Chanel’s Riviera: Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Cote d’Azur

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Far from worrying about the onset of war, in the spring of 1938 the burning question on the French Riviera was whether one should curtsey to the Duchess of Windsor. Few of those who had settled there thought much about what was going on in the rest of Europe. It was a golden, glamorous life, far removed from politics or conflict.

Bestselling social historian Anne de Courcy reveals the glamour and grit of the Second World War on the French Riviera.

Featuring a sparkling cast of artists, writers and historical figures including Winston Churchill, Daisy Fellowes, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Eileen Gray and Edith Wharton, with the enigmatic Coco Chanel at its heart, ‘Chanel’s Riviera’ is a captivating account of a period that saw some of the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the whole of the twentieth century.

From Chanel’s first summer at her Roquebrune villa La Pausa (in the later years with her German lover) amid the glamour of the pre-war parties and casinos in Antibes, Nice and Cannes to the horrors of evacuation and the displacement of thousands of families during the Second World War, ‘Chanel’s Riviera’ explores the fascinating world of the Cote d’Azur elite in the 1930s and 1940s. Enriched with much original research, it is social history that brings the experiences of both rich and poor, protected and persecuted, to vivid life.

Chanel’s Riviera: Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Cote d Azur, 1930 1944 by Anne de Courcy is available as hardback (ISBN 1474608221), paperback (9781474608190) and as e-Book.

 

 

 

 

Konstantin Kamynin 2019 Official Calendar

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Since his early days of modeling, he is our favorite male model. Konstantin Kamynin, fitness model, personal coach, and director of operas too, was born in Russia, October 22nd, 1991. He had always a passion with sports and fitness. Every year he and his good friend, renowned photographer Serge Lee make an incredible art project.

Konstantin and Serge did it again. Great body and sensual pictures. That’s everything you need to have at your wall in 2019. Come into the beautiful world of Serge Lee and order your calendar now!

 

 

 

 

Gucci Opens Its Very First Gucci Wooster Bookstore In New York

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Directly inspired by the small, niche and indie bookstores for which this city is known, the innovative Italian fashion house is determined to create a space for truly literary souls.

Way before the arrival of Supreme and Glossier, the downtown neighborhood of SoHo has long been the creative and innovative hub of New York City – and, perhaps, the world in general. Be it music, film, fashion, art or literature, only the newest, coolest and most daring can establish themselves along those cobblestone streets.

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It is in this spirit that Gucci has decided to open its very first Gucci Wooster Bookstore on 63 Wooster Street. Directly inspired by the small, niche and indie bookstores for which this city is known, the innovative fashion house is determined to create a space for truly literary souls. Expect the bookstore’s titles to revolve around a specific theme: avant-garde art and photography.

David Strettell, founder of Dashwood Books (a Manhattan bookstore specializing in photography), has been hand-picked to compile the collection of over 2,000 titles. So, dear fashion nerds, also expect to see a wide range of covers here from the latest publications and used books, to discontinued rare books and others that rotate continuously according to Gucci’s current inspirations and seasonal projects. The Gucci Wooster Bookstore will also hold an impressive selection of specialized magazines in fashion, culture, art, illustration, design, and photography.

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The bookstore will be decorated with restored pieces, wooden furniture and series of works by friends of Gucci, such as Petra Collins, Ari Marcopoulos, Ryan McGinley, Martin Parr, and Florence Welch. For those of us who are more fashion than nerds, Gucci Wooster sells a variety of great gifts, including canvas bags, pencils, notebooks. These will be sporting Gucci’s new ’63 Wooster’ design as well as a pattern of green and cream tones to represent the cast iron architecture typical of SoHo.

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Get a taste of the Gucci Wooster Bookstore in the images below, or see it for yourself at 63 Wooster Street, New York City. Come into the world of Gucci Wooster Bookstore.

 

 

 

 

Chaumet releases two new books

 

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Chaumet, established in 1780, is one of the great treasures of Place Vendôme, the first fine jeweler on the square, and today Chaumet continues its legacy of fine technical craftsmanship and innovative, sophisticated design with ever more inspired high jewelry collections.

The Parisian Place Vendôme jewellery house continues to delight with its annual foray into literature with two newly released books.

The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale

Chaumet heads off the beaten track to explore innovative and fun pastures new: the world of childhood, a first for the Maison. The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale tells a story of transmission from one generation to the next, in an unending life cycle. Its circular carousel format echoes and symbolizes this perpetual movement. Here the tiara, the Maison’s signature piece, is a gift passed from mother to daughter, and represents the transformative journey from girl to woman and mother. A book with a universal message, for children and adults.

