Saturday, 31 March 2012

Book of the month: Chanel, Collections and Creations

Chanels combination of tradition, originality and style has always made it the most seductive of brands. Here the House of Chanel opens its private archives, revealing a galaxy of brilliant designs created by Coco Chanel from 1920 onwards. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design leave no doubt as to the lasting fame of the brand and embody everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Book of the month: The world of Coco Chanel

Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel is an icon of fashion, and can lay claim to having invented the look of the 20th century. At the height of the Belle Epoque, she stripped women of their corsets and feathers, bobbed their hair, put them in bathing suits and sent them out to get tanned in the sun. She introduced the little black dress; trousers for women; costume jewelry; the exquisitely comfortable suit that became her trademark. Early in the Roaring Twenties, Chanel made the first ever couture perfume - No. 5 - presenting it in the famous little square-cut flagon that, inspired by Picasso and Cubism, became the arch symbol of the Art Deco style. No. 5 remains the most popular scent ever created. Chanel knew instinctively that the road to success lay in being absolutely at one with her own time. And what a time! The era of Picasso, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Cocteau, Jean Renoir, Visconti - all of whom 'Coco' knew and collaborated with, even as she matched their modernist innovations by liberating women from the prison of 19th-century fashion and creating a whole new concept of elegance. Chanel went everywhere and knew everyone and, as this sumptuously illustrated volume clearly shows, her life and accomplishment - even her chronic failure in love - constitute one of the great stories of the modern age. Her life is eminently suited to the lavish visual treatment of this handsome volume, which features more than 600 illustrations from an extraordinary collection amassed over the years by Edmonde Charles-Roux, Chanel's official biographer and close friend. An authoritative and practised writer, Charles-Roux has used careful research and vivid eyewitness accounts to set the pictures in their context of time and place. She makes Chanel live again!

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Monday, 5 July 2010

Book of the month: Italian Touch

This is surely a must-have for those that are fascinated by refinement, class, and discreet luxury. The Italian Touch is a collaboration between Donatella Sartorio, an Italian fashion and style journalist, and TOD’s, one of the most important Italian companies producing luxury leather goods. It includes more than 100 Italians of different ages photographed with their families, friends, children in splendid historic palaces and the countryside, representing the Italian way of living and a certain "style" that goes beyond fashion and time. This absorbing gallery of people includes all kinds of Italian citizens, like the sophisticated Tuscan prince, for example, who teaches International Law at university, edits a daily newspaper and manages his large winery at San Gimignano. There is the handsome Sicilian prince who rents the family palace for events, but who is also an entrepreneur and owns farms and eco-sustainable real estate. There is also the young marquis from Liguria who moved from Manhattan to Monferrato to manage the family company producing oil and wine. They are all very elegant in jeans and moccasins, all "testament" to a current but timeless style that is undeniably Italian and famous throughout the world. This is a book for enthusiasts of fashion and style, but it is also for those who love period interiors, city palaces, castles in the hills, and Italian landscapes, all ancient but alive and vibrant as ever.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Book of the month: Tartan, romancing the plaid

William “Braveheart” Wallace did battle in it. Queen Victoria decked Balmoral in it. Madonna donned it to strut around the stage. Tartan, the beloved symbol of kin, clan and nation to the Scots, has evolved into the one of the world’s favorite fabrics. Serving as inspiration for designers of everything from haute couture to furniture, tartan mania is in full swing. Fashion world insiders Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle have written the definitive book on tartan, bringing together a dizzying array of images to tell the story of tartan’s humble beginnings to its current status as the ultimate emblem of great taste and high fashion. In addition to chronicling tartan enthusiasts from every age–including the incomparably fashionable Duke of Windsor whose closet was jam-packed with tartan kilts–Tartan profiles the designers who’ve made tartan an integral part of their work, from punk-inspired provocateurs Vivienne Westwood, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Alexander McQueen to the more refined fashions of titan Ralph Lauren and Burberry. The perfect mix of a fashion and lifestyle book, this volume explores the global phenomena of tartan mania.
Rosemarie Bravo is the CEO of Burberry. Jeffrey Banks is a Coty award-winning designer of men’s and women’s apparel. Banks has worked with a number of Scottish fabric mills designing tartans of his own. Doria de La Chapelle is a freelance writer and publicist. After covering fashion and beauty for Mademoiselle, she worked as advertising director at Henri Bendel.
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Monday, 20 April 2009

Book of the Month: The Party Dress

From Chanel’s sophisticated “little black dress” to today’s red-carpet amazing dresses, women have transformed themselves for parties. This beautifully illustrated book captures the splendor of the party dress. Alexandra Black presents the best examples of gowns by top designers such as Carolina Hererra, Giorgio Armani, Lanvin, Balenciaga, and Zac Posen–photographed by world-renowned photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Dean Loomis, and Mario Testino. Also included is a trove of historical designs that will inspire fashionistas and designers alike.

Desde el sofisticado 'little black dress' de Chanel hasta los estupendos vestidos de la alfombra roja de hoy, las mujeres se han transformado para fiestas. Este libro lleno de ilustraciones bonitas presenta el esplendor del vestido para las fiestas. Alexandra Black presenta los mejores ejemplos de estos vestidos diseñados por los mejores diseñadores como es Carolina Herrera, Giorgio Armani, Lanvin, Balenciaga, and Zac Posen. Las fotografias están tomadas por fotografos como Cecil Beaton, Dean Loomis, and Mario Testino. Junto con el libro encontrareis un tesoro de diseños historicos que va a inspirar a los fashionistas y a los diseñadores.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Book of the Month: Young Fashion Designers

This book profiles 46 young fashion designers, whose work defies the established norms, offering new ways of seeing clothing. Over 3000 original drawings are included, offering a rare perspective on the creative and artistic process of the designers featured. This is an excellent reference for fashion students and designers.
Este libro presenta a 46 jóvenes diseñadores de moda, cuyo trabajo desafía las normas establecidas, ofreciendo nuevas maneras de ver a las prendas de vestir. Están incluidos más de 3000 dibujos originales, ofreciendo una perspectiva poco frecuente en el proceso creativo y artístico de los diseñadores. Este libro es una referencia excelente para los estudiantes y los diseñadores.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Book of the Month: Dolce Italia

The magic of postwar Italy continues to seduce and captivate us. Our love affair is amplified with these remarkable photos of stars with a timeless glamour: Audrey Hepburn with her hairstylist; Anna Magnani in Rome; Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini in Capri. The Italy of the 50s and 60s was a time of high style, particularly in the film and fashion industry. This book is a tribute to larger-than-life personas of a time that being outrageous was to be at the height of fashion.

The photographer Federico Garolla Di Bard is director of Agenzia Italia, Italy's leading photo archive. He is one of the pioneers of celebrity photography. Giovanna Bertelli is a professor at the University of Palermo.
La magia de la Italia de la postguerra nos continua seduciendo y cautivando. Esta relación de amor se amplifica mediante estas fotos maravillosas de estas glamorosas estrellas: Audrey Hephurn con su estilista; Anna Magnani en Roma; Ingrid Bergman y Roberto Rosselini en Capri. La Italia de los años 50 y 60, era una época con mucho estilo, especialmente en el sector de cine y de moda. Este libro es un tributo a las personas que son mas grandes que la vida misma…en una época que ser extraordinario estaba de moda.

El fotógrafo Federico Garolla Di Bard es el Director de Agenzia Italia, líder de archivos fotográficos en Italia. Es pionero en el sector de la fotografía de las celebridades. Giovanna Bertelli es profesora en la Universidad de Palermo.