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Book Review: Fendi 50 Years by Steidl

Book Review: Fendi 50 Years by Steidl – “Fendi is my Italian version of creativity. It’s Italian to its core. It’s not only Italian, it’s Roman,” says Karl Lagerfeld of his position as Creative Director. This set celebrates his astounding 50 year tenure with the label – the longest collaboration ever between a designer and a luxury fashion house. Beautifully presented in a custom-made wooden case modeled on the box of oil pastels on Lagerfeld’s work desk, it’s a compilation of exclusive interviews, recorded conversations, personal sketches and DVDs of his short films, through which we discover some of his earliest and fondest memories of the past five decades. See also: Book Review: Decorate your Home Like a Parisienne with Sarah   Fendi is an Italian luxury fashion house whose specialities include fur, ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, fragrances, eyewear, timepieces and accessories. Founded in 1925 in Rome, Fendi is renowned for its exquisite creations on fur and fur accessories. Fendi is also well known for its leather goods such as “Baguette”, 2jours, Peekaboo or Pequin handbags. See also: Book Review: Scandinavia Dreaming – Nordic Homes The house of Fendi was launched in 1925 by Adele and Edoardo Fendi, as a fur and…

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Book Review – Lanvin: I Love You

Book Review – Lanvin: I Love You – An important monograph on the complete work thus far of Alber Elbaz for Lanvin—one of fashion’s most transformative designers working today, who employs mise-en-scènes as a principal way of staging his work. Under the helm of present design director Alber Elbaz, Lanvin is now one of the powerhouses of Paris fashion, and his respectful nod to the origins and founding aesthetic of Lanvin is tempered by an unrivaled, transformative energy that has created a new, youthful audience for the house. One of the pillars of Elbaz’s work, apart from staging dynamic runway presentations, is a unique way of presenting his designs in the windows of their flagship stores, most notably in the boutique on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. See also: Book Review: Decorate your Home Like a Parisienne with Sarah These mise-en-scènes, which change every month, are well regarded as elaborate spectacles unique even in fashion. Seducing passersby into his very distinctive brand of street theater and occasionally employing prominent artists of the day, Elbaz’s windows are above all about the clothes, and his designs are given pride of place in a variety of elegant and often playful episodes. The book showcases…

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Book Review: Radical Renaissance 60

Book Review: Radical Renaissance 60 – “Denim was freedom, denim was the biggest dream,” says Renzo Rosso of the early days of Diesel, the casual denim brand that he launched in 1978. Today, Rosso stands at the helm of OTB, the alternative luxury fashion group that encompasses Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Viktor&Rolf, Staff International, and Brave Kid. These companies are connected by the same streak of rebellion that has marked Rosso’s own career—a sense of going against the grain and a commitment to creation that goes above and beyond commercial restraints. Each brand embodies Rosso’s mantra, “only the brave, challenging the rules, fostering creativity,” and promotes, first and foremost, the proud label of fashion “Made in Italy.” See also: Book Review: New Bar and Club Design by Bethan Ryder Radical Renaissance 60 traces the evolution of this forward-thinking group of companies that bring humanity and philanthropy to the workplace and marry craftsmanship with industrial production. Featuring provocative photography from the most eye-catching campaigns and groundbreaking runway shows, this volume explores the worlds of design visionaries from Rosso himself to Martin Margiela, Nicola Formichetti, John Galliano, Consuelo Castiglioni, and Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, making it a must-have for any fashionista.  …

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Book Review: A Royal Collection Of Gems And Jewels

Book Review: A Royal Collection Of Gems And Jewels – This very special limited edition has been designed like a jewel box for one of the most precious books Assouline has ever published. The clamshell case, constructed of one piece of shaped wood, is covered and lined with velvet and has a magnetic closure. See also: Book Review: Hôtel Plaza Athénée The book in its clamshell are inserted into a box printed blue and gold to reflect the brocade cover, and the carton is lined with foam to prevent shipping damage. A specially dyed ribbon has been embedded in the base of the clamshell to carefully lift the book from its storage. The brocade for the hardcover of this special limited edition is handwoven in India from indigo-colored silk and gold metallic threads, reflecting the traditional Tibetan artistic palette, to create a dynamically rich fabric worthy of a maharaja. This pattern and type of textile has an ancient history, yet the techniques were nearly lost 200 years ago, when the Tibetan region became inaccessible to outsiders due to geopolitical tensions. In the 1930s, a Russian came to Varanasi desiring to re-create these traditional Tibetan brocades. As this type of work is extremely…

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Book Review: Dolce Vita Style

