Archive for July, 2014
The name Louis Vuitton is almost synonymous with an invitation to travel. The famous flat trunk and its various models created by the eponymous founder are still essential accessories for those wishing to travel the world with elegance and sophistication.
The new Escale Worldtime watch is perpetuating this tradition and drawing on the history of the company to reinvent the distinctive features of the travel watch.
At a time when borders are becoming increasingly blurred, Louis Vuitton is proposing an original interpretation of the “Worldtime” function which will appeal to globe-trotters and businessmen in search of fine, exclusive timepieces.
A case with a historical past
The totally new case made from polished, white gold with a satin finish gives the impression that it has always existed. This is a prerogative of these creations whose elegant, timeless design has been carefully thought out. The case features corner pieces which are reminiscent of Vuitton trunks, transformed into horns which protect the case to fulfil their original purpose, like a miniature round trunk containing a precious calibre.
The watch fits perfectly around the wrist with its 41 mm diameter and thickness of 9.75 mm. The fine bezel produces a particularly open dial creating a clarity which is consistent with the “Worldtime” function. The reverse side of the timepiece also reflects its excellent quality: the sapphire back reveals an aluminium disc coupled with an oscillating weight which rotates around a large LV in frosted glass.
A dial in world colours
Louis Vuitton has always offered clients the possibility of customising their trunks with strips of colour, initials, coats of arms and other hand-painted geometric pictograms.
This colourful universe and striking customisations have served as inspiration for the creation of the dial of the Escale Worldtime watch.
It takes the craftsman 50 hours to complete a dial in the workshop dedicated specifically to this task within the La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton manufacture using miniature painting techniques and working with oil paint. Over 30 colours are applied one by one with a paintbrush using tiny, successive strokes before the piece is dried in an oven heated to 100 °C.
The result, which is captivating in the brightness, relief and contrasts created, is magnified further by the visual effect separating the glass from the dial. This is why the black triangle topped with a yellow arrow (the only fixed element on the dial indicating the time and city of reference) is applied directly underneath the glass to prevent it from restricting the movement of the mobile discs.
An original “worldtime” function
The dial consists of three separate mobile discs. They can be adjusted by means of the single crown and are synchronised by an automatic calibre, which is developed and assembled by the La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton manufacture.
– The large exterior double-layered coloured disc comprises the initials of cities. It can be rotated to adjust to the reference city which should be positioned at 12 o’clock or above the yellow arrow.
– The central disc, which is constantly rotating, is divided into two black and white semi-circles to distinguish between day and night.
– The smallest disc in the centre is also constantly rotating and comprises numbers corresponding to the minutes highlighted by a precise, contrasting minute circle.
The “Worldtime” indication without an with no hand is a first in watchmaking design which has been developed by the master watchmakers of the La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton manufacture. This is also in a sense the quintessence of a complication which makes it possible to tell the time instantly in the 24 time zones defined by Sir Stanford Fleming and confirmed by the International Meridian Conference held in Washington in October 1884 establishing Greenwich as the “zero” meridian.
With the Escale Worldtime watch it is possible to determine the time in the zone represented by a particular city simply by glancing at the corresponding initials. The minutes can be read underneath the yellow arrow indicating the hour in the reference city.
With its hand-stitched black alligator strap with a white gold buckle, the Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime watch is a highly original timepiece. As well as proposing a new mechanical interpretation of the complex “Worldtime” mechanism, it also and above all offers a colourful, attractive presentation which will appeal to those who love to combine lifestyle with a love of travel.
– LV 106 Calibre: automatic movement developed and assembled by the La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton manufacture
– Function: worldtime with disc display
– 37mm diameter
– 6.65mm thickness
– 218 components
– 38 hours power reserve
– 28,800 oscillations per hour (4Hz)
– 26 rubies
– 18 carat white gold case
– 41mm diameter
– 9.75mm thickness
– Watertight to 30 meters
– City disc hand-painted by a craftsman from the La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton manufacture
– Hand-stitched black alligator with black calfskin lining
– Pin buckle in 18 carat white gold
Images via Louis Vuitton
In October 2014, Rizzoli New York publishes an album of fashion photographs like no other. Bringing together nearly 200 images by leading photographers of yesterday and today, this book presents a photographic approach to the history of fashion featuring Louis Vuitton products, from its advertising campaigns to fashion articles in A-list magazines.
