Helmut Newton's unique eye forms the new monograph in Louis Vuitton's Fashion Eye series. Newton left France in 1981 to live in Monaco with his wife June because, he said: “I like the sun, and there’s none left in Paris.” From the terrace of his residence, on the 19th floor of a skyscraper, he overlooked the principality and observed his subjects posing them on building sites and Belle Epoque monuments. Within the setting of a Monegasque quotidian, between pools and palm trees, concrete and azure, his models are positioned using the legendary and provocative visual grammar that is a wholly Newtonian signature.
Mercenary of fashion, formidable portraitist, master of female nudes, most striking was Newton’s ability to make a thoroughly planned photograph feel fresh and dynamic. Provocative and controversial until the end, his work was referred to as “porno chic”. Working principally for French Vogue over four decades, as well as other famous fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Playboy, Nova, Marie Claire, Traveler, Vanity Fair and American Vogue, causing scandal and then influence.
Published November 2017
A limited edition of 30 copies of GingerNutz have been produced for Smythson in a leather binding. A special event at Smythson's New Bond Street store marked the launch of the book in the UK and Smythson's newest store (in the same location as their first ever store).
Michael Roberts' debut feature, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, is released in the UK today (29th September). An in-depth portrait of iconic shoe designer Manolo Blahnik and how his extraordinary dedication to his craft led him to become a household name in international fashion.
Featuring Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Candace Bushnell, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, Isaac Mizrahi, and André Leon Tally.
Directed by Michael Roberts
Executive Producer Tiggy Maconochie
A triple exhibition from Helmut Newton, Mario Testino and Jean Pigozzi. Featuring original Newton prints, rarely if ever seen before, alongside a Testino exhibition specially conceived for the Helmut Newton Foundation. Huge floor-to-ceiling images from Testino's archive of fashion and nude shots contrast with Jean Pigozzi's 'Pool Party' (also a book published by Rizzoli), which is exhibited in the more intimate June's Room. Smaller snapshots offer a spontaneous and personal insight into the lives of A-listers such as Liz Taylor, Mick Jagger and Bono.
The current exhibitions at the Helmut Newton Foundation have been extended by popular demand, and will now be open until 17th May 2017.