It’s Coca Cola’s 125 th Anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than to compile the Coca Cola archives and create an amazing tribute with Assouline publishing. The images are memories we all grew up with from Shrek, supermodel Naomi Cambpell, which looked similar to what Lady Gaga wore in her “Telephone” music video, to a young image of Michael Douglas, and even RUN DMC. And they even have an iPad App for $4.99, that brings the book to life with the images and video. Whitney Port and I got to check out all the images together in New York City. Lets be honest, what other beverage endured every trend from punk, 50’s housewives, the RHONY Housewives, Woodstock, the tech craze, bell bottoms, skinny jeans, socialites,surfers, hipsters, Prince, football, starlets,and Lady Gaga. Through the good, bad, and the ugly, Coca Cola has been with us everyday and refreshed us. Have a coke and a smile!
This summer, I have been working on a new book. I have written three books that explore pop culture and social history. Since I am not old enough, and do not have enough monumental memories to have them documented, I stick to what I love: social history, lifestyle, and fashion. My first book published by Assouline called “In the Spirit of the Hamptons” needs an upgrade. When I was 30, I wrote a book exploring a place I love, now I am writing a book about a place where I love to live. How do you start? You compile images, FIRST. Then, tell the story.
I’ll never forget the first time, I saw my name on the cover of a book. Writing is a labor of love. Telling the story, compiling images, and creating juxtapositions make books that are not only evocative, but so beautiful, that some people get mesmerized by the content. Working with Assouline publishing has been one of the most amazing opportunities of my life. Their aesthetic for books is so modern. They create books that are like a magazine: amazing images and concise text. My first book spearheaded the series “In the Spirit of the Hamptons“. Martine Assouline taught me an amazing lesson. “Starting” to do anything is one of the biggest hurdles, but for Martine it is one of the most crucial times. “Just start compiling images, and we’ll do it together.” Life is organic and I learned that through creating these books. What I wanted and what I had access to in terms of content and pictures encouraged me to synthesize and not judge. Just start. You never know where that will lead you, and that’s exciting.
Thank you Assouline, here’s to our new project. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.
I have a lot of loves, but to be specific, my major loves are : what my kids like to do, where to eat, shop, and what’s an easy way to be “green.” All of my summer favs are listed in my column J’adore. And for those who didn’t know, HAMPTONS Magazineis where I wrote my first column called “In the Spirit of the Hamptons“, which later graced the title of my first book and became a series for Assouline publishing.
Tweet me @kikilet and tell me what j’adore (you love).
Wednesday was my last day of fashion week at Bryant Park for I am off to Vegas for the opening of Elvis Cirque De Soleil in Vegas and a Playboy and book signing at the new Assouline store in the City Center.
I had a radio tour, which you basically talk to different radio stations in every city (how flattering!!!) to discuss Playboy and quickly got my hair blown out by uber stylist, Bradley Irion, who used Vive pro mousse by Loreal to make my hair shine (4.99).
I hopped a taxi, ran into the tents as the Anna Sui show was almost starting, and sat in my front row seat. Across from me was my dear friend and Andy Warhol muse, Baby Jane Holzer who is a great friend of Anna and Andrew Bolton, associate curator at the Costume Institute of Metropolitan Museum of Art. We all watched and were amazed at how well researched Anna’s bohemian collection was. From her amazing fragrance, accessories, and effortless hippie chic dresses, Sui knows her market. Supermodels strut down the runway in dresses that 60s rock icons Marianne Faithful, and Anita Pallenberg wished they could have worn.
I was so proud to wear one of Anna’s dresses. What an honor it is when the designers as you to wear their clothes.
As I left the tents, I ran into Tim Gunn. I was originally suppose to be on a fashion tv show with him before I was asked to ignite the 2nd season of RHNYC. He complimented me on Playboy and went as far to say that I was the new sexy and that he’s buying Playboy. I was so flattered by his genuineness.