Initially focused on capturing the trends of the day, fashion photography has gone beyond the mere representation of a particular style or look to share a vision of a feminine ideal and bear witness to its evolution, achieving recognition as an art form along the way. An art that, filtered through the photographer’s eye, offers a reflection on society and its values. The 200 photographs presented in this volume offer a singular approach to women’s history and the history of photography from the 1950s up to the present. Included are photographs by major figures such as Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Henry Clarke, Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Craig McDean, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, all of whom have excelled at conveying the spirit of Louis Vuitton.
Each of the book’s three main sections — fashion articles since 1977, Louis Vuitton advertising campaigns, flashback to the 1950s — includes an introductory text by the photography writer and curator Charlotte Cotton. The book’s preface is by Martin Harrison, a curator of art and photography recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Francis Bacon and the author of a number of monographs in the field.
A limited edition, available for sale exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores and online at www.louisvuitton.com, features a deluxe white canvas binding, with a choice of three different cover photographs, by Patrick Demarchelier, Craig Mc Dean or Bert Stern.
Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Miles Aldridge, Richard Avedon, Maria Vittoria Backhaus, David Bailey, Pierre Bailly, Coppi Barbieri, Jeff Bark, Robert Bellamy, David Bellemere, Nicole Bentley, Eric Boman, Bela Borsodi, Guy Bourdin, Cédric Buchet, Richard Burbridge, Alex Cayley, Mathieu César, Walter Chin, Henry Clarke, Liz Collins, Corinne Day, Bruno Dayan, Patrick Demarchelier, Gleb Derujinsky, Jérôme Ducrot, Ghislain Dussart, Sante Forlano, Boo George, Jean-Paul Goude, Guzman, Hervé Haddad, William Helburn, Steve Hiett, Daniel Jackson, Ina Jang, Mikael Jansson, Kayt, Jones, Matt Jones, Kacper Kasprzyk, Kelly Klein, Steven Klein, William Klein, Peter Knapp, Nick Knight, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Larivière, Thierry Le Gouès, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Greg Lotus, Sebastian Mader, Chen Man, Craig McDean, Raymond Meier, Steven Meisel, François Nars, Helmut Newton, Suzy Parker, Walter Pfeiffer, Denis Piel, Rankin, John Rawlings, Terry Richardson, Mischa Richter, David Roemer, Paolo Roversi, Georges Saad, Viviane Sassen, Francesco Scavullo, Norbert Schoerner, Giampaolo Sgura, David Sims, David Slijper, Carter Smith, Mario Sorrenti, Bert Stern, Emma Summerton, Sølve Sundsbø, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, Michael Thompson, Phillip Toledano, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Ellen von Unwerth, Tim Walker, Bruce Weber, Txema Yeste.
Charlotte Cotton is an independent curator of and writer about photography. She was previously the curator and head of the Wallis Anneberg Department of Photography at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and earlier was curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She is the author and editor of several books, including Imperfect Beauty (2000), Guy Bourdin (2003) and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004).
Martin Harrison began to think seriously about fashion photography when writing the catalogue for Shots of Style, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985, an exhibition of great fashion photographs selected by David Bailey. He is the author of numerous books, including Beauty Photography in Vogue (1987) and Appearances: Fashion Photography since 1945 (1991). As well as many non-fashion books, he has published monographs on Lillian Bassman, Patrick Demarchelier, Lisa Fonssagrives, Peter Lindbergh, Norman Parkinson, Paolo Roversi, Melvin Sokolsky and Bruce Weber. He has been writing about Francis Bacon since 1999, and the 4-volume catalogue raisonné of his paintings will be published in 2015.
Michel Mallard, creative director evolving at the crossroads of art and media, provided the innovatory force behind the re-launching of magazines such as Vogue Hommes International, L’Officiel de la Mode, Jalouse. Exhibition curator, he has conceived and organized exhibitions with artists such as Melvin Sokolsky, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Guy Bourdin, Saul Leiter, Inez & Vinoodh, Peter Knapp. His Paris-based art direction studio has designed books for Thomas Ruff, Jonas Mekas and Jean Baptiste Mondino, among others. For 13 years he curated the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography. Among his many exhibitions stand out Fashion in the Mirror (2008) at The Photographer’s Gallery (London) and Art Director’s Cut (2005) at La Chaufferie (Strasbourg), the latter devoted to his own work as an art director.
Louis Vuitton Edition
– Publication date: October 1, 2014
– Available in French & English
– Price: $130 / €100
– Trim size: 91⁄2 x 121⁄4 in.
