Andre Leon Talley
''Honestly and candidly captures fifty sublime years of fashion'' Manolo Blahnik Discover what truly happens behind the scenes in the world of high fashion in this detailed, storied memoir from style icon, bestselling author and former Vogue creative director Andre Leon Talley. During Andre Leon Talley''s first magazine job assisting Andy Warhol at Interview , a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship and propelled Talley into the upper echelons by virtue of his shared knowledge and adoration of fashion. He moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild''s Women''s Wear Daily , befriending fashion''s most important designers. But as Talley made friends, he also made enemies. A fraught encounter with a member of the house of Yves Saint Laurent sent him back to New York and into the offices of Vogue under Grace Mirabella. There, he developed an unlikely but intimate friendship with Anna Wintour, and as she rose to the top of Vogue ''s masthead, Talley became the most influential man in fashion. The Chiffon Trenches is a candid look at the who''s who of the last fifty years of fashion, and proof that fact is always fascinatingly more devilish than fiction. Andre Leon Talley''s engaging memoir tells the story of how he not only survived but thrived - despite racism, illicit rumours and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry - to become one of the most legendary voices and faces in fashion.
- Random house us
- 18 Juin 2020
Ami d'Andy Warhol et de Karl Lagerfeld, protégé de Diana Vreeland, Andre Leon Talley ou ALT revient, dans The Chiffon Trenches, sur une carrière de plus d'un demi-siècle qui l'a amené à côtoyer tous les grands noms de la haute couture. Les lectrices et les lecteurs assidus de Vogue connaissent bien son nom. Directeur de la création de 1988 à 1995 sous l'omnipotente Anna Wintour, ce personnage exubérant, reconnaissable entre tous avec ses tenues chics et ses caftans colorés, est le symbole d'une époque révolue où l'argent coulait à flots dans les magazines de mode.
As fashion editor and friend André Leon Talley writes in the introduction, «Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world.» Beauty and entertaining have long been passions of Valentino. «I am in love with beauty,» he admits in the book's opening. «I have always loved beautiful objects.» Though beyond the tangible objets d'art housed in each of his residences, Valentino's excellence as a host is defined by the warmth and joy he creates for his guests.
«When you enter his world, you enter the world of luxury; you enter a rare and opulent, yet warm space,» adds Talley. The atmosphere evokes the «joy of sharing, and the joy of delivering a magnificent dining experience in a setting of wonder and originality; sharing with family, friends and guests; sharing good conversation that is quite often animated; and sharing beautiful flowers, especially from Valentino's own gardens,» he continues in his introduction.
Photographed by renowned Italian photographer Oberto Gili, and organized by residence, this book invites the reader to enjoy various table settings and recipes specific to each home. A flan au chevre may be served on Portuguese porcelain at his ski chalet in Gstaad, while a visit to his home in London reveals a «decorating masterpiece»--says Talley in his text--with an orientalist dining room of blue and white china. The New York City pied-a-terre showcases «table decorations...limitless in their exquisiteness» including Russian dinner-service sets and ruby red Irish glass plates. On T.M. Blue One, guests are served Mediterranean-inspired cuisine atop custom, seafaring-themed dinner service sets. «I love sharing the things in my life with my friends,» Valentino says.
Among all of these luxurious homes, the crown jewel of Valentino's residential repertoire is the Chateau de Wideville, a historic chateau outside of Paris that is admittedly Valentino's favorite. There, meals of Italian inspired home cooking, such as risotto Milanese, are presented amongst his collection of rare Meissen swans. «I love antique china sets, like Meissen, Russian, or from P.K. Selesia, a German company from the 1930s» he states.
Though regardless of residence or number of guests, Valentino's commitment to excellence does not waver. «I am very often alone and enjoying my houses,» Valentino says. «Entertaining thirty or one is the same; the food has to be on a beautiful plate. The dream came true.» Valentino Garavani, often known simply as Valentino, is a legendary fashion designer and master couturier. He founded his eponymous fashion house in Rome in the late 1950s and has since established an illustrious career designing for the world's most glamorous women, from royalty to Hollywood icons, including Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor and modern-day muses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway.
From his start designing dresses, Valentino and long-time business partner Giancarlo Giammetti built the Valentino brand into an international empire, now one of the most iconic fashion brands in the world, often associated with his signature color, «Valentino Red». Though Valentino retired from fashion in 2008, he continues to create and follow his passions.
- Memoire De La Mode
- 24 Mars 2004
Quand Diane von Furstenberg a créé sa robe porte-feuille (the wrap) dans les années 1970, elle était loin d'imaginer où cette idée toute simple la conduirait.
À une époque où les femmes commençaient à assumer de plus en plus de responsabilités professionnelles et revendiquaient leur liberté sexuelle, la robe portefeuille, élégante et pratique, devenait le symbole d'une nouvelle indépendance. Dès 1976, Diane von Furstenberg en avait vendu plus de cinq millions d'exemplaires, renouvelant ainsi la garde-robe féminine. Vingt ans après, la petite robe portefeuille, surfant sur la vague rétro, a fait un retour en force sur la scène de la mode new-yorkaise, plébiscitée par une nouvelle clientèle de jeunes femmes élégantes. André Leon Talley retrace l'historique de ce phénomène de mode, depuis ses débuts révolutionnaires jusqu'à sa confirmation actuelle.
- Random house us
- 27 Avril 2021
Réédition brochée : Ami d'Andy Warhol et de Karl Lagerfeld, protégé de Diana Vreeland, Andre Leon Talley ou ALT revient, dans The Chiffon Trenches, sur une carrière de plus d'un demi-siècle qui l'a amené à côtoyer tous les grands noms de la haute couture. Les lectrices et les lecteurs assidus de Vogue connaissent bien son nom. Directeur de la création de 1988 à 1995 sous l'omnipotente Anna Wintour, ce personnage exubérant, reconnaissable entre tous avec ses tenues chics et ses caftans colorés, est le symbole d'une époque révolue où l'argent coulait à flots dans les magazines de mode.
- 9 Septembre 2022
Hen Charles Lewis Tiffany opened his first store in 1837 in New York City, selling fancy goods imported from Paris, he could not have imagined the visions of glamour that his name would conjure around the world. Tiffany & Co. has transformed from a modest purveyor of gift items to a globally renowned byword for luxury and romance, sublime and rare gemstones, joyful objects of love and an inimitable mix of tradition and modernity. Tiffany is a name that resonates across generations and cultures, part of the fabric of social and cultural history, an American institution gifted to the world, an emporium of escapism, a repository of dreams.
During its 185 years, Tiffany & Co. has continued to evolve creatively, embracing artistic and cultural influences, finding exciting ways to renew its rich legacy. Since the 1950s, Tiffany has brought on designers who have become iconic names, from Jean Schlumberger to Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso, ensuring that Tiffany remains dynamic and relevant to each generation. The company's design-driven dynamism honors and perpetuates the founder's pioneering spirit.
Today Tiffany continues to bring fantasy to its annual high jewelry collections, while also speaking to new generations through original collections that offer personal self-expression, so much part of Charles Lewis Tiffany's original concept. The beat goes on, the pulse of New York and of creativity, the quest for modernity and originality intertwined with reverence for Tiffany's great heritage.
Conceived as the catalog to accompany the exhibition Vision and Virtuosity at the Saatchi Gallery in London, this volume encapsulates all the romance and heritage of this world-famous American icon, highlighting Tiffany's creative inspirations, witty advertisements and window displays, Blue Book jewel collections and diamond expertise, plus the stories behind the blue box, the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany's and the fabulous yellow Tiffany Diamond.