Lifestyle and Culture: Fashion and Jewelery

Shoes

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Christian Dior famously noted that “the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” From the surprisingly sexy boots hiding under Victorian crinolines to the glittering T-strap heels worn by flappers dancing the Charleston, a woman’s shoe choice has long been far more than a mundane practicality. Indeed, a beautifully shaped shoe can be a statement of wealth, style, or sexuality—and often all at once.

This petite volume presents 250 eye-catching examples from the seventeenth century to the present, including many of today’s top designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Roger Vivier, and Nicholas Kirkwood. Fashion historian Raissa Bretaña introduces each new era with a concise overview of the period’s fashionable styles and innovations. A must for shoe collectors and a delight for any fashionista, this Tiny Folio™ will inspire you to put your best foot forward.

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Wristwatch Annual 2021

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With Wristwatch Annual, collectors have at hand a wealth of information on the latest offerings from today’s most important watch producers, from Swiss mainstays like Rolex and Patek Philippe to the maverick independent brands springing up across Europe and the U.S.

The book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and the movement, functions, case, band, price, and variations of each pictured watch are fully described.

This year’s edition, like its predecessors, will feature a variety of additional articles on independent watchmaking, key personalities in the watch world, and the technical aspects of horology. An illustrated glossary and a primer on watch care help acclimate the reader to the world of fine timepieces.

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Wristwatch Annual 2020

The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications

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The essential guide for the collector of mechanical wristwatches, with complete information on over 1,400 models from some 130 international brands
 
With Wristwatch Annual, collectors have at hand a wealth of information on the latest offerings from today’s most important watch producers, from Swiss mainstays like Rolex and Patek Philippe to the maverick independent brands springing up across Europe and the U.S. The book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and the movement, functions, case, band, price, and variations of each pictured watch are fully described.
 
This year’s edition, like its predecessors, will feature a variety of additional articles on independent watchmaking, key personalities in the watch world, and the technical aspects of horology. An illustrated glossary and a primer on watch care help acclimate the reader to the world of fine timepieces.

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Wristwatch Annual 2019

The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications

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Complete information on over 1,400 models from 130 international brands—the essential guide for the collector of fine mechanical watches.

With Wristwatch Annual, collectors have at hand a wealth of information on the latest offerings from today’s most important watch producers, from Swiss mainstays like Rolex and Patek Philippe to the maverick independent brands springing up across Europe and the U.S. The book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and the movement, functions, case, band, price, and variations of each pictured watch are fully described.

This year’s edition, like its predecessors, will feature a variety of additional articles on independent watchmaking, key personalities in the watch world, and the technical aspects of horology. An illustrated glossary and a primer on watch care help acclimate the reader to the world of fine timepieces.

Peter Braun is editor-in-chief of the renowned German wristwatch magazine Armbanduhren.

Marton Radkai, an independent journalist, has edited the English-language edition of Wristwatch Annual since 2011.

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Wristwatch Annual 2018

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The must-have guide for the collector of fine wristwatches with complete information—including prices—on over 1,400 models made by more than 130 international brands.

The Wristwatch Annual is the classic annual for aficionados of fine watchmaking. It’s a one-stop shop for watch buying, offering complete specs and prices on over 1,400 models by more than 130 international brands, while also tracking the latest developments in the watch industry. In addition to the extensive A–Z section, which includes many new entries, senior editor Marton Radkai presents editorial features that take a closer look at a number of exciting brands on the market today.

Wristwatch Annual is one of the world’s leading wristwatch publications and includes more than 100 of the most important mechanical watch manufacturers, describing their current collections in detail.

Presenting a wide range of wristwatches, with exquisite close-up color photographs and complete specifications for each watch, Wristwatch Annual provides collectors with a wealth of information close at hand. The book is arranged alphabetically by producer—within each producer’s section is a brief history of the brand (with contact information)—and specifications and materials for each watch, including price, movement, special features, complications, case, dial, band, and variations. Also included are a glossary and a guide to watch maintenance.

The clear photography, structured layout, and lively writing also makes this book a pleasure to read or just browse.

Peter Braun is editor-in-chief of Germany’s renowned wristwatch magazine Armbanduhren.

 

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF WRISTWATCH ANNUAL

“An absolute staple in any serious collector’s regular reading material.”— TheWatchLounge.com

Wristwatch Annual. . . covers models and specs of fine watches . . . but it is the unusual makers, all with text describing company characteristics, that make the large softcover especially interesting.”— Arizona Daily Star

“An invaluable source of information for anyone who wants a thorough survey of the new additions to the market.” — Plaza Watch

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Wristwatch Annual 2017

The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications

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The must-have guide for the collector of fine wristwatches with complete information—including prices—on over 1,400 models made by more than 130 international brands

The Wristwatch Annual has become a classic for aficionados of fine watchmaking. It’s a one-stop shop for watch buying, offering complete specs and prices on over 1,400 models by more than 130 international brands, while also tracking the latest developments in the watch industry. In addition to the extensive A–Z section, which includes many new entries, senior editor Marton Radkai presents editorial features that take a closer look at a number of exciting American brands on the market today.

