Kindle and Cool-er e-book readers may be the most sought-after literary accessories this summer, but print lovers still have their fair share of fashion-related options this season.
A Chanel-inspired guide to life, a behind-the-scenes look from Ruffian’s design team Brian Wolk and Claude Morais and a former Nordstrom salesperson’s fictitious tell-all are among the smattering of style-oriented books due out in coming months.
“The interesting people in the fashion world view books as an essential source for inspiration and not a luxury they can afford to give up,” said Alex Galen, Distributed Art Publishers’ vice president and a partner in the men’s wear label Loden Dagar. “Also, a good art book tends to go up in value once it’s sold out, so if you have good taste, it’s a smart way to spend money.”
Ruffian’s Wolk explained the message of “Ruffian: Inside Out” is more inclusive than the title suggests: “What we hope people will take away from the book is the creative and artistic process in terms of American design still happens here in New York City. In this world of globalization where everything is made in China, there is still artistry and tailoring. For us, that is a very romantic story and that’s what we hope to share.”
John Demsey, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., will welcome guests to his Upper East Side home Thursday to celebrate the Assouline book. Needless to say, Wolk and Morais will be there, as will the book’s author, Nicole Phelps, and photographer Jami Isaia.
The project started as a creative one that Wolk and Morais initiated by chatting up Isaia’s agent at the National Arts Club. The aim was to document the design duo’s creative process, and about 2,500 photographs of Ruffian’s spring 2008 Pomp collection and the fall 2008 Re(form) line were taken. Isaia also caught makeup artist and V magazine co-founder James Kaliardos and hair stylist Neil Moody working backstage. (Estée Lauder owns MAC Cosmetics and Bumble and bumble, two of Ruffian’s runway show sponsors — hence Demsey’s hospitality.) “In this day and age, having a party for 100 or 150 people is really nice,” Wolk said.
Diane von Furstenberg hosted a party last Thursday at her design studio in honor of “Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success” by Claire Shipman of “Good Morning America” and BBC News’ Katty Kay. The pair’s Harper Collins tome tackles “how to stop juggling and struggling and finally start living and working the way you really want.”
Shipman said she and Kay have been confidantes for years, routinely telling each other truths they might not necessarily want to share with their bosses or in public. Both Washington-based reporters have children and high-profile jobs, but they interviewed women in a variety of professions for the book. “Our story is kind of esoteric, but so many women do so many things. The dilemma of making things work can hit such a nerve with people,” Shipman said. “We thought maybe there was a way to tell our story. Maybe going straight up the corporate ladder isn’t the best way to success, but taking sideways steps works, too, so you are still feeling you have a career and you have time for your children.”
Steidl Photography International explores women of a different nature in “Juergen Teller: Election Day,” which will be released next month. The photography book captures the unlikely combo of Pamela Anderson and Vivienne Westwood, who collaborated on an ad campaign earlier this year.
Speaking of books, the Hamptons has a new outpost for fashion-related and artsy tomes, thanks to the Rizzoli bookstore that bowed at Empire Fine Art. Located at 197 Madison Avenue in Sag Harbor, the shop also has a gallery, and just about every weekend this summer there will be book signings by the likes of Kelly Klein, Kenny Scharf, Eric Fischl, Ted Muehling and Jean-Philippe Delhomme. The shop will be open until Oct. 15.
Just months after opening Clic Bookstore at 189 Lafayette Street, Clic Gallery at 424 Broome Street — both in Manhattan — and Clic Bookstore and Gallery in East Hampton, Christiane Celle unveils another Clic Gallery today at 255 Centre Street in New York. After exiting the fashion business last year, Celle turned her attention to art and books. The location’s inaugural exhibition, which will be on display through July 13, will be a solo show for Jeannie Weissglass, one of many emerging artists Celle plans to spotlight in the months ahead.
Phillip Lim is one of the downtown bookstore’s best customers, and photographer Adam Bartos and Sofia Coppola have also been known to drop by.
Other creative types may be found at “The Heart of a Woman: Harlequin Cover Art 1949-2009,” an exhibition at the Openhouse Gallery at 201 Mulberry Street in Manhattan. Aside from reflecting how women’s roles in society have changed in the past 60 years, the 100-plus covers also foretell changes in fashion, according to curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, a former consultant for the Costume Institute.
“Some people have preconceived notions of what a Harlequin book looks like. But these covers are really quite varied. Anyone interested in vintage designs will love these images,” she said.
Harlequin covers with “images of a life more luxurious, exotic and more fashion-advanced” must have appealed to the many women “who were at home wishing they could be doing something more, especially in the Fifties and Sixties before the women’s movement and Betty Friedan started writing,” Semmelhack said.
As the title suggests, “Retail Hell: How I Sold My Soul to the Store, Confessions of a Tortured Sales Associate,” omits few offenses that writer Freeman Hall faced on the sales floor. Readers that can get past the swear words — and there are many — will get a glimpse of the crassness of shoppers and salespeople, depending on the situation. The Adams Media book is due out in September.
Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol and Henri Cartier-Bresson are among the subjects shot by British fashion photographer David Bailey featured in “David Bailey: Eye,” also due out in September, as is Karen Karbo’s “The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman” (Globe Pequot Press). Chesley McLaren, who has a signature fashion collection and also works as an illustrator, provided the artwork.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews