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Fashion Designers Open Up Their Homes

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From Donna Karan to Cynthia Rowley, a new book takes us inside the homes of America's biggest fashion designers.

Ever wonder what Ralph Lauren's house looks like? Well, now you can take a look around, thanks to the Council of Fashion Designers of America's new book: "American Fashion Designers at Home."

The glossy tome looks into more than 100 homes of members of the CFDA, from big names like Cynthia Rowley and Carolina Herrera to lesser-known (but no less important) designers like Ben-Amun's Isaac Manevitz.

While some designers homes are the interior embodiment of their signature style, like Donna Karan's Turks and Caicos home, which oozes her zen-like style, or Ralph Lauren's ranch, which looks like a RL store without the clothes. However, there are other designers who have homes that surprise in how different they are from a designer's fashion line.

We spoke with author Rima Suqi about some of the homes that stood out and why:

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Gary Wolkowitz . . . for his ultra minimalist living.
You may not recognize Wolkowitz's name, but we can almost guarantee you know his company: HotSox. Suqi says she was pleasantly surprised to discover that the man responsible for some rather daring footwear hired Michael Gabellini, who is known for his uber-minimalist interiors (he's responsible for all the Jill Sanders boutiques). However, Wolkowitz didn't just hire a decorator, he was actively involved in the design process; in fact, when he saw the side chairs pictured above in a Tokyo hotel, he managed to convince the hotel to ship a couple of their custom-designed seats back to him in New York!

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Eva Chow . . . for her wow-worthy collection of art.
Not every couple has huge portraits of themselves in their home – let alone ones by Julian Schnabel (above left) and Jean-Michel Basquiat. However, as Suqi notes, Michael and Eva Chow's over-the-top, 30,000-square-foot Los Angeles home is not your average house: It has real gold leaf on the walls. The Chows also have a museum-worthy collection of art including the Basquiat, the Schnabel, a John Chamberlain sculpture and sofa and chairs by Pierre Chareau (both above). A major furniture and art collector, it is rumored that Michael Chow would sometimes trade meals for art from some artists at his famed restaurant Mr. Chow.

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