– More than 200 color and black-and-white photographs
– 408 pages, including 40 pages only appearing in this deluxe edition
– This limited edition, available exclusively for sale at Louis Vuitton stores and online
at www.louisvuitton.com, features a deluxe white canvas binding, with a choice of three different cover photographs, by Patrick Demarchelier, Craig Mc Dean or Bert Stern
– Available in French and English
– Price: $85 / €75
– Trim size: 91⁄2 x 121⁄4 in.
– Nearly 180 color and black-and-white photographs
– 386 pages
– Hardcover with dust jacket
Images via Louis Vuitton
Don’t be fooled by Adelle‘s distinctive look, though: there’s a lot more to this theme than polka dots, as these five bloggers ably demonstrate.
Blogger Elaine chose Adelle for the cleverly-named MomJeanz, then gave it a complete makeover using only free options available to any blogger:
(If a custom header image seems beyond your technical or design chops, we’ve got a tutorial that will help you create one in less than fifteen minutes, no special software required. We’ve also got leads on great sites for background-friendly textures and patterns.)
Fashion blogger Kristi uses those same free options to tailor Alligator Toe, but ends up with a different feel; it’s simple yet colorful, crisp yet handmade:
She also opts for a custom header, but keeps thing clean with a design that’s text only, then trades in Adelle‘s bubbly pink circles for her own minimalist take on the polka dot. The effect is decidedly modern, and decidedly her.
Like Adelle‘s nifty features and integrated social sharing icons, but want something even more minimalist? Journalist Emma Gannon blogs at Girl Lost in the City, where she adds the Custom Design upgrade to Adelle — then uses it to strip the theme down:
Emma’s take on Adelle loses more than the pink dots; thanks to some custom CSS, even the black menu bar and circles used to highlight the post date get the axe. What’s left is a clean, easy-to-navigate site with a sidebar jam-packed with useful information like links to her popular posts and other profiles and publications where readers can find her.
(Not comfortable with CSS? We’ve got you covered there, too.)
Custom Design isn’t just for paring Adelle back. English mom and blogger Vanesther uses it to change up the colors and fonts on Bangers & Mash to give her cooking blog a homey feel:
The pink dots are back, but they soften against a warm taupe background, while Adelle‘s default hot pink accents are replaced with a sophisticated teal. The menu bar and social sharing icons take on a deeper version of her background color. A custom header pulls the whole look together.
If you’re feeling ready to take your Custom Design skills to the next level, The Utter Blog is an excellent example of how much is possible — you’ve got to look hard to see Adelle‘s bones in this personality-filled wedding planning site:
Custom Colors, Fonts, and CSS come together for a bespoke site. The social sharing icons and sidebar are there, as is the black circle highlighting the post date, but everything else is tailored. The dots fade away, the menu bar is replaced with a series of buttons designed to mesh with the wood-paneled background, and a secondary menu pops up along the top edge of the site. The site bursts with charm — perfect for a wedding blog.
You can learn more about and activate Adelle in the Theme Showcase. Once you do, explore all your customizing options in the Customizer.
One of the most common requests we’ve received from WordPress.com users is the ability to add a logo to your site. While some premium themes have their own type of logo uploader, as soon as you switched your theme, the logo would disappear. But not any more! Today, we’re excited to announce the new Site Logo feature.
With this new feature, you just need to upload your logo once. Your logo will appear on any of our supported themes, regardless of how often you switch themes. Each theme has been custom-tailored to ensure your logo will look its best and display appropriately, whether on a mobile device or a large screen.
In addition to offering support for over a dozen themes — from our best business-styled themes like Motif and Forefront to all-time favorites like Oxygen — we’ll continue to add support for even more themes over time (as well as new ones upon release).
To get started, check out the Site Logo support page for details on adding, changing, and removing a logo to your WordPress.com site. Enjoy!
Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.)
As a reminder: If you read or publish a story on WordPress that’s over 1,500 words, share it with us: just tag it #longreads on Twitter, or use the longreads tag on WordPress.com.
On grieving after the loss of a parent at a young age:
My father died on November 14th, 1995, when I was 14. Every day since the day he died I am one day farther away from him than I was before. This is the truest thing about me. It is the most important and worst thing to ever happen to me. It is me. My father died when I was 14. I will tell people this forever. It is the truest thing about me. I was 14 when he died. My father. I was 14.
