Celebrating homemade: September Fashion and Beauty

Homemade makes a comeback this month with Folk Fashion celebrating the charms of the humble homemade garment, plus a new guide to making your own mineral makeup at home. We have new volumes on fashion heavyweights Balenciaga and Missoni, and a detailed look at the history of fashion illustration. There are also new style guides that will get your Parisian chic vibes and makeup on point for the new season.

Syndetics book coverFolk fashion : understanding homemade clothes / Amy Twigger Holroyd.
“Using the innovative metaphor of fashion as common land, Folk Fashion investigates the complex relationship between making, well-being and sustainability. Twigger Holroyd combines her own experience as a designer and knitter with first-hand accounts from folk fashion makers to explore this fascinating, yet under-examined, area of contemporary fashion culture.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMake your own pure mineral makeup : 79 easy hypoallergenic recipes for radiant beauty / Heather Anderson.
“Formulations for eye shadow, foundation, concealer, blush, highlighter, and more will help you create mineral-based powders free of fragrances, parabens, and toxins. You’ll also learn to make simple and safe lip balms and glosses. Many recipes include ingredients that help promote healthy skin, and the in-depth ingredient glossary and at-a-glance substitution chart identify properties such as oil-absorbing and healing, while also highlighting vegan options, so you can create cosmetics that meet your skin’s needs and reflect your personal values.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover100 years of fashion illustration / Cally Blackman.
“A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this is a comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century. The book also offers an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParisian chic look book : what should I wear today? / Ines de la Fressange, Sophie Gachet ; photographs, Benoît Peverelli ; direction, Jeanne Le Bault ; Jeanne B. Cheynel, translator.
“Ines de la Fressange’s personal style is chic yet relaxed in every situation. In this sequel to her best seller Parisian Chic, the world’s favorite style icon demonstrates how to achieve her quintessentially Parisian look throughout the year. Her style secrets start with the building blocks of wardrobe staples which she combines with panache to suit every situation, adding seasonal items like costume bangles, a top in this season’s on-trend color, or the right shade of lip color.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWear and tear : the threads of my life / Tracy Tynan.
“Tracy Peacock Tynan grew up in London in the 1950’s and 60s, privy to her parents’ glamorous parties and famous friends. When Tracy started writing about her life she found that clothing was the focus of many of her stories. She recalls her father’s dandy attire and her mother’s Pucci dresses, as well as her parents’ rancorous marriage and divorce, her father’s prodigious talents and celebrity lifestyle, and her mother’s lifelong struggle with addiction. She tackles issues big and small using clothes as an entre–relationships, marriage, children, stepchildren, blended families, her parent’s decline and deaths, and her work as a costume designer are all recounted with humor, with insight, and with the special joy that can only come from finding the perfect outfit.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBalenciaga : shaping fashion / Lesley Ellis Miller.
“Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) remains one of the most revered and enigmatic of fashion designers. This fully revised and extended edition of Balenciaga offers a thorough examination of the Spanish-born couturier’s designs and business practice, and places him firmly in the context of the time, looking at the country in which he learned his trade and the international fashion scene in which he matured and triumphed. His perfectionism, effortless, iconic style, and the wearability of his clothes continue to influence designers today.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMissoni : art colour / testi Luciano Caramel, Luca Missoni, Emma Zanella.
“Published on the occasion of the Missoni, Art, Colour exhibition, this visually rich book surveys the history and inspiration behind one of the most iconic fashion houses of all time. This book is both a celebration of the unmistakable Missoni style, whose innovative approach mixes color, pattern, and matter with an extraordinary sense of balance, and an exploration of works by artists who have influenced the designers over the course of their creative, cultural, and artistic journey.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe make-up manual : your beauty guide for brows, eyes, skin, lips and more / Lisa Potter-Dixon.
“A comprehensive make-up manual that details all aspects of make-up application, solutions to common problems, as well as tips and tricks for perfecting your look every time. So whether you’re looking for a fun and youthful, elegant and sophisticated, or one-off look, Lisa will show you how to make the most of your facial features and complexion in this her Make-up Manual.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Fashion Classics – Fashion and Beauty in July

July’s fashion and beauty edit is all about keeping things classic – we have shiny new volumes on legendary starlet Brigitte Bardot, the history of tweed and how to nail the perfect red lipstick. This month we’re also featuring hot menswear and London style. Celebrate the classics with July’s new books.

Syndetics book coverClassic style : hand it down, dress it up, wear it out / [interviews and text by] Kate Schelter ; foreword by Andy Spade.
“In Classic Style, fashion expert and illustrator Kate Schelter curates a collection of more than 150 iconic, essential classics–clothes, accessories, beauty products, objects, and travel items that exemplify great design, simplicity, and timeless style. Kate shows you how to develop your own style by following an easy mantra: buy less, buy better, reinvent what you already have, and own your look.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverLondon sartorial : men’s style from street to bespoke / Dylan Jones.
“Beginning with an exploration of London’s chicest urban villages, the book reflects the extraordinary eclecticism of the city’s street style–from envelope-pushing streetwear in Shoreditch to classic tailoring in Mayfair. Forays into the coolest and hardest-to-find menswear shops in the city at once reveal the sources of the fashions on display and capture the atmosphere of the capital. At the heart of the book are profiles of London’s top designers–from world renowned brands to up-and-coming names, these are the designers whose work is shaping the future of menswear.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLips : how to wear lipstick, lip gloss and lift your lip game / by Natasha Devedlaka-Price ; photography by Mick Ackland and Casey Moore.
“Around two-thirds of women count lipstick among their essential luxuries, one in three saying they won’t go without. Nothing makes a girl pop like a bright burst of color! And it takes just minutes to apply. Natasha starts with lip care – exfoliating and prepping – and the basics of applying lipstick. She teaches readers how to pick the best red for their skin tone, make lips look thinner or plumper, choose lipstick that lasts all day, and much more. Tutorials feature topics like how to wear matt lipstick, gloss, as well as trends like ombre, nude, contouring lips, and more.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLondon uprising : fifty fashion Designers, one city / edited by Tania Fares and Sarah Mower.
“London has long been a fashion-world capital, and the past fifteen years have been an especially fertile period in its centuries-long history of setting trends. This stunning book is an all-access pass into the world of designer fashion – an exclusive behind-the-scenes studio tour that calls in on fifty of the city’s leading design talents – London-based global superstars – all of whom open up about their practice and philosophy, and share a wealth of images from their private collections.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBrigitte Bardot : my life in fashion / Henry-Jean Servat ; translation, Mot.tif.
“Legendary actress Brigitte Bardot led fashion revolutions throughout her career; this retrospective includes BB’s comments on her iconic style in a rare, intimate interview. Brigitte Bardot is a style icon whose legacy has undeniably shaped the face of fashion as we know it. Evoking French style and the glamour of St. Tropez, her legacy endures–from ballerina slippers with sweeping skirts to figure-hugging knitwear, gingham fabrics and gypsy dresses, kohl eyeliner and tousled hair.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTweed / Fiona Anderson.
“The story of tweed is tied to a series of social, economic and cultural shifts that have molded its development. Exploring rural and urban contexts, this book reveals the important physical and conceptual relationships of tweed with landscape. Progressive changes in gender relations are also explored as a major factor in tweed’s evolution, from associations with particular ideals of masculinity into what is now a truly adaptable fashion textile worn by both sexes. This is the first book of its kind to recognize the importance of tweed to fashion innovation today.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAlone in a crowd : men in this town / Giuseppe Santamaria.
“Alone in a crowd, Giuseppe’s third title, once again turns the spotlight on men’s fashion in cities around the world – including his home-town Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, London, Paris, Florence, Madrid, New York, and his childhood home, Toronto. Some shots capture menswear enthusiasts outside the fashion week shows in respective cities, others celebrate the everydaystyle of men – on the streets, at work and at play.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

#inspired – Fashion and Beauty picks for June

June’s fashion and beauty update has plenty to get you #inspired – we have new style guides and makeup guides, as well as a peek at men’s street style across four continents. We have a book which promises the best skin of your life and a new volume all about fashion’s social media stars. We also get a close-up look at some of history’s most famous fashion moments, all gorgeously portrayed in bright and whimsical illustrations. Let us inspire you this winter!

