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Book Review: Dressing For The Dark, Red Carpet Edition

Book Review: In her first-ever book, celebrity stylist Kate Young draws inspiration from iconic fashion moments in film to choose the most influential eveningwear styles of all time, and offers her expert insight as to why these looks are so definitive and are worth revisiting today for that special night out. Spanning classic moments Elizabeth Taylor in a white silk chiffon dress in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Julia Roberts in that iconic red gown in Pretty Woman , this book, complete with a directory of a go-tos, is an accessory no woman will want to dress for the dark without. See also: Inspiring Modern Sofas in a Free eBook – Get Yours! See also: Free eBook: Top 25 Jaw-Dropping Home Design Ideas Stylist Kate Young has one of the most varied and respected résumés in fashion. She is sought after by celebrities for Oscar night and by top publications for editorial shoots—working with photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Inez & Vinoodh, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel and Tim WalkerShe works with megabrands including Cover Girl, Dior, Victoria’s Secret, and others on their advertising campaigns. Young is one of the most influential red carpet stylists in the industry, with clients including…

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Book Review: Geoffrey Beene, an American Fashion Rebel

Book Review: Geoffrey Beene, an American Fashion Rebel – Geoffrey Beene was fiercely independent, radical, subversive, and loved by ladies who lunched and underground scenesters alike. As an adventurous artist and an experimental designer, Mr. Beene (as his friends called him) helped define modern American fashion in the latter twentieth century. His designs explored the shapes and contortions of the human body using seams, geometry, and even hardware to define and insinuate the shape and scope of nature’s most proud creation. From his infamous zipper dress to the jumpsuit and bolero to his witty design details, bold prints, and contrasts, Mr. Beene’s influence rocked a new generation of designers and the closets of women across the world. Close friend and cultural maverick Kim Hastreiter recounts the life and work of a passionate artist who was as freethinking, original, and antiestablishment as they come. See also: Book Review: Inspirations Book, Room by Room See also: New Edition of Coveted, the Luxury and Design Magazine Kim Hastreiter is co-founder and editor in chief of Paper Magazine, the nation’s most successful and well-respected independent magazine on art, design, pop culture, and fashion; and of papermag.com. Hastreiter serves on the Council of Fashion Designers of…

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Book Review: Fred Samuel, a Master of Colored Stones

Book Review: Fred Samuel, a Master of Colored Stones – Fred Samuel was a master of colored stones who seduced his clients with the chic lifestyle of the French Riviera at its peak. Opening his first jewelry shop in Paris in 1936, the jeweler became famous by transforming original drawings by Jean Cocteau into glowing jewels, garnering celebrity and royal clients around the world. Inspired by the freedom of the sea, and the colors and textures of the Côte d’Azur, today the brand’s modern ingenuity remains in the spotlight with colorful and unique jewels featuring exceptional stones. A glamorous volume in a luxury slipcase, Fred chronicles the rich history of a jewelry brand that has cultivated a timeless mystique. Fred Samuel, founder of the illustrious French jewelry house of Fred, was a master of colored stones who seduced his clients with the chic lifestyle of the French Riviera at its peak. Born in Buenos Aires in 1908, he was the son of a French jeweler who had immigrated to Argentina. See also: Book Review: Inspirations Book, Room by Room He apprenticed in Paris and opened his first jewelry shop there in 1936, focusing on brightly hued stones such as the…

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Mats Gustafson Launches Dior Illustrations in a Book

Mats Gustafson Launches Dior Illustrations in a Book – Swedish artist Mats Gustafson, based in New York, is Dior Magazine’s illustrator of the haute couture and ready-to-wear collections. Working with prestigious fashion magazines since the 1980s, Gustafson’s illustrations of fashion shows and collections are the beating heart of the magazine’s visual identity.Today, his watercolors, collages and sketches have been assembled by Rizzoli in a book simply titled ‘Dior by Mats Gustafson’, including illustrations of Christian Dior’s own designs, and enhanced with commentary by Fashion Journalist, Tim Blanks. Mats Gustafson (Swedish, b. 1951) began his career as an illustrator in the late 1970s, a time when editorial illustration was eclipsed by photography, and watercolor as a conceptual medium had barely been explored. A graduate of Dramatiska Institutet (University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre) in Stockholm, he first applied his graphic sensibility to the art of stage design. This experience translated into illustration when he began publishing his work in eminent international fashion publications. The elegant and subtly expressive character of Gustafson’s watercolor, pastel and cut-out paperworks expanded the possibilities of fashion illustration and nearly single-handedly reinvigorated the genre. See also: Book Review: Inspirations Book, Room by Room Gustafson’s fashion and…

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Book Review Fashion Masterpieces from 20th and 21st Centuries (3)
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Book Review: Fashion Masterpieces from 20th and 21st Centuries

Book Review: Fashion Masterpieces from 20th and 21st Centuries – From Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel, to Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood, a century’s worth of fashion greats from the permanent collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology are celebrated in this limited-edition volume. Photographs of over 500 garments selected from the Museum’s permanent collection illuminate each of the featured designers, while texts by the curators explain why each designer is important in fashion history and what is special about the individual pieces featured. In her introductory essay, director and chief curator Valerie Steele writes about the rise of the fashion museum, and the emergence of the fashion exhibition as a popular and controversial phenomenon; and both Steele and contributor Suzy Menkes provide a history of this museum’s role in the world of fashion scholarship and preservation.  See also: Book Review: Inspirations Book, Room by Room Fashion Designers A–Z is available as a series of six Designer Editions. Each edition (a total of 11,000 copies) is bound in a fabric created by one of six designers—Akris, Etro, Stella McCartney, Missoni, Prada, and Diane von Furstenberg—and comes in a Plexiglas box. Crafted by…

