Required Reading

Just as I look forward to new fashions when September rolls around, I also get excited by new book releases. I collect a design books and here are four tomes I am most looking forward to:

Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style by Andre Leon Talley. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. de la Renta years ago, a kind, warm soul. It will be fascinating to read Andre's personal reflections on the life and legacy of this legendary designer.

Carolyn Roehm: At Home in the Garden. I've always said that Carolyn Roehm has the best life what with her enviable homes and gardens. I can't wait to take pointers on how she arranges flowers.

Diana Vreeland: The Modern Woman. Written by her grandson Alexander Vreeland, the book looks at the editrix's body work during her years at Harper's Bazaar, which to me were the golden age of fashion magazines. How do you compete with the trifecta composed of Vreeland, Carmel Snow and Richard Avedon?

Eddie Ross: Modern Mix. I follow Eddie Ross on Instagram and I am always inspired by his talent at mixing unexpected pieces together. This book will clue us in on his brand of style.

 

 

At Home With... Bill Blass

If I were in the stage I am now in 2003 when Sotheby's was auctioning off pieces from the home of Bill Blass, I would have placed bids on some items. I wouldn't have walked home with a single item because according to the New York Times report of the auction, pieces went for five times the high estimates. But how thrilling it must have been to witness and to see the fabulous things Blass surrounded himself with.

No other fashion designer has had such a stronghold in the aesthetics of the interior design community than Blass. His apartment often makes the list of fine examples of excellent decorating and superior taste with its mix of figurative sculptures, Regency furniture, masculine lines and its overall use of neutral colors.

In an excerpt from a New York Times article: Coming as it did on the heels of the colorful, overstuffed 80's, the spare style of the apartment and its minor treasures -- walls lined with architectural drawings and classical male nudes; rooms stocked with simple, idiosyncratic, almost sculptural antiques -- made an impact on many in design. ''It was a new idea of what good taste could be,'' said the interior designer Victoria Hagan. ''For this generation of designers, everyone knows that apartment.''

 

A Bug's Life

Our best-selling Galapagos Brass Ants work well as paperweights or wall decor. Have one on top of a pile of papers or have five or more crawl up your wall as an art piece. Another idea is to scatter them on your dinner table set up at your next party. They will surely be a conversation piece.

Our Galapagos Brass Ants on display at Bergdorf Goodman in New York