Take Your Pick: new fashion and beauty for July

The new fashion and beauty materials for July offer a real mixed bag. We have luxurious volumes giving you an in-depth look at designers Oscar de la Renta and Giambattista Valli, as well as a peek into Greta Garbo’s much admired and very influential personal wardrobe. For beauty junkies we have a new book from the ever-popular “French women don’t” series, as well as recipes for creating beautifying meals and natural cosmetics from your own kitchen. Dawn O’Porter will show you how to find the best vintage buys, and Bobbi Brown’s Everything Eyes provides a definitive guide to mastering your own eye makeup. If you’re just starting out in fashion, we have a new book that will help you learn the language of fashion. Take your pick this July!

Syndetics book coverOscar de la Renta : the style, inspiration, and life of Oscar de la Renta / with Sarah Mower ; foreword by Anna Wintour.
“After forty years in the glamour business, Oscar de la Renta remains a vital name in both American fashion and Paris Haute Couture – a style-setter who has dressed famous beauties. With stunning images by such master lensmen as Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, and Bert Stern, along with photographs from the designer’s personal archives, this book captures the unique charm that is Oscar. The book covers his earliest childhood memories, his inspirations, his houses and gardens, the fidelity he has demonstrated to his artistic vision, and the women he has dressed. Oscar opens a window on his private world, sharing his style of living and humanitarian outlook. Oscar de la Renta is a never-before-seen look at one of the world’s most influential tastemakers – as timeless as the clothes he continues to create.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverFrench women don’t get facelifts : the secret of aging with style & attitude / Mireille Guiliano.
“Best-selling author Guiliano presents an insightful guide to the French way of aging with style, grace, and attitude. She encourages midlife women to adopt French-inspired remedies for aging woes, such as antiaging foods, regular exercise, sufficient sunlight, proper skin care, and plenty of water. The book may sound simplistic, but there’s ample information, written in an informal, conversational tone, on how to develop these healthy practices. The author provides a list of superfoods paired with easy-to-follow recipes, a straightforward skin-care routine, product recommendations, and ways to stay physically active.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverGreta Garbo : the mystery of style / edited by Stefania Ricci.
“The never-before-published wardrobe of a timeless star, for lovers of fashion, photography and film history. Greta Garbo’s influence over fashion has transcended time. Her dresses, suits, impeccably-tailored coats with a slightly masculine look and the indispensable accessories (shoes, bags, glasses, foulards) has created a style emulated, imitated, even occasionally reviled, but never fully examined. For the first time a catalogue of great glamour and a travelling exhibition detail this extraordinary wardrobe whose minimalism fits so well with current fashion trends. The Divine Greta Garbo was a Salvatore Ferragamo client from the 1920s until her death, and Ferragamo designed hundreds of original, classical, futuristic, hand-made shoes and sandals exclusively for her, most of them shown here for the first time. A stunning selection of black and white Garbo portraits by celebrated photographers completes the volume.” – library catalogue

Syndetics book coverThe recipe for radiance : discover beauty’s best-kept secrets in your kitchen / Alexis Wolfer ; photography by Evan Sung.
“Most diet books presuppose the reader’s wish to be thinner and healthier. This title goes further in promising that beauty – face, hair, skin – can be improved by foods that we not only eat, but that we can apply topically to improve our looks. Wolfer presents recipes for skin creams, hair conditioners, and other beauty aids as well as for tasty meals that purport to nourish from the inside. There is something very satisfying about whipping up a face mask in your own kitchen and it is likely that it will work just as well as a store-bought treatment.  Fun to read, this book will certainly appeal to younger and even some of the more adventurous older women.-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThis old thing / Dawn O’Porter.
“We’re a nation obsessed with cheap, disposable clothing – but Dawn and her team of vintage style experts are here to show you why hunting for one-of-a-kind fashion gems is more exciting, better value for money, and a lot more fun. Are you fed up of the same old high street shops? Are you bored of your wardrobe? Do you fear arriving at a party and seeing someone wearing the same thing as you? Yes? Then it sounds like you’re in need of a modern vintage makeover! This Old Thing is here to show you that vintage shopping doesn’t have to mean rummaging through old cardigans at a car boot sale – instead, let Dawn introduce you to a world of beautiful and unique fashion treasures, and show you how to create a glamorous personal style that is all your own.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverEverything eyes : professional techniques, essential tools, gorgeous makeup looks / Bobbi Brown with Sara Bliss.
“Starting with the essential tools and basic techniques, Bobbi simplifies eye makeup and helps women identify what works best for their eye shape and color. She offers step-by-step tutorials for ten go-to eye makeup looks, from sparkly to smokey to retro glam and more. Famous for her own signature specs, Bobbi also explains how to choose the perfect pair of frames based on face shape, personal style, and skin tone, and shares her favorite makeup tricks for those who wear glasses.” –back cover.

Syndetics book coverGiambattista Valli / editor, Irène Silvagni.
“A unique insight into one of the most creative and romantic fashion designers working today. When the Roman designer Giambattista Valli launched his own line in Paris in 2005, few would have anticipated the influence he would ultimately wield on contemporary design. Impeccably tailored, meticulously detailed, and luxuriously crafted, his collections are crucial passages in contemporary fashion history, attended by everyone from royalty to A-list Hollywood celebrities. This book offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of one of the most unique fashion designers working today, with images of his design process and backstage views of runway shows. The volume includes booklets with details of Valli’s lushly complex fabrics and clothing.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverThe Fairchild Books dictionary of fashion.
Dictionary of Fashion, 4th Edition builds on the success of previous editions with over 15,000 entries, including apparel, accessories, and their components, historical and textiles terms that relate to contemporary fashion and the language of the fashion industry. Tortora and Keiser organize terms over fifty broad categories that are fully cross-referenced to the alphabetical listing to promote understanding of related terminology. Lavishly illustrated with over 900 illustrations capturing the styles and details of fashion, this reference work is a must have for students, designers, fashion merchandisers, historians, and fashion enthusiasts.” – amazon.com