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Viola Di Grado is writing all the things. With a second book under her belt, 25-year-old Viola Di Grado has taken the literary world by storm. She writes in noisy cafes in Rome and classifies herself as an exhibitionist. She speaks six languages and her first book 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool was translated into a few more. We called up Viola Di Grado in Rome to ask her about her writing process and her day-to-day life. She's funny, clever and speaks with a great Italian accent. Read our new feature "Italian Stallion: Viola Di Grado."
Dzine make your pink heart and polka dot stick-ons seem pretty tame Dzine's book, Nailed will have you thinking twice about the $20 manicure you got at that hole in the wall up the street. Featuring well-known contributors, commissioned photography, and Dzine's own work, this art book takes a look at nail art through history and its cultural importance today. Inspired by his childhood, Dzine created work that mirrored (and we're sure took to the next level) his mother's work in her salon in their family home. Nail art may seem like a new movement with its Hello Kitty stick-ons and lightning bolt adornments, but it has a rich history that begins in the Ming Dynasty and Ancient Egypt. Nailed celebrates the art of body decoration with florals, jewels, feathers, color and paint and makes these hands look like beautiful weapons. The 192 page hardcover book is available at www.ShopTheStandard.com. Get a sneak peek of Dzine's Nailed below.
Grace Coddington's quirky take on life in drawingsEver since we saw The September Issue, those of us that were not yet familiar with Vogue’s orange-headed Creative Director, fell in love with Grace Coddington. Her memoir Grace will be released this November (did someone say good stocking stuffer?) and the book will feature some of Coddington's wonderful illustrations. "She is well-known for sketching looks as they come down the runway from her front-row perch during fashion week," Vogue.com says. "But her drawings also take on a distinctly personal, and often humorous, tone." The illustrations will cover memories from her childhood to her work as a model and an editor to her great loves, which, of course, include her cats. Get a preview of Grace Coddington's illustrations to be featured in her new book Grace here.
So much crazy Yayoi Kusama genius between these Louis Vuitton covers The obsessive polka dots of contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama found their place in fashion when Marc Jacobs asked her to collaborate on a Louis Vuitton collection. They also created window installations for Louis Vuitton's Manhattan stores and Selfridges in London. There's even an app where you can "imagine yourself or your friends covered with dots." Yayoi Kusama, who's lived in a psychiatric hospital since admitting herself in 1977, was busy writing poems when Marc Jacobs approached her. In this exclusive mongraph for Louis Vuitton, she reveals previously unpublished documents, archival photographs and reproductions of original works. It's an in-depth look at the Yayoi Kusama's genius and insanity with contributions from well-known curators and authors. Check out a sneak peek of Louis Vuitton's Yayoi Kusama monograph book below and see it in person at Louis Vuitton stores.
Karl Lagerfeld and Wallpaper magazine want you to smell like a library Stop rubbing vintage edition books on your neck and rolling around in printing presses! Wallpaper's new perfume will make you smell musty and inky without going all Parker Posey in Party Girl. Inspired by German publisher Gerhard Steidl and his affinity for the aroma of a "freshly printed book," the magazine employed perfume designer Geza Schoen and Karl Lagerfeld to bottle it up. Paper Passion was created with only a handful of ingredients. "The smell of paper is dry and fatty; they are not notes you often work with," says Schoen. To compliment the unique perfume, Lagerfeld packaged the simple bottle within a book of essays about paper. From visual to sensual, Paper Passion captures any romantic notions you might have about paper, ink and books.
W.M. Hunt’s new book reminds us seeing is overrated The Unseen Eye, the latest book from fine art photography collector W.M. Hunt, is sure to catch your eye. The book features images from the 19th century until the late 20th century of people whose eyes are either covered or averted. The collection includes works by Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Edward Steichen and William Eggleston, among many others. Whether you’re a little voyeuristic or just a little silly, this book is for you. Buy it online here or go see some of W.M. Hunt’s collection at the George Eastman House in New York until February 19. See more from W.M Hunt’s The Unseen Eye below. Spotted on: NY Times Blog