Fashion Fame: New fashion and beauty for May

May’s new fashion and beauty books bring a hoard of glossy new volumes from fashion’s most famous and glamorous brands. New books about Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior have made our shelves, as well as a book dedicated entirely to fashion designers on Instagram. We also have a brand new beauty book which advises on how to walk the fine line between natural and fake skin products, and a new book to help you look fab-u-lous at any age.

Syndetics book coverLouis Vuitton city bags : a natural history / Jean-Claude Kaufmann, Ian Luna, Florence Müller, Mariko Nishitani, Colombe Pringle and Deyan Sudjic ; contributions by Rei Kawakubo, Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami.
“This volume is an unprecedented history of Louis Vuitton’s women’s bags, the most coveted line of accessories in women’s fashion. At the heart of Louis Vuitton are its City Bags, a range of women’s bags that dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. Lavishly illustrated with new and archival photography, historical graphics, landmark editorials, and ad campaigns, the volume traces the history of these specific bag families, and examines the earliest specimens and today’s most sought-after collectibles, including Vuitton’s collaborations. Louis Vuitton: City Bags is an ambitious volume on the creation and cultivation of a cultural phenomenon.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYves Saint Laurent + Halston : fashioning the 70s / Patricia Mears, Emma McClendon.
“This fascinating publication is the first to examine side by side the careers and work of two of the biggest names in 20th-century fashion, Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) and Halston (1932-1990). Their designs–chic, sexy, and glamorous–came to exemplify the 1970s, a singular and dynamic era in fashion history. Inspired by menswear, foreign cultures, and wide-ranging historical periods, and employing new fabrics, YSL and Halston together crafted a new and distinctly modern way of dressing. Remarkable photographs of the designers and their garments round out this essential volume on two figures who made an indelible mark on fashion history.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAlexander McQueen / edited by Claire Wilcox.
“This definitive publication on Alexander McQueen (1969 – 2010) invites you into the creative mind and world of one of Britain’s most brilliant, daring and provocative designers, and the many themes and references that shaped his visionary fashion collections.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDior new couture. Volume II / photographs by Patrick Demarchelier.
“The second volume of legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier’s sublime portraits of iconic Dior haute couture looks, from Christian Dior to Raf Simons. From the moment Christian Dior unveiled his famed “New Look” collection in Paris on February 12, 1947, women’s fashion changed forever. Still one of the most revered names in fashion, Dior is known today for its unique couture dresses. Working closely with the House of Dior, Demarchelier showcases the extraordinary gowns made in the Dior ateliers from 1947 to today. Sumptuously illustrated and beautifully designed, this book–a must for every fashion library–immortalizes the archetype of haute-couture glamour.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesigners on Instagram : #fashion / the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
“An original collection of photography from the biggest names in American fashion, Designers on Instagram culls the most interesting, stylish, and unique photographs on Instagram from the designers that comprise the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Handpicked by the designers themselves, the images include choices from CFDA members such as Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Rachel Zoe, and John Varvatos. Organized by content sections such as Behind the Scenes, Travel, and Parties, this glimpse through the lens of the designers themselves will provide photography fans and fashionistas alike with a brand-new take on their favorite tastemakers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGorgeous for good : a simple 30-day program for lasting beauty-inside and out / Sophie Uliano.
“It’s fair to say that the beauty business is booming–as is the anti-aging industry. Accompanying the decisions we make around our beauty comes the ever important question of whether to go fake or natural. Clean beauty guru and New York Times best-selling author of Gorgeously Green, Sophie Uliano offers a solution to this latest beauty dilemma and says you don’t have to choose. Unlike other books, Gorgeous for Good takes the middle ground between natural and fake. Sophie looks at what truly healthy options actually work–and it isn’t necessarily what people might think. Sophie brings all of this together in an innovative 30-day Gorgeous for Good program, offering readers tools for a body-and-soul beauty regimen that will help them stay gorgeous–not for six months or a year–but for good!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle forever : how to look fabulous at every age / Alyson Walsh ; illustrated by Leo Greenfield.
“There’s a revolution sweeping through the fashion and beauty industries right now: you don’t have to be young to have style. A new generation of women are in the spotlight, and they are inspirational, confident, and in their prime. In Style Forever , fashion journalist and blogger Alyson Walsh celebrates the world’s most stylish women and finds out how they look so amazing. She shares the tricks picked up during her years working with glossy magazines and offers expert advice on looking fabulous, no matter your age or budget. Featuring a list of the best-ever products from six beauty editors as well as the grown-up wardrobe essentials and the best fashion hot spots in New York and London, this is the only fashion bible you will ever need.” (Syndetics summary)