Marisa Berenson is made of style and spirit

“There was no shortage of material to mine in compiling the new book, Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures (Rizzoli)” says Tom Ford.

“The book traces Berenson’s journey: from growing up as the daughter of U.S. diplomat Robert L. Berenson and countess Gogo Schiaparelli in the substantial—and at times difficult—orbit of her grandmother, the legendary designer Elsa Schiaparelli; to her move to New York to pursue a career in modeling under the tutelage of Diana Vreeland and the iconic image of her that graced the covers of magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Time, and even Interview; to her forays into film; to her emergence as the definitive “girl of the ’70s,” as Yves Saint Laurent once referred to her, as she became a pop personality who transcended fashion, film, and even the pixie dust of her famous lineage. But as much as Berenson’s very public life shaped the world’s image of her, what was happening behind the scenes in her private life shaped the woman she has become, including the death of her father, which drove her to seek out a new kind of independence, the birth of her daughter, Starlite Randall—the product of her brief marriage in the mid-’70s to first husband James Randall—and the loss of her younger sister, the photographer Berry Berenson, who was aboard one of the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001”.

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Just Dance

“From the twilight of the Romanov dynasty through les années folles of Art Deco Paris to the jet-set seventies, Bals: Legendary Costume Balls Of The Twentieth Century explores the nine most exceptional private costume parties of the twentieth century, in the most beautiful book ever produced on the subject” writes Assouline on the page of one of it’s most elegant publications that is about to invite us to a place of wonders.
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