Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Audrey Hepburn photographed wearing Givenchy by Norman Parkinson, 1955 
© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive

A new photography exhibition celebrating the life and career of British film star Audrey Hepburn will open at the National Portrait Gallery in London in July 2015.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will follow Hepburn's rise to fame, from her early years in Holland and as a dancer and chorus girl in London's West End, to her becoming a stage and screen icon, culminating in her philanthropic work in later life. The exhibition will showcase rarely seen photographs from the collection of the Hepburn family along with iconic portraits of Hepburn by leading photographers of the twentieth century including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Irving Penn and Norman Parkinson.

(left) Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys by Howell Conant, published on the cover of Jours de France, 26 January 1962

Highlights from the exhibition will include family photographs of Hepburn practising ballet as a young woman, and examples of her early work in London as a fashion model for photographs by Antony Beauchamp, in addition to the highly successful Crookes Lacto-Calamine skin cream campaign, photographed by Angus McBean in 1950.

A rarely seen series of photographs by Mark Shaw, taken during the making of Sabrina in 1953 and published as a photo essay in Life magazine, will offer a unique insight into Hepburn's life on and off-set, as Shaw was granted unprecedented behind-the-scenes access for the photo essay.

Also included in the exhibition will be vintage magazine spreads, from the Picturegoer in 1952 to the front cover of Life magazine, featuring Hepburn in Givenchy for her role in Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961, taken by Howell Conant. Original film posters and other ephemera will complete the story of one of the world's most photographed women.

Audrey Hepburn by Cecil Beaton, bromide print, 1963
© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

-Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon runs from 2 July until 18 October 2015-
Admission charges:
Including voluntary donation: Adult £10 / Concessions £8.50
Standard price: Adult: £9 / Concessions £7.50


Pirelli Calendar 1974 by Hans Feurer

From the 1974 Pirelli Calendar

Photographer: Hans Feurer
Models: Eva Nielsen, Kim, Marana


Karl Lagerfeld's Christmas cake for Alain Ducasse

Chef Alain Ducasse's Tokyo-based eatery Beige has tapped multi-talented German fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld to design a one-of-a kind Christmas cake for its 10th anniversary.

The creative director of Chanel, Lagerfeld chose to recreate an iconic lipstick shape combining rich flavors of caramel and dark chocolate.

Lagerfeld's vision will become a reality in the capable hands of head pastry chef Julien Kientzler, who will take care to add the designer's personal final touch: the interlocking Cs Chanel logo.

The limited edition pastry will be presented in an exclusive box featuring a sketch by Lagerfeld with only 100 cakes to be sold.

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Valentino: At The Emperor's Table

Recently published by Assouline, "Valentino: At the Emperor's Table" is a stunning new coffee table tome that enters the refined world of famed fashion designer Valentino Garavani.

Lensed by renowned Italian photographer Oberto Gili, and organized by residence, this book offers up various table settings and recipes specific to each home. From flan au chèvre served in porcelain in Gstaad to Mediterranean-inspired plates aboard the T.M. Blue One (Valentino's yacht).

As Mr. Valentino's friend Andre Leon Talley writes in the introduction to At the Emperor's Table, "Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world."

T.M. Blue One; Tureen from a reproduction porcelain dinner service set, after an 1820 Torquay design, Staffordshire; tumblers from a set of sixteen Ralph Lauren crystal tumblers with vertical blue stripes.

Though regardless of residence or number of guests, Valentino's commitment to excellence does not waver. "I am very often alone and enjoying my houses," Valentino says. "Entertaining thirty or one is the same; the food has to be on a beautiful plate. The dream came true."

Valentino: at the Emperor's table
By Valentino Garavani, text by André Leon Talley, photographs by Oberto Gili
10¼ x 13½ in – 26 x 34.5 cm | 192 pages | 80 illustrations
Hardcover in a luxury slipcase
$150 - €115 - £95


Aman Tokyo to Open in December

Scheduled to open its doors on December 22, Aman Tokyo will be the first city property in Aman's portfolio.

Occupying levels 33-38 (the top six floors) of the Otemachi Tower and offering views of the Imperial Palace Gardens, the 84-bedroom hotel will feature a peaceful inner garden, Aman Spa and a 30-metre swimming pool stretching across the skyscape.

The rooms and suites are spacious and modern, drawing inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic. Each room and suite has a large furo, a deep soaking tub and a core part of the Japanese ritual of bathing.

On the ground floor The Café by Aman will specialise in Mediterranean-inspired fare featuring the hotel's own signature sake, and will offer lunch and dinner with outdoor forest view seating. The Lounge by Aman, situated on the 33rd levelis a convivial venue for a drink or snack throughout the day and into the night. The Restaurant by Aman will serve gastronomic fine dining based on Mediterranean cuisine including a selection of Japanese and Asian inspired dishes. In addition, the hotel houses a walk-in wine cellar stocked with over 1,200 carefully selected wines.

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