Thursday, August 16, 2007

In Vogue

So, I received my new September 2007 issue of Vogue yesterday, and I have to say, it was a big fat five pound disappointment. It's become a bit too formulaic in the past few years for my taste but there were two bright spots.

A small blurb and photo, shown above, from Lulu de Kwiatkowski's book of collages, Lulu from AMMO Books, which is composed of family photographs, Marche aux Puces treasures, and her own journal musings. The real inspiration she says came from a tumultuous romance with the man with whom is she now engaged!

The second bright spot was a profile of Luke and Julie Janklow's Greenwich Village home by Plum Sykes. The article itself is a total puff piece and what would you expect considering that Mr. Janklow's father's company, Janklow & Nesbit is Plum's literary agency. But the photos are the show-stopper. From the white marbled 60-foot drawing room with it's pieces by Jansen, Karl Springer, and Vladimir Kagan pictured above to the hand painted Gracie wallpaper in Mrs. Janklow's office.

I have to say it's pretty spectacular and mostly self-decorated. I love the juxtaposition of the modern desk and chair against the chinoiserie wallpaper.

The mercury-mirrored wall in the dining room below is illuminated by a Danish candelabra and antique gold sconces.

I wish there had been larger photos of the garden designed by Miranda Brooks. There are a few small ones in the montage below, as well as, a photo of Mrs. Janklow's Perspex and glass dressing room/closet. The inspiration for which came from Joan Crawford's in the movie Mommie Dearest and the Christian Louboutin store on Gansevoort Street. I'm assuming though, she meant the store on Horatio Street since there is no store on Gansevoort Street.

I love the mix of modern and antique furnishings but then again I would expect nothing less from this fashionable yet literary couple. Too bad the rest of the magazine wasn't as interesting as their home.

Photos by François Halard

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