Here’s a heavy weight collabo: Muhammad Ali photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the new Louis Vuitton campaign. The little boy in front is Ali’s grandson. The legend is actually looking pretty good - or Annie is a danm good photographer.
Exciting news from Taschen. This summer we’re expecting Private View, a new & outrageous book by Mario Testino, to celebrate his exhibition in China. Private View is a Limited Edition of 1,500 copies, signed and numbered for € 500.00, and comes in a plastic box with a lenticular cover photo of Lady Gaga. A regular edition of € 50.00 will be publised simultaneously. Exact publication dates, numbers and prices are subject to change, but if you like to be informed personally drop us a message.
Alber Elbaz, Lanvin. Now, fashion addicts are already on their way purchasing this rare piece, so we can tell you about this remarkable combination. Alber Elbaz is a big-shot in fashion. In a nutshell: born in ‘66 in Morocco, immigrated to Israel, served in the Israeli Defense Forces and studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. After he moved to New York in 1985 Elbaz’ career took him from a mother-of-the-bride manufacturer to American fashion designer Geoffrey Been and from Guy Laroche to Yves Saint Laurent. In 2001 he took the big step to become artistic director for Lanvin in Paris, which is the oldest fashion house worldwide, and thanks to his hands-on manner, Lanvin is ready for decades to come – amongst others by appointing Lucas Ossendrijver from Amersfoort as head of menswear. Ten years of Elbaz’ loyal service and success was a reason enough for Lanvin to publish this very special book – handmade, bound in silk, with luxurious details including hand-gilded edging, engraved typography and black foil stamping on the spine and cover, and then we haven’t even opened it. This rare and highly collectible book can be purchased at Lanvin’s flagship stores, at Colette in Paris and – we say this with pride - at MENDO.
After visiting the Dutch HQ of Vogue, Ingela Klemetz Farago was sent over to MENDO to present her book Northern Women In Chanel. You must know many people make books and many people think MENDO should sell them (we’re not being arrogant here – it’s just the way it is). So when Ingela hopped into MENDO at first we slightly sceptic – as usual. That scepticism only lasted for 5 seconds. This particular woman and her husband approached Chanel with the idea for the book. They got carte blance and created this radical book about Northern Women featured in Chanel, hence the title, and good old Karl even wrote a preface. Northern Women and Chanel are a match made in heaven, and features a personal favorite of ours, Miss Helena Christensen. The book accompanies the art project, 2112 hand-numbered copies were made and all the revenue goes to Save The Children. Props for Ingela!
Hardcover with jacket