May Fashion and Beauty

May’s fashion and beauty selections are a pure delight, with topics ranging from Vogue staffers, dressing fashionably for your own body and budget, as well as a guide to creating your own lovely threads at home! Our beauty collection has some exciting new additions, too, including books to help your hair and your whole lifestyle! Renew yourself for the coming winter with our new books for May.

Syndetics book coverThe Vogue factor / Kirstie Clements.
“In May 2012 Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously sacked after thirteen years in the editor’s chair at Vogue Australia. Here she tells the story behind the headlines, and takes us behind the scenes of a fast-changing industry. During a career at Vogue that spanned twenty-five years, Clements rubbed shoulders with Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue, Ian Thorpe, Crown Princess Mary, Cate Blanchett, and many more shining stars. From her humble beginnings growing up in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney to her brilliant career as a passionate and fierce custodian of the world’s most famous luxury magazine brand, Clements warmly invites us into her Vogue world, a universe that brims with dazzling celebrities, fabulous lunches, exotic locales and of course, outrageous fashion. Amidst the exhilaration and chaos of modern magazine publishing and the frenzied demands of her job, Clements is always steadfast in her dedication to quality. Above all, she is always Vogue.”– Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverDrape drape 3 / Hisako Sato.
“The follow-up to the cult Japanese draping books Drape drape and Drape drape 2, and the latest in the new series from Bunka Fashion College. It includes 15 stylish contemporary designs for dresses, skirts, tunics and blouses, with easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams that skilfully guide the reader to create draped garments step by step.”–Cover.

Syndetics book coverThe wow factor : insider style secrets for every body and every budget / by Jacqui Stafford.
“A style expert shares professional secrets on how to appear fashionable regardless of budget and body type, offering advice for identifying a personal style, making the most of an existing wardrobe, and knowing what trends to follow.”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverLove your hair : 24 easy-to-follow recipes for effortlessly sexy hair / Richard Kavanagh ; photographed by Steven Chee.
“How to create high-fashion hair styles at home, by top stylist Richard Kavanagh … has put together 24 recipes to show clearly and simply how to create a range of fabulous looks in your own home. Step-by-step instructions, with clear photos to make it easy, plus information on hair types, haircare, styling tools and much more. A stunning fashion book as well as a how-to guide”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverThe master of us all : Balenciaga, his workrooms, his world / Mary Blume.
“Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was deemed “‘master of us all'” by Christian Dior: by the age of 21 he dressed the queen of Spain, and in 1950, Harper’s Bazaar called him “the most elegant couturier in the world today.” In this intimate, enthusiastic, and lively first biography of the enigmatic designer, Blume (A French Affair) begins by chronicling Balenciaga’s rapid rise from his modest childhood in a Basque fishing village to his highly influential friendship with Paris designer Madeleine Vionnet, his early success in Spain, the establishment of the houses of Balenciaga in Madrid and Barcelona, and his departure in 1936 for Paris, where he presided over the third House of Balenciaga from 1937 to 1968. Though his designs were routinely described as “very Spanish,” Blume notes Balenciaga’s numerous other influences, including Japanese woodcuts and impressionist paintings, and insightfully contextualizes Balenciaga in relation to contemporaries Coco Chanel and Hubert de Givenchy. Blume, former culture columnist for the International Herald Tribune, writes with wit and aplomb; she was also a Balenciaga client, a fact that clearly informed the revealing and laudatory perspective shared with readers here. Photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe weekend makeover : get a brand new life by Monday morning / Jill Martin & Dana Ravich.
“Offers a collection of life-altering makeovers for body, mind, and spirit that can be accomplished in just 48 hours. From learning how to relax, to cleaning your refrigerator, you learn to tackle not only the nitty gritty details, but how to get the right mindset to make the changes stick. All it takes is one weekend to make, execute, and apply a foolproof plan to get life on track by Monday morning!”–Publisher information.