The Fashionable Savages - Inscribed - John Fairchild 1965 - Doubleday & Company, New York - First Edition Fashion is temptation and thousands of busy minds and busy hands are at work

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‘John Fairchild, the pugnacious, eagle-eyed Princeton grad and newspaper scion who died today, transformed fashion reporting by refusing to treat designers with deference, and by turning the spotlight on the beautiful society people who wore it. He leaves an enormous legacy, two pieces of which are the books he published in 1965 and 1989 respectively:
The Fashionable Savages and Chic Savages, which contain profiles of designers and their acolytes, as well as many pithy bon mots.’ – Vogue February 27, 2015.

Clothes don’t change each season. Designers just work on the cut and change the technique. No designer can escape the three shapes.”
  ‘Donna Karan still remembers feeling absolutely terrified when fashion arbiter John Fairchild, the tyrannical editor of Women’s Wear Daily, visited her showroom to see one of her early collections. “I thought I was going to faint, I was so scared,” she says. “John was larger than life—he intimidated me.” With good reason. The Citizen Kane of the fashion press delighted in making mischief, anointing winners and losers, and encouraging his writers to tweak the powerful with witty and often mean-spirited barbs. “He made the paper very exciting,” says Oscar de la Renta. Adds his wife, Annette, “And naughty!” Oscar laughs and continues, “If the story was about you, you hated it, and if the story was about somebody else, you enjoyed it.”’ – Vanity Fair, August 2012.

‘In 1955, John Fairchild Journeyed to Paris to head the European offices of Fairchild Publications, among which is
Women's Wear Daily. He sojourned there for five years, then returned to run WWD here. He is a seasoned hunter at home in the fashion forest, whether Exotic (Paris) or Primeval (Seventh Avenue), and the trophies of his stalks are spread before the reader with eclat and savvy. He can recall a command performance luncheon with Chanel, work up a collection with Balenciaga or Norell; he can designate the BDLs (Best Dressed List), isolate the Goddesses (Mrs. William S. Paley and Mrs. Loel Guinness) from the Impeccables (the Duchess of Windsor, Mrs. Gilbert Miller, etc.). (Then there is Her Elegance, Mrs. JFK.) He can mark a style, describing it to a T; his opinion of it is affected by his appreciation of womanly beauty (it's nice to have a man commenting on fashion for a change). He takes note of the fashion press and the press of fashion, with an eye to influentials and the INs. This is the haut monde of fashion, without the more down-to-earth aspects of Phyllis Lee Levin's Wheels of Fashion and with a certain gossip value about creators and fashionables regnant. IN-formative.’ – Kirkus Reviews, September 1965.

Tall octavo (book size 24x15.8cm), pp. viii [2] 200 [6]. Publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, illustrated red-coated endpapers. Dust jacket price-clipped to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, small patch of abrasion to upper corner of front free endpaper, in near fine price-clipped dust jacket, gently toned, wear to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 110288   Price: HK$ 3,500