Clear your reading pile – we have some great new books on fashion and beauty to choose from this month! Get your street style fix, as well as some fresh style tips, from Refinery29 and learn some simple but effective new makeup tricks from The Daily Face. Relive famous fashion moments with fashion illustrator Megan Hess’ new book The Dress, and read all about the famed lives and times of Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs during the 90s in Champagne Supernovas. Our Vogue On series also continues to grow, with new additions about Ralph Lauren as well as Audrey Hepburn’s beloved Hubert Givenchy. So much to choose from!
Refinery29 : style stalking / Christene Barberich + Piera Gelardi.
“Get set to build your best ever wardrobe featuring the hardest-working looks from around the globe with Refinery29–the world’s leading style destination–as their editors break down the essentials of the everyday chic, straight from the street. What transforms a look from on-trend to trendsetting? Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi deconstruct their favorite outfits to reveal what trailblazing looks like on the real-life fashion front, including how to wear modern metallics, mixed prints, everyday ladylike, tomboy chic, lots of layers, and more. Includes clever tips such as wearing one piece in three fresh ways, building blocks for discovering your own signature style, and updating your closet each season.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The daily face : 25 makeup looks for day, night, and everything in between! / Annamarie Tendler ; photographs by Justin Ouellette.
“Makeup artist Annamarie Tendler’s Daily Face feature on her hugely popular Tumblr blog has inspired hundreds of thousands of followers. Now in her first book, she takes readers around the clock with 25 easy-to-achieve looks for everything from an afternoon first date to a retro-glam cocktail party or a sultry smoky-eyed late night. She even throws in some head-turning costume ideas. It’s all about personal expression. Step-by-step photos make it easy for anyone (even the makeup challenged) to follow along.” (Syndetics summary)
The dress : 100 iconic moments in fashion / Megan Hess.
“From Ms Hepburn’s elegant black shift to Lady Gaga’s meat gown, The Dress relives the marvellous and unforgettable dresses of fashion: think Liz Hurley’s safety-pin ensemble, Princess Di’s neverending wedding dress, or that unforgettable white halter sported by Marilyn in The Seven Year Itch. Megan Hess’ fabulous illustrations celebrate a collection of frocks that take readers on a decadent romp through fashion history, from the haute to the hot. This is a compendium of gowns that have captured a moment in history, the spirit of a generation and the indefinable energy of a fashion icon, and an exploration of why they continue to resonate with audiences, decades on.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Champagne supernovas : Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s renegades who remade fashion / Maureen Callahan.
“The 1990s were all about fashion and Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen were the trio of rebel geniuses who made it great. Each had an amazing talent and each had demons that would jeopardize that same talent. Collectively, they represented a ‘moment’ in fashion and pop culture that upended everything that had come before it. Maureen Callahan explores a particular, pivotal time – the moment when the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, the alternative became the mainstream, and Gen X took over the reins of power in the fashion industry – through the lives of three people who would become both fashion icons and cautionary tales of the era.” (Syndetics summary)
Pretty honest / Sali Hughes ; photographs by Jake Walters.
“A witty, wise and truthful beauty handbook for real women on what works in real life from Sali Hughes, beloved journalist and broadcaster. Covering everything from teenage skin to that milestone 80th birthday, botox to no-botox, celebration to grief, Sali Hughes, leading journalist and broadcaster, shows real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers in a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – whilst employing a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.” (Syndetics summary)
Hubert de Givenchy / Drusilla Beyfus.
“The handsome, aristocratic Hubert de Givenchy blended the hallowed traditions of haute couture with a modern sensibility. For 40 years he focused always on purity of line, but combined an artist’s eye with a keen entrepreneurial mind. His innovative 1952 debut collection made its mark by presenting separates, then a little-known approach to fashion. This book examines his career.” (Syndetics summary)
Ralph Lauren / Kathleen Baird-Murray.
“Ralph Lauren’s designs vividly embody the American Dream and he has risen to become his country’s foremost fashion designer. His visionary ability has created a multi-billion-dollar brand, still very successful almost 50 years on. His genius lies in his innate skill for interpreting key cultural elements of Americana – whether folk art, or the world of polo-playing Hamptons’ socialites, or Navajo motifs – and encapsulating them in appealing garments.” (Syndetics summary)