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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

File under "I CANNOT WAIT!"


In September, the CFDA [Council of Fashion Designers of America] will publish with Assouline “American Fashion Designers at Home,” a coffee-table book that will feature images of homes from some 115 of its members, including Carolina Herrera’s opulent Upper East Side digs, Donna Karan’s Zen-like Parrot Cay retreat and Josie Natori’s Paris pied-à-terre.

Elie Tahari's rooftop in SoHo.

Among the more familiar homes are CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg’s Cloudwalk estate in Connecticut and Ralph Lauren’s Double RL ranch in Telluride, Colo., but the book also aims to showcase some perhaps lesser published private environs, like Twinkle by Wenlan designer Wenlan Chia’s financial district loft to Virgins, Saints & Angels creator Cheryl Finnegan’s San Miguel de Allende retreat.

Michelle Smith's (Milly) living room.

Most of the images have been published before, and the interiors are as diverse as the designers behind them: for example, Elie Tahari’s modern SoHo triplex; Francisco Costa’s Murray Hill home in multiple shades of gray; Bob Mackie’s colorful explosion in Los Angeles, and the Kentucky horse farm that belongs to Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Some of the art is new, however, including Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg’s Polaroid of his living room featuring stacks of books topped with a colorful collection of troll dolls.

Angel Sanchez's living room.

[The book's author Rima] Suqi supplements the visuals with anecdotes, such as the time it took some to renovate their spaces. “Vanessa Noel took the prize for taking the longest with seven years,” Suqi recalled. “Kate and Andy Spade took three years.” J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons, meanwhile, took two years to renovate her Park Slope brownstone, during which time she lived in her husband Vincent Mazeau’s art studio with five others, a dog and two cats. “She was sleeping on a loft bed and had to go up and down a ladder while eight months pregnant,” Suqi said.

Donna Karan's guest house on Parrot Cay.

The foreword was written by Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Elle Decor, which was also responsible for many of the images in the book. The $65 tome will benefit the CFDA Foundation.

[WWD via Racked National]

9 comments:

MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

I see the homes liked a splash of yellow...even if only a pillow.

Marija said...

This is one of the few things I would pre-order and would die to get my hands on early. Now ... can it live up to my expectations?!?

DREAMER'S DEN said...

good lord almighty -- the best of two worlds in a book.
i would die to be a "guest" of donna karan.

lucitebox said...

I have a couple of A.D.s from the 80s with fashion designer's homes in them. It was likely a reflection of the times, but I swear, the homes are awful!

I'd love to see this book so I hope they carry it at my fav bookstore.

sherri said...

I want a guest house. I don't want a nun in my livign room. love that chandelier though.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

I want to be michelle smith. now.

erin@designcrisis said...

Your blow by blow was awesomeus maximus! Sounds like a super fab buy.

susieq said...

I'm pre-ordering it! Sounds beyond fabulous.

One of my very favorite decorating books is "Dressing the Home" which also features homes of fashion designers. Each home is so personal. Some are outrageously wild, others perfectly restrained. But all are interesting. Here's a link to it on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/2fsm5np. Bet you could pick it up used for practically nothing.

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

YUM. i love the nun painting in michelle smith's living room.