Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Fashionable Life: Amy Fine Collins




Fashion icons tend to live in a rather grand way, and why wouldn't they? Their sense of style and presence inevitably spills over to their homes, and more often than not, their passion for fashion is apparent throughout their domiciles. Writer and fashion muse Amy Fine Collins is one such individual. Known for her unique style and pixie-ish haircut, Collins' home is feminine, sophisticated, and chock full of references to fashion. The scrolled back lucite chair was designed for Helena Rubenstein's apartment. There are paintings and illustrations by Christian (Bebe) Berard and Marcel Vertes. Even one of the living room's rugs is attributed to Paul Poiret! It's actually rather amazing to see such a collection of pedigreed pieces. All in all, a unique home for a singular (and fashionable) personality.


A view of the living room with the Poiret rug and the Rubenstein chair.


The eclectic dining room with a Vertes painting, chairs by Syrie Maugham, and fashion sketches on the walls.


The entry, with console, mirror and torcheres by Serge Roche.


Another Vertes, this time in the form of a screen, in the bedroom. The caned cabinet is Jean-Michel Frank, which had at one time been owned by Horst.


Collins' office with a Louis XV style desk that at one time belonged to Hugh Hefner (!)

(All photos courtesy of Elle Decor)

19 comments:

  1. Just love this house...with that bold rug in the dining room, and I love that Vertes screen...oh, and how the the yellow paint creates faux panels in the living room! Great post :)

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  2. Anonymous12:24 PM

    I think (but am not certain) that the rug in the dining room is by Pucci. (I'll take it, whoever made it...)

    pt

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  3. My favorite is the entry way.

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  4. Anonymous- I think you may be right! Eagle eye!

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  5. I remember this story. Beautiful home. Reflects a great personality!

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  6. I remember this from Elle Decor too, and remember being green with envy when I saw the JM Frank cabinet in her bedroom...a woman with great style.

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  7. This is a fabulous post and I just drank in every detail....

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  8. Oh, too many beautiful things here to choose a favourite!!! Love, love, love this house!!
    XO
    Anna

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  9. I agree with all of you- many beautiful things in her house!

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  10. casapinka9:37 AM

    Absolutely delightful. A fun woman to have for drinks and eat Cheese Whiz!

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  11. I love all of it! I have to admit the Lucite chair is my favorite piece.

    Jordan

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  12. Jordan- Well of course -seeing that you are the Lucite maestro!

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  13. I’ve long been fascinated by Geoffrey Beene’s former muse Amy Fine Collins. Your post reminded me that I wanted to read Amy’s book The God of Driving. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos!

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  14. All the Best- I never read her book, but I always thought it seemed like a good read. Glad you're back!!!

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  15. all the best, thanks for that info! and i am in love with this office. i'd feel so divine if i was working in here!

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  16. It's December now but I just came across this post. I sell a replica of Helena Rubenstein chair! Now if I could only reproduce that chaise!

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  17. Paris- That chair is divine! So exciting to know that you sell a replica of it!

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  18. you left out the most amazing detail, Flora

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  19. This is an old post but glad I came across it today! I worked with AFC back in the day, and she was nothing but gracious and incredibly chic. Her apt is fabulous and very Amy, but I wouldn't expect anything less.

    http://fossyfancypants.blogspot.com/

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