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Friday, October 4, 2013

Book review: 'Beyond Chic: Great Fashion Designers at Home'

Five years ago, photographer Ivan Terestchenko was asked to capture the magic that was the private world of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé. The resulting tome swiftly came to rest in the pantheon of great interiors books.

 (You're welcome.)

With Beyond Chic: Great Fashion Designers at Home, Terestchenko (above) revisits past projects and charms us with new ones - each exploring the homes of the movers and shakers of fashion.

Several of the spaces were shot in the 1990s, before the advent of digital photography. The focus is softer, warmer and more intimate.

The reader is welcomed into homes rarely seen, including the Paris studio (above) of the notoriously reclusive Azzedine Alaia. Shots of the designer at work give a glimpse of the genius even few in the fashion world can claim to know intimately.

Included are the sultry Marrakesh riad of Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani, the Classic-ly appointed Victorian house of uber cobbler Manolo Blahnik in Bath, the ruthlessly edited townhouse of mall handbag titan Reed Krakoff, and the St. Mortiz schloss of Giorgio Armani dominated by a rearing (presumably) Deyrolle polar bear.

The final home featured in the book is that of Stefano Pilati. It's only fitting Terestchenko wrap with the Paris apartment of the man who designed for YSL (the brand) for eight years. The home was later shot by another photographer for Architectural Digest and the difference in approach and subject interest is notable. The magazine feature reads like an overlit catalog of Pilati's auction booty, while Terestchenko's photos are a deep and dream-like, an homage to a rare collector.

All photos by Ivan Terestchenko, courtesy The Vendome Press.

My thanks to Meghan Phillips of The Vendome Press for the review copy!


Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Love the eye candy, and he's included! Im dying to get that book. Thanks for your guest posting today Raina, and have a great weekend.
xo Nancy


Dear Raina,
Very touched by your kind review. Most reviews focus on location only, specially if of famous people but seldom care to look at what it actually shows and how the story is told. In few words you conveyed the subtlety of it all and which has not escaped you. I take pride in having such readers as you. All best, with gratitude, Ivan

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