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“There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means that the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.” —Carine Roitfeld

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The Extraordinary Aristocratic Excellence of HRH Emilio Pucci, Marchese di Barsento, as Detailed by Vanessa Friedman of The Financial Times

Flipping through Emilio Pucci, the recently published (by TASCHEN) coffee table book by the Outstanding journalist Vanessa Friedman, fashion reporter for The Financial Times. Pucci, the Marchese di Barsento, better known as the prince of prints of the pioneering Italian fashion brand, his vision, and legacy are profiled, remembered, and honored, in this limited edition of 10.000.. Each unique copy is bound with one of a selection of recent print fabrics from the Pucci collection. Price: $200. To add to your Excellent library, please click HERE.

Image via Taschen.

Image via Taschen.

Image via Taschen.

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Conversations On A Banquette: Mark Tungate on Luxury Branding

What qualifies as luxury? What exactly is branding? And how will the ever-changing digital communications landscape effect and change the two?  We get asked these ponderous questions often during our international travels and consultations with clients. At times, we have an Excellent response at the ready. In other moments, we refer our curious interlocutors to experts who know better than we do, pointing them to those who have taught us a lessons or two. One of our favorite authorities on these topics is Mr. Mark Tungate, the outstanding Paris-based British journalist and best-selling author of such must-read books as LUXURY WORLD: The Past, Present and Future of Luxury Brands, BRANDED MALE: Marketing to Men, AD LAND: A Global History of Advertising, and FASHION BRANDS: Branding Style from Armani to Zara, among others. Each of these indispensable resources occupies a prominent spot on our USM system 350 bookshelves, as they are required reading around the executive offices of The EP world headquarters. Also required reading: The transcript of our recent and Excellent conversation with Mark, which starts here… To read the full interview, please click HERE. (Downloadable PDF)

Branded Male: The Lanvin Homme boutique, 15 rue du Faubourg St Honoré 75008 Paris. A quietly luxurious location where Excellently discreet service is lavished upon customers, in Mark Tungate's expert opinion. Image courtesy Lanvin, Paris.

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The Discreet and Excellent Charm of the Chicly Understated Bourgeois Costumes Designed by Raf Simons of Jill Sander for “I Am Love”, Starring the Outstanding Tilda Swinton and Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Presenting Outstanding actress Tilda Swinton, as dressed by Raf Simons for Jill Sander, in I Am Love. In addition to Simon’s chicly discreet wardrobe for Swinton and cast, the Italian film features Excellently exquisite modernized Art Deco production design by Francesca Di Mottola. I Am Love, which chronicles la dolce vita and affairs of a family of wealthy Milanese industrialists, is written, co-produced and directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Excellent wardrobe: Tilda Switon as dressed by Raf Simons for Jill Sander in "I Am Love," directed by Luca Guadagnino,. Image via NOWNESS via Mikado Film..

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The Excellent People on Location: Lost in Nostalgia

Our Excellent and nostalgic corner of the world, where it all began.  À la recherche du temps perdu…

Excellent wallpaper. Image via The Excellent People, Thursday, July 1, 2010, 3:26 p.m.

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Excellent Survey: Andy Warhol: The Last Decade @ Brooklyn Museum

Presenting Self-Portrait, 1986, one of the Outstandingly Excellent images on view through September 12, 2010 at The Brooklyn Museum during the exhibition Andy Warhol: The Last Decade,the first U.S. museum survey to examine the late work of American artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Encompassing nearly fifty works, the exhibition reveals the artist’s vitality, energy, and renewed spirit of experimentation. During this time Warhol produced more works, in a considerable number of series and on a vastly larger scale, than at any other point in his forty-year career. It was a decade of great artistic development for him, during which a dramatic transformation of his style took place alongside the introduction of new techniques.”

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Self-Portrait, 1986. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm). Mugrabi Collection. © 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image via The Brooklyn Museum.

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Limited Edition Excellence: Stefano Pilati’s Muse Two “Military” Bag For Yves Saint Laurent

Presenting The Muse Two  “Military,” the limited edition bag by Stefano Pilati for YSL. Pilati has customized YSL’s iconic Muse Two bag with military canvas chosen from army surplus. Fabric, color, and text are specific to each canvas, making each bag a unique piece. Available at YSL Boutiques and select retailers worldwide. Price: $2332.

The Muse Two "Military" limited edition bag designed by Stefano Pilati for Yves Saint Laurent. Image via Garance Dore for YSL via The Official YSL Fan Page on Facebook.

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Wagnerian Excellence: “The Ring Cycle” Presented by The Los Angeles Opera @ The Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, Los Angeles

Applauding the Los Angeles Opera‘s first presentation of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle. “The Los Angeles Opera is mounting its first “Ring” cycle, a fascinating and complex production of Richard Wagner’s “Ring des Nibelungen by the German artist and director Achim Freyer, who has soaked the stage with symbols in a visual version of the work’s leitmotifs. The third of three cycles, being performed here at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, ends on Saturday,” advises The New York Times.

Operatic Excellence: Beau Gibson as Froh in Wagner's "Rheingold" in Los Angeles. Image via Stephanie Diani for The New York Time.

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For Your Consideration: The Brief Yet Extraordinarily Excellent Life of Bauhaus, 1919-1933, Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Reading, and marveling at, Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops in Modernity, edited by Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman, the catalog, published by The Museum of Modern Art, of the Excellent exhibition by the same name, that was on view at MoMA from November 8, 2009 to January 25, 2010.  The show was “MoMA’s first major exhibition since 1938 on the subject of this famous and influential school of avant-garde art. Founded in 1919 and shut down by the Nazis in 1933, the Bauhaus brought together artists, architects, and designers in an extraordinary conversation about the nature of art in the age of technology. Aiming to rethink the very form of modern life, the Bauhaus became the site of a dazzling array of experiments in the visual arts that have profoundly shaped our visual world today,” said the exhibition press materials. “Featuring approximately 400 color plates, richly complemented by documentary images, Bauhaus 1919-1933 includes two overarching essays by the exhibition’s curators, Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman, that present new perspectives on the Bauhaus. Shorter essays by more than 20 leading scholars apply contemporary viewpoints to 30 key Bauhaus objects, and an illustrated narrative chronology provides a dynamic glimpse of the Bauhaus’ lived history,” according to Amazon. For more information, please click HERE.

Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops in Modernity, edited by Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman and published by The Museum of Modern Art. Image via Amazon via The Museum of Modern Art.

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Art Basel Report: The Outstandingly Excellent Art Critic Linda Yablonsky, Reporting for The New York Times, @ Art Basel 41, Basel, Switzerland

We always listen to, and heed, what Outstandingly Excellent art critic Linda Yablonsky has to say (ex close friends in common, and the like). Linda’s now at Art Basel 41, June 16 through June 20, 2010, in Basel, Switzerland, and she’s reporting on that high-profile scene for T, The New York Times Style Magazine. What’s Linda seen and heard and liked, so far? Please click HERE.

Linda recommends Sergio Prego’s sculpture, “Ikurrina Quarter,” at Art Unlimited. Sebastien Bozon for Agence France-Presse/Getty Images via The New York Times.

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