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 !!!!

French flair

How do the new generation of Parisian interior designers, such as Mahdavi and Vincent Darré, live? Marie Kalt, editor-in-chief of the French Architectural Digest, shows in ‘The New Chic’ how they combine casual elegance with the well-known French flair.

The title of Marie Kalt’s new book, published by Rizzoli New York, references ‘The New Chic’, but she could just as easily have suggested ‘the radically cool’ as an alternative description. Every room in this book is sublime, especially those created for the annual design showcase AD Intériers where the participating designers are given carte blanche to create living spaces unfiltered by commissioning clients…

In her introduction to the volume, Kalt explains how French AD selected 30 designers and studios as the new generation of practitioners in the decorative arts; combined together they represent French style in the 21st century. The book further distills the number to 12 firms singled out by the publication as the finest working in France today, including instantly recognizable names like Jean-Louis Deniot, and lesser-known (at least to me) talents like Tristan Auer.

Fine art mixes with contemporary furniture and audacious color schemes in baroque rooms, pushing the envelope in new and exciting ways. But there’s updated traditional, cool minimalism, and glamour as well – all seen through the lens of what Kalt refers to as the ‘stars of tomorrow’ (who are indeed the stars du moment).

And there’s a bonus to owning this book: the final chapter is titled ‘The Best Address Book In Paris’, an au courant list of the finest designer furniture, art, and antique galleries in Paris – addresses, phone numbers, and website addresses included. Magnifique.

The New Chic: French Style from Today’s Leading Interior Designers’ is available at your favorite bookstore and at Rizzoli.

Simply: Fred

 

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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.

 

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Hardcover in a luxury slipcase
ISBN: 9781614285496
112 pages
100 illustrations
English language

 

 

 

 

A look At Loewe’s new book

 

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Luxury label Loewe began as a cooperative of leather artisans in the center of Madrid in 1846. The German entrepreneur Enrique Loewe Roessberg consolidated the workshop under his name in 1872, creating one of the world’s first luxury houses. As Loewe developed and expanded over the following century, a commitment to modernity emerged as a defining characteristic. In the 1950s and 1960s, Loewe’s offices and stores in Spain became a benchmark for international design thanks to the distinctive architecture and interiors designed by Javier Carvajal.

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In 1970, artist Vicente Vela created the In 1970, artist Vicente Vela created the Anagram, the abstract symbol consisting of four intertwined Ls that has been stamped ever since on Loewe’s products as a sign of their material and technical excellence. Loewe’s first ready-to-wear clothing collection was launched in 1965, bringing fashion to the heart of the brand, and this was followed by the debut of the iconic Amazona bag in 1975.

This was also the decade in which Loewe broke into the luxury perfume sector with its debut fragrance, L de Loewe. From that time onward, it has continued to demonstrate its prowess in this field with each new perfume creation. Emilio Valeros has been Loewe’s ‘nose’ for over 20 years and has created some of the brand’s signature fragrances including Solo Loewe and Aura Loewe. In 1996 the company was acquired by the leading luxury group LVMH.

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In October 2013, Jonathan Anderson became the brand’s Creative Director. Under his leadership, Loewe has rebranded its heritage of 169 years of craftsmanship and innovation with a view to setting its sights on the future.

Launched alongside the grand opening, just for their 170 years anniversary, of its Madrid boutique, a new Loewe book showcases the essence of what makes the maison stand out. Loewe has published a new self-titled book that takes a look at the maison’s 170 year history. Edited by famed publication expert Luis Venegas, the book intriguingly does not follow any typical format, instead opting to simply focus on the unique personality of the brand.

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It’s not about making clear, linear connections. It’s just our favourite side of Loewe, what we think makes it different from any other house, all put into
 a book filled with images I fell in love with. It’s quite subjective.

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Given artistic freedom by the brand’s Creative Director Jonathan Anderson, Venegas pored over a massive collection of materials, carefully selecting what truly reflects the brand and which offers an insight into its future.

I wanted Luis to go through our archives and decide what is relevant, with
 that very sharp, uncommon eye that he has. He has unearthed some incredible things that show how the language of what we’re doing at the house now, has always been there. I could not be happier.

Jonathan Anderson

The 592-page book ‘Past Present Future’ is filled with editorials and old advertising campaigns, as well as images of archival objects and artworks. The aim of the book is not only a celebration of the brand’s identity throughout the years, but an intimate insight into the universe of a future-focused brand – to be used by readers accordingly.

