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BOOK CLUB: FALL NEW RELEASES FOR FASHION, DESIGN, & ART LOVERS

“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” – James Russell Lowell

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Fashion, design and art lovers will be thrilled to see the upcoming new releases this fall. Take a peek at some of the press releases of highly anticipated titles that will be making their debut shortly…click on each cover to pre-order.

FOR THE FASHIONISTA

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A sumptuous monograph tracing the life and legacy of fashion luminary Oscar de la Renta. In October 2014 one of the fashion world’s champions, Oscar de la Renta, passed away, a great loss brightened by the innumerable successes of his half-century reign. The acclaimed fashion designer dressed first ladies from Kennedy to Obama, and celebrities from Beyoncé to Sarah Jessica Parker. Renowned for his unique charm, impeccable taste, and original lifestyle, he married the highest standards of French couture with the ultimate motivation that women must look and feel beautiful. In this intimate volume, longtime editor and friend André Leon Talley recounts de la Renta’s journey through nearly 70 iconic dresses, mainly made for private clients, accompanied by fascinating stories of the exquisite craftsmanship and the legendary friends that brought each gown to life. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta left for Madrid at nineteen to study art, where he rose to prominence as a sketch artist for newspapers and fashion houses. From his apprenticeship under Cristóbal Balenciaga to his eponymous collections, the designer’s simple lines elevated with a flamenco dancer’s flourish reflect his deep connection to his roots and his commitment to transcendence through beautiful garments.

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The first comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume to document the influences and life work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the most influential and talked-about icons in contemporary fashion. Featuring more than forty years of shoe design, this is the definitive monograph of the work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the titans of contemporary fashion. This book is a comprehensive survey of Blahnik’s work and provides access to never-before-seen photography of his designs. Drawing inspiration from the worlds of architecture, art, film, and literature, Blahnik is a master of the art of the shoe. His exciting use of color, unprecedented designs, and exquisitely sculpted heels make his shoes some of the most coveted in the world. Featuring more than 250 iconic designs from his archive, the book reveals for the very first time the inspirations behind his singular artistic vision. With insightful chapters devoted to Blahnik’s most powerful relationships and inspirations—including Marie Antoinette, Diana Vreeland, Cecil Beaton, Spanish and Italian film, the works of Goya and Velázquez and the Prado Museum—this book is a personal look into the man behind the shoes. Beautiful photography and thoughtful essays by fashion writers, curators, and colleagues give readers a unique opportunity to access Blahnik’s vivid and creative-filled world.

roma_1_1Since 2008, the renowned Italian fashion house of Valentino has been anchored by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who have moved the house’s aesthetic forward with their contemporary feminine designs. Chiuri and Piccioli are two personalities with very different design viewpoints, yet they blend these contrasts into a timeless mélange of clean simplicity and modern elegance. One of Chiuri and Piccioli’s most profound inspirations is Rome itself, the Eternal City. Its seamless blend of ancient and modern, pagan and baroque, historic buildings and contemporary lifestyle reflects their own distinctive approach in which heritage, tradition, and innovation coexist to create a new concept of the house of Valentino.

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The work of one of the most influential and innovative hat designers of this century. Philip Treacy’s career over the last two decades has been prolific and high-profile. A visual delight, this book shares Treacy’s favorite designs in 250 striking photographs, curated by Treacy himself, and showcases his collaborations and personal relationships. Treacy has said, “Every hat I have ever made has begun in my mind as a photograph. I can see it on the model, at the right angle, before I even begin.” Indeed, his hats have been photographed by the most iconic image makers of our time, including Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, and Irving Penn. And his hats have been modeled on equally famous heads, ranging from Grace Jones and Lady Gaga to the Duchesses of Cornwall and Devonshire. Since his early friendships with Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen, Treacy’s imaginative designs have been a synthesis of art and fashion, with materials ranging from silk and lace to Plexiglas and leather, trimmed with feathers or Swarovski crystals. Combining luxury and sophistication, his work has helped shape modern fashion. This first, highly personal book is a glamorous tour through Treacy’s world, and documents how a hat can evoke the magic of life and speak to the transformative power of fashion.

