Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent

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St. Martin's Press #ad - No one interested in fashion, style, or the high-flying intrigues of café society will want to miss Christopher Petkanas’s exuberantly entertaining oral biography Loulou & Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent. Dauntless, “in the bone” style made Loulou de La Falaise one of the great fashion firebrands of the twentieth century.

Loulou & yves unspools an elusive fashion idol—nymphomaniacal, heedless and up to her bracelets in coke and Boizel champagne—at the core of what used to be called “le beau monde. ”. In an exquisitely intimate, sometimes painful personal and professional relationship, muse, Loulou was his creative right hand, alter ego and the virtuoso behind all the flamboyant accessories that were a crucial component of the YSL “look.

For thirty years, yves relied on loulou to inspire him, until his retirement in 2002, make him laugh and talk him off the ledge—the enchanted formula that brought him from one historic collection to the next. Yves’s many tributes shape loulou’s memory, giacometti-like figure could be told by her clanking bronze cuffs, towering fur toques, as if everything there was to know about this fugitive, the turquoise boulders on her fingers and her working friendship with the man who put women in pants.

Behind yves’s encomiums are a pair of aristocrat parents—loulou’s shiftless French father and menacingly chic English mother—who abandoned her to a childhood of foster care and sexual abuse; Loulou’s recurring desperation to leave Yves and go out on her own; and the grandiose myths surrounding her family.

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The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris

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Back Bay Books #ad - A comprehensive biography of the late designer, Karl Lagerfeld, and his infamous rivalry with Yves Saint Laurent. At the center of it all were fashion's most beloved luminaries - Yves Saint Laurent, and Karl Lagerfeld, the reclusive enfant terrible, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention - and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves.

. In the 1970s, paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. It moves stylishly forward, with frequent over-the-shoulder glances at some very dishy background. Boston Globe. The beautiful Fall crackles with excitement. New york times Book Review "Fascinating. New york Times "Addictive. Philadelphia inquirer "It's like US Weekly, 1970s style.

The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris #ad - Gotham "a story constructed as exquisitely as a couture dress. Deliciously dramatic. Amid sequins and longing, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, intrigue, and searing ambition.

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Fashion Climbing: A Memoir

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Penguin Books #ad - But his desires were a source of shame for his family, and after dropping out of Harvard, he had to fight them tooth-and-nail to pursue his love. When he arrived in New York, he reveled in people-watching. But although he was one of the city's most recognized and treasured figures, Bill was also one of its most guarded.

This was his education, and the birth of the democratic and exuberant taste that he came to be famous for as a photographer for The New York Times. Bill's mission was to bring happiness to the world by making women an inspiration to themselves and everyone who saw them. When he was broke and hungry he'd stroll past the store windows on Fifth Avenue and feed himself on beautiful things.

Fashion climbing is the story of a young man striving to be the person he was born to be: a true original. Taking on the alias William J. Because designing under his family's name would have been a disgrace to his parents--Bill became one of the era's most outlandish and celebrated hat designers, heiresses, catering to movie stars, and artists alike.

Fashion Climbing: A Memoir #ad - Growing up in a lace-curtain irish suburb of Boston, secretly trying on his sister's dresses and spending his evenings after school in the city's chicest boutiques, Bill dreamed of a life dedicated to fashion. The new york times bestseller“An obscenely enjoyable romp. The new york times book reviewthe untold story of a new York City legend's education in creativity and styleFor Bill Cunningham, above all, and, glamour, New York City was the land of freedom, style.

After two style mavens took Bill under their wing, his creativity thrived and he made a name for himself as a designer.

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Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris

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Vintage #ad - Proust, as a twenty-year-old law student in 1892, would worship them from afar, and later meet them and create his celebrated composite character for The Remembrance of Things Past. Against a rich historical backdrop, hunts, court visits, Weber takes the reader into these women's daily lives of masked balls, dinners, nights at the opera or theater.

From the author of the acclaimed queen of fashion--a brilliant look at the glittering world of turn-of-the-century Paris through the first in-depth study of the three women Proust used to create his supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes. Geneviève halévy bizet straus; laure de sade, as caroline weber says, and were transformed by those around them, "transformed themselves, into living legends: paragons of elegance, the Comtesse Greffulhe--these were the three superstars of fin-de-siècle Parisian high society who, nobility, Comtesse de Adhéaume de Chevigné; and Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, and style.

Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris #ad - All well but unhappily married, these women sought freedom and fulfillment by reinventing themselves, between the 1870s and 1890s, as icons. At their fabled salons, they inspired the creativity of several generations of writers, composers, designers, visual artists, and journalists. But we see as well the loneliness, rigid social rules, and loveless, arranged marriages that constricted these women's lives.

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Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power

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St. Martin's Press #ad - She harnessed the emerging postwar technology of the telephone to create the concept of the call girl. Born fernande grudet, the future madame led a life of high adventure—resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, a poor Jewish girl in the aristocratic chateau city of Angers, gun moll of the Corsican Mafia and erstwhile streetwalker—before becoming the ultimate broker between beauty and power.

Now, through his own conversations with the woman herself and interviews with the great men and remarkable women on whom she built her empire, social historian and biographer William Stadiem pierces the veil of Claude’s secret, forbidden universe of pleasure and privilege. By the 1950s, she was the richest and most celebrated self-made woman in Europe, as much of a legend as Coco Chanel.

Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power #ad - The life of madame claude, the brilliant and complicated and utterly amoral woman behind the most glamorous and successful escort service in the world. In post-wwii paris, madame Claude ran the most exclusive finishing school in the world. Her alumnae married more fortunes, titles and famous names than any of the Seven Sisters.

The names on her client list were epic—kennedy, picasso, Chagall, Niarchos, Qaddafi, Rothschild, the Shah, McQueen, Onassis, Brando, Sinatra, Agnelli, and that's just for starters. But madame claude wasn't just selling sex—she was the world's ultimate matchmaker, the Dolly Levi of the Power Elite. She was also one of the most controversial—and most wanted—women in the world.

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Diving for Starfish: The Jeweler, the Actress, the Heiress, and One of the World's Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Two of the women who bought and wore the starfish were Claudette Colbert and Millicent Rogers. Her search took her around the world to Paris, London, New York, and Hollywood. The house of Boivin made three of them. Both a history of fine jewelry coming out of paris in the Golden Age and a tour through the secretive world of high-end, privately-sold jewelry, Diving for Starfish is a stylish detective story with a glittering piece of jewelry at its heart.

The starfish, was distinctive because its five rays were articulated, created out of gold and encrusted with 71 cabochon rubies and 241 small amethysts, meaning that they could curl and conform to the bustline or shoulder of the women who wore it. In the mid 1930s, in the workroom of the famous parisian jeweler Boivin, a young jewelry designer named Juliette Moutard created one of the most coveted pieces of jewelry in the world—the famous starfish pin—still sought after today by aficionados of fine jewelry.

Diving for Starfish: The Jeweler, the Actress, the Heiress, and One of the World's Most Alluring Pieces of Jewelry #ad - Obsessed with the pin after she saw it in the private showroom of a Manhattan jewelry merchant, Cherie Burns set off on a journey to find out all she could about the elusive pins and the women who owned them. Diving for starfish is the story of these marvelous pieces of jewelry and the equally dazzling women who loved them.

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The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll

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The History Press #ad - The duke won a divorce, but this had a dramatic effect on Margaret's life. But in 1963, the year of the profumo affair, the 11th Duke of Argyll shocked the country when he alleged that his adulterous wife had slept with over eighty men behind his back. The grit in the pearl is a meticulously researched and powerful biography, which acts as a potent lens on various themes in the last century: fame, sex, the media, power, privacy, and relationships between classes.

On the verge of financial destitution, she fell from grace and was abandoned by most of her friends prior to her death in a nursing home in Pimlico in 1993. Lyndsy spence tells a tragic story of the life and downfall of this fascinatingly complex woman, and shows how she fell victim to a cruel husband, harsh social mores and an unforgiving class.

The Grit in the Pearl: The Scandalous Life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll #ad - He produced, as his evidence, a set of sexually explicit Polaroid photographs and explosive love letters. It uses hitherto unpublished sources, an unexpurgated transcript of her divorce trial, including taped conversations, interviews and letters. Margaret, duchess of argyll 1912-1993 was an international celebrity in her youth, adored and observed by millions.

