COLLECTING
Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Stephanie Seymour by Patrick Demarchelier, Courtesy of ICP

While it is to Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey’s credit that she did, in fact, come to New York City to take her post at the famed magazine the day after September 11, her work during the following decade is not anchored in that event. It is rather a continuation of a long tradition at […]

"Mimosa" high boot. Design by Vivier. Emroidery by Lesage.

French auction house Aguttes, in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine has announced the auction sale of about 400 rare lots from the private collection of shoe designer Roger Vivier. The lots include the designer’s sketches and prototypes for unique creations made for celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, John Lennon, and Cary Grant.  The bidding […]

Hill-Stead (book cover, courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press)

  My memory of my fist visit to Hill-Stead in Farmington, CT some ten years ago is a blur between patches of bright yellow passing me at great speed outside the car window and timid bluish, whitish, and purple dots sprinkled all over. It was spring. My journey from Northwestern CT to Farmington, further east, […]

Bjork in Pom Pom Hat (Hat on display at the BGC)

Ever wondered what it takes to make a hat? Stephen Jones, the world’s foremost hat designer, in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London organized the exhibit Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, currently on view at the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) in New York (September 15, 2011 to April 15, 2012). While […]

New York Book Fair at PS1. Courtesy of Printed Matter Inc.

I have been spending a lot of time at the Grolier Club (http://www.grolierclub.org/) lately. Founded in 1884, the Grolier is devoted to the book arts and as such it remains current today. For how long can this unique trove of printed matter be relevant?  My experience at the New York Book Fair (http://nyartbookfair.com/) this weekend […]