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Book review Discover Jewelry Design with Golden Menagerie
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Book review: Discover Jewelry Design with Golden Menagerie

Book review: Discover Jewelry Design with Golden Menagerie – With an artist’s eye and explorer’s heart, Temple St. Clair explores our relationship to animals through a lens of whimsy and discovery. St. Clair, winner of the 2016 GEM Award for Jewelry Design, celebrates rare gemstones and Florentine craftsmanship in each of the one-of-a-kind pieces that comprise her Haute Couture collection, illustrated through luminous photography and St. Clair’s original watercolor paintings in The Golden Menagerie. From vibrantly jeweled Fantasy Birds earrings to a ring mounted with a falcon ready to take flight from the wearer’s finger, this exclusive window into St. Clair’s world brings her alchemical creations to life. See also: Book Review: Nendo – Interior Design Book from Japan With an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart, Temple St. Clair fashions jewelry from rare colored gems with distinctive gold work to illustrate universal narratives of the earth and cosmos. In each of the one-of-a-kind pieces that comprise her Haute Couture collection, St. Clair explores our relationship to animals through a lens of whimsy and discovery and celebrates a connoisseur’s level of gemstones and Florentine craftsmanship. The Golden Menagerie offers an exclusive window into the alchemic jeweler’s process, illustrating the collection through…

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Book Review: GUCCI New Book - Blind For Love
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Book Review: GUCCI New Book – Blind For Love

Book Review: GUCCI New Book – Blind For Love – Released in a limited edition of 2,000, Blind for Love presents inspirational and backstage photographs by noted British artist Nick Waplington documenting the Gucci Cruise 2017 collection runway show, which was held in one of London’s most historic landmarks, the Cloisters in Westminster Abbey. Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele’s ode to quintessentially British culture and aesthetics, showcasing iconic English motifs such as garden flowers, King Charles spaniels, and the Union Jack, the collection juxtaposes punk attitude with classic British stateliness. In the best tradition of photo-reportage, Waplington captures candid moments behind-the-scenes before, during, and after the event. The show’s soundtrack featured a haunting version of the traditional English ballad “Scarborough Fair,” and the lyrics of the song run as a refrain through the book, enhancing the evocative images. Photographs by Nick Waplington Art directed by Chris Simmonds.  Renowned for his unfiltered depiction of British life, in the best tradition of photo-reportage Waplington captures candid moments leading up to the Gucci Cruise 2017 collection’s presentation, as well as behind-the-scenes images during and after the event. The show’s soundtrack featured a haunting version of the traditional English ballad “Scarborough Fair,” and the…

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Book Review: 70 Years of Dior By Christian Dior
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Book Review: 70 Years of Dior By Christian Dior

Book Review: 70 Years of Dior By Christian Dior – In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the house of Dior comes the first volume in a series devoted to each designer of the couture house. Dior by Christian Dior is the ultimate compendium of the most iconic haute couture designs conceived by Christian Dior. Carefully conserved in the world’s great museums and institutions, these fashion treasures have been photographed and exclusively compiled for this indispensable collection. Director of the Palais Galliera in Paris since 2010, Olivier Saillard is a recognized fashion historian who has curated several innovative fashion exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Madame Grès: Couture at Work (Musée Bourdelle, 2011), an Azzedine Alaïa retrospective (Palais Galliera, 2013), Comme des Garçons: White Drama (Les Docks, 2012), and Cristóbal Balenciaga: Fashion Collector (Les Docks, 2012). As a live performance director, he staged The Impossible Wardrobe in collaboration with British actress Tilda Swinton at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012), then Eternity Dress (2013), and Cloakroom (2014) at the Palais Galliera. In 2015, his show Models Never Talk, featuring seven former fashion models reminiscing about their careers, was presented at the French Institute Alliance Française in New…

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Book Review: The Life and Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli

Book Review: The Life and Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli  – Shocking pink—hot pink, as it is called today—was the signature color of Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) and perhaps her greatest contribution to the fashion world. Schiaparelli was one of the most innovative designers in the early 20th century. Many design elements that are taken for granted today she created and brought to the forefront of fashion. She is credited with many firsts: trompe l’oeil sweaters with collars and bows knitted in; wedge heels; shoulder bags; and even the concept of a runway show for presenting collections. Hot Pink—printed with a fifth color, hot pink!—explores Schiaparelli’s childhood in Rome, her introduction to high fashion in Paris, and her swift rise to success collaborating with surrealist and cubist artists like Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau. See also: Stylish Reading Nooks that will Inspire You The book includes an author’s note, a list of museums and websites where you can find Schiaparelli’s fashions, endnotes, a bibliography, and an index. “A studied account of the innovative and impulsive fashion legend that’s likely to inspire budding designers of any age.” — Kirkus Reviews “On broad pages appropriately accented with shocking pink and peppered with well-reproduced photos, Rubin…

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