Syndetics book coverDigit@l girls : fashion’s new tribe : risk takers, rule breakers, and disrupters / Marko MacPherson ; design by Shawn Dahl ; edited by Nicole Phelps ; text by Steff Yotka and Emily Siegel.
“Today’s leading online cultural influencers the female bloggers, designers, entrepreneurs, and activists who are shaping what’s hot and what’s not in fashion, beauty, and personal style. This book presents to readers the worlds of these stylish mavens and how they dress and style themselves. This of-the-moment volume is a must-have for fashionistas, beauty lovers, and those interested in following or following in the footsteps of these inspirational women.” (Adapted from publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverThe makeup of a confident woman : the science of beauty, the gift of time, and the power of putting your best face forward / by Trish McEvoy with Kristin Loberg.
“Internationally recognized makeup artist and trailblazing entrepreneur Trish McEvoy reveals her revolutionary, proven system that teaches women everywhere at any age to achieve total beauty security and confidence in this inspirational full-color playbook that is part empowering manifesto, part comprehensive how-to guide. Infused with Trish’s trademark charisma, this motivational, must-have resource is filled with highly practical takeaways and tutorials that will equip you with the tools to face life at your most beautiful and self-assured.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe way she wears it : the ultimate insider’s guide to revealing your personal style / Dallas Shaw.
“In The Way She Wears It, fashion illustrator and It girl Dallas Shaw shows you how to mix up your closet and shop like a rock star. Organized around a range of challenges, this lookbook-meets workbook-is a must for every woman, whether you’re a fashion novice trying to figure out your signature style, a fashionista who wants to step up her game, or the most stylish presence in the room looking to stay ahead of the competition.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverAlone in a crowd : men in this town / Giuseppe Santamaria.
“Photographer, blogger, art director and fashion enthusiast Giuseppe Santamaria invites us on a journey across four continents to explore men’s street style in eight inspiring cities – New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Florence and Paris. This striking photographic collection showcases unique men and their styles, from the classic silhouettes of Italian tailoring to the eccentric outfits of Manhattan and downtown Tokyo. Alone In A Crowd is a global sartorial adventure that captures the relationship of place, personality and fashion.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverTrue style is what’s underneath : the self-acceptance revolution / a style like u manifesto by Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum.
“In True style is what’s underneath, the mother-daughter duo behind the popular YouTube channel StyleLikeU and its viral video series, ‘The what’s underneath project’, celebrate the transformative power of personal style. Their manifesto and the diverse individuals featured within it reveal how style is not about what you wear, but rather the result of radical self-acceptance.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverGroundbreaking fashion / Jane Rocca ; illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani.
“A celebration of fashion’s most adventurous, outrageous moments. The modern history of fashion has always had significant turning points that altered everything that came afterwards. This book honours and celebrates these groundbreaking fashion moments. Each of the 100 fashion turning points is illustrated and put into its historical context — how and why it was ahead of the curve.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverThe young skin diet : science-based recipes & treatments to reveal your best skin ever / Michelle Lee.
“Get the diet book your skin has been waiting for! Learn how you can turn back the clock on skin aging.” (Amazon.com)

Natural beauty and fancy hats – New Fashion and Beauty in May

Get your skin radiant and ready for winter with our new fashion and beauty books for May. Try out some natural beauty remedies and recipes and find the best natural beauty products for your skin type. We also take a look at a New Zealand fashion story – the life and work of Kiwi milliner Lindsay Kennett.

Syndetics book coverAll natural beauty : organic & homemade beauty products / Karin Berndl & Nici Hofer.
“From dull skin to drab hair and tired eyes, the traditional recipes in this book can change a multitude of little beauty niggles, and each of the treatments is free from nasty paraffins, synthetic colors, and Triclosan – and they can be made at a fraction of the cost of store-bought products. From a nourishing lip balm that will soften your lips, to a chickpea and turmeric face mask, which will make your skin glow, to a shea butter varicose vein body butter, there’s something for everyone. Also included are shampoo, make-up remover, toner, and more.” (adapted from Amazon)

A passion for fashion : the life of Lindsay Kennett master milliner / as told to and written by Hilary E. Hunt.
“Lindsay Kennett developed his passion for fashion as a young boy in the isolated Paradise and Glenorchy regions of Otago. Lindsay went on to create hats for fashion-conscious women all over New Zealand. His millinery salon in Parnell attracted many interesting patrons, and his numerous ‘travelling hat shows’ brought delight to all who attended them. Since his ostensible retirement in Dunedin in the early 1990s, Lindsay has held sell-out shows and exhibitions of his hats and artwork to raise money for charities. Superb photographs of just some of Lindsay’s collection of 100 hats illustrating millinery fashions from 1900 to 1990 complement this engaging memoir.” (summary from Fishpond)

