Saw this at Kinokuniya during lunch today and I must say that I was impressed by how fast they put the book out (it will only be released in the US on 22 Sep). It was, as usual, shrink-wrapped to deter those who have no respect for books. It is a heavy tome (400 pages in all), and the journey from the shelf to the information counter, where I wanted it to be unwrapped for inspection, was a little tricky since I was laden with other things.
Quick look: As hyped, it’s packed with images of projects that LV did in collaboration with some of the most important names in modern art, architecture, fashion and photography. The usual suspects are in the book: Zaha Hadid, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Stephen Sprouse, Inez Van Lamsweerde, and Vinoodh Matadin, and everyone else you can and cannot remember. There were pages bursting with nostalgia, such as Jean Paul Goude’s photo of Azedine Alaia draped in animal skin.
Closer look: The white cover is a dirty-fingerprint magnet. Flip the pages; they feel like they will come off. The sewn binding is not sturdy enough and you can see the threads that hold the pages together. I was afraid of cracking the spine. It is inevitable that this book has to be handled with care. Not one to snuggle in bed with to read.