Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty

An outstanding archive of fashion and celebrity portraits by the photographer Francesco Scavullo from the collection of his partner, stylist Sean Byrnes, will hit Sotheby’s online auction block next month – without reserve.

Earlier this year, our hearts leapt at the thought of purchasing a piece of fashion history when one of Kate Moss’ earliest shoots hit the online auction block. But we’ve got a lot more saving up to do, because on November 2, Sotheby’s will auction over 80 intimate images of celebrities, drag queens, athletes, and icons from legendary portrait photographer Francesco Scavullo’s dynamic archive.

Titled ‘Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty’, the auction spans four decades of Scavullo’s studio portraits. Born in New York in 1921, Scavullo spent roughly 30 years shooting Cosmopolitan’s cover girls, and this effortless glamour is well represented. The lot includes jaw-dropping shots of supermodels Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall, Linda Evangelista, and musical icons Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer (above) rocking only their natural curls.

Grace Jones by Francesco Scavullo

Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand by Francesco Scavullo for ‘A Star Is Born’

Princess Grace of Monaco by Francesco Scavullo

But what’s refreshing about Scavullo and his longtime collaborator and partner Sean Byrnes’ curation is that this vision of beauty is much more diverse than bombshells and beauty queens. There’s Brook Shields as a child, Lou Reed with leopard spotted hair, painted nails, and shaved eyebrows. There’s Blitz Kids Mathieu and Zaldy posing only in fishnets. There’s a snap of Caitlyn as Olympic champion Bruce. And of course, there’s John Waters’ drag superstar, who looks as if she’s letting out her triumphant Female Troubles’ rallying cry: “I’m so fucking beautiful I can’t stand it myself!”

Divine by Francesco Scavullo

Rita Hayworth by Francesco Scavullo

Salvador Dali by Francesco Scavullo

Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty opens November 2 at 3 pm EST without reserve on Sotheby’s online auction portal and eBay. More information come into the beautiful world of Sotheby’

New ‘Stars in Dior’ by Rizzoli


What makes a person style icon. I suppose it’s been in  reaction to the ubiquitous Alexa Chung and her new title as British Fashion Council’s Young Style Ambassador and of types such as Olivia Palermo, model, rich girl socialite and ex-reality TV show member of ‘The City’ or even Katy Perry who terming both ‘style’ and ‘icon’ is laughable in the extreme despite her recent unwise front row Chanel appearance.


It used to be that women (and men!) named style icons were lauded for their talent be it acting, voice, writing ability or other and their natural (self) style which became a moniker and a signpost of their image. Pre-stylists foisting image and designers throwing free clothes upon them, stars such as Grace Kelly, Gina Lollobrigida, Marlene Deitrich, Marilyn Monroe and Katharine Hepburn chose their image and carefully kept to its confines, using it to reinforce their stardom and their kudos. Style was an adjunct to their abilities and how they conducted themselves, not the sole reason for their existence or their many column inches.


Today, it seems that many self modelled style icons seek validation and reify themselves by being no more than clothing puppets, raising their stakes in global fashion media, neither aligning themselves to one design house or other, chopping and changing their loyalties to whomever will dress them willingly and often freely. No sooner has someone glimpsed fame than the hungry media from gossip mags to glossies and the marketing needs of designer brands to high street, leap on the chance of a new find with whom to bind themselves. We can see this in the case of the gorgeous Lana Del Rey who had barely released her first album and already featured in multitudes of fashion editorials and even had a Mulberry bag named after her (why??). It may not be Hermes, but still…


True style icons, in a time they bought their clothes by themselves. Left picture: Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III (left) with her stepdaughter-in-law actress Rita Hayworth (middle), and picture right: Marlene Dietrich (middle)

Style by association is now revered instead of reviled. Many who have little style (Diana Vickers anyone?) and who may be little more than vacuous clothes horses are paid to feature front row at catwalk shows further denigrating the notion of self style, elegance and class and also of loyalty to a design House. Which is why the strongest brands today are niche brands such as Balenciaga, Celine and Haider Ackerman who, strong in their own personality, choose carefully and who don’t need the same front row footloose brand harlots to parade their wares, unyielding to those celebrities who see themselves as commodities and sell themselves to the highest or most frequent bidders.


Similarly, labels such as Dior still have weight when it comes to who wears their wares. Over the years, Dior have groomed only the best and have a long history of the most beautiful and sought after women in the world wearing the label. Her Highness the Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III, aka Yvette Labrousse, former Miss France, who knew exactly what fits her. Women like Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren, Kim Novak, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor have all starred in the greatest films shot by the finest directors and were dressed to match their role, by Dior Haute Couture.


To celebrate this fact Dior’s latest release (published by Rizzoli, New York), ‘Stars in Dior’ features such screen goddesses at the height of their fame as well as modern stars such as Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Kirsten Dunst, Penelope Cruz and Monica Bellucci. Times may have changed but Dior honours its past by choosing wisely.

Christian Dior started out as a costume designer even before his couture house was founded in 1946 so it’s no surprise that Dior’s filmography is impressive featuring in more than 90 films.


A book paying homage to the glamour of cinema and its relationship with the leading couture house Dior. The selection of previously unpublished beautiful behind-the-scenes photographes shows many of cinema’s greatest stars, clothed by Dior and captured by some of the biggest names in fashion photography.

Check out some true style icons in ‘Stars in Dior’, released in Europe in May and in the USA in September. Imagery featured taken from this book and supplied by Dior.





Tocca Graciella

Princess Grace of Monaco in her garden

Tocca is introducing their new perfume Graciella as a tribute to the beauty and confidence of Grace Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaco. She inspired Tocca to release this perfume full of romantic notes and passionate feelings.

This romantic floral fragrance is perfect for fall and features the unforgettable scent of Casablanca Lily. It took us years to perfect, but we hope that it only takes a moment for our loyal Tocca fans to fall in love with this beautifully lush floral fragrance.

Tocca Graciella perfume has a wonderful aroma and will be admired by all who will pass by you. Its hypnotic smell will allure any men.

Tocca Graciella Bottle

Tocca Graciella perfume will be available as 50 ml Eau de Parfum.