Syndetics book coverThe nature of beauty : organic skincare, botanical beauty rituals and clean cosmetics / Imelda Burke.
“Choosing natural beauty doesn’t mean ditching hi-tech products in favour of homemade potions. It means being conscious about what you’re buying: what are you putting on your skin, what does it do and where does it come from? This honest, expert book will teach you how to recognise what your skin needs and how to buy the best products for you. It offers both time-honoured and modern techniques, tips and guidance for all ages, and showcases the powerful ingredients and brands that you need to know about.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSkin : delicious recipes & the ultimate wellbeing plan for radiant skin in 6 weeks / Liz Earle.
“This is the only book you will ever need to transform dull, lifeless skin, to skin that radiates youth and good health. This book features a 6-week programme to nourish your skin from the inside out. Each week focuses on a different aspect of skincare, from detox and exfoliation, cleansing and healing, to nourishing, balance and, finally, radiance and maintenance. The programme is accompanied by 80 delicious and easy recipes to prove that what you put in your body is just as important for your skin as what you put on it.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJeremy Scott / foreword by Jeffrey Deitch.
“The definitive monograph on Jeremy Scott, one of the most creative and influential American designers working in fashion today. Jeremy Scott is an American designer whose sensibility has brought elements of humor, rebellion, and fantasy to the elevated culture of couture – from his earliest collections in Paris to the outrageous runway shows in recent years that led the New York Times to call him ‘fashion’s last rebel.’ Creative, original, and iconic, Scott is the voice of his generation, his work a colourful marriage of the ubiquity of cultural reference with the refinement of high fashion.” (syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover200 skills every fashion designer must have : the indispensable guide to building skills and turning ideas into reality / Aisling McKeefry.
“Fashion is all about experimenting with styles, pushing the boundaries, and setting new trends. 200 Skills Every Fashion Designer Must Have offers a practical overview of the core concepts and techniques required. Readers will find: Step-by-step tutorials for essential skills; Tips on techniques for sewing and alterations; Guidance on working with fabrics, textures, and patterns; Fundamental concepts explained in vocational context.”–ONIX annotation.

Syndetics book cover50 men’s fashion icons that changed the world / Dan Jones.
“Painfully cool and instantly recognisable, the 50 style trailblazers in this collection used fashion to attract attention, gain influence, express themselves and make powerful statements. From Fred Astaire to Prince, Marlon Brando to Bob Dylan, JFK to Fred Perry, this book covers the looks and stories of politicians and actors, musicians and designers. With stunning photography, this book is the perfect gift for fashionistas, design students, and anyone who loves good style!” (Amazon)

Skincare & style – New fashion and beauty books in March

March brings a bumper crop of makeup and beauty books, equipping you perfectly for the change of seasons. We also have a shiny new volume from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Carson Kressley and a closer look at everyone’s favourite fashion staple – denim.

