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I’m sure you will agree that there is nothing like stretching out with a good book on a long summer day. We’ve been a bit remiss in bringing you our most fabulous finds, but do forgive us! We’ve got two dreamy Rizzoli tomes in hand that you simply must snap up: Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan and Loulou de la Falaise.

Certainly I consider Marella Agnelli one of my most favorite style icons; her impossibly chic and highly refined aesthetic pervades everything that surrounds her, and Rizzoli’s Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan by Agnelli and her niece Marella Caracciolo Chia brings all of this to the fore in the most delicious way. A luxurious scrap book of sorts, its a personal memoir recounted through her gorgeous homes and gardens.

From "Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan"

From “Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan”

From "Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan"

From “Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan”

Agnelli worked with some of the most legendary interior designers — Mongiardino, Marino, Pinto to name a few, with gardens designed by the likes of my most favorite Russell Page and Madison Cox. Here you’ll find exquisite never before seen images, and of course there are many of the most iconic shots as well, that have graced beautiful magazines and books over the years. Needless to say, this most recent and definitive book is a celebration of a well lived life!

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Loulou de la Falaise by Ariel de Ravenel and Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni pays tribute to the fashion icon and most marvelous muse to Yves Saint Laurent. Marisa Berenson once called LA Falaise a “walking work of art,” and certainly La Falaise did much to define the Luxe Boheme aesthetic with a distinct sense of fantasy, lightness, non-chalance, and humor — in fact she was considered very much the embodiment of French chic, depite being an English woman.

From the Rizzoli book "Loulou de la Falaise"

From the Rizzoli book “Loulou de la Falaise”

From the Rizzoli book "Loulou de la Falaise"

From the Rizzoli book “Loulou de la Falaise”

Within its many pages, the book gives us a revealing and intimate look into an iconoclastic life. A glamorous romantic, La Falaise was a primary driving force behind much of the YSL mystique, and the book serves not only as an homage to La Falaise herself, but highlights her position as a indespensible wellspring of inspiration. No doubt, in a world where style has become homogenized and commercialized, we look to innovative groundbreakers like La Falaise to perhaps inform our own sartorial splendor!

Pick up your copies here: Loulou de la FalaiseMarella Agnelli: The Last Swan

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  1. Karena says:

    James I can see these are two books that are must reads, going on my list immediately!!

    The Arts by Karena
    Artist Nicoletta Belletti

  2. Dean Farris says:


    Yes! I agree with dear Karena! Both iconic subjects, and I see that your friend, Ms. de Ravenel has written one of them! Exciting news!


  3. As always; you are completely correct! I own them both! And LOVE them beyond!!!

    You never ever give a “bum steer”!!!!!



  4. Marella Agnelli is a true swan and just exudes elegance!

  5. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Karena,

    They are indeed and both are so incredibly inspirational!!



  6. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Dean Farris,

    When my dear friends Jean Charles and Jackie de Ravenel told me about the book – Lou Lou De La Falaise – by Jean-Charles’ sister Ariel – I could not wait to get a copy – needless to say the book is everything and more!



  7. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope Bianchi ,

    You are so delicious – Thank You!

    So thrilled to know my suggestions do not disappoint!

    Much Love and Light


  8. Bill Fleming says:

    Superb women

  9. James Andrew says:

    Dear Bill Fleming,

    Indeed! and such inspirations on so many levels!!!



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