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Books We Love - # Love Vivier

By Ines de la Fressange, Arianna Piazza, Christene Barberich, Leandra Medine and Jean-Paul Goude

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As fashionable women, our love for shoes and everything related to fashion is a never-ending story. With this in mind, we should all know Roger Vivier, one of the pillars of the shoe design industry and the designer who was known for his iconic creations. Therefore, it’s only natural to honor his creativity with a book.

Known for his elegant take on Parisian style, Roger Vivier has created shoes and bags that have made their way to every fashionista’s wardrobe, from stars to bloggers and every woman with good taste. This book tells this achievement in a captivating story and offers a fresh vision on the designer’s legendary creations through the eyes of young fashion enthusiasts such as Charlotte Groeneveld, Chriselle Lim, Eleonora Carisi and Tamu McPherson.

Knowing that it’s the first book dedicated to the stunning designs of this luxury brand, this edition is a must-have and a perfect addition to your coffee table!

 

Mirella Haddad

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Books We Love - Swans: Legends of the Jet Society

By Nicholas Foulkes

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Known for his book “High Society: The history of America’s Upper Class” published in 2008, British historian, author and journalist Nicholas Foulkes chose to talk about the Jet Society in his latest release, “Swans: Legends of the Jet Society”. In fact, the word jet set transports us to a world of exotic destinations and golden beaches, making us daydream about star-studded parties in mansions, gatherings on opulent yachts, women looking as elegant as ever in couture gowns and men taking their sartorial style to the next level in sophisticated tuxedos.

This book takes us back in time to the era of Jet Society, when the technology of today was nothing more than fiction and the world was all about culture, elegance, beauty and taste. It tells us about the travels of that time, as well as its adventures – making from this book a source for tales of glamour, excitement and exclusivity.

Quite a nice addition to your book collection, no?

If you are a history lover and would like to dive more into the history of fashion, check out our feature on “Defining Dresses: A Century of Fashion” book.

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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Gucci Opens New Exhibition in Gucci Garden Galleria in Florence

It’s in the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria that the Gucci Garden Galleria has been housed. Conceived by the House’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele and featuring exhibition spaces curated by critic and curator Maria Luisa Frisa, Gucci Garden has now opened a new exhibition in the Period Rooms, unveiling new wall paintings and coinciding with Pitti Uomo 95. That said, the opening of the men’s fashion fair signaled the start of the exhibition and the showcase of the new artwork.

The Period Rooms in the Gucci Garden Galleria had previously opened in June earlier this year, with a tribute to Björk and the House’s collaboration with her. And now, the new exhibition aims to demonstrate how Gucci has interpreted and defined men’s fashion over the years. And so, the exhibition focuses on Gucci’s redefining of the concept of masculinity since the 1960s – along with its various Creative Directors, from the Tom Ford era to the present – by showcasing items such as clothing, objects, accessories, images, books, magazines and video documents.

Also, the ground floor boutique of Gucci Garden – which is home to a selection of publications on sale – features work by writers on fashion studies and high-profile fashion journalists who look at the idea of masculinity.

Fresh wall paintings commissioned for the Gucci Garden transitional spaces – the stairwells and stair-and-elevator landings – have also been unveiled, conceived by Italian artist MP5, who is known for an insightful black-and-white style, and English artist Alex Merry, who portrays a dreamlike universe through illustrations and portraits that use color in surprising ways. 

Visitors to Florence can revel in this special Gucci store, as it features exclusive items, from shoes to handbags and ready-to-wear for both men and women. The boutique also presents a selection of clothing and other items bearing images by MP5, such as a collection of T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts for men and women, and shopper bags, all displaying black-and-white prints that have been inspired by the ancient Chinese text the I Ching (also known as the Book of Changes).

To top it all off, the Gucci Garden’s restaurant – the Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura – is helmed by internationally renowned chef Massimo Bottura, whose dishes explore the deep roots of the Italian kitchen while making references to history, art and philosophy.

And for those of you who can’t wait to visit the new space, you’ll be glad to know that 50% of each ticket sale will be donated to support restoration projects in the city of Florence.