Syndetics book coverWhere stylists shop : the fashion insider’s ultimate guide : the secret source list of designers, stylists, editors, bloggers, models, costume designers, street-style stars, and tastemakers / Booth Moore.
“Booth Moore, visionary fashion editor at The Hollywood Reporter, brings together her A-list rolodex, insider knowledge, and industry access to create the definitive guide to shopping around the world. As an international authority on fashion and style, she interviews top celebrity stylists, bloggers, fashion designers, and other tastemakers to give readers the ultimate guide to the best boutiques, brands, websites, and bargains that every fashionista should know.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFace : make-up, skincare, beauty / Sam and Nic Chapman.
“Sam and Nic Chapman began the YouTube channel Pixiwoo in 2008 as a way to educate women and men of all ages in the art of make-up. Now, they have compiled their extensive knowledge into one book. Fully illustrated using photos from their tutorials, this beautiful book includes advice, techniques and top tips for your skin, brows, eyes, lashes and lips. From easy-to-follow guides to recommendations for the ideal tools used to create the perfect look, this incredible manual will reveal how to manage and style each feature to suit you best.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDoes this book make my butt look big? : a cheeky guide to feeling sexier in your own skin and unleashing your personal style / Carson Kressley, with Riann Smith.
Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big? is a roadmap for all of us to build unshakable body and fashion confidence. We need to be reminded that fashion is FUN. We need to know that with the right tools, we have the power to transform our self-perception by shifting our mindset from woe-is-me to wow-is-me. We need the secrets of playing to our strengths and minimizing our flaws. We need to take more chances, and leave what doesn’t work in the dust. Most of all, we need Carson, our peppy, blond fairy godstylist, to show us the way!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 ways to wear denim / Lauren Friedman.
50 Ways to Wear Denim is an illustrated guide to styling denim in 50 different looks. Each one spotlights an iconic denim garment (think denim shirts and skirts, jeans for every figure, overalls, jean jackets, and more) or suggests unexpected ways to incorporate denim into an outfit, from dressing up denim for a fancy event to mix-and-matching it with leopard print, florals, and plaids. Lively introductory sections explore denim’s history, anatomy, and key terminology, plus tips for shopping and caring for this staple fabric. A must-have fashion resource for fashionistas and denim lovers of all ages.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMake it up : the essential guide to DIY makeup & skin care / Marie Rayma.
“Marie Rayma shares the recipes she has developed through years of trial, error, and testing to come up with the very best. This is real makeup and skincare: bright lipsticks, quality mineral powders, long-wearing eyeliners, and masks and cleansers that yield results. These awesome oils, butters, clays, and minerals will replace the petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances that have untold effects on our bodies. Products can be tailored for individual needs-from swapping out ingredients not suitable for sensitive skin to whipping up the perfect colors suited for any complexion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUndercover / Jun Takahashi.
“The first comprehensive book on the work of Jun Takahashi of UNDERCOVER, an icon of Harajuku streetwear and the presumptive heir to the heavy mantle of Japanese deconstruction. Takahashi Jun’s fashion is not born out of an excessively intellectualized agenda. While not quite populist, his generative influences are instead romantic–even gothic. Undercover is insightfully curated with fashion-filled chapters devoted to Takahashi’s sketches, graphic work, collaborations, and most innovative designs to date. This book gives readers first time access into Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER, one of the most desired and multidimensional clothing lines in contemporary fashion.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEat beautiful : nourish your skin from the inside out / Wendy Rowe.
“In this refreshing beauty book, Wendy will teach you how to keep your skin healthy and let your inner and outer beauty shine. Wendy has devised over 70 easy and delicious recipes specifically designed to feed your skin with the nutrients it needs to glow. Each of the recipes correlates to an essential skin-feeding ingredient that will help target specific skin problems and common complaints. Wendy provides specific advice for foods to embrace or avoid depending on your skin.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe fashion of film : how cinema has inspired fashion / Amber Butchart.
The Fashion of Film is the perfect book for the fashion fan. In it, fashion historian Amber Butchart takes a journey through the last 100 years of cinema style and its influence on the catwalks. With beautiful imagery and thoroughly-researched text, she looks at how our most iconic movies have transformed the world of high fashion. Karl Lagerfeld was influenced by the dystopian vision of Metropolis, the picture-perfect world of Wes Anderson’s films are echoed in the collections of Miuccia Prada, and Audrey Hepburn was key to Hubert de Givenchy’s work. Fashion designers have long taken their inspiration from silver screen idols, and continue to do so today.” (Syndetics summary)

Get your glam on – New fashion and beauty for February

Get your glam on with February’s selection of new fashion books. With shiny new volumes about Vivienne Westwood, Audrey Hepburn, Versace and Vogue, to name but a few, this February is set to be very glamorous indeed.

