One of the better-kept secrets of the fashion industry is that hidden behind the rows of conspicuously logoed leather goods at Louis Vuitton is Editions, a low-key but excellent selection of travel tomes and city guides. Now, the brandâ€™s busy publishing arm is launching Fashion Eye, â€¨a collection of photography books bound in tinted silk-screen cloth covers. Each of the five volumes features a city or a country as seen through the eyes of a leading 20th-century or up-and-coming fashion photographer. Whether the dreamlike sequences of Guy Bourdinâ€™s stark sensuality of 1970s Miami, Henry Clarkeâ€™s legendary excursions through India for American Vogue in the â€™60s, Jeanloup Sieffâ€™s evocative black-and-white renderings of Paris, or more recent work shot by Kourtney Roy in California and Wing Shya in Shanghai, the 50-plus large-format images in each book are a snapshot into a familiar world from an unexpected angle (US$56).
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/NovemberÂ print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Eyes Have Itâ€ť).