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Ann Demeulemeester [Books]

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Style.com:


“The book shows my work in pictures,” Demeulemeester told Style.com. “I wanted to show everything as it was seen in its time, and to show the evolution of my collections from the beginning. Every collection is represented in the book.” It also features an introduction by her longtime friend Patti Smith. Both Demeulemeester and Smith will be at Barneys this Wednesday night, the former signing books and the latter performing. Like we said, Demeulemeester has a personal touch. She answered our questions about the book via e-mail.


[Amazon | Rizzoli]

Refinery29: Style Stalking [Books]

Refinery29 Style Stalking

Fashionista: Refinery29’s Founders on Their New Book and Having Fun With Fashion



If you've ever tried to DIY your own Yasmin Sewell look or assemble a crop-top ensemble worthy of Shiona Turini, you're probably in the target audience for Refinery29's new street-style-inspired book, Style Stalking. The coffee-table tome, out today, features all your favorite street-style stars showing off their most snap-worthy looks. Christene Barberich, Refinery29's editor-in-chief, and Piera Gelardi, the site's executive creative director —  the book's co-authors — sat down for a chat, in a manner of speaking: The jet-setting Barberich was at the airport en route back from a fashion week, while Gelardi, who logs plenty of miles on her own, was in New York, recovering from the previous night's Alex Wang x H&M spectacular.


[Amazon]

Hair: Guido

Hair Guido Palau

T Style:


Their latest endeavor, “Hair” (Rizzoli, out today) [Amazon], is a book of 70 images that represents something of a departure from those street-focused days of yore, and instead depicts models with dressed hair and slightly fixed gazes set against whitewashed backgrounds.

[David] Sims and [Guido] Palau sat down with T to discuss this new aesthetic, style codes from their youth and what drives their work forward.

'Asylum of the Birds' by Roger Ballen [Books]

Roger Ballen 'Asylum of the Birds'

Asylum of the Birds
Roger Ballen
Release Date: 22 April 2014
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson

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Description:


Asylum of the Birds showcases his iconic photographs, which were all taken entirely within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which remains a tightly guarded secret. The inhabitants of the house, both people and animals, and most notably the ever-present birds, are the cast who perform within a sculptural and decorated theatrical interior that the author creates and orchestrates.

The resulting images are compelling and dynamic, existing somewhere between still life and portrait. They are richly layered with graffiti, drawings, animals, and found objects. In a world where photographers seek to avoid definition, Roger Ballen is a true original who not only defies genres, but has defined his own artistic space as well. 90 duotone illustrations


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Book | O.Z. Olivier Zahm Diary

O.Z. Olivier Zahm Diary

Rizzoli:


O.Z.: Olivier Zahm: Diary
Written by Olivier Zahm, Text by Glenn O'Brien and Donatien Grau

Pub Date: September 16, 2014
Format: Trade Paperback
Trim Size: 8-1/4 x 12
US Price: $85.00

About This Book

The man behind Purple magazine is the chronicler of his generation, exposing the lifestyles of the creative elite through his intimate, autobiographical photographs.


[Amazon]

Purienne [Hardcover]

Description (Amazon):



Purienne HardcoverVoyeuristic, sun-drenched, and sexually charged, the photographs of Henrik Purienne offer high-fashion escapism. "What is an average day like for Henrik Purienne?" an interviewer once asked. "I wouldn't know," the South African photographer replied. Unless, of course, average can be defined as hedonistic, sun-drenched, and beachside. Draped across a vintage car or an unmade bed, rolling in the sand, or standing waist-high in an endless ocean, the subjects of Purienne's photographs convey a sexuality that's as nostalgic as it is au courant, at once innocent and sultry. The founder of Mirage magazine, Purienne always seems to have his camera pointed away from real life and toward a fantasy of beautiful girls with nothing on their minds but fun, and even less on their bodies. Paging through these stunning photographs, however, readers will appreciate Purienne's adroit staging and composition, ingenious use of light, and impeccable styling--all the skills that have made him one of today's most sought-after fashion photographers.

Creativity, Inc.

John Siracusa on the book Creativity, Inc.



Indeed, Catmull most often uses himself as an example of someone who has failed to see through to the heart of a problem. This is the true strength of the book. Unlike so many other tech-industry memoirs and business books, Creativity, Inc. is not an abstract exploration of a philosophy, nor is it a list of accomplishments interspersed with bold commandments. Instead, it is a deep, thoughtful investigation of a never-ending series of failures—and the reactions to those failures that eventually led to success.


In another piece of his, from 2009, which he links to from the above article, and absolutely worth the read:



it's true that a critic's eye is useless without an artist's hand. But an artist without a critical eye is even more ineffectual.


There lies the issue with fashion photography: The abundance of compliments and lack of true [and negative] criticism.

How Common Sense Fails Us

Excerpt From: Duncan J. Watts's Everything Is Obvious. A book I'm currently reading, and highly recommend if this subject matter is of interest to you: How Common Sense Fails Us.

Beginning of chapter 8:


Of all the prognosticators, forecasters, and fortune-tellers, few are at once more confident and yet less accountable than those in the business of predicting fashion trends. Every year, the various industries in the business of designing, producing, selling, and commenting on shoes, clothing, and apparel are awash in predictions for what could be, might be, should be, and surely will be the next big thing. That these predictions are almost never checked for accuracy, that so many trends arrive unforeseen, and that the explanations given for them are only possible in hindsight, seems to have little effect on the breezy air of self-assurance that the arbiters of fashion so often exude. So it’s encouraging that at least one successful fashion company pays no attention to any of it.

That company is Zara, the Spanish clothing retailer that has made business press headlines for over a decade with its novel approach to satisfying consumer demand. Rather than trying to anticipate what shoppers will buy next season, Zara effectively acknowledges that it has no idea. Instead, it adopts what we might call a measure-and-react strategy. First, it sends out agents to scour shopping malls, town centers, and other gathering places to observe what people are already wearing, thereby generating lots of ideas about what might work. Second, drawing on these and other sources of inspiration, it produces an extraordinarily large portfolio of styles, fabrics, and colors—where each combination is initially made in only a small batch—and sends them out to stores, where it can then measure directly what is selling and what isn’t. And finally, it has a very flexible manufacturing and distribution operation that can react quickly to the information that is coming directly from stores, dropping those styles that aren’t selling (with relatively little left-over inventory) and scaling up those that are. All this depends on Zara’s ability to design, produce, ship, and sell a new garment anywhere in the world in just over two weeks—a stunning accomplishment to anyone who has waited in limbo for just about any designer good that isn’t on the shelf.