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Fashion designer Lela Rose presents an inspiring manifesto for creative and stylish twenty-first-century entertaining. Known for her whimsical fashions, Lela Rose is also a popular and passionate hostess. From the spirited Couples’ Cook-off to a kid-friendly “Primp Your Ride” bike picnic, to an elegant Silver-and-White Christmas dinner, in this book she presents dozens of creative ideas to inspire readers looking for a fresh take on entertaining. Rose’s philosophy is simple: create your own occasions to create your own fun. The themes, colors, seasonality, and activities she concocts for each of her parties show you to how dazzle guests with simple yet unexpected touches. Modernize the traditional bridal shower with a refreshingly retro sewing circle. Turn a ladies’ tea on its head by having girlfriends over for an afternoon tequila tasting. Celebrate your favorite cause by hosting a festive outdoor supper, like the one featured on a Brooklyn rooftop garden. Featuring unique ideas for decoration, recipes for cocktails and key dishes, and tips for throwing everything together in an easy and enjoyable way, Prêt-a-Party will be embraced by a new generation of hosts and hostesses seeking spirited and unconventional good times

FOR THE DESIGN DOYENNE

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“We often joke that Jesse and Mara are like contributing editors to my own private magazine. Both at Vogueand at home, they always bring a grand vision to the table—along with invaluable expertise and an impeccable eye. It continues to amaze me that they managed to turn a series of broken-down barns into a wonderful compound for my family.” — Anna Wintour

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the principals of Carrier and Company Interiors, are a husband-and-wife design duo who create rooms that are a confident mix of timeless and contemporary design—familiar and fresh at once. Always refined and sophisticated, the Carriers’ work ranges in style from elegantly traditional to luxuriously minimalist. Their rooms often features subtle patterns and neutral palettes punctuated by bursts of exuberance and unexpected mixes of high and low, old and new. Whether decorating a sprawling country house or a Tribeca loft, a winter home in Florida or an apartment in a converted New York printing house, the Carriers’ mission is to connect people with place and combine their tailored, carefully edited and curated approach with the clients’ collections, artwork, taste, and personality, creating exquisitely detailed yet comfortable and personalized spaces.Illustrated with some 275 full-color photographs and featuring a foreword by Anna Wintour, Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors introduces the reader to the Carriers’ unique aesthetic and shows why they are the designers of choice for so many of the country’s most discriminating arbiters of taste. It will undoubtedly be the standout decorating book of the year.

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The legendary interior design firm Parish-Hadley Associates set the standard for American style in the finest homes for more than three decades, from the 1960s through the 1990s. Throughout its colorful history, Parish-Hadley was commissioned by the most prestigious families in the country, from the Kennedys at the White House to the Astors, Rockefellers, and Gettys. Yet the fertile partnership between Parish and Hadley also greatly influenced the taste, style, creative process, and practices of the designers who worked for them. In this volume, 30 of the most renowned designers relate in detail their personal experiences working at the firm, accompanied by images they have chosen of their own work, past and present, illustrating how their designs were shaped by Parish-Hadley.Written by the inimitable Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams.

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Celebrated interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein focuses on the use of rooms—from entries to outdoor spaces—that reflect her relaxed, elegant style, in which beauty and comfort are paramount. Suzanne Rheinstein is a master at translating traditional style into something fresh and elegant. In Rooms for Living, she shows how to achieve a calm and livable environment in casual or more formal settings. Rheinstein presents welcoming rooms to share with others, as well as private, cozy spaces for relaxing or sleeping.  Included are examples of refashioned spaces, such as a neglected living room that has been repurposed for reading and writing, and a kitchen that has been expanded to accommodate informal meals. Rheinstein also offers innovative ideas on how to make a statement with an entryway by adding vibrant color, dress a bed for ultimate comfort and romance with luxurious pillows, display books in an understated way, and create a unique party atmosphere. No small detail is overlooked. Beautifully photographed, this inspiring book is a must-have for design-savvy individuals.

