Alexander the Great
Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen by Anne Deniau (Abrams, cloth-cased, $75) is a much-anticipated book for fall. This visual fashion history covers the 13 years when Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage to film the before, during and aftermath of McQueen’s emotionally charged runway shows in Paris. His horrifyingly intricate and exacting productions were spectacular and brilliant, and are now articulated into fashion legend. More than 400 pages, the 10”-by-13” volume has a cover that’s going to grace many a Knoll cocktail table.
Pools of Thought
The very talented Ms. Klein has a fifth book out, Pools: Reflections (Rizzoli, $100), the second of this oeuvre. Kelly Klein’s first watery volume was Pools, but the spectacular Horse, Cross and Underworld were equally lavish. The ex of designer Calvin Klein, this talented editor and curator of photography has assembled the most extraordinary images of pools from around the world, referencing works by David Hockney and others with art installations by James Turrell, Tom Sachs and Robert Rauschenberg, seen through the lenses of photographers Steven Klein, Bruce Weber, Juergen Teller and more. Klein herself is a well-regarded photographer of fashion and design, and all profits from this book are donated to New York–based ACRIA, a leading AIDS research and education organization. For an inscribed and signed copy of Kelly Klein’s Pools: Reflections, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1 to order.
Classic Symptoms of an Architect
Lauded architect Gill Schafer III’s new book, The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now (Rizzoli $55), is a stunning testament to a life well-lived. Schafer is equally adept at renovating and building new, erecting Neoclassical, Greek Revival and Federal-style vernacular; the strains of his architect-trained ancestors (his grandfather and great-great-grandfather were architects) are firm and strong. His work melds the best of the past, present and future, with each home beautifully thought out, romantic and dreamy. Each of the 256 pages in this tome is an inspiration to build one perfect home in your lifetime. Schafer, the former chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture and an AD 100, shows all the reasons why. For a signed and inscribed copy of The Great American House: Tradition for the Way We Live Now, please e-mail email@example.com by October 1 to order.
The World for a Dukedom
One of the most hotly anticipated books by everyone from decorators to Islamic art specialists, Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in Paradise (Thomas Mellins and Donald Albrecht, Rizzoli $55) chronicles an architectural masterpiece by celebrated architects Wyeth and King, which was completed in the late ’30s. Duke, dubbed “the richest girl in the world” in 1925 when her father died, had legions of lovers and a smaller number of husbands, but she more successfully collected untold treasures to fill this vast Mughal mansion. Gathered throughout 60 years of travel and scholarship (objects, not husbands), 3,500 treasures decorate the Mughal Suite, Moroccan Room, Turkish Room, Mughal Gardens, Mihrab Room and Damascus Room. The Play House is a reduced-scale version of the 17th-century Chehel Setun in Esfahan, Iran. In her collection of lovers and husbands, she married twice: first Robert Cromwell, then the famous polo-playing playboy Porfirio Rubirosa — and I blush to tell you why he was famous. Tragically, while driving a rented car, she miscalculated her brakeage and lurched forward, crushing her interior designer, Eduardo Tirella against the massive iron gates of her Newport estate, which they were redecorating. Duke herself died in 1993 from an overdose of doctor-prescribed morphine, but this billionaire tobacco heiress left the design world with a jewel.