Last day of school before Thanksgiving break, thought I should make it a more intellectual post.
Passed, (and later went into) this lovely book store on 10th Ave. down in Chelsea, around 21st St.
Book stores are one of my Top 3 favorite places to visit, and this one has definitely been added to the list.
I am a huge fan of those wildly expensive fashion coffee table books. For Christmas last year I received In Vogue which I had been longing after for months. It is basically a biography of the fashion bible complete with stunning images, models galore, and one of the most interesting history lessons I have ever received.
A few weeks ago I found Extreme Beauty in Vogue at Anthropologie massively on sale for about $8 with tax. I was so excited that I pulled it out on the subway ride back to my apartment and promptly finished the whole thing. The photographs in this book, especially Irving Penn’s were some of the most visually interesting, thought provoking, and beautiful I have ever seen. Penn was a true genius of the art world and his work in Vogue I believe truly elevated the magazine to what it has become today.
A non-fictional book
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost It’s Luster by Dana Thomas.
This is such an incredible view into the world of luxury goods/fashion and how they have diminished over the years.
It cites Louis Vuitton bags, Hermes, Chanel perfume and the war against knock-offs in its well planned chapters.
I particularly like the insight she gives into the creators of the design houses and a look into their past that is rarely seen.
I have learned so much from this book and quote it probably a few times a week (then again I do go to FIT).
The New York Times did a wonderful book review about Deluxe and titled the article, “The Devil Wears Hermes (He Bought It at the Ceasers Palace Mall in Las Vegas),” which I think perfectly describes what the book is about, the diminishing of luxury goods.
And on that note, when every reality star can get their hands on an infamous Hermes Birkin bag, yet there are multi-year waiting lists for it, you know there is a problem.
Oh, and the cover is absolutely perfect!
A fictional book
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
I actually saw the movie first, staring Johnny Depp and Juliet Binoche, and then read the book about six years later and absolutely fell in love with it.
I really like it when the chapters are different characters, and while it was a bit confusing at first because just the voice and font changed (symbolizing a different character) once you got the hang of it, it flowed beautifully.
It is a wonderful story about Vianne Rocher young daughter Anouk,who move to the small village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes and open a chocolate shop (which was quite unheard of in this uptight religious town in the middle of Lent).
Vianne is able to help many people and upset a few others with her unconventional ways and amazing chocolate creations.
This is by far one of the best books (and movies) I have ever read, and I plan on reading the sequel The Girl with No Shadow as soon as I have time.