The 1970s are experiencing a resurgence of cool. Rescuing the decade from parody, this study is sensationally illustrated, meticulously researched, and wittily written. Once dismissed as the decade of avocado suites, lava lamps and shag-pile carpets, the period is now being enthusiastically mined for trends from the fashion, music, literature and groove of the time….
It is not unusual to see the colours and hear the rhythms of Africa at runway shows in Paris, New York, or Milan. But despite its influence on Western designers, African fashion is still struggling to make itself known. With the ambitious pursuit of reinventing urban fashion, many young African designers are breaking away from…
Starting in the 20th century, the American accessory designer looked to Europe and then said, “I can do better.” In a book commissioned by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and edited by Candy Pratts Price, their achievements are revealed: a century of objects of necessity and desire.
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.
Yuppies, Yippies, Jet Setters, Bright Young Things, Generation X, Generation Y… and now the Gypset. Fusing the ease and carefree lifestyle of a gypsy with the sophistication of the jet set, the Gypsetters are artists, surfers, designers, and bon vivants who live and work around the globe, from Jose Ignacio, Uruguay and Ibiza, Spain, to Montauk, New York
Throughout history, hairstyles have conferred status. Cleopatra wore elaborate braids; Marie-Antoinette’s contemporaries competed to pile their hair outrageously high; punk fashion made a fetish of spiked and dyed hair. Hair expresses our individuality, and fashion designers, photographers, and style gurus love its infinite possibilities.
The high-heeled shoe conjures self-assured allure and erotic intoxication like no other item of women’s wear. Just recently the high heel has undergone a massive resurgence in popularity, in part reinventing itself through an overt invoking of fetish, with which the heel has of course always had some relationship.
The movies made in the studios of Bombay brimming with ravishing eyes, generous hips, ample breasts, syrupy music, and sultry dance routines, and set in wedding-cake decors have spawned a distinct style now identified by a succinct moniker: Bollywood.
Initiated and conceived by Midori Kitamura, this definitive history of Issey Miyake offers unique insight into the designer’s unrivalled vision and daring. With stunning photographs by Yuriko Takagi and an essay from leading cultural figure Kazuko Koike, the book is an encyclopedic reference to Miyake’s material and technical innovation from the earliest days of his career.
Representing Jean-Paul Goude’s life and work from the late 1960s up to the present, the book spans Goude’s years at Esquire; his revolutionary work with Grace Jones, his videos for MTV and for Azzedine Alaia; his advertising work for Chanel, and more.
Just in time for the return of the suit comes this bible of men’s dressy style, its accoutrement and lifestyle accompaniments: a fashion handbook and treasure trove of ideas tailored to the contemporary male or metrosexual.