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Books We Love – Dior by Roger Vivier

“My friend Roger Vivier puts shoes on the most elegant feet in the world, helping me to realize my dream of dressing the “Christian Dior”. This is what Monsieur Dior wrote in his memoires and indeed, this collaboration between the house and the famed shoe designer helped give the Dior look its finishing touch from 1953 until 1963.

Published by Rizzoli, this book explores the numerous affinities Roger Vivier and Christian Dior shared. It retraces this historic collaboration by featuring the footwear designer’s first shoes that appeared on Dior’s Fall/Winter runway in July 1953, as well as everything that inspired Roger Vivier – such as Monsieur Dior’s favorite flower which appeared as a silky ornament on a delicate pair of sandals.

This release also highlights the boldness of the famed shoe designer in breaking the boundaries of creativity by designing masterpieces, from the C-shaped Choc heel that he designed for the Spring-Summer 1959 collection to the Tibet heel, which was lower and shaped like an inverted pyramid and the Virgule heel created in 1962.

With engaging texts by Elizabeth Semmelhack, this book counts the creative friendship between two true icons in the French fashion history.

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Books We Love – The Impossible Collection of Jewelry

By Vivienne Becker

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Are you a fine jewelry collector who also happens to love books? Well, this book makes the perfect addition to your library. In fact, this release gathers the most magnificent jewels of the twentieth century, counting milestones of jewelry design.

Many styles are included in Becker’s selection, from Egyptian-inspired Art Deco masterpieces by Cartier to stunning pieces designed by Verdura for CHANEL, sophisticated creations by DeBeers, Van Cleef & Arpels and Graff, as well as modern designs by innovative artists. Accompanied by stunning photographs of the pieces, this extremely interesting limited-edition volume from Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is a must-have. And what makes it as exquisite as its content is its linen clamshell case.

What are you waiting for? Go get your hands on yours!

 

Mirella Haddad

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Let’s Show Some Book Love

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The year is nearly over and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome 2019 with some new decisions. Yes, decisions! Since resolutions are easily breakable, why not set some simple goals to reach this year? One of my decisions for this year is to collect and read the most important books about fashion and jewelry. If you’d like to join me, I would be more than glad to share my carefully curated edit of must-have books that we, at Azyaamode, wrote about during the past 12 months.

From fashion to jewelry, accessories and watches, brands never missed the chance to allow us into their world and give us the opportunity to dive into their history and values. The topics are very diverse and cater to almost every interest a woman could have. So, you will definitely be happy to make the decision to join us as we begin a new year filled with “book love”. You can also spread the love by gifting one of our favorites to your friend this festive season! Continue reading to check out our edit of the must-have books from 2018.

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Dressing for the Dark: From the Silver Screen to the Red Carpet by Kate Young
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Bulgari: The Joy of Gems by Vivienne Becker
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Chaumet: Parisian Jeweler Since 1780 by Henri Loyrette
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AudemarsPiguet 20th Century Complicated Wristwatches

 

 

Fendi Roma
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Louis Vuitton Windows
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Gio_Graphy: Fun in the Wild World of Fashion by Giovanna Battaglia
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Fabergé: Treasures of Imperial Russia: Fabergé Museum, St. Petersburg
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Dior Images by Paolo Roversi
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Denim: Street Style, Vintage, Obsession by Amy Leverton
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Defining Dresses: A Century of Fashion by Arthur Dreyfus
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Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger by Harrice Simons Miller
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Women of Singular Beauty: CHANEL Haute Couture by Cathleen Naundorf
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Books We Love – Women of Singular Beauty: CHANEL Haute Couture

By Cathleen Naundorf

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Are you ready for a breathtaking journey into the charming world of CHANEL haute couture? Then this book will ensure you enjoy your time while discovering this side of our beloved French house.

Thousands of hours of handwork, crafting and embellishing are captured by one of fashion’s most acclaimed photographers, Cathleen Naundorf, who gained rare access to CHANEL’s haute couture collections in exclusive shoots with the House. As for the result, it’s nothing less than an ethereal collection of photographs capturing gowns against theatrical backdrops and highlighting the ensembles’ exquisiteness.

With this release, you will discover what sartorial dreams look like and dive into the magical world of haute couture. In fact, it’s all thanks to the photographer’s expert skills which she used to pay homage to this spellbinding art.

 

Mirella Haddad

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