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Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About Style

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Her romantic conquests, appearing in vogue and harper's bazaar and - at the end of her life - retreating to Taos, though, paled in comparison to her triumph in the fashion world where she electrified the fashionistas by becoming the muse to designer Charles James, New Mexico where she popularized Southwestern style.

A fascinating portrait of the standard Oil heirerss and legendary American trendsetter Millicent RogersNobody knew how to live the high life like Millicent Rogers. Born into luxury, she lived in a whirl of beautiful homes, European vacations, exquisite clothing and handsome men. In searching for beauty, cherie burns chronicles Rogers's glittering life from her days as a young girl afflicted with rheumatic fever to her debutante debut and her Taos finale.

Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, the American Heiress Who Taught the World About Style #ad - . A rebellious icon of the age, remarried and romanced, she eloped with a penniless baron, divorced, danced tangos in European nightclubs, among others, Clark Gable. With searching for beauty, like diana vreeland and Babe Paley, Millicent Rogers enters the pantheon of great American women who, put their distinctive stamp on American Style.

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The Price of Illusion: A Memoir

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Atria Books #ad - From joan juliet buck, and paris—“if you loved the devil wears prada, new york, los angeles, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and “one of the most compelling personalities in the world of style” New York Times comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, you’ll adore The Price of Illusion” Elle.

In a book as rich and dramatic as the life she’s led, and fame to reveal, fashion, sensual prose, in stunning, Joan Juliet Buck takes us into the splendid illusions of film, the truth behind the artifice. The vivid adventures of this thoughtful, incisive writer at the hub of dreams across two continents over fifty years are hilarious and heartbreaking.

The Price of Illusion: A Memoir #ad - . The only child of a volatile movie producer betrayed by his dreams, she became a magazine journalist at nineteen to reflect and record the high life she’d been brought up in, a choice that led her into a hall of mirrors where she was both magician and dupe. After a career writing for Vogue and Vanity Fair, she was named the first American woman to edit Vogue Paris.

Including a spectacular cast of carefully observed legends, this is the moving account of a remarkable woman’s rocky passage through glamour and passion, and stars just look at the index!, monsters, filial duty and family madness, in search of her true self.

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The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society

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Pegasus Books #ad - After the war the story continued as the château changed hands and prince Aly Khan used it to entertain the Hollywood set, as well as launch his seduction of and eventual marriage to Rita HayworthBringing a bygone era back to life, Mary Lovell cements her spot as one of our top social historians in this captivating and evocative new book.

. The author of the bestselling the sisters: the saga of the mitford family brings her trademark brio and relish to the charming and fascinating world of the Château de l'Horizon on the French RivieraThe Riviera Set reveals the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Château de l'Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Aly Khan in 1960.

The Riviera Set: Glitz, Glamour, and the Hidden World of High Society #ad - At the heart of dynamic group was the amazing maxine elliott, doris castlerosse and daisy fellowes, the duke and Duchess of Windsor and two very saucy courtesans, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, who built the beautiful art deco Château and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Aga Khan, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill as he worked on his journalism and biographies during his 'wilderness years' in the thirties.

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The Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Her rumored affairs with Napoleon III and the future King Edward VII kept gossip columns full. A consummate show-woman, she ensured that her life—and even her death—remained shrouded in just enough mystery to keep her audience hungry for more. Spectacularly evoking the sights and sounds of mid- to late nineteenth-century Paris in all its hedonistic glory, Catherine Hewitt’s biography tells, the forgotten story of a remarkable woman who, though her roots were lowly, for the first time ever in English, never stopped aiming high.

But her glamorous existence hid a dark secret: she was no comtesse. Yet she transformed herself into an enchantress who possessed a small fortune, fabulous carriages, three mansions, and art the envy of connoisseurs across Europe. Valtesse was born into abject poverty, raised on a squalid backstreet among the dregs of Parisian society.

The Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret #ad - Catherine hewitt's the mistress of Paris is a fantastically readable biography of a nineteenth-century Parisian courtesan who harbored an incredible secret. A gorgeous, smart, hard-working, ambitious, steely autodidact and businesswoman whose product was herself, Valtesse would be totally at home in our self-branding society.

The new york times book reviewcomtesse valtesse de la Bigne was painted by Édouard Manet and inspired Émile Zola, who immortalized her in his scandalous novel Nana.

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