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An appealing approach to creating elegant, worldly interiors that are rooted in the comforts of home. Interior designer Timothy Whealon is beloved for his accessible style, his seamless blend of classic and modern influences, and his skillful use of artwork and antiques, thanks to an extensive knowledge of fine and decorative arts. Whealon’s design philosophy finds its roots in classicism; however, he approaches each project with a fresh, twenty-first-century eye that makes it both modern and timeless. He doesn’t believe in interiors that look “decorated,” as if everything has been done at once. Rather, he layers items from different periods and cultures, artfully mixing the pristine and the patinated. This book is the first to showcase Whealon’s interiors, from an airy New York penthouse to a gracious Mediterranean-style villa to a casual beach cottage. Whether urban or rural, grand or intimate, each project exhibits classicism alongside comfort, careful attention to detail, and undeniable appeal. Many of the projects included have been newly photographed for this book, and each is a testament to Whealon’s exquisite taste and understanding of how people live today.

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In this richly illustrated style guide from an unabashed hoarder of all things beautiful, design editor and entertaining expert Eddie Ross reveals his insider secrets to creating exciting interiors, table settings and parties with chic and accessible finds that celebrate who you are and what you love. Featuring never-before-published photographs of Eddie’s own homes―his eclectic apartment in New York and Pine Hill Farm in Connecticut―Modern Mix cracks the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence. Funny and insightful, Eddie is like a trusted friend on the front lines of flea markets and thrifting, telling you what to look for, where to find it and how to restore it. Then he shows you how to use color and pattern to infuse your finds with a fresh, playful spirit, combining high and low, new and old, classic and modern elements into a warm and inviting style that expresses your personality. With more than 350 full-color photographs, time-saving tips and real-life shortcuts to decorating and entertaining beautifully on a budget, Modern Mix will open your eyes to the extraordinary possibilities within your reach and inspire you to live every day colorfully and creatively.

FOR THE ART AFICIONADO

fridakahlo-1Frida Kahlo was not only an iconic artist, she was also a bold beauty and an avant-garde fashionista whose timeless sense of style continues to inspire and influence the worlds of fashion, media, and art today. Fashion is an optical effect that Frida knew how to employ with shrewd intelligence and artistic intention. Frida knew that life is theater, and fashion was her costume. Frida understood the importance of image and attitude, no matter who you are.The canvas was Frida’s mirror, and she was the painter, the model, and the painting—author, subject, medium, and object. Frida was her own best work of art.

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Taking Helen Frankenthaler’s 1950s New York debut as its starting point, “The heroine Paint”: After Frankenthaler, a new publication edited by Katy Siegel, follows Frankenthaler’s own painting as well as the immediate influence of Frankenthaler’s work on other artists, tracing artistic currents gathered under her name as they move outwards in different directions over time. The book collects scholarly essays, texts from contemporary artists, reprints of historical writing, and interweaves these voices with a visual chronology that locates key works from performances, publications, and cultural ephemera for over seven decades.“The heroine Paint”: After Frankenthaler will offer a wealth of historical information and promises to be an important resource for young artists, as well as critics, curators, and art historians of modern and contemporary art. The wealth of archival imagery from cultural as well as artistic sources, and the elegance of the writing promise to make the book accessible and compelling as well to a general art audience.