Presenting a wide range of wristwatches, with exquisite color photographs and complete specifications for each watch, Wristwatch Annual provides collectors with a wealth of information close at hand. The book is arranged alphabetically by producer—within each producer’s section is a brief history of the brand (with contact information)—and specifications and materials for each watch, including price, movement, special features, complications, case, dial, band, and variations. Also included are a glossary and a guide to watch maintenance.

The clear photography, structured layout, and lively writing also makes this book a pleasure to read or just browse. This year’s edition features updated and expanded content, focusing on new American brands.

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Classic Wristwatches 2014-2015

The Price Guide for Vintage Watch Collectors 2014-2015

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An invaluable resource on vintage watches, Classic Wristwatches 2014–2015 contains detailed information on more than 40 of the most historically interesting brands sought after by collectors.

Now in its third edition, Classic Wristwatches is the ultimate resource for information on vintage watches, that is, watches no longer in current production. This easy-to-use guide fully describes and illustrates each of the over 900 timepieces it features, and also provides an estimated price carefully calculated by experts in the field. With today's record prices at auction, this book supplies all the information that a collector needs to know about a vintage watch and its approximate current value, such as details on the movement, case, and special characteristics of the piece. A symbol also denotes whether the authors believe the value of the watch will increase, decrease, or remain the same.

In addition to collectible vintage watches, the coverage in Classic Wristwatches includes important historical models by Rolex and Patek Philippe and such rare brands as Record and Enicar. Editorial features include the general outlook for the vintage wristwatch market: future trends and tendencies; biggest winners and biggest losers; how a wristwatch auction works; how to collect vintage wristwatches.

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Bulgari

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A dazzlingly illustrated history of Bulgari jewelry, this engaging book tells the story of the world’s most famous family of jewelers, goldsmiths, and silversmiths, and the pieces that made their name.

New photography and archival pictures trace the progression of the Bulgari style, a distinctive look that has captivated royalty and movie stars, among other celebrities, for more than a century. Since its start in Rome in 1884—and throughout the years of expansion when shops opened from Los Angeles to New York and Madrid to Hong Kong—the Bulgari firm has launched influential trends and revivals in jewelry design. Bulgari is famous for the mixing of colorful semiprecious stones with diamonds, the mounting of ancient coins in gold jewelry, and the creation of easy-to-wear everyday pieces made with precious gems. These and other Bulgari fashions have sparked countless imitations by other jewelers, imitations that can never rival the polish and flair of the original pieces.

Initially published in 1996 as the first-ever book on Bulgari, this elegant volume delighted Bulgari enthusiasts and those interested in fashion and jewelry design. The need for an updated history of Italy’s most renowned jeweler was prompted by newly discovered historical material, recently launched Bulgari collections, and a great demand for the book.

This revised edition, featuring several new chapters, presents the achievements and developments of Bulgari in the past decade, including design trends in jewelry and watches. Here also are new lines of luxury fashion accessories as well as the distinctive architecture and interior design of Bulgari stores and hotels. It is these latest accomplishments, exquisitely portrayed in this new edition, which have made Bulgari one of the most important luxury brands of the new millennium.

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Victorian Jewelry

Unexplored Treasures

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An authoritative and gorgeously illustrated survey of Victorian jewelry that focuses on the recently popularized “secondary” jewelry, characterized by bold, playful, romantic and modern designs.

For more than half a century, during the reign of Queen Victoria, England and Europe produced some of the most delightful flights of fancy that jewelry has ever taken. Long ignored because of the intrinsic worthlessness of its various materials, today these pieces are increasingly prized for their beauty and workmanship. Surprisingly, this period in jewelry-making did not follow the fussy, overly ornate style that characterized the Victorian era, but rather promoted bold, playful, romantic and “modern” styles. Some of the most unusual pieces were constructed with materials including hair, lava, coal iron, and aluminum. The text gives authoritative and fascinating historical context to the uses of these materials and designs. Many of the most sought-after pieces are made of silver, and popular designs include stars, anchors, hearts, bows and outstretched hands.

The many styles of Victorian jewelry presented in this volume are selected from the best collections in the United States and abroad, and shown here in specially commissioned, exclusive color photographs. The photographs showcase the glorious color and style of the rich variety of materials, including Scottish Agate, malachite, and granite, the amazingly modern niello, and the stark black beauty of Whitby jet.

In tune with the current trend of mixing antique styles with modern fashion, the book places emphasis on wearable pieces that add a unique touch or timeless beauty to contemporary styles. These Victorian pieces are too delightful to gather dust in a drawer.

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Fine Art of the West

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This landmark study delves into the traditional arts and crafts of the wild American West and their lasting effects on contemporary design.

Visually breathtaking, Fine Art of the West brings together the most artistically significant objects created by master craftsmen from the mid-nineteenth century to today. B. Byron Price, a leading expert of Western American art, explores the fascinating origins of these objects in the Old West, as the legacy of Spanish-American craftsmen and the workaday equipment of cowboys. The story continues as he traces their influence upon innovative designers employing them as a basis for a new, vigorous tradition in decorative art.

