August 27 2014

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Betony Vernon’s Boudoir Bible


Betony Vernon is a bona fide sexual anthropologist. (How many of those did you meet at your high-school career fair?) With a background in fashion and design, she has translated her more than twenty-five-year embrace of what most would consider S-M, or bondage, into a seductive luxury jewelry line called Sado-Chic, as well as erotic advisement (for everyone from couples to fashion magazines—she’s even appeared in Purple, French Vogue, and The New York Times) and now a new book. Titled The Boudoir Bible: The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today, the surprisingly upbeat and joyful tome teaches and encourages readers to experiment with untraditional bedroom antics in order to enhance what she calls “the sexual ceremony.” She aims to debunk S-M myths, open our minds, and foster a frank comprehension of new ways to give, receive, and reach the pinnacle of pleasure. Sexual knowledge is sexual power, she asserts, and much of the book is dedicated to understanding one’s own body, as well as learning how to properly use various titillating instruments—from feathers to floggers—which she refers to as “tools.”

This is all mapped out via tasteful drawings by Vernon’s longtime friend, fashion illustrator François Berthoud. (“You know, the illustrations were the only way to go. If I used photography, it would have become pornographic,” she laughs.) Vernon will be hosting a Valentine’s evening book signing tonight at Bookmarc in the West Village. And here, the redheaded expert on all things amour talks to about The Boudoir Bible, sex in fashion, and how to make the most of your V-Day.

I saw that you dedicated The Boudoir Bible to your parents. Considering it’s a sex book, that was a little surprising.
I thought about it a whole lot. My mother is my biggest fan, and my parents made me. They went through a messy divorce, but they loved each other a whole lot, and I was a product of that. So I can only thank them. But I suppose it is something that could be seen as a surprise, because a lot of people don’t talk about sex with their parents. I think that’s a big mistake.

To speak about sex and pleasure as a parent, from a very early time, is really important. There’s a lot of confusion out there. It’s very interesting that we’re living in this sexed-out society, but there’s so little information in terms of real pleasure.

Is that lack of information why you wrote The Boudoir Bible?
I wrote it because I felt like it was missing. I’m now very clear on what I want and what I need to have fun, but in my sexual evolution, I kept running in to people, lovers, who were just not prepared. And everyone’s so serious about having sex. They forget that it’s one of the funniest things we can do. Continue Reading “Betony Vernon’s Boudoir Bible” »

Celebrating The Crystal Vision In Paris


The weather outside was frightful, but it would take more than six inches of snow to intimidate the revelers who packed into the Salon Anglais of the Four Seasons George V in Paris to fête the tenth anniversary of Swarovski Crystal Palace, the lighting and design arm of Swarovski’s multifaceted empire, and the publication of its anniversary tome, The Art of Light and Crystal. For their debut in the City of Light, an array of one-off Crystal Palace pieces—such as Light Sock by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the best-selling Blossom by Tord Boontje, and the giant, faceted Rock Crystal by Hariri and Hariri—were showcased in a tent in the hotel’s courtyard, where they will stay until mid-January. Meanwhile, the lobby greets visitors with sheets of crystal panels borrowed from the Oscar curtain and a scaled-down version of the Yves Béhar chandelier created for New York’s JFK airport.

The party was the culmination of a design steeplechase for Nadja Swarovski, who, having just come from the art and design fairs in Miami, yesterday presented the first Swarovski fragrance (on counters in March). No sooner was this temporary show mounted than she began polishing new projects. “This was my childhood dream,” she said as she surveyed the scene, dressed in a black Dior knit dress with a Holly Fulton necklace and Matthew Williamson cuff. “I grew up making bracelets out of pink crystal chandelier components. And there’s still so much to do—the possibilities are endless and we’ve only scratched the surface.” What might that mean? Swarovski allowed that more design-driven products are in the works, “but in an unexpected way.” Yes, she’ll still take emerging designers from runway to jewelry for Atelier Swarovski, but there may be new terrain yet to explore both with proven talents (Galliano is on her wish list) and in new fields (a music connection, perhaps?).

The crowd was chic, but these were not your usual suspects. Alongside perennial fashion fixtures such as stylist Catherine Baba and the model/athlete Aimee Mullins (left), jewelry designer Betony Vernon, and designer Nicolas Andreas Taralis were deliberately downtown characters, from a Midwestern dancer at the Opéra Garnier (in a crystal-laden Viktor & Rolf smoking jacket) to a Cossack in Nina Ricci heels and the rising indie music act known as Brigitte. And by day, the crystal-gloved DJ turned out to be none other than accessories designer Erik Halley (right, with Swarovski).

Photos: Olivier Borde