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Presenting Mr. Truman Capote, Outstandingly Excellent Style Setter

Via Mr. Porter. Words by Mr. Colin McDowell.

Mr. Truman Capote, shot by Mr. Michael Salisbury, at his house in Palm Springs, California, 1969. Image via Mr. Porter.

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Remembrances Of Excellency Past: Mme. Loulou de la Falaise

Remembering Loulou de la Falaise (1948 – 2011), Outstandingly Excellent muse to Yves Saint Laurent. RIP

Outstanding: Her Excellency Loulou de la Falaise: Image via Antimonide.

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Presenting The Outstandingly Excellent ‘World Of Muriel Brandolini’

‘THE WORLD OF MURIEL BRANDOLINI’ TO MAKE COLOURFUL DEBUT AT PHILLIPS de PURY & COMPANY. FIRST OF A KIND LIFESTYLE AUCTION SALUTES ACCLAIMED DECORATOR. AUCTION: OCTOBER 21, 2011, 10AM. LOCATION: Phillips de Pury & Company, 450 Park Avenue, NY10022. To read the press release, please click HERE.

Interior Excellence via the Oustanding Muriel Brandonlini. Image via Emily Berl for The New York Times.

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Remembrances of Outstanding Excellency Past: Mr. Steve Jobs

Remembering Excellence: Mr. Steve Jobs. Image via Konstantin Sergeyev via New York Magazine.

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Design Report – Excellence à la Française: Monsieur François Catroux

Presenting the Excellent interior design of the Outstanding Monsieur François Catroux, via HORTSON.

Outstandingly Excellent interior design via Monsieur Francois Catroux. Image via HORSTON.

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Remembrances of Excellency Past: Valentina Nicholaevna Sanina Schlee

As told by Guiseppe Cipriani, General Founder of Harry’s Bar, Venice: “Who could ever forget the extraordinary fashion designer, Valentina Schlee?  Of Russian origin, she was Greta Garbo’s stylist. They both lived in the same building in New York.  Greta Garbo eventually became the lover of her husband, Mr. Schlee. Valentina always dressed like the Great Garbo.  Or perhaps the Great Garbo was always dressed like her.  A mass of tangled locks hid her from view even in the middle of summer. She was both the joy and the desperation of all our waiters and cooks and those of the Hotel Gritti as well, where she usually stayed. When she finally left, all the men heaved a huge sigh of relief.  I sent a bottle of champagne over to the staff at the Gritti, and made sure that everyone who had served her got their share.”

Outstandingly Excellent People. Image via GarboForever.com

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Signature Excellence: Anna Wintor On The Cover of WSJ. Magazine

Via Racked: Her Excellency Anna Wintour, as photographed by Mario Testino for the cover of WSJ.

Recognizble Excellence: Anna Wintour on the cover of WSJ. Image via Mario Testino via WSJ. via Rached.

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Recognizable Excellence: Jon Savage On Music

The Outstandingly Excellent Jon Savage in Paris Vogue.

Jon Savage. Excellent. Image via Paris Vogue.

Historical Excellence: Grace Jones: A One Man Show (LASERDISC)

Presenting the “ultra rare Laserdisc version of this classic televised concert Grace Jones: A One Man Show. Issued exclusively in Japan in a stunning picture sleeve. Comes with a chapters and lyrics insert. Tracks are Warm Leatherette, Walking in the Rain, Feel Up, La Vie En Rose, Demolition Man, Pull Up to the Bumper, Private Life, My Jamaican Guy, Living My Life and Libertango/I’ve Seen That Face Before.” Sometimes available at Amazon.

Historically Excellent: Grace Jones: A One Man Show (LASERDISC). Image via Amazon.

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Excellent Flashback: ‘Moratoire Noir’ – Jacques de Bascher’s Risqué Suburban Party for Karl Lagerfeld During Paris Fashion Week, 1977

Presenting the Excellent exclusive invitation to the notorious Moratoire Noir party. Organized by the Outstanding Jacques de Bascher de Beaumarchais, the 1977 event, according to Agenda Inc., “introduced the fashion world – for the first time – to the darker edges of the Parisian suburbs and Mapplethorpian quantities of leather. Said the Washington Post: “It was planned as a “nice party for all Karl Lagerfeld’s friends,” explained Count Xavier de Cadtella, who was dressed in a fluorescent orange-and-silver Star Wars getup. He was leaning over the catwalk above the black-walled, barren warehouse lit only by criss-crossing green laser beams. Below, more than 3,000 of the “friends,” all dressed in black as required on the invitations, gyrated to blasting electronic music. The scene was La Main Bleue, Europe’s biggest disco located in Montreuil on the edge of Paris, an area where many African workers live. Started by Jean Michel Mouhac as a club for blacks, it soon became the chic place for fashion stars and swingy socialites on certain week-nights, much the way harlem once was the “in” place in New York.” Intrigued? Please click HERE for additional titalation.

Excellently attending: The invitation to Jacques de Bascher de Beaumarchais' notorious Moratoire Noir party. Image via Agenda Inc.

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