“There was a time, perhaps 20 years gone by now, when the Valley was different.” Michael O. Church looks at the state of the software engineer — perhaps paid well, but not elevated to leadership roles even within Silicon Valley companies.
“After learning to hover you were taught to land, then what to do when an engine failed, then to fly off your instruments in the clouds.” A marine learns to fly a helicopter and goes to combat in Afghanistan.
Esmé Weijun Wang writing for The Toast on her experience with psychosis:
“Let’s note that I write this while experiencing psychosis, and that much of this has been written during a strain of psychosis known as Cotard’s delusion, in which the patient believes that she is dead. What the writer’s confused state means to either of us is not beside the point, because it is the point. The point is that I am in here, somewhere: cogito ergo sum.”
Scientists may not be able to predict what the world may look like 100 million years from now, but they may be able to look at how diseases like the flu will evolve in a few months, which has the potential to save lives:
Lässig hopes to be able to make predictions about future flu seasons that the World Health Organization could consult as they decide which strains should be included in flu vaccines. ‘It’s just a question of a few years,’ he said.
The victims of police shootings are often people with mental illness. The city of Memphis, Tennessee, has found a solution:
Memphis, one-quarter of Toronto’s size but with a homicide rate nine times higher, has developed a progressive approach to de-escalate high-tension confrontations, improve police attitudes toward those suffering from mental illness, and divert them from the criminal justice system. The Memphis Crisis Intervention Team model centres on dispatching specially trained beat cops to emergency calls as quickly as possible, and giving them the authority to take charge of the scene. That approach triggered a revolution in policing that has now been emulated in 2,700 jurisdictions across the US, including large urban centres such as Chicago and Los Angeles. A handful of Canadian cities, among them Hamilton and Vancouver, have also adopted the CIT model. While the TPS has not, senior officials claim that all of its 5,500 uniformed officers receive some training in how to handle mental illness, which makes the recent proliferation of shootings that much more perplexing.
The Bee Gees were pop music geniuses whose work in 1978 “accounted for 2 percent of the entire record industry’s profits.” Yet they were still underappreciated — and also still capable of making ill-conceived creative decisions.
Seth Mnookin reports the story of how one couple, Matt Might and Cristina Casanova, worked with researchers to diagnose their son’s disease and connect with other families whose children also had the same genetic disorder. Mnookin’s story also exposes some of the problems within the cloistered research community.
A personal story about dealing with the feelings of loss that come with unexpected fertility problems.
A young social worker fights Medicare to cover a homeless teenage boy’s medication, forfeiting her own idealism in the process:
The year I worked at Hudson Outreach, we found mistakes in over half the Social Service denials we saw. Of the cases we argued, we overturned a third. People who had previously been denied heating assistance or rent got much needed checks from the state. Another third of our clients received grants from us. The final third received nothing, not from us and not from Social Services. Often they became homeless.
“You mean to tell me,” I said to Mrs. Stafford, “that the caseworkers at Medicaid are making your son wait for the medicine he needs to survive?”
I am excited to share the official 2014 Walk to Answer TTP Together flyer with friends, family, and my readers to help promote participation in this very important fundraising event. I lost my mother to the rare auto-immune blood disorder, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) last September (more on her story here), so this Walk is extremely close to my heart.
No matter where you live in the world, you can participate on Saturday, September 20, 2014, by registering to Walk in your community to help raise life-saving awareness and funds for TTP. There will be two walks organized in honor of my mom, one in the Washington, DC area, and the other in my mom’s hometown, Columbia, South Carolina. I will share more details in the upcoming weeks.
According to Answering TTP Foundation, “TTP is diagnosed at a rate of 3 to 4 in 1 million people per year. Potentially fatal complications can result from internal blood clotting with damage to critical organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys.” The answers to many questions on TTP are unknown. This includes its cause, why it happens, what may trigger a relapse from remission, why some patients relapse and others don’t, what the long term prognosis is, how to ease treatment and how to cure TTP. Answering TTP Foundation promotes research, provides support and furthers education initiatives that are designed to improve the prognosis for all TTP patients.
Gabrielle Bell, a cartoonist based in Brooklyn, New York, has published a new book, Truth Is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries. Raw, revealing, and sometimes surreal, this comic diary serves up what Gabrielle is known for — her humor and introspection — as she muses on daily life and chronicles her travels around the world, from France to Sweden to Colombia.
