4.30.2008

Alexander McQueen Crocodile pumps


Alexander McQueen reworks the classic black pump by updating a traditional look in super-luxe crocodile. The Black crocodile pumps with a 115mm / 4.5 inch heel and a 30mm / 1 inch concealed platform have a square toe with a silver cap.

Auguste Racinet, The Complete Costume History


Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet`s Le Costume historique was the most wide-ranging and intelligent study of clothing ever published. Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through the end of the 19th century, the great work—"consolidated" in 1888 into 6 volumes containing nearly 500 plates—remains, to this day, completely unique in its scope and detail. Racinet`s organization by culture and subject has been preserved in TASCHEN`s magnificent and complete reprint, as have excerpts from his delightful descriptions and often witty comments. Perusing these beautifully detailed and exquisitely colored illustrations, you`ll discover everything from the garb of ancient Etruscans to traditional Eskimo attire to 19th century French women`s couture. Though Racinet`s study spans the globe from ancient times through his own, his focus is on European clothing from the Middle Ages to the 1880s and this subject is treated with exceeding passion and attention to detail. The Complete Costume History is an absolutely invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; it is also an immensely fascinating and inspirational book for anyone with an interest in clothing and style.

CONTENTS:
Part I – The Ancient World (Egypt, Assyria, Israel, Persia and Phrygia, Greece, Etruscan, Greco-Roman, Rome, Barbarian Europe, Celts and Gauls)
Part II – The 19th Century - Beyond the Borders of Europe (Oceania, Africa, Eskimos, North American Indians, Mexican Indians, South American Indians, China, Japan, India, Ceylon, Middle East, Orient, Turkey)
Part III – Europe 400-1800 (Byzantium, France-Byzantine, Poland, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, England, Holland)
Part IV – Traditional Costume Till the Late 19th Century (Scandinavia, Holland, Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France)
Part V - Patterns and Templates

Lalique Limited Edition Turtle Vase


Lalique - known for their exquisite crystal work has launched the Limited Edition Turtle Vase named after the reptile due to its design which imitates the shell of a turtle. This vase is from their Sculpture d’lumiere collection and is available in both black and white crystal versions.

Wineside Test Tube Wine Testers


Wineside allows Paris is offering Wineside Test Tube Wine Testers at Colette, the tubes allows wine lovers to sample multiple selections of quality wines.

A wide selection of sweet and classic wines are offered, including Muscat and Sauterns for sweets, and Pomerol and Chateau Neuf du Pape for classics. Sweets come in 6cl tubes, whereas classics are available in 6cl and 10cl variants.

The flat-based glass tubes with flavor-protecting screw tops are sold both individually or in packages, which offer introductions to differing varieties, years or regions.

Bugatti plans open-air Veyrons


Bugatti is planning a production run of open-air Veyrons. According to AutoExpress, the targa Veyron will use a 6.0L W16 and starts at about £900,000. The targa Veyron is expected to come with a top speed of 217 mph.

Ebony Ring Necklace


This unusual necklace by Paola Napoli for CoutureLab features beautiful African materials. Integrated between the strings of polished onyx are 18 karat gold beads. The hand-threaded onyx and gold beads are secured with the pass through gold trimmed ebony pendant.

julian mayor ‘impression’ chair



With Impression, julian mayor devised a chair that carves the recess a human shape occupies out of a 3D grid, creating a realization of a graphic model. Impression was created from the map of a person’s seat that was then digitized and sectioned on a computer.

“The way a computer sees is so imprinted into our visual acceptance of things that I created a chair that would look in reality as it would on a screen,” says Julian.

FASHION NOTEBOOK NEEDLE


assouline offer this Leather-bound notebook with fashion illustrations by Fran├žois Berthoud. The book features Signature cotton ribbon to mark the page and 144 ivory pages with silver foil edges

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