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April 20 2014

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The Final Countdown

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It might be too late to order that YSL gold-plated ring on Net-a-Porter that your sister really wanted for Christmas, or that leopard-print 3.1 Phillip Lim iPad case you meant to get your mom, but don’t give up hope of finding the perfect gift for your fashion-minded friends and family just yet. Throughout the year, a host of fashion-centric books have been released, from Christian Louboutin’s tome ($150) celebrating the art and history of his sexy stilettos to the more recently released retrospective book from Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Pretty Much Everything ($700). (To preview the book, check out images and an interview with the husband-and-wife photography team on Style.com). I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite good reads and coffee table-worthy books from the year (below). You can pick them up at a bookstore near you (click the links to locate a local retailer) or even easier, buy the Nook Book gift version (select books) on Barnesandnoble.com.

Chanel, Her Life, $58, www.steidlville.com

Christian Louboutin, $150, www.rizzoliusa.com

Deborah Turbeville: The Fashion Pictures, $85, www.rizzoliusa.com

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, $55, www.abramsbooks.com

Dior Couture, $115, www.rizzoliusa.com
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Raf Simons To Design Dior?

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The rumor mill churns again. With Marc Jacobs thought to be out of the running for the creative director position at Dior, some industry insiders are now speculating that Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons is Bernard Arnault’s latest target to take over the historic label.

Simons began his career as a menswear designer, founding his namesake men’s label in 1995, and adding women’s to his repertoire when he took over Jil Sander, for which he designs both men’s and womenswear, in 2005.

At Jil Sander, he’s tempered the minimalism of Sander’s own aesthetic with occasional blasts of color (as with his much-photographed neon collection for Spring 2011) and exaggerated shape (like the Fall 2009 collection, inspired in part by French ceramist Pol Chambost). Recent collections have found him experimenting with couture shapes (Fall 2011) and Dior’s own era, the fifties (Spring 2012).

WWD reports that the appointment is not confirmed and that several details, first among them timing, would need to be worked out. No mention has been made of Simons’ namesake menswear line, though Dior’s current menswear designer, Kris Van Assche, does maintain a separate label under his own name in addition to the one he creates for the house.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Elizabeth Taylor: The Collector

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“I wanted to share my collection with others so they could get a glimpse of the joys, the thrills, and the pure happiness that these beautiful creations have given me,” Elizabeth Taylor once said. It’s a line that now covers one of the purple walls at Christie’s New York, where the Hollywood legend’s jewels, clothes, handbags, and artwork have arrived after a two-month-long world tour. There’s the expected bling and baubles, most notably the Cartier Taj Mahal diamond (bidding to begin at $300,000), the 33.19-carat diamond ring Richard Burton bought her in 1968 (they were married—for the first time—in 1964), and the ruby necklace, bracelet, and earring set given to her by Mike Todd that she famously wore for laps in the pool.

But the famous jewels are only part of the story. “No one knew she had this enormous collection of clothing,” said Meredith Etherington-Smith, Christie’s curator for the Taylor fashion auction, during a private preview and luncheon of the exhibition this afternoon, co-hosted by Christie’s chairman Marc Porter and Orianne Collins. “We knew she would run around in caftans—we didn’t know Ms. Taylor was buying serious fashion for over 50 years. And when I say serious, I mean couture.”

Of course, there’s a chorus line of Taylor’s infamous Thea Porter caftans on display, but other highlights in the multi-floor exhibition are the evening bolero jackets by Gianni Versace (“some of the best things Versace ever did,” according to Etherington-Smith), Taylor’s Louis Vuitton luggage collection with lavender name tags (they read MINE), her red velvet Valentino evening gown (they were great friends), and her incredible collection of Dior evening dresses. “There’s the last Dior dress with red bugle beads that was designed for Taylor by John Galliano in 2010, and it comes with a wonderful letter explaining that no, it won’t be transparent when you wear it,” said Etherington-Smith. “At that point, she was confined to a wheelchair but she could still order up a mean Dior.”

Taylor, say the Christie’s team, was a collector and curator as much as a fashion plate. “This is about connoisseurship and collecting, not consumption,” Porter told Style.com. “To learn that she was one of the most refined collectors of our time was an absolute revelation.”

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor exhibition runs December 3-12, Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, $30 admission. Online auction runs December 3-16.

Photos: Ryan McCune / PatrickMcMullan.com

Designer Dolls For UNICEF, Marion Cotillard Is Lady Dior, Maison Martin Margiela Makes Moves In Asia, And More…

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Fashion houses, including Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, and Christian Dior, all pitched in to create designer dolls for UNICEF, with proceeds going to help vaccinate children in Darfur. Les Frimousses, as they are called, will be on auction at Paris’ Drouot Montaigne on December 13. [WWD]

Marc Jacobs is hosting a Halloween Beaux Arts Ball in Provincetown this weekend, designed by Bryan Rafanelli, who also planned Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. All 900 tickets for the event reportedly sold out in minutes. [Page Six]

The campaign doesn’t officially break until November 14, but a few of Marion Cotillard’s new Steven Klein-lensed ad campaign images have been released already. Styled by Giovanna Battaglia, the actress is showing off a crocodile-skin Lady Dior bag as she stands in front of the Hollywood hills. [Telegraph]

Maison Martin Margiela has just opened a new store in Beijing—its largest store to date. The three-story shop has a “complete range of womenswear, menswear, and home furnishings,” and just for fun, there’s a metallic slide going from the entrance of the store to the top floor. [Hint]

Photo: Steven Klein

Dior Pearl Pinball, McQueen Portrait Finds A Home, Andy Hilfiger’s Rock Shop, And More…

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This is our type of game: Dior pinball with pearls. In Arcade Couture: Mise en Dior, a video debuting on Nowness today, the game has been reimagined with a focus on the brand’s signature Mise en Dior necklace, “to show, in a light and fun way, the richness and savoir faire of Dior,” says Dior jewelry designer Camille Miceli. [Nowness]

For the first time in the U.K., a portrait of Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow is on display at the National Portrait Gallery, thanks to financial help from McQueen and Daphne Guinness. The photo by David LaChapelle, Burning Down the House, originally appeared in a 1996 issue of Vanity Fair. [Vogue U.K.]

Andy Hilfiger is rocking and rolling a new pop-up shop into the former CBGB’s Gallery on Bowery Street today. The three-month shop, called RIFF, has everything from clothes inspired by Steven Tyler to Guns N’ Roses memorabilia. [WWD]

The latest addition to this year’s annual MOCA gala, featuring An Artist’s Life Manifesto by Marina Abramovic, is a performance by Debbie Harry. Blondie follows in the footsteps of musicians like Kanye West and Lady Gaga, who both performed at past MOCA bashes. [Hint]