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This definitive monograph from the Musée Rodin in Paris on the pioneering artist who paved the way for modern sculpture is now available in an affordable compact format. Revered today as the greatest sculptor of all time, whose expressive style prefigured that of the modernist movement and abstract sculpture, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) stirred up much controversy during his lifetime, and his sculptures often met with hostility and incomprehension from his peers. This monograph traces the life and work of the artist, from his youth and early poverty-stricken years of apprenticeship to his most celebrated works—The Kiss, The Thinker, The Gates of Hell—which have become veritable icons; and from his passionate and tumultuous relationship with Camille Claudel to his extraordinary studio, working methods, and sources of inspiration, and his final years marked by war and illness. Written by experts from the Musée Rodin in Paris, this richly illustrated volume includes drawings, watercolors, engravings, and archival documents, as well as specially commissioned photographs of Rodin’s sculptures, completed by a chronology, bibliography, and history of the Musée Rodin—housed in the artist’s former studio in the Hôtel Biron. Providing insight into the many facets of his creative genius, this new compact edition of the Musée Rodin’s definitive reference on the artist and his oeuvre coincides with museum’s reopening in September 2015.

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The work of one of the most influential and innovative hat designers of this century. Philip Treacy’s career over the last two decades has been prolific and high-profile. A visual delight, this book shares Treacy’s favorite designs in 250 striking photographs, curated by Treacy himself, and showcases his collaborations and personal relationships. Treacy has said, “Every hat I have ever made has begun in my mind as a photograph. I can see it on the model, at the right angle, before I even begin.” Indeed, his hats have been photographed by the most iconic image makers of our time, including Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, and Irving Penn. And his hats have been modeled on equally famous heads, ranging from Grace Jones and Lady Gaga to the Duchesses of Cornwall and Devonshire. Since his early friendships with Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen, Treacy’s imaginative designs have been a synthesis of art and fashion, with materials ranging from silk and lace to Plexiglas and leather, trimmed with feathers or Swarovski crystals. Combining luxury and sophistication, his work has helped shape modern fashion. This first, highly personal book is a glamorous tour through Treacy’s world, and documents how a hat can evoke the magic of life and speak to the transformative power of fashion.

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LCDQ LEGENDS 2015 RECAP: PART 2

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”- Oscar Wilde

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3 days & 30 events…To give a sense of the incredibly content packed schedule at LCDQ’s LEGENDS event, I thought it would be fun to take you through one of the 16 hour days to see just how much creative energy you can absorb at this spectacular event. The logistics behind this event are mind boggling…not only do the organizers recruit and manage multiple speakers at various venues throughout the week, but they also throw amazing parties, each with their own distinct atmosphere.  Designers are by nature a very tough crowd to impress and the LCDQ hosts never disappoint.

The La Cinega Design Quarter was founded in 2007 to promote the burgeoning antiques and design neighborhood on one of LA’s oldest thouroughfares. Since the 1950s, it has been the design destination for legends such as Billy Haines, Elsie de Wolfe, Tony Duquette, and Frances Elkins. These creative spirits seem to permeate the atmosphere…especially during LEGENDS.

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Scott Meachum Wood, Me, Denise McGaha, Tami Ramsay, Will Taylor, Jennifer Mehditash

Our first official day began at the beautiful Renaissance Tile showroom for the Blogger Breakfast sponsored by Luxe Magazine. Knowing most of the crowd had very late nights, I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone bright eyed early in the morning to greet us.

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With fellow ambassadors Jennifer Boles & Paloma Contreras

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The first keynote speech was sponsored by Veranda at the Jonas Showroom. Entitled “Page Turners,” editor-in-chief Clinton Smith led a panel with designers turned authors and the highs of lows of publishing. Discussing the creative and business sides of publishing their monographs, they elaborated on how they translated their individual points of view onto the printed page.

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Clinton Smith, Markham Roberts, Winddor Smith, Brian McCarthy

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Next keynote, “Not Your Mother’s Traditional sponsored by Traditional Home at George Smith. Senior Design and Lifestyle Editor Jenny Bradley discussed the new meaning of “traditional” with entertaining panelists Elizabeth Dinkel, Madeline Stewart and Thomas Callaway.

