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George Hurrell's Hollywood
George Hurrell's Hollywood
by Mark A. Vieira
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurrell's Hollywood, 6 Dec 2013
This is a truly exquisite book, it's large,thick and the production values are top-notch.
The book is the most comprehensive photographic account of Hurrell's amazing portraits. It contains hundreds of large crisp clear b/w portraits many of them have never been published before along with a couple of color photos as well.
The book is divided into chapters chronicling Hurrell's career and style. The text gives the right amount of information, while leaving the beautiful photos to speak for themselves.
This book is a must for all fans of Hollywood's lost glamour era and anyone appreciating beautiful photography.
Mr.Vieira and Running Press did a marvelous job producing this magnificent tome.


Staircase [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Staircase [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Richard Burton
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £10.71

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staircase, 2 Oct 2013
This is a sadly underrated classic film starring my all-time favorite the great Richard Burton and Rex Harrison.
This film has been buried for years although it was ahead of its time upon its release.
The acting is what is expected from two great actors, and the plot moves swiftly with a highly intelligent and entertaining screenplay.

It's about an odd couple (Burton & Harrison) who share the same house and barber shop. The humor rises from their contradicted personalities and points of view, yet they share genuine compassion for each other.
It is not openly discussing homosexuality but rather subtly hinting at the topic given the era of the film's release.
It is a feel-good movie about friendship, compassion , and appreciating those who love and care about us no matter what.


Dior Joaillerie: The Beauty and Craftsmanship of Dior Fine Jewelry
Dior Joaillerie: The Beauty and Craftsmanship of Dior Fine Jewelry
by Michele Heuze
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dior Joaillerie, 10 Jan 2013
This is a beautiful book documenting a large selection of beautiful Dior Jewelery.
The book is large and filled with full color photos as well as reproducing some artistic sketches.

The book is divided into chapters, each dealing with one of the motifs inspiring the illustrated pieces e.g.Couture, Roses, Belladone Island...etc. Each chapter is briefly introduced to explain the significance of each theme. At the end there is a photo index documenting the materials used to create each piece.

The only issues that I have with this book, is that some of the pieces are shown against a black background so the details are not that clear compared to the ones set against white backgrounds. I would have also liked to know the date of each piece. With that being said,the book is an attractive addition to any jewelery and fashion collections as it is the first comprehensive record on this subject.


The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited
The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited
by Karl Lagerfeld
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £58.11

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Disappointment!, 10 Jan 2013
I hate to write negative reviews, but I wholeheartedly disagree with the glaring reviews claiming that this joke-of-a-book is "spectacular"!!!!.

Luckily I didn't buy this book, as I got it as a gift and I don't plan on keeping it, its just a waste of space.

Where do I exactly start? The book is large and very heavy,yet oddly it is a paperback which could easily fall apart, and it's really hard to handle it. The size and binding make it a burden to try browsing the book's contents.

The inside is really lacking any artistic sense. All the photos are b/w, all the shots are taken against one lame grey background without any variations or nice touches to break the boring repetitive mood.

The whole book revolves around one single jacket!!! as if the house of Chanel never created various jacket designs throughout collections. Page after page there is nothing but one boring jacket worn in different styles already exhausted millions of times in different fashion shots, so basically nothing creative or even interesting is going on. Some shots looked ridiculous especially those of the male models. Most of the people chosen to model this single jacket seem random except for few celebrities, thus, making the book even less appealing.

This book has nothing to do with the house of Chanel, but has more to do with Lagerfeld's name, and the contents should have stayed in an exhibition form only. Fashion books should be colorful, creative, and showing a variety of designs and this book fails miserably on all those levels. Save your money and spend on other worthy books. If you want to see those photos, simply Google them, the entire depressing compilation is on display over there.


Celebrating Jewellery: Exceptional Jewels of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Celebrating Jewellery: Exceptional Jewels of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
by David Bennett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £48.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrating Jewellery, 9 Jan 2013
This is quite an impressive book. It's a true visual celebration of some incredible pieces of jewelry.
The book is very well-made and housed in a sturdy slip-case. The quality of printing and photography is simply outstanding.

The book is traces the main features of jewelry produced during the 19th and 20th centuries, with chapters briefly putting the pieces into their respective historical and artistic contexts.

Each chapter is followed by magnificent large colorful photos showing the beauty of each piece. The pieces are set against black backgrounds so the details and artistic craftsmanship are fully appreciated.

