world of the Jet Set in this captivating book. This hardcover edition is filled with beautiful imagery, as well as tales of money and adventure, from a time when foreign travel was the privilege of a cosmopolitan few. Visit Net-a-porter.com to Purchase Now.

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Private: Giancarlo Giammetti by Giancarlo Giammetti

13 November 2013

Giancarlo Giammetti, the long-time business partner and driving force behind Valentino Garavani’s design empire, bought his first camera at age 25. Now, 50 years later, the fashion insider has amassed nearly 57,000 photos. This hard-bound book includes a collection of exclusive personal images, in-depth interviews and journal entries spanning Giammetti’s life from his youth in Rome to his years at Valentino’s side. This visual volume makes a beautiful gift or addition to your coffee table. Visit Net-a-porter.com to purchase.

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