Book Review: Dolce Vita Style – The fantastic creative energy of the 1960s took off with a burst of black and white: La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini. An instant cult film, it became a great classic of modernity and continues to affect generation after generation, legendary yet always contemporary. You may also like:  10 Free Ebooks with Interior Design Trends Made to Measure by Meyer Davis Architecture and Interiors Dolce Vita Style draws on the history that inspired the film in the theatrical Rome of the 50’s and sums up the innumerable influences that this cult film has had on so many of those in the worlds of movies, popular music, society, life, and fashion. Image by image, this book retraces the astonishing itinerary of a work that is a supreme emblem and a source of inexhaustible style.  You may also like:  Book Review: The Luxury Collection – Room With A View Book Review: Decorating with Carpets Interior Design Books: Kaleidoscope, Living in Color and Patterns Jean-Pierre Dufreigne is a film critic who is enamored of cinema. He has written eight novels and three essays. ISBN: 9782843237317 7.5 x 11.0 in – 19.5 x 28.0 cm 152 pages |…

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Book Review: New Book by Brazilian jeweler H.Stern

See also: Book review: Carrier and Company – Positively Chic Now celebrating seventy years of tradition and innovation, Brazilian jeweler H.Stern was crowned “the king of colored gemstones” by Time magazine. In 1945, Hans Stern fell in love with precious jewels. At a small office in Rio de Janeiro, he created what was to become the largest jeweler in Brazil and Latin America—and one of the most celebrated in the world. H.Stern’s first fifty years are characterized by vivid aquamarine, amethyst, and topaz gems, mirroring the vivid hues and pulsing energy of Brazil that German-born Stern found so fascinating when he moved there. Before his influence, the jewelry industry’s focus remained on diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, but H.Stern’s unique and striking pieces quickly made Brazilian colored gemstones desirable and valuable. Current artistic director Roberto Stern, building on the technical foundations laid down by his father, has led the company into the present, collaborating with some of the world’s most fascinating creative minds—from Tim Burton to Diane von Furstenberg to Grupo Corpo—to design spellbinding collections for the modern woman.   While continuing to emphasize Hans Stern’s value of craftsmanship, today’s H.Stern is defined by subtle yet daring and inventive pieces—the glittering results…

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Book Review: La Collection Privée Christian Dior

See also: Book review: Carrier and Company – Positively Chic La Collection Privée Christian Dior is a portfolio of refined fragrances reflecting the unique legacy of the founding couturier. Allowed unprecedented liberty of creation, François Demachy, perfumer-creator of Dior, draws on the remarkable heritage of the maison to compose bold and unique fragrances crafted from the finest precious ingredients. Exploring creative olfactory territories, and produced with the utmost respect for artisanal tradition, the perfumes of La Collection Privée Christian Dior embody all the savoir faire of the house of Dior. Comprising sixteen perfumes and four Precious Elixirs, La Collection Privée Christian Dior is formulated with exceptional materials such as Florentine iris, Indonesian oud, and jasmine from Grasse, grown and harvested exclusively for Dior, and at the heart of each signature fragrance is a specific Dior reference.   Featuring evocative text by fragrance expert Élisabeth de Feydeau, La Collection Privée Christian Dioris a beautifully illustrated volume that unveils the creative journey behind this exquisite tour de force of haute parfumerie from Dior. Dior perfumer-creator since 2006, François Demachy grew up in Grasse, where he developed an unconditional love of fine materials and learned the alchemical secrets of perfumery. Demachy has cultivated special…

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Book Review: Frida Kahlo Fashion As The Art Of Being

Book Review: Frida Kahlo Fashion As The Art Of Being – Frida Kahlo was not only an iconic artist, she was also a bold beauty and an avant-garde fashionista whose timeless sense of style continues to inspire and influence the worlds of fashion, media, and art today. Fashion is an optical effect that Frida employed with shrewd artistic intention. Frida knew that life is theater, and fashion was her costume . Frida understood the importance of image and attitude, no matter who you are. The canvas was Frida’s mirror, and she was the painter, the model, and the painting—author, subject, medium, and object. Frida was her own best work of art.   Whether she was in Mexico City, New York, or Paris, Frida Kahlo’s unique multicultural aesthetic mélange created an exciting and matchless style that made her the center of attention wherever she went. The impact of Frida’s fashion fusion still generates an infectious attraction the world over. International fashion magazines feature editorials that clearly display Frida’s influence; fashion designers, photographers, and models continue to channel her indomitable spirit; filmmakers, songwriters, and artists of all kinds create new works that reflect her singular aesthetic. Fashion as the Art of Being is…

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton – Alexander McQueen (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was an icon in the fashion industry. This book is a fine tribute to one of the best fashion designer and conceptual artist who died far too young but whose contributions to contemporary fashion and art will live on. This book is likely to become a collector’s item, so handsomely designed and present as it is. The artist was the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation- The artist both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house.   It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty celebrates the astounding creativity and originality of a…

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