Syndetics book coverGet a life! : the diaries of Vivienne Westwood, 2010-2016 / Vivienne Westwood.
“Vivienne Westwood began Get A Life, her online diary, in 2010 with an impassioned post about Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Since then, she has written two or three entries each month, discussing her life in fashion and her involvement with art, politics and the environment.Reading Vivienne’s thoughts, in her own words, is as fascinating and provocative as you would expect from Britain’s punk dame – a woman who always says exactly what she believes. The beauty of Vivienne Westwood’s diary is that it is so fresh and unpredictable. In book form, generously illustrated with her own selection of images, it is irresistible.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 dresses that changed the world.
“Everything around us is designed and the word ‘design’ has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Dresses That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 dresses that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From the 1915 Delphos Pleated dress to Hussein Chalayan’s 2007 LED dress, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status and the designers that give them a special place in design history.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVersace / written by Donatella Versace, Maria Luisa Frisa, and Stefano Tonchi.
“A long-awaited and highly intimate visual history of Versace, the glamorous and globally renowned Italian fashion house. This richly illustrated tome chronicles Donatella’s interpretation of Versace in the twenty-first century and her remarkable work as the curator and face of Versace. Versace includes exclusive contemporary and archival imagery from runway and backstage shots to intimate scenes at the Versace atelier, with accompanying original essays penned by fashion’s most authoritative voices. This glittering volume delivers the magnetic vibrancy, supreme luxury, and glamour quotient that define Versace.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMartine Sitbon : alternative vision / edited by Marc Ascoli & Martine Sitbon.
“The first book on the highly influential French fashion designer renowned for her rock’ n’ romantic style and for reinvigorating the house of Chloe. Martine Sitbon has become an icon among designers and fashionistas, earning her praise from Karl Lagerfeld as being “the only living French designer.” Handpicked to breathe new life into Chloe in the mid-1980s, and the first woman to be named designer at the house, while simultaneously working on her own ready-to-wear label, Sitbon has been at the helm of high fashion for decades. With never-before-seen sketches and photographs, this book allows readers to gain a better understanding of the designer’s personal universe and inspirations that have until now been largely hidden from view.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAudrey : the 50s / David Wills ; designed by Stephen Schmidt.
“A stunning photographic compilation showcasing Audrey Hepburn’s iconic career in the 1950s–the decade that solidified her place as one of the world’s greatest stars in film and fashion. Among the highlights: Rare and classic images digitally restored from vintage photographic prints, original studio negatives and transparencies. Never-before-seen publicity photos, scene stills and work shots. Previously unpublished “posed candids” of Audrey at home. Beautifully restored advertisements, fan magazine layouts, international film posters and lobby cards. Quotes from photographers, directors, and costars, including William Holden, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Cecil Beaton, and Audrey herself.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSelf.Styled : dare to be different / Anthony Lycett.
Self-Styled is about the celebration of freedom of expression, diversity and individualism through personal style. Showcasing photographic diptychs of a select group of fabulous urbanites, each double-page spread illustrates a unique personal choice while implicitly exploring themes such as gender, colour, body shape and taste. The concept behind Self-Styled is simple: each person is asked to choose two outfits – one that represents daywear and a second that represents nightwear. Then, through a dual photographic portrait, author Anthony Lycett encapsulates their distinctive personalities in a stylist-free zone as they are: self-styled. Since embarking on the project in 2008, Anthony has photographed people from all walks of life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInside Vogue : a diary of my 100th year / Alexandra Shulman.
“Alexandra Shulman reveals the emotional and logistical minefield of producing the 100th anniversary issue (that Duchess of Cambridge cover surprise), organizing the star-studded Vogue 100 Gala, working with designers from Victoria Beckham to Karl Lagerfeld and contributors from David Bailey to Alexa Chung. All under the continual scrutiny of a television documentary crew. But narrowly-contained domestic chaos hovers – spontaneous combustion in the kitchen, a temperamental boiler and having to send bin day reminders all the way from Milan fashion week. This is a rich, honest and sharply observed account of a year lived at the centre of British fashion and culture.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

2016 Fashion Finale – December Fashion and Beauty

See out 2016 with December’s selection of new beauty and fashion reads. My personal pick for the month is A Star is Born – I can never resist a bit of Audrey! Also take a real life look at the world of modelling, and find out more about the world’s most well-known beauty products.

