Assouline Publishing : Liberty London
I've always been an avid lover of books, I love reading and find it theraputic - even when flicking through a glossy high-fashion magazine! It's no surprise then, that I find myself enthralled by Assouline's vast selection of Luxury books on Fashion, Art, Design, Travel, Culture and Architecture. My current love is the Chanel Slipcase : A newly updated book trilogy, that unfolds the history, spirit, and brand of the house of Chanel - from the modernity of Coco Chanel to the present innovations of Karl Lagerfeld. The slipcase set includes three memoirs celebrating her revolutionary style: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Jewelry, and Chanel Perfume.
As one of my all-time favourite Luxury Fashion Houses and Designers, Gabrielle Chanel has always been a true inspiration to me, and influenced a lot of my likes in Fashion and Beauty. She had the ability not only to predict the evolution of contemporary fashion, but also to see its future. Chanel was a true adventurer, always on the go but also sure of her tastes which transformed twentieth-century fashion. If like me, you are a follower of Chanel, I can assure you - you will truly appreciate this trilogy...
Chanel Fashion has been compiled and written by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, who has not only worked on numerous articles on Fashion that have appeared in Vogue, ELLE Decor and Glamour, but is also the author of Sam Spiegel. Chanel Jewelry is by Vincent Meylan, author of Queen's Jewels, also published by Assouline, whilst Chanel Perfume is bY Martine Marcowith - a Fashion writer and Beauty Editor of Marie Claire France.
If you really want to take a look at this stunning quilted Slipcase, you can so at all Assouline Boutiques Worldwide - for London this would be in Liberty London (once you've entered this treasure chest, you won't want to come out!) and through www.assouline.com, where it can also be purchased.
Another Book I have my eye on - again, published by Assouline, is Loris Azzaro, an illustrated retrospective of the iconic luxury brand. Loris Azzaro arrived in Paris and opened his first shop in the 1960s and was best known for designing non-couture pieces for stars such as Raquel Welch and Sophia Loren...
The French Designer created flowing, sexy and glamorous customized gowns for evening parties and was often found hobnobbing among the “happy few” of the planet, from the yacht bridge to the poolside of the jet-set! Seduction and glamour are an inherent part of the Azzaro image, resulting from a relationship to the body founded on freedom - the freedom of mind and body that marked the 1970s, a transgressive decade with no restrictions, where avant-garde fashion and photography celebrated bareness.
The book presents the fashion house at it's best - the quintessential sun-infused brand of the Mediterranean with fluid fabrics, vibrant and frank colours such as Mediterranean Blue, Emerald Green, Pure White, presented across glossy pages : The timeless characteristics of Azzaro Couture. Loris Azzaro is also available to purchase through Assouline - both in-boutique and online.