The creative genius and multi-awarded fashion designer Reed Krakoff, who is currently nominated for another CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year award, shares his five essentials
Archive: May, 2012
I am in the US where it’s still a holiday because of Memorial Day weekend, the official start of summer. The hot temperature outside had me thinking about swimming pools. Somehow every time I think about pools the photographer Slim Aarons always comes to mind. Has there been anyone else who has captured the pool lifestyle more than Aarons? Just look at his timeless photograph of CZ Guest entitled Nice Pool (I have a print of it in my bathroom in Hong Kong pictured above.) and aren’t you instantly transported to that rarefied world where it’s summer all year around, where your glass is always filled with iced tea, and where your body is always swimsuit ready?
Aarons was a master of capturing the privileged few on their downtime, be it by their pools in their holiday homes, in luxe hotels like the Hotel du Cap or Il Pelicano or in summer escapes like Capri or the Riviera. There’s a sheen to his photos that makes the viewer yearn to be part of that world, to be a guest of Babe Paley in her home in Jamaica or to be on yacht in the South of France together with the Miller sisters. Lifestyles of the rich and famous way before Robin Leach got to it. The photographs are inviting and aspirational, I am surprised that they haven’t been used to sell travel guides.
Staley Wise Gallery sells Slim Aarons prints. But if those are slightly out of your budget, you could get one —or all—of the photographer’s books: Poolside With Slim Aarons, Once Upon A Time, A Place In The Sun, La Dolce Vita, and A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life.
The titles of the books alone already have me thinking of lazy summer days. Have a great one!
The Louis Vuitton pre-fall 2012 men’s collection is all about luxe reincarnation of menswear standards. The fit is slim but not skinny, a recognition that the man who can afford clothes from Louis Vuitton has, well, the body of a real man.
The artist James Nares, who most recently collaborated with American brand Coach to create limited edition bags, shares his life essentials…