Syndetics book coverA star is born : the moment an actress becomes an icon / George Tiffin.
“Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve… Feted, adored and desired, successful movie actresses are icons of modern culture. But what was it that made them true stars? In a sequence of elegant pen-portraits, George Tiffin takes a microscope to the movies and the moments that established 75 female icons of cinema. These penportraits are supplemented by quotes, notes and anecdotes, including script excerpts from key scenes. A STAR IS BORN is a seductive celebration of the eternal feminine at the heart of the movie business – and an informal and engaging history of cinema itself.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle tribes / Caroline Young.
Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures explores the style, fashions and ideology of youth movements of the last 100 years, including flappers, swing kids, mods, rockers, surfers, hippies, punks, disco, hip hop, Harajuku and hipsters. Fully illustrated, it delves into the stories behind the styles, what sets each of them apart, and looks at the influence and legacy of each of these tribes. Illustrated with historic and contemporary images, it colourfully details each group to give a comprehensive overview of each subculture.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNasty galaxy / Sophia Amoruso ; foreword by Courtney Love.
“From Sophia Amoruso, the New York Times -bestselling author of #GIRLBOSS , a lushly illustrated embodiment of the collective spirit of the Nasty Gal brand, Sophia’s own personal brand, and girlbosses everywhere, with a foreword by Courtney Love. Warning: this is not a style book. It’s not about how to mix prints–it’s about how to leave yours on everything you touch.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPretty iconic : a personal look at the beauty products that changed the world / Sali Hughes ; photographs by Jake Walters.
“Packed full of beauty wisdom, Pretty Iconic takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson’s baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, NARS Orgasm and beyond, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives. Considering which much-hyped beauty buys are worth the buzz, and who they might be best suited for, in Pretty Iconic Sali Hughes uses her witty, inclusive and discerning style to look at some of the most significant products in beauty – from treasured classics such as Chanel No 5, to life-changers such as Babyliss Big Hair, and the more recent releases from Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley and others that are shaping the beauty industry today.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStay golden / Lucky Blue Smith ; written with Dallon G. Smith.
“Scouted at the age of ten, signed to an international modeling agency by twelve, and now considered the most in-demand model at only eighteen, Lucky Blue Smith is #lucky. Get a front row look at the fashion and modeling world, through the eyes of Lucky Blue Smith, as he shares personal stories, never-before-seen photographs and intimate letters from his family and friends. Witty, charming, and totally honest, Lucky reveals all, connecting with his fans like never before.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe new French couture : icons of Paris fashion / Elyssa Dimant.
“With more than 175 color high-fashion photographs, this stunning, comprehensive, and authoritative handbook on modern French couture, covering the finest Parisian houses of couture–including Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, and more. The New French Couture identifies the fashion leaders whose longstanding ateliers have endured, and the creative pioneers who continue to reinvent and reinterpret their signature iconography. Though haute couture remains the exclusive domain of a few houses, the Parisian fashion panorama is rife with gifted luxury establishments who specialize in hand-craftsmanship, exquisite design, precious materials, impeccable production, and a celebrity clientele.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Coconut oil and curated closets – November fashion and beauty

November’s fashion and beauty books bring a guide to the curated closet, as well as a recipe book for making your own coconut oil beauty products at home. We take a look at the long and enduring relationship between fashion and film, and also the role of masculine identity in menswear. We also have a brand new Alexander McQueen book, featuring never-before-seen images from his famous fashion shows.

Alexander McQueen: UnseenAlexander McQueen : unseen / Robert Fairer ; introduction and collection texts by Claire Wilcox.
“Alexander McQueen: Unseen unfolds chronologically, revisiting the designer’s most iconic creations and revealing previously unseen behind-the-scenes moments that capture models, hairdressers, stylists, make-up artists and Alexander McQueen himself at their most candid and creative.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe curated closet : a simple system for discovering your personal style and building your dream wardrobe / by Anuschka Rees.
“Lifestyle blogger Rees’s first book, based on the blog Into Mind, is a fun and practical guide to discovering one’s personal style. The goal is for women to easily choose an outfit that they like every single morning, to wear a large portion of clothes from their closet, and to be able to dress for their own lifestyles. To begin, readers are encouraged to document their own outfits for two weeks (taking a photograph every day), observing their favorite and least favorite looks, colors, fits, and garments. From there, Rees advises readers on how to revitalize their personal style and build a fully wearable wardrobe. Refreshing and thorough, Rees delivers a fashion-forward guide that’s awesomely sensible.” (adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverNatural beauty with coconut oil : 50 homemade beauty recipes using nature’s perfect ingredient / Lucy Bee ; photography by David Loftus.
“Coconut oil, as we know, is nature’s perfect Ingredient. Every recipe in Coconut Oil: Natural Beauty is super easy to make at home, without any expensive specialized equipment. A few recipes, such as the Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Spot Zapper are as simple as coconut oil enhanced with a drop or two of essential oil, while other recipes, like the Cellulite- Busting Coffee Body Scrub, makes use of spent coffee grounds that would otherwise be thrown away. There really is an all-natural solution for common everyday beauty dilemmas.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe Fashion of Film: How Cinema has Inspired Fashion: Fashion Design Inspired by Cinema [hardback]
“Since 1911, the industries of film and fashion have been closely intertwined; designer collections that draw upon the glamour of the cinema are enticing for potential consumers. And costume, of course, serves as creative inspiration to designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and John Galliano. These connecting threads are pulled together neatly by Butchart, fashion historian and associate lecturer at the London College of Fashion. She explores 45 iconic films across the genres of crime, musical, historical epic, horror, romance, sf, and art house. This survey of international scope will be of interest to both fashionistas and cinema buffs.” (adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverMen and style / David Coggins, with forward by Glenn O’Brien.
Men and Style reaches beyond standard “what to wear” advice: It is equal parts style guide and intriguing conversation about the masculine identity within the world of fashion. David Coggins explores the history of men’s style and learns from some of the most notable tastemakers in the industry and beyond. Its essays and interviews discuss the lessons men learned from their fathers, the mistakes they made as young men, and how they emerged to become better men. Some of the most dapper men in the world discuss bad mustaches, misguided cologne choices, and unfortunate prom tuxedos. Men and Style celebrates singular men who’ve lived well and can tell us about how they earned their worldview.” (Adapted from publisher’s website)