It’s not a book to be precious with. It’s a hefty block of paper that’s meant to be used and engaged with, documenting the entire universe of the brand until now, indicating where it stands and where it might go next.

Jonathan Anderson

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Take a peek inside the Loewe book now…

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Dior The Art of Color

In 1949, with the first ‘Rouge Dior’ lipsticks, the House on Avenue Montaigne saw its Beauty hisstory begin, indelibly linked to color. A striking silhouette and scarlet lips were the original, infallible weapons of the New Look and triumphant femininity.

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Dior celebrates its passion for color in this book, inviting the major names behind the House Make-up to take inspiration from 12 key shades, illustrated in sumptuous photographs, and to compare them to great works of art.

An exquisite ode to color. This book presents the history of Dior cosmetics placed within contexts of fashion and art. Divided into twelve chapters (White, Silver, Nude, Pink, Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Gray, and Black) Dior: The Art of Color show- cases not only the sometimes glamorous, sometimes natural cosmetics, but also the aesthetics of color, which was the source of inspiration for so much of Dior’s creations.

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The evolution of color through the ages is presented with iconic works from renowned artists and fifty years of Dior makeup and advertising campaigns- including creations from some of the greats in the field, such as Serge Lutens, Tyen, and the current head of Dior Makeup, Peter Philips-captured by master photographers such as Irving Penn, Guy Bourdin, and Richard Burbridge.

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 11, 2016)
  • Language: English (also availble in French edition)
  • ISBN-10: 0847849341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847849345

With a highly engaging text and never-before-seen imagery, this is a book that no student of fashion or art should be without. If you love photography, makeup, Dior, fashion, or color, then this book is a must and sets a high bar for the genre as well as competing brands

Come into the world of rizzolibookstore.com

Carolina Herrera Launches the Book of Fashion on the 35th Anniversary

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American fashion house Carolina Herrera is a symbol of luxury, femininity and flawless taste. Established for 35 years, the brand has set up its unique style and charm while continuously revolutionizing the definitions for chic and beauty, to create a more perfect fashion look for women.

Perennial favorites on red carpets around the world, Herrera’s gowns are favored by First Ladies (from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama), celebrities (Paloma Picasso, Renee Zellweger, Tina Fey, Penelope Cruz), international royalty, and her own faithful clientele for their refinement, timelessness, glamour, and romance.

Carolina Herrera is a fashion designer who has unique opinions and ideas for fashion and is recognized, respected and admired by many celebrities and fashion lovers. A true empress of style, she has inspired the likes of pop-art icon Andy Warhol and legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland (who encouraged Herrera to open her fashion house in 1981). Being a determined person on challenging and improving the idea of fashion, she created collections of chic and modern outfits which gave her brand an elegant, luxurious modernity and exquisite texture. One of her achievements is that she was awarded the 2004 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the year award. As a talented designer, Carolina Herrera used to say that she intended to make every woman shows their best look in this field of chic and beauty.

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Stepping into the 35th anniversary milestone, the brand specially launches ‘Carolina Herrera 35 Years of Fashion’. This book is written by Carolina Herrera and writer JJ Martin. With a total of 240 pages, the content includes some quotes, records on the first show, interviews, behind the scenes and some precious photos. It allows you to appreciate the brand’s effort, ideas and aesthetic interpretation in these 35 years.

Carolina Herrera: 35 Years of Fashion is both a portrait of a universally acclaimed American designer’s career and a look forward to her future. The selection of images includes editorial pictures by renowned fashion photographers, stylists, and editors, as well as two portfolios of new photography created exclusively for this book that interpret looks from the Carolina Herrera archive through a contemporary lens. The designer’s distinctive aesthetic and signature elegance emerge clearly from this body of work. It succeeds in capturing the timeless and always relevant style of the inimitable Carolina Herrera.

Art directed by Fabien Baron, this book is an exciting look at one of the leading figures in American fashion. Come into the beautiful world of Carolina Herrera. You can shop the book here.

 

 

 

 

VENFIELD 8 Hommage to Bruce Weber’s Iconic “Bear Pond” in Photography Book Bear Hill

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I’m a great fan of coffee-table books. And I’m a great fan of Bruce Weber’s photograph’s. In early 2013, controversial artist VENFIELD 8, approached David Laflamme with the intent of creating some iconic and lasting images. VENFIELD 8 reputation of re-interpretation and unique visionary creation gave birth to a new idea of a classic. An homage to the iconic Bear Pond, by Bruce Weber, ensued, only this time, featuring stunning young ‘bears’ as models.

