stephen jones event at bOOkmarc nyc

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Grace Coddington & Stephen Jones

Where water was replaced by Veuve Clicquot, Bookmarc was packed to capacity for the New York book launch of Stephen Jones Souvenirs and it was quite lovely. Stephen Jones, the magnificent English milliner who enchants the world with his creations seemed extremely happy last night when signing and making drawings on the book copies for his admirers from the Big Apple, a place he calls his second home.

“Souvenirs” is a remarkable documentation, published by Rizzoli, of a never ending career in fashion; penned by Susannah Frankel and with a beautiful and sincere foreword by Grace Coddington, who would like to claim that she discovered him. The book invites the reader into Jones’ life and career from the time of his mother pregnancy, his years at Saint Martin’s school of art, the Blitz Club era, glory in Paris and the world…..40 years of success of a 59 years of a continuing well lived life. This is with no question and no doubt a must have book; it will enrich your creative life and inspire you with its unlimited beauty.

I have always being a follower of his work, but last year I was a weekend guest of artist Scooter LaForge at the Festival Mode & Design in Montreal, where Stephen was also one of the lecturers; I had a opportunity to sit next to him during a lunch when I was able to really know a bit more of the person behind the iconic persona. Few months later, Stephen made my day when back in New York he attended an event put together in my honor…I will never forget when he discreetly was the last person to arrive. I knew he had a busy day, but he showed up. Yesterday, he wrote “Montreal forever” on my book copy. Amazing !!! Love you Jones.

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New York milliner Ellen Christine gets a kiss from Stephen Jones

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Stephen Jones and moi – photo by Ellen Christine

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tons do rio by lilian granado

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I finally had a chance to get my hands on the amazing book Tons do Rio by Brazilian photographer Lilian Granado.
“Tons do Rio” which translates to “Shades of Rio” is a visual trip through the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro by the poetic and sophisticated eyes of Lilian. In a smart way, the photographer invites the readers to also find their own way to appreciated the beauty of an already fantastic city: from the simplicity of birds flying on the sky to the interesting approach to capture hung clothes drying under the sun on a clothsline, this is definitely a book for those who love Rio, who will travel to Rio or even if you will never be able to physically know Rio de Janeiro, the freedom and spirit featured on “Tons do Rio” will transport you to it.
This is the first book by Lilian Granado, and it starts with a foreword by Frederico Mendes, who is also a photographer and Lilian’s husband. “Tons do Rio” is published by Reptil .

 

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the pages of “Tons do Rio” are in a degrade format

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this clothesline photo is one of my favorites

 

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partying in paris with the padilha brothers

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*moi with Emily and Gia

** my Scooter LaForge shoes on the iconic carpet of Castel

***our lovely table corner on the mirror

****Castel’s Foie gras

*****the forever stunning Allanah Starr

******Mao Padilha, moi and my headpiece by Dumpster Chic

*******Roger Padilha and Galia Salimo

After Stockholm, I stopped in Paris for another celebration of the “GLOSS: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim” fashion book by authors Mao Padilha and Roger Padilha. The Padilha brothers reunited a small group of friends – Maripol, Gia Genevieve, Emily Elicia Low, Allanah Starr, Victor Osborne…- for an early cozy dinner at the legendary Castel, followed by a dancing party at the basement of this iconic private club where other fans of the MAO PR brand joined in to the continuing celebration that started in New York City with the big bash, during New York Fashion Week, thrown by Marc Jacobs, to honor Mao and Roger’s formidable work.
I had a lovely time during dinner with Emily and Gia, who sat next to me. It was a fun evening. The next day Mao and Roger had a book signing at the Bookmarc store in Paris . I wonder where will be the next party stop? 😀

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*Bookmarc window with the GLOSS book

**Bookmarc windows with the GLOSS book

***moi at Castel, wearing a headpiece by Dumpster Chic, suit by Walter Rodrigues and shoes by Scooter LaForge in a photo by Flavio Goldenstein

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by Gazelle Paulo

arpoador bOOk launch at the chopin building in rio

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My darling friend photographer Frederico Mendes invited me to come to the launch of Arpoador, a photograph book about one of the most beautiful beach areas in Rio de Janeiro, with articles by writer Gilberto Braga. The event was at the Arnaldo Danemberg Antiquario; located in the uber chic Chopin building in Copacabana. It was a super packed cocktail party with the beautiful people of Rio de Janeiro. I had the best time dressed head to toe in the Brazilian label Neon. Yes, I even made it to the second book of Globo; the biggest newspaper in Brazil…fun, fun, fun !!

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Gil Even ( founder of CARIOCA Wear ), Anna Maria Tornaghi and moi

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by Gazelle Paulo

Gazelle also writes for TheBlot