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Fashion books that offer more than good looks

Fashion books that offer more than good looks

fashion books usually appeal to the eye with zippy photographs, playful illustrations, arresting typefaces. But the best of them will offer something for the head and heart — a surprising point of view, thoughtful essays, a distinctive style — that makes the experience memorable. Consider these three new books: “John Galliano Unseen” (Yale University Press, $60) by Robert Fairer; “Food in Vogue” (Abrams, $75), edited by Taylor Antrim; and “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” (The Museum of Modern Art, $45) by Paola Antonelli and Michelle Millar Fisher.

Visuals — big, bold, almost impossibly saturated with color and often witty as hell — bring a delicious bite to “Food in Vogue,” a look at the fashion magazine’s approach to food over the decades. It’s an attitude best described as totemic rather than home ec/useful — and that’s the fun of it. I mean, who knew frozen vegetables could look so good? Well, Irving Penn did — and the proof is the very first photo, his, in the book.

Whether it’s “Chicken in Heels” from Helmut Newton in 2003 or a Eric Boman’s plush toy bunny climbing into a stewpot for 2014’s “Hop to It,” these images speak to something more elegant, exotic, urgently elemental than the usual what’s-for-dinner ho-hum. The photos are arranged in an order clearly meant to surprise and, perhaps, shock. The emotional zing is compounded by the oversized (10-by-13.4-inch) format that allows the images to practically leap from the page.

Adding to the appeal is a collection of food-themed articles and essays, notably from Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue’s much-lauded food columnist.

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Céline has launched e-commerce

Céline has launched e-commerce

As one of our favourite brands ever, Céline has proven itself as the ultimate in luxury, elegance and simplicity — and soon, you’ll be able to get it online.

According to WWD, the French brand announced it would be opening a French e-commerce store today.

Owned by LVMH, Céline is the only brand under the business’s umbrella that isn’t available online, meaning fans of the Phoebe Philo-designed label currently have to venture to one of the stores across the world — meaning no shopping from your bed. Lucky for French customers, that will now all change.

WWD has reported we can expect the e-commerce business to roll out in France as of now, and to the United States and Europe in 2018. Japan will be next, coming in 2019.

Apparently, Céline will “test the water” with a range of clothing collections, shoes and bags, rather than the brand’s entire offering.

Céline opened Melbourne and Sydney stores within the last 12 months, the first in Australia, causing a stir last Christmas when it arrived just in time for the holidays — a Céline-mas, if you will.

When the brand does reach Australia, we’ve got no doubt this will mean bad, bad things for our bank balances, but will definitely chic-up our wardrobes.

Watch this space.

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Rihanna and Gucci Won 2017 Fashion in Style

Rihanna and Gucci Won 2017 Fashion in Style

CAIRO – 3 December 2017: Queen Riri and Gucci have been named the King and Queen of 2017 since they have topped your fashion, style searches, and social media newsfeed.

The global fashion search platform, Lyst, has gathered all of the data from 80 million shoppers, 120 countries, 100 million searches, 5 million fashion products, 12,000 designers and stores to unveil exactly what we as consumers and fashion lovers have been following in 2017.

Gucci won hearts this year when they announced that they will no longer be using real fur or animal skin in their creations. This made them a favorite and Alessandro Michele’s creations have made a big statement using Gucci’s signature red and green, big logo and beautiful floral print all while gaining a giant cult following. The Gucci Marmont purse that has been popping up on your social media feed was also a big hit this year. Who knows, it may even become the next classic Chanel 2.55 handbag.

Comfort won in shoes this year (endless cheering); flat pool slide sandals are as gorgeous as they are comfortable.

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