Rick Owens has two books set for publication in September

Rick Owens has worked on two hardcover photobooks which will be published in September. The American menswear designer is launching Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt, which will focus on his own award-winning career, with 150 photographs show…

Rick Owens has worked on two hardcover photobooks which will be published in September.

The American menswear designer is launching Rick Owens Photographed by Danielle Levitt, which will focus on his own award-winning career, with 150 photographs showcasing a selection of the designer’s avant-garde styles from the last 10 years.

“Danielle’s imagery has a clear-eyed honesty and tenderness that I want to align myself with and endorse. The way she has captured what I do is exactly how I want it to be remembered,” Owens said of Levitt.

The 200-page book will be published by Rizzoli New York on 3 September, priced at $55 (£45).

Earlier this year, the 56-year-old announced he will be paying tribute to the iconic costumer Larry LeGaspi, who dressed the likes of Grace Jones and Kiss in the 1970s, with a book called LeGaspi by Rick Owens.

“This book is shamelessly about me. I’ve edited Larry’s work into a composition of the designer I wanted him to be, and the kind of designer I hoped to be,” Owens said in a statement.

The 56-year-old has previously cited LeGaspi’s work as the inspiration for his own career and even celebrated him with his “Larry” menswear collection in February.

The hardcover book, which features 120 colour photos, will also be published by Rizzoli New York on 3 September, and is priced at $75 (£62). It will include contributions from Patti LaBelle, who worked with LeGaspi in the 1970s, his widow Valerie LeGaspi, Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley, former supermodel Pat Cleveland, and former U.S. Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley.

LeGaspi passed away in 2001 from complications of AIDS at the age of 50.

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Patti LaBelle doesn’t miss fatty fried foods after 20 years of healthy eating

Singer Patti LaBelle has crafted the perfect delicious diet after replacing her beloved fatty foods with healthy alternatives over the past two decades.The Lady Marmalade hitmaker has been living with Type 2 Diabetes for 20 years and she has changed th…

Singer Patti LaBelle has crafted the perfect delicious diet after replacing her beloved fatty foods with healthy alternatives over the past two decades.

The Lady Marmalade hitmaker has been living with Type 2 Diabetes for 20 years and she has changed the way she eats to improve her health, giving up sugary meals full of toxic fats for protein-rich dishes with high fiber.

“Instead of frying my chicken I saute the chicken and fish, and have changed from a regular (beef) burger to turkey,” she tells Us Weekly magazine. “When I do my kale greens, instead of using all the fats, like the ham hocks and all that, I use a little grape-seed oil, water and some chicken broth. It tastes just like it did when I was using all of the fats!”

To jazz up the flavour of the dishes, Patti adds on toppers with kick, such as fresh garlic, habanero or jalapeno peppers.

“You don’t miss the salt, you don’t miss the frying of anything, it tastes just perfect,” the 74-year-old smiles. “Everything that I’ve been doing since I became this diabetic girl, it’s been very sensible. The thing is, no taste is lost. If people can taste the food and it’s great, you don’t really miss the fats, and the sugar and all that jazz.”

Patti has also been using low-fat dairy instead of whole milk in meals to keep the calorie count down.

“I’m a diabetic for 20 years, and when I started using (low-fat dairy brand) Hood I cut out all of the milk,” she shares. “The Hood beverage replaces milk, and so I started using it in my cereals, my coffee, I make chocolate shakes out of it and I add it to my macaroni and cheese instead of heavy cream. It’s just a perfect fit for me!”

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