Working saddles and their offspring, the trophy, parade, and presentation saddles, are discussed in depth and appear in stunning full-page reproductions, complemented by a definitive selection of chaps, cuffs, gauntlets, and gun leather. Price also focuses on quirts and other objects that illustrate artistry with hide and hair, as well as fine metalwork, including buckles, bits, spurs, and jewelry. Hats and boots, both workaday and fancy, conclude the survey. Contemporary craftsmen who carry on these traditions today are represented alongside illustrations of their work. A glossary and bibliography complete this first comprehensive look at one of America's most fascinating forms of artistic expression.

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Animal: Dolce & Gabbana

Following the success of 10 Years of Dolce & Gabbana, this new book showcases the animal patterns of these witty and ironic designers.

Dolce & Gabbana take a walk on the wild side with the help of their spotted friends. Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Ellen von Unwerth, and Bruce Weber are just a few of the photographers whose shots of stars and models illustrate this second book on the most exciting team on the international fashion scene, the pairing of Italians Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

In oversized photos and full color, this lavish volume presents a stunning collection of designs by Dolce & Gabbana worn by Andie Macdowell, Naomi Campbell, Sheryl Crow, Claudia Schiffer, Shalom Harlow, Annabella Sciorra, Christy Turlington, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Hurley. Famous fans of D & G—from Isabella Rossellini, Cindy Crawford, Madonna, and Demi Moore to Luciano Pavarotti—contribute their thoughts in brief quotes. Anyone involved in the world of fashion, from designer to store-buyer to consumer, will be amazed by the diversity and originality of this team's work and fascinated by the images presented in this book.

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Vanitas: Designs

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In a wild mix of words and images, this unusual volume gives us a startling and entertaining glimpse of Versace's fervid imagination.

From the theatrical to the whimsical, Gianni Versace's designs have something for everyone. On these pages, his sketches and finished works of haute couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, jewelry, and opera and ballet costumes — as well as artworks created by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Bruce Weber. The pictures are accompanied by a variety of writing, including commentary by Hamish Bowles of American Vogue, a new short story by Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti, an excerpt from the memoirs of Lady Julia Trevelyan Oman, and quotations and features from fashion magazines around the world.

Vanitas focuses on the master craftspeople and the history of the development of their creations based on the skilled handcrafting of each unique creation. With almost three hundred brilliant pictures, the book offers insight into the evolution of the Versace style since 1982.

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Southwestern Indian Jewelry

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A dazzling exploration of both traditional and contemporary jewelry.

Spectacular photographs of the breathtaking beautiful objects and sensitive portraits of the artists combine with an insightful, informative text to capture the spirit of this work and the vital cultures from which it springs.

This ground-breaking volume opens by surveying the vividly colored necklaces, earrings, and pins made in shell and stone from prehistoric times to the present, particularly in the Santo Domingo and Zuni pueblos. The focus then shifts to the much-admired and avidly collected work in silver — often set with turquoise and other stones — by Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni artists. The book culminates in an exploration of striking contemporary work in which many artists have adapted traditional approaches to create original designs. A collector's guide offers invaluable advice as well as an illustrated glossary of materials, techniques, objects, and designs. A nationwide directory of sources concludes the book.

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Heavenly Soles

Extraordinary Twentieth-Century Shoes

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Some of the most startling and delightful shoes ever created are represented here, from the hand-crafted wonders Yantourney produced in the 1920s, to the supremely comfortable yet elegant platforms from Ferragamo during the '40s, and a recent collection from Vivier embroidered with pearls, feathers, and crystal beads.

They might seem like mundane necessities, down there shuffling around in the dust. But as virtually every woman and a great many men know, shoes have long inspired imaginative caprice and private longing on an extravagant scale.Some of the great designers of the twentieth century have found the form of the shoe a source of extraordinary inspiration. Ferragamo, Vivier, Yantourney, and Perugia; Charles Jourdan, Manolo Blahnik, and Maud Frizon — all have devoted their rich creativity to shoe design, an enterprise Vivier describes as "a sculptural problem in which the center is always void."

Elegant, fanciful, extravagant, and quirky, twentieth-century shoes put their best foot forward in Heavenly Soles. This book introduces us to some of the most startling and delightful shoes ever created, from the magnificent hand-crafted wonders Yantourney produced in the 1920s using antique laces and velvets, to the supremely comfortable yet elegant platforms from Ferragamo during the '40s, and a recent collection from Vivier embroidered with pearls, feathers, and crystal beads.But there's more to the story then design and glamor. Heavenly Soles also tell us about the changing position of women in the twentieth century — the first era in which it has been fashionable for them to walk, freely and comfortably, and the first in which shoes have been perfected for fit and balance. In contrast, the wonderfully illustrated text shows the import of the sexy and crippling stiletto heel of the '50s while also providing fascinating information about the larger fashion context of the times.

This beautifully designed survey concludes with an international compendium of the best of contemporary models, none of which belongs to Imelda.

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