Go wild for style this season – April’s new fashion and beauty books bring you two new style guides, with one especially aimed at glamorous older women who “want to age with cocktail in hand, surrounded by admirers”. Now that is something we can get behind! We take a look at the timeless elegance of French fashion giants Louis Vuitton and Cartier, and discover some brand new nail polish and eye makeup techniques. We also take a closer look at the history of fashion, going decade by decade. You’re welcome.
Louis Vuitton, the spirit of travel / authors, Patrick Mauriés, Pierre Léonforté ; translation: James Buxton and John Crisp.
“This volume tells the story of Louis Vuitton, the designer that embodies the spirit of travel and quintessentially French elegance the world over. Explore the people, the places, and the clients at the heart of the Louis Vuitton story– the kings and princesses, intrepid explorers and prima donnas, and the creations, objects, and accessories–which imbue Louis Vuitton with the spirit of travel, and discover the evolutions in technology and design that are essential to the success of this extraordinary brand.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Easy on the eyes : eye make-up looks in 5, 15 and 30 minutes / Lisa Potter-Dixon.
“Starting with the basics, Lisa teaches you how to prep, prime and perfect your base before transforming your look with shadows, liner and all that’s in between. Create the perfect brows to frame the eyes following step-by-step photographs and using Benefit’s unique brow-mapping tool. Whether you’re looking for a fun and youthful or elegant and sophisticated look, Lisa will show you how to make the most of your eyes, with hints and tips to suit all eye shapes, colours and styles. Each look can be completed in 5, 15 or 30 minutes, so no matter what your style, how much time you have to get ready, or what equipment you have to hand, you can go from now to WOW! in no time.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
High fashion : the 20th century decade by decade / Emmanuelle Dirix.
“From the Golden Age of Haute Couture in the 1900s to the lifestyle brands of the 1990s, this book looks, decade-by-decade, at the high fashion of the 20th century. Each chapter examines the significant stylistic changes that occurred in the decade in question, and places these in their cultural and political context. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings of the clothes and the people who wore them. Many of the designers are household names; some are lesser known. But all these individuals, whether through their designs or their business practices, are exemplars of their age.” (Syndetics summary)
Nail art / by Emily Draher.
“When it comes to personal style, let your nails do the talking. Try It! Nail Art shows you how to create manicure magic with step-by-step tutorials and fantastic tips on creating the perfect nails. Try It! Nail Art takes you right through from basic manicures and pedicures, to advanced designs such as zigzags, water marble and tartan. Before you know it, you will be creating 3D nail art, gel manicures, ombre designs and much much more. With over twenty different designs to try, people will be commenting on your gorgeous nails in next to no time!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Fashion’s double : representations of fashion in painting, photography and film / by Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas.
“Mere clothing is transformed into desirable fashion by the way it is represented in imagery. Fashion’s Double examines how meanings are projected onto garments through their representation, whether in painting, photography, cinema or online fashion film, conveying identity and status, eliciting fascination and desire. With in-depth case studies including the work of Nick Knight and Helmut Newton, film examples such as The Hunger Games, music video Girl Panic by Duran Duran, and much more, this book analyses the interrelationship between clothing, identity, embodiment, representation and self-representation.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Cartier dazzling : high jewelry and precious objects / Francois Chaille ; translated from the French by Barbara Mellor.
“Cartier’s unique savoir faire, maintained by virtuoso artisans, is combined with perpetually renewed sources of inspiration; together, they have forged the jeweler’s international reputation for excellence and singular beauty. This new volume focuses on the precious stones and artistic techniques of Cartier’s latest High Jewelry creations: unique and exceptional pieces destined for the most avid and discerning collectors. One of those legendary destinies–that of a historical sapphire–is recounted in this book.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The wardrobe of Cecil Beaton : a life in fashion / Benjamin Wild ; foreword by Tim Walker.
“When fashion photographer and costume designer Cecil Beaton died in 1980, it was not surprising that one of his tailors was telephoned with the news before Buckingham Palace, despite his close association with the Royal Family. From the moment he arrived at Cambridge University in 1922 wearing an evening jacket, red shoes, black-and-white trousers, and a large cravat, to his appearance nearly forty years later at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, Beaton expressed a flamboyant sartorial nonchalance. A Life in Fashion is a lively and informative study of Beaton’s style, which kept evolving over the decades, driving and reflecting the transitions in men’s fashion that followed the Second World War.” (Syndetics summary)
Design your life : creating success through personal style / Rachel Roy.
“Rachel offers hands-on tips for developing personal style while staying true to yourself, using and updating what’s in your closest, and adding essential pieces to your wardrobe. Elegantly designed and illustrated with more than fifty exclusive color line drawings, filled with her passion, vision, and commitment to empowerment, Design Your Life takes fashion one step further–from looking great to becoming great, from the inside out.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Forever chic : must-have tips on beauty and style / Caroline Cox.
“Where are the style guides for glamorous older women? Where are the guides for the woman who wants to age with cocktail in hand, surrounded by admirers, rather than stretched out at a clinic with her face being stitched into a desperate rictus grin? In her inimitable style (aided by the wise words of her ageless Hollywood heroines), Caroline Cox provides a book chock full of tips, hints, beauty, and fashion advice. This meticulously researched, entertaining, and indispensable book will teach you to reclaim the spotlight, look good no matter what your body shape and be the glamorous grown-up you are.” (Syndetics summary)