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The Elle Decor Power Lunch at the stunning Compas Showroom is always one of the most elegant events.  The courtyard setting beautifully adorned with abundant flowers is breathtaking every year.

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Robert Rufino, Michael Boodroo and Guest

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Catherine Connelly, Celerie Kemble, Roxanne Hanna, Joe Lucas and Rebecca Dane

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The Egg and Dart Showroom hosted “Branding Beyond the Candle” with interior and product designer Christopher Kennedy, photographer turned fashion designer Jonathan Skow (aka Mr. Turk) and moderated by the delightful Kelly Lee of Kelly Golightly. They shared their secrets of building a brand that appeals to a broad audience while staying true to their creative visions.

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Matching ensembles with Mr. Turk

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Complete with live mermen, the Tufenkian windows were some of the most visited during LCDQ. They hosted “Makers as Muse” moderated by Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chief of Luxe Magazine. She lead a conversation with Molly Luetkemeyer, Joe Lucas and Betsy Burnham on the artisans and craftsmen that serve and inspire them and what fuels them to keep their designs fresh and forward thinking.

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The final keynote of the day  “The Art of Upcycling” was held at the gorgeous Woven Accents showroom. Led by Domaine’s creative director Mat Sanders, actress and Honest Company founder Jessica Alba, Ginna Christensen of Woven Accents, Chairish.com’s Anna Brockaway discussed innovations in green living and the perks of up-cycling in interior design today.

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Next up the parties! House Beautiful and the Stark family hosted a cocktail party welcoming Sophie Donelson, the new Editor in Chief in the stunning stark showroom. The gorgeous rugs provided a beautiful backdrop for another insanely attractive crowd!

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Lovely Sophie Donelson taking center stage

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Sophie Donelson with Nate Berkus

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With Tony Buccola, Holly Phillips and Shaun Smith

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The Sherle Wagner showroom hosted the Tributes party complete with live jazz, crafted cocktails and hilarious scenarios for photo ops with their products.

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Victoira Larson, Amy Meier, Tami Ramsay and Patrick Dragonette

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Danielle Rollins and Bill Ingram

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Kerry Joyce, Michael Boodroo and Chuck Comeau hosted the official LEGENDS After Party at the exquisite Therian showroom.  Knowing that the crowd had experienced and overload of visual stimulation during the day, they made sure to come up with some imaginative and exciting entertainment to capture everyone’s attention.

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Fire eating performers…

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Dueling musicians perched above the crowd….

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And the grand finale…Cirque du Soleil inspired performance artists to cap off an epic day.

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And was just the first day!  Be sure to check back to read about the final day of LCDQ which was equally as inspiring and entertaining.  For more of my design musings, be sure to follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.  Thanks for reading and please come back again!

Photography by JL Photography unless otherwise noted.

COUNTDOWN TO LCDQ LEGENDS: 8 DAYS TO GO!

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Nathan Turner, Celerie Kemble, Joe Lucas, Windsor Smith, Nicky Haslam, Madeline Stewart Markham Roberts, Kathryn Ireland, Brian McCarthy

This time next week I will be headed west for my favorite design event of the year, LCDQ’s LEGENDS. The star studded line up includes so many amazing design icons. VIP Passes are sold out, but a few seats still remain at the Keynote Events. Don’t miss out on your chance to brush elbows with design royalty. See the schedule below and click here to make your reservations.

Untitled2To catch a glimpse of what to expect from these brilliantly talented, creative, hilarious and inspiring designers, be sure to watch the video below…

I am delighted to be an ambassador for this year’s LEGENDS event with all of these inspiring minds…Be sure to follow along on our design adventures next week!

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Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar / London
Marisa Marcantonio of Stylebeat / New York
Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita / Houston
Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room / Charlotte, NC
Jennifer Boles of The Peak of Chic / Atlanta
Diane Dorrans Saeks of The Style Saloniste / San Francisco
Jeanne Chung of Cozy•Stylish•Chic / Los Angeles
Catherine M. Austin of Bespoke Banter / Charlotte, NC
Julie Carlson of Remodelista / San Francisco

For more of my design inspiration, please follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to Bespoke Banter. Thanks for reading and please come back again!

