A design expert and writer provides readers with a whole new way of looking at the world around us, bringing it all vividly to life, from Sweden's "black socks of envy" to Britain's pink-colored machismo.
The most outrageous and exuberant lingerie in the world comes from a place you might never expect: Syria. Syrian lingerie comes adorned with everything from faux fur, artificial flowers, and feathered birds to plastic toy cell phones.
An account of international travels explores sites where the rare materials for a luxury hand-crafted coat are gathered and created, from a vicuna shearing festival in the Peruvian Andes to the elite silk boutiques of Florence, and witnesses the struggles of elite artisans against the forces of globalization and mass production.
The author shares the lessons about womanhood and personal style she learned from both her mother, an upper-middle-class New Yorker who was the polished hostess at her family's garment district restaurant, and Elsa Schiaparelli, the outrageous, iconoclastic Italian fashion designer.
Fifty everyday objects, from an SLR camera to an espresso machine, appear as though they've been exploded and frozen in midair, offering an intricate, piece-piece overview of the inner workings and elegance of each object's design. 20,000 first printing.