Graphic design icon Louise Fili (who just so happened to design the logo for a certain illustrious online invitation company) created this elegant hand-drawn monogram for the ubiquitous jeweler Tiffany & Co.
“Monograms never fail to present a challenge,” Fili writes. “No matter what the initials happen to be, they always seem to be the wrong ones at the start of the design process.”
Derek Blasberg knows a thing or two about parties. Publications like Vogue and Style.com have heralded him as one New York’s most-invited guests and sought-after plus-ones, and something of a social genius, to boot. (For his thirtieth birthday extravaganza he threw what was later called the “chicest barnyard bash in history”; other party themes have included a “mod-velous ball” and “trailer park couture.”) But there’s no rest for the weary—when the party’s over, Blasberg goes to work as Harper Bazaar’s youngest-ever editor at large and a New York Times bestselling author two times over.
Long before we knew the joys of Instagram—perfect party photos tinted blue with a faux nostalgia that makes everyone look good—Andy Warhol wielded its early predecessor: the Polaroid Big Shot.
Truman Capote sat poolside, writing deliberately in a 10-cent composition book. The writer had made a name for himself with his 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and, by early 1966, was making headlines with his true crime thriller In Cold Blood. But his latest work was more important and daring than either book: for months, Capote wrote and rewrote the 540 names that would make the final guest list for his lavish Black and White Ball.