IN ADMIRATION OF ALBERT: KIP’S BAY

Two months ago, the design world lost one of their most beloved legends, Albert Hadley.  Much has been written about his legacy over the past several weeks and the impact he had on the design community.  He was known most of all for being a gentleman and a scholar. Mr. Hadley had an immense knowledge of design history which he graciously shared with all of his clients and colleagues. Despite being a classicist, he was also a bold risk taker and not afraid to mix modern and innovative materials and designs. This brave and original creativity elevated him to saint like status and will forever be known for his unprecedented contribution to 20th century design.

The most delightful attributes of Mr. Hadley were his sincere modesty, kindness and generosity. He was constantly encouraging young designers, sharing his wisdom with them and making sure they were being recognized for their talent and participation in his client’s projects. Many celebrated designers began their careers with Mr. Hadley such as Bunny Williams, Thomas Jayne, Mariette Himes Gomez, David Easton, David Klienburg, and Brian McCarthy. He was known for telling them, “Kiddo, give them what they never knew they wanted.” 
This past week, I had the privilege of seeing the Kip’s Bay Show House where Mr. Hadley’s proteges, Bunny Williams,  David Kleinberg and Brian J. McCarthy dedicated their room to “ALBERT HADLEY: Our mentor, our teacher, and our dear friend.” Below you can see some of his most famous rooms and quotes. Next you can see how these brilliant designers created a room in his honor.
Photgraphy by Fernando Bengoechea
Mr. Hadley in His Living Room
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Inspiration Board
Veranda Magazine
Mr. Hadley’s Apartment
Mr. Hadley’s Modern and Spare Bedroom
Photography by Fernando Bengoechea
A Fine Romance: Mr. Hadley and Ms. Parish
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Druckman
Sutton Place, New York City
Photography by Fernandoe Bengoechea
Residence of Frederic R. Courdet III
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Residence of Nancy “Princess” Pyne
New Jersey
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Mrs. Astor’s Famous Library
New York City
Courtesy of Albert Hadley Archives
Photo via Habitually Chic

Architectural Digest sponsored the kick off party for Blogfest 2012 at the Kip’s Bay Show House.The  Great Room was designed by Bunny Williams, David Kleinburg and Brian McCarthy in honor of Mr. Hadley.  Their blend of modern art, clean lines and a few red touches with have made their mentor very proud. The Corbusier tapestry from Jane Khan Gallery was the focal point for the room. The other artwork was from Gerald Bland. You can see one of Mr. Haley’s trademark zebra hooked rugs in the foreground of the image. The rug along with the kuba cloth and vintage ikat pillows belonged to Bunny Williams to add an ethnic vibe to the space.

Please note that the images of the show house are from  Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic.  You can see her blog on the space by clicking on the link above.

The two images above show a few of Mr. Hadley’s favorite things. He apparently lived on gin and cigarettes and could care less about fine wine and food according to his old client, Siri Mortimer mentioned in Veranda’s tribute to Mr. Hadley. His “DON”T FORGET” pads where always on his desk.  All party guests received an identical pad in our bag of swag as we left the party.

Another highlight was meeting Margaret Russell from Architectural Digest. She was kind enough to let a few Charlotte designers take our picture with her.  Here, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room, Beth Keim of Lucy and Company and myself learn a few tips on how to pose for a picture. You can also check out their blogs to read about our NYC adventures this past week.

When I arrived back in Charlotte, I had a lovely surprise waiting on my my front stoop.  The interior drawings I had purchased from the Albert Hadley sale on One King’s Lane had arrived! I am thrilled to have these historic mementos from such an amazing man. Happy Memorial Day to ALL!