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We are teased and titillated by this preview of the new handsome-artful photography book by the one and only, mysterious artist VENFIELD 8. We challenge him to a one on one interview. Since his true identity is top-secret, we will allow him to cover himself, preferably with a jeweled mask. What do you say VENFIELD 8?

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Sixty nine duo toned black and white prints featuring David Laflamme and friends on Bear Hill, frolicking and relaxing nude in studies both beautiful and serene.

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This collectible book is limited to 500 copies and features all images never before published.

More info at:  VENFIELD 8 , David Laflamme and Bruce Weber

Venfield 8 ‘Duo’ Feat. Jon Galt & Vic Rocco

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The mysterious and controversial photographer Venfield 8, that has brought us candy covered sticky hairy asses in his series Candy Ass and Bear Hill ‘an hommage to the iconic Bear Pond, by Bruce Weber ensued, only this time, fearuring stunning young ‘bears’ as models, has a new release!

IIssue One: Duo fearuring Vic Rocco and the always vèry kind Jon Galt, is Venfield 8’s newest stunning project. He is calling the series a ‘visual diary’. And I say to that, “Yeah, a visual diary of man meat!”

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This new realease is somewhere between a and a limited edition book, it stars the beautiful Jon Galt and Vic Rocco photographed in Los Angeles, Miami and Hawaii. There will be more, so collect this first one, there are only 125 copies.

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Issue One: DUO is a limited edition , only 125 copies created. Order yours at objectweapon.com

Find out more about and follow  Venfield 8 on Facebook and his NSFW Tumblr

Meat the Kings Cross Steelers

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The Kings Cross Steelers Rugby team celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! And to celebrate they beefy fellas have teamed up with cult magazine Meat, for a special photo shoot.

Meat is a quarterly publication that caters to gay men. It was launched in 2010 by Adrian Lourie, and celebrates body positivity by showcasing sexy guys of all shapes and sizes.

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The Kings Cross Steelers are stripping down and posing for the latest issue of Meat. Twenty-nine of its players have been snapped by the mag’s founder, Publisher and photographer Adrian Lourie at the Steelers’ training ground in West Ham, posing in their uniforms and underwear. But don’t expect perfectly chiseled bodies, bulging biceps and sexy six packs. It will feature everyday guys, not models.

Gorgeous Christopher Kang (above), 1st XV player, The Kings Cross Steelers modestly admits: “I see myself as a pretty average looking-dude so I don’t really see myself as a pin-up anything. So I’m chuffed that I’ve had the good fortune of joining a long line of Meat magazine dudes alongside so many of my fellow Steelers. The Steelers has not only helped pave the way for inclusive rugby teams but also helped changed perceptions about gay sportsmen”.

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Alex Smith, Chairman of The Kings Cross Steelers said: ‘Despite so much progress over the last 20 years, it can still be very difficult to be an out gay man, made even more so by a lot of unhelpful noise around how to be, act or look within the community. That’s why I’m proud that The Kings Cross Steelers have partnered with Meat to help show that anyone can be a pin-up by simply being yourself”.

He added: “For two decades, our club has helped hundreds of men – big, small, gay or straight – realise the great maxim about rugby: that it is a game for people of all shapes and sizes – truly a sport for everyone”.

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Adrian Lourie, who first published the cult gay pin-up zine six years ago, has explained that his magazine is a celebration of real men and real bodies.

I started Meat because I was tired of the body-shaming that goes on within the gay community and I wanted to celebrate the bodies of ‘ordinary’ gay men. That’s why photographs in Meat are never retouched. A collaboration with the Kings Cross Steelers made perfect sense as they believe in the same inclusiveness that I do.

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Meat The Kings Cross Steelers can be ordered from meatzine.com, with the first 100 copies sold including an artist-signed 6×4 colour photo print. The magazine will also be available from Kings Cross Steelers events, including Ho’ Down in Heaven in London’s Heaven nightclub on May 6, 2016. A fundraiser for the Steelers, tickets are available HERE

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But in the meantime, just in case those photos weren’t enough, make sure you don’t miss the special teasers of the behind the scenes video’s down below:

This May, the Kings Cross Steelers will travel to Nashville, Tennessee for the Bingham Cup, gay rugby’s world cup.

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Half of all profits from the sale of Meat The Kings Cross Steelers will help support the club – so get out there and pick up a copy from meatzine.com

For more information about The Kings Cross Steelers, contact Christopher at press@kxsrfc.com