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Coffee With Couture

Here’s another sneak peek into my world. I love a big cup of coffee/tea every morning & night. Daily. It’s part of my morning ritual and I usually sit with a book, magazine or catch up on news online.

When Harrods sent me this coffee table book last week, I gasped. Excitement. Shared it on twitter and facebook. My very own copy of Couture In The 21st Century by Deborah Bee.

If you have, ever had, or will have any interest in fashion, you have to get this book. It is the history of Couture up until today. Without giving too much away, enjoy the pictures and quotes from our favorite designers below.

A look into my space and the book I spent my weekend with.

Retail price $59.95 (Buy on sale from Amazon.com!)| Format: 10 x 11; 160 pages

“If ever a term has been misappropriated, “haute couture” is. The phrase is tossed around casually on the high street, and news papers are only too happy to apply the term where it is quite hilarious, not applicable – at worst, even to a new supermarket  clothing range.” – Deborah Bee

“The most important aspect of fashion design is not technique, but ideas. Ideas are magical. And it’s the flow of ideas that goes into the process that makes a difference.” – Miuccia Prada

The history of couture is very well narrated. Dating back to the mid-19th century and giving credit to Charles Worth, The first king of Couture. Vintage pictures of the greats such as Madame Jeanne Lanvin, Madeleine, Paul Poiret, Jacques Fath, Jean Patou, Coco Chanel, Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, and Hubert Givenchy (to mention a few ) in their younger years.

Couture is about fantasy. It’s a celebration of a craft. It’s an art form. It’s about color and dreams. It’s not really fashion. It’s grandeur and splendour

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity” – Coco Chanel

I’ve always wanted to create something that would not disappear with me, but would outlive me for 50 or maybe 100 years” – Hubert de Givenchy

There was a really charming picture of Yves Saint Laurent photographed at the age of 21 in the same year that he took over the house of Dior. I left the pic out because again, I didn’t want to give too much away *smile*

You will enjoy reading biographies of your favorite designers. New and old faces. Giorgio Armani, Antonio Berardi, House of Christian Dior, Dunhill, Wes Gordon, Stephen Jones, House of Lanvin, Christian Louboutin, House of Balenciaga, Missoni, J. Mendel, Prada, Oscar de la Renta, House of Yves Saint Lauren, House of Balmain, Valentino, House of Givenchy, Jason Wu, Roger Vivier, & Matthew Williamson – These are just half of the list.

Fashion should reflect the advancement of time and the rhythm of life” – Pierre Balmain

I think couture should be a dream beyond the realities of the real world. It is pure creativity. It’s an art form. It has to bring fantasy” – Gilles Mendel

“If there is no humour, no eccentricity, no will of transgression, then fashion becomes too functional. Inspirational and elegant couture will never be created by perceived ‘good taste’” – Angela Missoni

When a woman falls in love with something so much that she wants to wear it – it is at that point and that point only that it becomes fashion

When my mother and her friends had coffee, I’d hide under the table, smell the fragrances and see the quality of their stockings and shoes” – Christian Lacroix

I prepared that collection in a complete state of elation. I knew I was going to be famous“. Yves Saint Laurent on his first collection for Dior.

To own something that no one else does, that has taken weeks to create by hand, that’s beautiful – that is the ultimate. Couture is the ultimate luxury

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Cheris Courtney
Cheris Courtney

Thanks for sharing. This book looks fascinating. Btw, lovely space you have. The yellow and natural light are wonderful.

Cheris Courtney
Cheris Courtney

Thanks for sharing. This book looks fascinating. Btw, lovely space you have. The yellow and natural light are wonderful.

Kristin M. Brooks
Kristin M. Brooks

Great quotes, love the pictures, that's definitely a coffee table book I would want! Thanks for sharing with us! Love the yellow wall as well!

Yanique
Yanique

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity” – Coco Chanel love that Chanel quote! you know I just saw the movie "Coco before Chanel" with audrey tatou and it was quite good! I was surprised. Taschens 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers is a great coffee table book too. Folake thanks for sharing.

Yanique
Yanique

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity” – Coco Chanel love that Chanel quote! you know I just saw the movie "Coco before Chanel" with audrey tatou and it was quite good! I was surprised. Taschens 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers is a great coffee table book too. Folake thanks for sharing.