We look to legendary design and art publisher Assouline, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this spring, to share the top display-worthy books for your home.
BORDEAUX Legendary Wines
By Michael Dovaz
Perfect for wine amateurs and experts alike, this lushly photographed volume offers an authoritative guide to one of the premier winemaking regions of the world. Renowned wine aficionado Michel Dovaz traces the evolution of the area’s terroir over millennia and recounts fascinating stories of the many châteaus producing wine in the region since the 17th century. This exhaustive catalog of the 125 Bordeaux makers is complete with tasting notes for recent vintages, an added bonus for oenophiles.
VALENTINO: At The Emperor’s Table
Introduction by André Leon Talley. Photographs by Oberto Gili
“I am in love with beauty,” says fashion designer Valentino Garavani, one of the few living masters of haute couture. Take a visual tour of Valentino’s magnificent homes around the world to see not only his enchanting tablescapes, but his elegant luncheons and dinners — decadent recipes included. The spirit of beauty, abundance and sensory delight with which he designs his dining experiences makes it easy to see why Valentino has enthralled the fashion world for more than four decades.
THE BIG BOOK OF THE HAMPTONS
By Michael Shnayerson
This deluxe tome celebrates the mystique and allure of the Hamptons, the exclusive enclave of seaside retreats one hundred miles east of Manhattan. The slim stretch of Long Island shoreline has drawn New York’s social elite, from titans of industry to creative luminaries such as Jackson Pollack and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Quotes and anecdotes pair with stunning photography to offer a rare glimpse of the spectacular estates of this summer haven.
DRESSING FOR THE DARK:
From the Silver Screen to the Red Carpet
By Kate Young
Sought-after stylist Kate Young has dressed such luminaries as Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams, worked with photographers Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel, and styled campaigns for Dior and other notable fashion houses. Here, in her first book, she celebrates the art of making an entrance by dress style and event: cocktail, sexy, statement, black-tie, and “perfectly plain” black. Showcasing the most iconic fashion film moments, from Elizabeth Taylor’s white chiffon dress in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to Julia Roberts’ red gown in Pretty Woman, Young shares insights on dressing for evening and looking unforgettable.