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April 19 2014

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Betony Vernon’s Boudoir Bible

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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 Style.com 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.

Why?
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” »

Bookmarc Celebrates Close To Two Decades Of Beck

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As a celebrated portraitist, photographer Autumn de Wilde has been focusing her lens on indie musicians—Elliott Smith, the White Stripes, and Death Cab for Cutie, among them—for years. She’s been photographing her friend Beck Hansen for a full 17, creating a body of work that’s become the new book BECK. Both were on hand yesterday at L.A.’s Bookmarc to sign copies.

“She was just there taking photos for years at a time when no one else around was taking them,” Hansen explained; the two first met at 1995′s Lollapalooza festival. “Stuff was happening, we were touring, making albums and nobody was ever documenting anything. She was the first person to come along.”

“And then as our relationship grew, we would start doing full portrait sessions,” de Wilde added. She eventually went on to photograph covers for his albums, including 2002′s Sea Change, his favorite of their collaborations. “That was really the first time we sat down to do a photo. Before that she was just coming over to hang out,” Beck said, with de Wilde calling it their first official photo shoot.

The book consists of 170 shots, including intimate portraits, captured moments from select performances, and even images documenting the recording of Beck’s 1998 album Mutations. “We were documenting that time period in portraiture and sometimes I was just purely following,” de Wilde said. “Our relationship has shifted a lot; I either disappear or I take charge.”

Photo: David Crotty / PatrickMcMullan.com

When Marc Met Carine

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Paris fashion’s long-reigning provocateuse has been spending her days and nights in New York lately and it’s been a buzzy kind of love affair. In the city, it’s been all about Carine Roitfeld—from her creative consulting contract for Barneys, to her fashion week karaoke fete to her new book, Irreverent. On a chilly Friday evening, the former French Vogue editor was signing copies at Marc Jacobs’ Bookmarc, and despite the brisk weather, fans devotedly waited their turn in line outside, and Jacobs ducked past the crowd for a quick hello. Also in town from Paris, the designer has gotten to know the editor/stylist on both sides of the pond. He spoke with Style.com about Roitfeld’s impact on the industry (with a few words here and there from the lady herself).


What are your thoughts on Carine’s impact on fashion?
Marc Jacobs: Who else could write a book, or do a book, called Irreverent, right? If anything—if anyone—is irreverent, it would be Carine Roitfeld. She has a mission in fashion. She’s a great editor, a really creative voice and she’s a wonderful mother. And she’s a soon-to-be grandmother. So, how many people can look like this, have an incredible eye for fashion, make memorable images, raise beautiful children and become a grandmother?

Carine Roitfeld: I’ll be pushing a stroller very soon. [laughs]

MJ: And take her grandchild to the park. C’est pas mal.

Have you two worked together before? Is anything in the works?
CR: Not so many projects.

MJ: We’re trying to think of a little project for us to do together.

Marc, do you think Carine has redefined “French chic”?
MJ: I never like to classify things as Italian, French, American. I think what makes Carine so individual to me is that she has such a strong, identifiable style. It’s a bit rock and roll; it’s sex and glamour; it’s cool. I hate the word “edgy” and I hate the word “cool,” but “irreverent” is really cool.

Is her work something you pay attention to whether on a personal level or in work?
MJ: You look forward to things when Carine is involved. You look forward to what she’s doing, who she’s working with, what clothes she’s using. There is always something you don’t expect; you just don’t know. It’s really inspiring.

Photo: bfanyc.com