Brimming with Chaumet’s illustrious history, The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale is a carousel book published by Rizzoli that explores the idea of the circle of life ingrained in the brand’s DNA.

In six paper cut-out scenes, The Enchanted Tiara relates the journey of a young girl in a captivating Paris, from her first steps to her first love, to the day she gives birth to her own little girl. The illustrations by Hélène Druvert, paper designer and author of numerous best-selling books, describe happy scenes, accompanied by dreamy short poetic texts. The book is an ode to colour, characteristic of the French Maison. The Chaumet deep blue on the cover, then a dominant tone for each scene, are enhanced by the brilliance of warm gold. The jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet pulses through this exquisite tome.

 

Chaumet Crown JewelsLes Mondes de Chaumet

 

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This year Assouline introduces a third Chaumet slipcase set of Mémoire volumes on the themes of Figures of Style (distinguished clients), Crown Jewels, and Les Mondes de Chaumet (international influences). A thematic collection illustrating all aspects of the Maison’s culture.

A heavily illustrated box set published by Assouline features a trio of works delving into the Maison’s essential themes, including its connections to reigning families of Europe and the unique women who have helped inspired and supported it through the centuries.

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Crown Jewels by Sophie Motsch

Crown Jewels recounts the close connections Chaumet has always enjoyed with the reigning families of Europe and further afield, sealed by numerous orders of regalia and majestic adornments. These jewels still exist today, handed down from generation to generation, still worn on major official occasions, or preserved and exhibited in the greatest museums and collections around the world.

Les Mondes de Chaumet by Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter

Les Mondes de Chaumet lifts the veil on those ‘elsewheres’ that have been inexhaustible sources of inspiration for the Maison from the start, from the confines of Asia to the vast expanses of Africa and Russia. From archival documents at 12, Place Vendôme to the three chapters devoted to the Les Mondes de Chaumet High Jewellery collection, the Maison has always sought to look beyond its horizon, engaging with faraway and artistic cultures to constantly reinvent itself.

Figures of Style by Julie Verlaine

Figures of Style celebrates women of character who have long been faithful to the Maison, depicting the encounter between the jewellery virtuosity of Chaumet and the unique taste possessed by these personalities who marked their respective eras. Having been a part of their lives for over two centuries, the art of jewellery reflects the emancipation of Western women – their social enfranchisement, sartorial freedom and aesthetic expression.

The Enchanted Tiara – A Modern Fairytale and the Chaumet box set will be available in bookstores on October 9 and in November respectively.

 

 

 

Odiseo Magazine presents Marble.

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In collaboration with photographer Florian Joahn, Odiseo Magazine presents the animated Gif series ‘Marble’.

Odiseo by Folch Studio stems from a huge need to explore: seeking a visual, unique and personal vision of seduction, digging into new formats, eluding conventions. Odiseo combines imagery that lies between art, fashion and erotica with insightful philosophical essays which delve into universal themes. We aim for not only a visual experience but for an intellectual seduction as well. Odiseo shouts out the unseen: it is contradictory, mysterious, intellectual and intuitive at the same time.

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Photography and Animation by Florian Joahn
Styling : Lazar Djurovic
Hair and Make-up: Sophia Gunev
Model: Tyler Wright @ Amck

Get the latest issue of ODISEO here

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Gucci’s limited edition Jane Austen book

 

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A new floral edition of Jane Austen’s Juvenilia is now available but only with an iconic Gucci handbag.

Gucci – who were recently named as one of the world’s top brands – have just upped the ante on academic accessories with the launch of the limited edition Jane Austen book Juvenilia, together with the Frame Print leather top handle bag. The series of short stories has been re-designed by the Italian fashion house to be sold exclusively with the lion-esque handbag.

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A statement on the Gucci website explains the collaboration saying: “Each handbag will come with a small, pocket-sized book featuring a unique printed cover inspired by the collection. This detail dates back to the beginning of the century, when women often carried books in their handbags to read on public transportation to deter any unwanted suitors. The book Juvenilia is a compilation of short stories written by English writer Jane Austen during her teenage years from 1787-1793, a time during which she was free from censorship or societal pressure. The creative chaos and the continuous contradictions which characterise the stories are the same pillars we witness in Gucci’s collections”.

 

 

 

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Aytems of inspiration

 

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And then the day has arrived that I will be part of an intriguing culinairy book by an even so intriguing chef taking you in his world on a culinairy mission.

Today I will have an exciting photoshoot, with top photorapher Vicky Keulen, ánd a interview, with Annelies Hess-Bosch, to become a part of this upcoming book of chef Ayt of restaurant El Qatarijne in Utrecht.

I am honoured !!!!