This book is more like a piece of art and is highly recommended for all fans of fine jewelry.


Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
by Harold Koda
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Schiaparelli and Prada, 9 Jan 2013
Another beautiful publication from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I've to admit I'm no Prada fan but I was attracted to this book on the prospect of having a chance to view some of Schiaparelli's beautiful creations.

This attractive book exceeded my expectations, it is beautifully bound and loaded with artistic fashion photography.
The photos present a mixture of clear archival images depicting Schiaparelli's elegant garments juxtaposed with colorful images from modern Prada collections. Each photo has captions revealing their respective dates.

The text in the book is concise, there is a brief introduction at the beginning of the book, then there are several booklets scattered between the images and they reproduce several comments by both ladies explaining their sources of inspiration, techniques, and their approach to creative design. The booklets may also contain some small photos, close-ups, or sketches. The layout of those pamphlets is nice as they don't affect the beauty of the illustrations and they are printed on high-quality paper.
This is a fine addition to any fashion and photography collection as it is both insightful and visually attractive.


Mario Testino. in Your Face
Mario Testino. in Your Face
by Mario Testino
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mario Testino. in Your Face, 9 Jan 2013
This is a catalog of Testino's first exhibition in the US. The book is compromised of a brief introduction and 122 photos spanning his 30 year career.

Let me start with some quibbles. There is this tendency in Testino's books where many photos are repeated over several different publications. This book is no exception. If you have such titles like: Mario Testino Portraits, Kate Moss, or the recently published Private View, then half of the photos in this book are to be found scattered within the pages of the before-mentioned titles. The rest of the plates however, are new.

As for the book format, it is really over-sized and nicely bound. The plates are exceptionally large, printed on high quality paper, and crisp clear. So it will make an attractive coffee table book.

Final verdict, if you're an avid Testino fan and collect all his books, you might as well like to add this one to your collection. But if you're a casual fan and own any of the titles mentioned above especially Private View, you may pass on this one. Check it out first in a book store and then make up your mind.


Mario Testino, Private View
Mario Testino, Private View
by Mario Testino
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mario Testino, Private View, 9 Jan 2013
This is a large thick book that is very well bound. It is an exhibition catalog held in Shanghai showing a large selection of Testino's past and present photographs. The photos are colorful, large and crisp and the book ends with a photo legend where all the photos are reproduced on a much smaller scale and each has a caption with the date.

The only quibbles I have with this book is that for those who have some of Testino's previous books, they will encounter some repetitions. Also at the beginning of the book, I felt that many pages were lost to printing the introduction and forward in both English and Chinese. Yes the exhibition was held in China but the translation could have been saved to non-English editions, as those pages could have been used to show more photographs instead, but this is just my own humble opinion.

Aside from this, this is an attractive book and would be a nice addition to any collection of fashion photography.


W: The First Forty Years
W: The First Forty Years
by Stefano Tonchi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.25

4.0 out of 5 stars W: The First Forty Years, 9 Jan 2013
This is an attractive picture book documenting the history of W magazine. The book features hundreds of large colorful photos and editorials spanning four decades from the magazine's early years when it was more like a newspaper to the very recent editorials.

W is famous for its avaunt-grande if not controversial photography and this is evident in the book. I'd say that it is a mixed bag of really attractive fashion photography and less attractive ones.

I guess some sections were weak like the section entitled "where", the big spenders section also included some random names that I did not recognize and could care less to read about. The thumbnails documenting all the magazine's covers since the first issue should have been enlarged in order to gain a better view of the covers like the books documenting the history of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

Final verdict, it is a nice picture book for fans of W and fashion photography, but as mentioned before it has several weaknesses and there was room for more improvements.


Vogue on: Coco Chanel (Vogue on Designers)
Vogue on: Coco Chanel (Vogue on Designers)
by Bronwyn Cosgrave
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.50

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vogue On...., 19 Sep 2012
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This book is among a new series introducing some key figures in fashion design, other titles include: Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, and Elsa Schiaparelli. The books act as a concise introduction to those famous designers, so for those who want to start building their fashion library, this might be a good start.

The books come in a nice size, well bound and printed on high-quality paper. Each book briefly traces the beginnings and the social and historical scene prevailing during the era of each designer and how this shaped their approach to the designing process.
As the titles imply, the books reproduce lots of clear fashion photography and drawings from the rich archives of Vogue to show key examples for each respective designer.

A nice addition to fans of fashion and photography.


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