Gabrielle is a WordPress.com blogger to watch: in the past, her work has been selected for numerous notable anthologies (such as the Best American Comics series) and her last book, The Voyeurs, was named a best graphic memoir of 2012.
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Marilyn R. Gardner, the blogger at Communicating Across Boundaries, also has a new book released this month: a collection of essays, based on her blog posts, titled Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging.
Marilyn started her blog in 2011 after returning from a relief trip to Pakistan — with the hope of finding her voice.
Three years later, Marilyn has grown her blog into a space for thoughtful writing on cross-cultural communication, faith, third culture kids, travel, and the Middle East.
Between Worlds, which weaves these themes into one compilation, is tangible proof that Marilyn indeed found the voice she had been looking for.
Are you an author on WordPress.com? Have you recently published a book? Leave a comment and let us know.
If you’re interested in previous book releases from WordPress.com authors, check out our May and April 2014 editions. For a glimpse of how authors use their blogs to promote their books, take a look at this post on author websites.
BlogHer 2014, the 10th anniversary celebration of the popular women’s blogging network, kicks off next Thursday, July 24th in San Jose, California. There’s still time to register, and we hope you do — we’ll be there, too!
This year, along with a Happiness Bar offering in-person support for your WordPress sites, we’re hosting a series of short workshops on the topics you care about most. We’re also excited to welcome some of the amazing WordPress bloggers nominated as BlogHer Voices of The Year — they’ll join us for a series of informal panels where we can chat all things blogs and blogging.
Interested? Here’s the schedule:
Friday, July 25
- 10 AM: Talking Shop with BlogHer Voices of the Year
- 11 AM: WordPress.com or Self Hosted: Which One is Right for You?
- 12:30 PM: Own Your Content: Tips for Switching Blog Platforms
- 1:30 PM: Talking Shop with BlogHer Voices of the Year
- 2:30 PM: Getting Great WordPress Support
- 3:30 PM: Master Your Domain
Saturday, July 26
- 10:30 AM: Own Your Content: Tips for Switching Blog Platforms
- 12:00 PM: Plugins: Taking Your WordPress Blog to the Next Level
- 1:30 PM: Fight for Your (Copy)Right: Intellectual Property Basics
- 2:30 PM: Get Social: Your Content, Your Networks
- 3:30 PM: Talking Shop with BlogHer Voices of the Year
The WordPress booth will have everyone from editors to developers to Happiness Engineers to VIP managers there to talk about every aspect of the blogging (and Automattic) experience. BlogHer ’14 is jam-packed with inspiring and educational programming, but we hope you’ll find a few minute to swing by — we’d love to say “hi!”
If you’re not able to be there but want to follow the fun on Twitter, follow #BlogHer14. We’ll also be tweeting with the #WPlovesBlogHer hashtag.
Last month, more than 4,000 bloggers joined us for Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, where they challenged themselves to carve out time to write regularly, and to experiment with new forms and styles. The result? Thousands of posts, comments, and follows, and countless new friendships.
We’re excited to announce Blogging U.’s next offering, which begins next Monday, July 21st. Writing 201: Finding Your Story will invite participants to take their craft to the next level by focusing on more advanced storytelling and self-editing tools, from finding the right angle from which to narrate your story, to coming up with strong opening sentences.
Good writing is essentially rewriting.
— Roald Dahl
Writing 201 is a self-directed course on the art of revision: four weeks dedicated to self-editing and rewriting, looking at our work with a magnifying glass, and improving it. If you have existing posts that you’d like to work on, expand, or refocus, whether as a result of Writing 101 or not, this course will be ideal for you.
The nitty gritty
Over four weeks, we’ll present four different workshops, each published on a Monday. You’re free to read each workshop at your own pace — absorb it all in one day, or tackle parts of it throughout the week.
There is no assignment or posting requirement at the end of each workshop, but we’ll offer a series of questions and discussions to reflect on every week. In your own time, you’ll experiment with these techniques in the specific pieces you’re working on. You’ll decide how much time and effort you’d like to spend each day.
Just like in Writing 101, you’ll be invited to join the Commons, a private forum for conversation, support, and feedback. Given the emphasis on editing, the Commons is a key component of this course: it will be the space to workshop your material. Workshopping is all about collaborative brainstorming: you’ll offer specific, constructive feedback to others, and they’ll do the same for you.
If you’re a self-motivated blogger and think your writing can benefit from intensive feedback and greater focus, then Writing 201 might just be the perfect next step for your blog and for your craft. You’ll find the signup form (and more details) here.