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CURRENT READING: IMPERIAL BEDROOMS: BRET EASTON ELLIS

The actual title of Imperial Bedrooms  is immaterial and irrelevant.  Bret Easton Ellis is the brand that sells.The actual title of Imperial Bedrooms is immaterial and irrelevant. Bret Easton Ellis is the brand that sells.

Let's not even try to review Bret Easton Ellis' new novel, "Imperial Bedrooms"

CURRENT READING: "Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, in Two Volumes

Primitive...Modern...Post Modern..it's all namecallingPrimitive...Modern...Post Modern..it's all namecalling

"Primitivism" In 20th Century Art : Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, the 1984 show at MOMA was one of those legendary exhibitions

CURRENT READING: DAVID HICKS: A LIFE IN DESIGN : RIZZOLI

Hicks’ incredibly privileged  lifestyle fed a highly dramatic , socially charged idea of decoratingHicks’ incredibly privileged lifestyle fed a highly dramatic , socially charged idea of decorating

Of all the legends of David Hicks, this one is my favorite.

CURRENT READING: Graphic Masterpieces of Yakov G. Chernikhov: The Collection of Dmitry Y. Chernikhov: DOM

Chernikov drew by hand what today can seem only possible with a computer.Chernikov drew by hand what today can seem only possible with a computer.

I came across the most touching story this weekend via the ilovetypography.com and it inspired the purchase of this book. Here is an excerpt of the inspiring James Puckett review of Chernikhov's masterworks

CURRENT READING: ARTFORUM APRIL 2010

Artforum gives great head spaceArtforum gives great head space

"Only a handful of modern thinkers have had so profound an impact on our understanding of the world as Claude Lévi-Strauss, whose revelatory application of linguistic theory to the field of anthropology—in tracts such as The Elementary Structures of Kinship (1949), Tristes Tropiques (1955), and The Raw and the Cooked (1964)—gave birth to a structuralist model that forever transformed the studies of art history and literature, psychology and sociology. In the opening decades of the twenty-first century, his rethinking of global cultures and circuits of exchange has never been more relevant. "

Thomas Crow, Michael Taussig, and Sylvère Lotringer in Artforum April 10

CURRRENT READING: Paris "Vogue": Covers: 1920-2009 : Sonia Rachline and Carine Roitfeld (Thames and Hudson)

Edurado Garcia Benito: Vogue Paris: Feb 1929Edurado Garcia Benito: Vogue Paris: Feb 1929

On the heels of the collected Meisel Vogue Italia covers,here comes a compilation of almost 100 years of Vogue Paris covers.

CURRENT READING: Pierre Cardin Evolution: Furniture and Design

The madness and the genius: Pierre Cardin's "Maison Bulle" in CannesThe madness and the genius: Pierre Cardin's "Maison Bulle" in Cannes

Pierre Cardin apparently has claimed the legend, "the inventor of prêt-à-porter" and that indicates that he is a fearless man.

Current Reading: House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival : Deborah Ball

That inimitable Versace taste point could see a come back: PH AvedonThat inimitable Versace taste point could see a come back: PH Avedon

I suspect half of the New York fashion industry read this book this weekend because tragedy and all, you can't seem to get Versace out of your head.

CURRENT READING: THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE: MARILYN BENDER

Babe Paley: Icon from the era of Marilyn Bender's "The Beautiful People"Babe Paley: Icon from the era of Marilyn Bender's "The Beautiful People"

"Too many manufacturers lose sight of the fact that Americans don't have to overspend on clothing to prove a point and that they are conditioned to receiving value for their fashion dollar. The merchandise must fit and it must stand up against a certain amount of wear and tear. If it is supposed to be a folly or a gag then it must be cheap. Jokes do not bear repeating. The most expensive ready made American clothes are as well put together as the made to order creations of the Paris couturiers and they cost about the same but only apply to a sliver of the population....The American fashion industry's continuing and massive inferiority complex works against the consumer"

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