Catherine Malandrino’s designs make the most of creative opposites: the utmost feminine lines temper an aggressive urban style, French chic combines with New York energy, a vibrant palette contrasts with the black…
Already renowned for the pioneering spirit she brought to fashion, Gabrielle Chanel rewrote the rulebook for perfumes when, in 1921, she launched a revolutionary fragrance: No.5. Its uniquely complex composition, which contrasted with the sobriety of its bottle and its disconcertingly simple name, suddenly made all other fragrances seem outdated and gave the world a lesson in modernity. An icon of the 20th century, the world’s most popular perfume laid the foundations for the style that was to distinguish all Chanel’s fragrances.
Learning Chinese is notoriously difficult and has long put off the most linguistically savvy Westerners …until now. Breaking down the Great Wall of language, ShaoLan Hsueh has unpicked Chinese characters and created a simple system for quickly understanding the basic building blocks of the written language.
The Montana woman embodied an extraordinary new image: razor- sharp tailoring and strong silhouettes with dramatic proportions and masculine lines, enlivened by an astonishing mix of detail and bold hues. Materials, colors, and cut were all vehicles for Claude Montana’s effervescent genius, and it was the Lanvin period in the early 1990s that marked the absolute high point of his creativity.
This is an essential reference to more than 50 international designers, brands, stores, blogs and websites that have shaped independent men’s fashion over the last decade and will define its trends in the years ahead
As populations grow, where and how we live is a major concern. Architects spend their time addressing the issue of housing, and converting spaces is often a more satisfactory solution than building from scratch. This book shows that with a bit of imagination all sorts of buildings can be converted into homes. Four chapters examine…
From the momentous invention of the needle some 40,000 years ago to the development of blue denim, this classic guide covers the landmarks of costume history, the forms and materials used through the ages, as well as the ways in which clothes have been used to protect, to express identity, and to attract or influence others.
A self-confessed â€œplain dresser,â€ Katharine Adams instead dazzles the world with the fabulous collection that is Couturier Dreams. Gorgeous ï¬‚oating emulsion â€œgarmentsâ€ dance on every page, with a
This collection of essays by architect Mario Gooden investigates the construction of African American identity and representation through the medium of architecture. These five texts move between history, theory, and criticism to explore a discourse of critical spatial practice engaged in the constant reshaping of the African Diaspora.
With text by Diane De Beer, Decade Of Design is a visual journey celebrating the past 10 years of architecture and design by the firm Mathews & Associates Architects, presented in a hardcover coffee table book.
For many years planning was something done in the name of progress by distant committees with the abstract aim of tidying boundaries and controlling growth. In the past decade, however, heavy-handed ideology has given way to a new generation of planners from diverse backgrounds—architecture, landscape, even art and performance—who seek fresh, creative ways of working with communities.