DIY Fashion and Beauty: New Books for March

This month, we are taking fashion and beauty into our own hands! We have a DIY style book for you, as well as a guide to beauty tricks for women. Or if DIY beauty isn’t really your thing, you can browse our latest book on Audrey Hepburn – featuring 100 photos of Audrey which have been selected by her family, this edition offers a new and unique look at a truly elegant star of our screens. There are new books on designer label Chloe and iconic 20th century jewellery for a hit of luxury, as well as a book of up-front and personal interviews with fashion’s main players – models, photographers and, of course, designers.

Syndetics book coverChloé : attitudes / text, Sarah Mower ; creative direction, Marc Ascoli.
“This handsome volume chronicles the rise of the fashion house Chloé, a crucible of creativity for some of fashion’s most notable designers. The fashion brand Chloé may be sixty years old, but she still exudes a youthful elegance and femininity. Chloé started in 1952 when Gaby Aghion invented the revolutionary idea of luxury prêt-à-porter, taking the craftsmanship of haute couture and making it available to a wider audience. Her focus on the beautiful yet wearable gave the line currency with chic young women. Born in Egypt in 1921 and moving to Paris when she was in her twenties, Aghion dressed some of the most fashionable and powerful women of her day, including Jackie O, Grace Kelly, and Brigitte Bardot.” (abridged from library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverToss the gloss: beauty tips, tricks & truths for women 50+
“In her first book, beauty industry executive Robinson (who has served as beauty editor at Vogue) uses her experience to debunk myths and offer a straightforward, insider’s perspective behind the often indecipherable potions and lotions in our medicine cabinets. How many of us wished we understood how to read the claims and lingo on product packaging or decipher ingredients such as antioxidants, retinoids, and alpha hydroxy acids? Robinson clearly and efficiently explains it all, while providing the product advice and application tips you would expect of a woman who has devoted her life to beauty.” (abridged from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverAudrey 100 : a rare and intimate photo collection selected by Audrey Hepburn’s family / by Ellen Fontana ; foreword by Sean Hepburn Ferrer.
“One of the most beautiful women of the 20th century, style icon, actor, model, UNICEF patron, and so much more Audrey captured the imaginations of millions around the world with her famous unforgettable face and innate and inherent grace. Photographed by most of the leading photographers of the day – Cecil Beaton, Hans Gerber, Norman Parkinson, Douglas Kirkland, among them – Audrey Hepburn’s image lives on, her style still an influence to designers and fashionistas alike. This beautiful book brings together 100 evocative and moving photographs, most iconic, some never seen before, chosen by her family and close friends. With a foreword and extended and personal captions by her sons, Sean Hepburn and Luca Dotti, this book is a collector’s dream. “Audrey 100″ also includes one limited edition framable archival photograph.” (

Syndetics book coverThe cheap chica’s guide to style : secrets to shopping cheap and looking chic / Lilliana Vazquez with Jessica Jones.
“Priceless tips and tricks to shopping on a budget, from America’s favorite frugal fashionista. Stylish bargain-hunters have been flocking to Lilliana Vazquez’s since 2008 for tips and tricks on how to shop smart, copy their favorite designer looks, and dress chic for less. Now a go-to destination for women eager for affordable fashion, the site has established Lilliana as a nationally recognized style expert. Now, in The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style, Lilliana is spilling her secrets! Fun quizzes will help readers define their style and budget. And Lilliana lays out the best places-from stores to flash-sale sites to their own closets- to score stylish deals. Approachable and beautifully designed, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style is the must-have accessory for 2013 and beyond.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book cover20th century jewelry & the icons of style / Stefano Papi & Alexandra Rhodes.
“For centuries the collecting of precious gems and the jewelry fashioned from them was the exclusive prerogative of kings and queens, emperors, popes, and maharajahs. In the aftermath of World War I an extraordinary group of women emerged who had the means to deck themselves in glittering bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, tiaras, and brooches.  The women of the era cut their hair, wore looser-fitting clothes, and had greater freedom than before the war. The change in fashion led to a new style of jewelry–the historic gemstones were reset and new collections created … The book brings to life the worlds in which these women moved–elegant yachts, extravagant parties–and describes the details of the jewels and the jewelers (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston) that created the exquisite settings.” (abridged from

Syndetics book coverMade in Italy : rethinking a century of Italian design / edited by Grace Lees-Maffei and Kjetil Fallan.
“Goods made or designed in Italy enjoy a disproportionately high profile, even though, in terms of global manufacturing, Italy’s output is relatively modest. Italy’s glorious design heritage and reputation for innovation mean that goods ‘Made in Italy’, and/or designed in Italy, carry added value. Since 1945, Italian design has commanded an increasing amount of attention from design journalists, critics and consumers. But is Italian design a victim of its own celebrity? Made In Italy is the first critical study of Italian design to explore this question from the perspective of scholarly investigative chapters, analysing the significance of design from Italy and how its influence upon international design and consumerism has become so renowned and inflated by various media and design criticism.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverTalking fashion : from Nick Knight to Raf Simons in their own words / Jan Kedves.
“Journalist Jan Kedves isn’t afraid to ask a pointed question and his subjects certainly aren’t afraid to answer. Whether it’s Bruce Weber discussing nudity, dogs and Clint Eastwood; Juergen Teller talking about daring shoots with Charlotte Rampling, Victoria Beckham and the one time she may have gone too far; or Raf Simons waxing nostalgic about his days and nights as a club kid, this collection of interviews goes beyond the latest trends to distill what makes its subjects tick. A fashion world insider in his own right, Kedves knows how to talk to models, designers, photographers and artists, sharing his own opinions and recollections as a way of drawing out even the most reticent. As a result, his conversations with the likes of Pierre Cardin, Malcolm McLaren, Rick Owens, Helmut Lang and Veruschka can feel as intimate as a late night gabfest, and every bit as fun.” (adapted from