New Graphic Novels for October

This month’s selection of new graphic novels includes seven first volumes of new series, with one from well-known writers Brian K. Vaughan and Brian Wood. There are stories about superheroes, horror stories and historical, mysteries and science fiction, all very different, but all provide great entertainment.

Syndetics book coverCluster / created by Ed Brisson ; & [illustrated by] Damian Couceiro.
“In the distant future, as mankind discovers life on other planets, it needs soldiers to defend its colonies and outposts across the stars. In order to increase the number of boots on the ground, criminals are offered the opportunity to serve in the place of incarceration. But as wars wage on and more soldiers are needed, small-time crimes are given long-term punishments. When a rag-tag group of prisoners serving their time as soldiers become stranded and abandoned on a war-torn planet, they’ll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth’s role in deep space.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Paybacks. Volume 1, Payback’s a bitch / script by Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal ; art by Geoff Shaw.
“Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements, robotic suits or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs. Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes like Night Knight and Miss Adventure, here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs. But now the Paybacks have discovered a fate far worse than debt: a murderer is on the loose, and it just may be one of their own.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe beauty. volume 1.
“Modern society is obsessed with outward beauty. What if there was a way to guarantee you could become more and more beautiful every day? What if it was asexually transmitted disease? In the world of The Beauty, physical perfection is only one sexual encounter away. The vast majority of the population has taken advantage of it, but Detectives Vaughn and Foster will soon discover it comes at a terrible cost.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCovenant. Volume one, Siege / created and written by Rob Liefeld ; illustrated by Matt Horak.
“The legendary Ark of the Covenant has laid waste to entire armies. Now, it has been raided and stolen, ripped from the field of battle by the terrible Philistine forces. THE COVENANT tells the story of Samuel, the last Judge of Israel, and his fight to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the clutches of the Philistine nation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSomething new : tales from a makeshift bride / by Lucy Knisley.
“DIY maven Lucy Knisley was fascinated by American wedding culture, but also sort of horrified by it. So she set out to plan and execute the adorable DIY wedding to end all adorable DIY weddings. And she succeeded.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWolf. Volume 1, Blood and magic / writer, Ales Kot ; artist, Matt Taylor.
“Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse “California” style.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCigarette girl / Masahiko Matsumoto ; foreword by Yoshihiro Tatsumi ; translated by Spencer Fancutt, with assistance of Atsuko Saisho.
“Welcome to the quiet, evocative urban dramas of Masahiko Matsumoto, one of the leading lights of the Japanese alternative-comics movement known as “gekiga.” Originally published in 1974, these eleven stories now form the first English-language collection of Matsumoto’s mature work. His shy, uncertain heroes face broken hearts, changing families, money troubles, sexual anxiety, and the pressures of tradition, but with a whimsy and lightness of touch that is Matsumoto’s trademark.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPaul up North / Michel Rabagliati.
“Rabagliati continues his award-winning semi-autobiographical Paul series in this coming of age story. The action takes place in 1975-76 just before and during the summer Olympics in Montreal. Paul is now 16, a teenager, and he finds new experiences, changes schools, hitchhikes, falls deeply in love, gets dumped, smokes pot and drinks beer.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWe stand on guard / Brian K. Vaughan, Steve Skroce.
“Set 100 years in our future, this action packed military thriller follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters who must defend their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent, the United States of America.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRebels. Volume 1, A well-regulated militia / story, Brian Wood ; art, Andrea Mutti (Chapters 1-6 & 9), Matthew Woodson (Chapter 7), Ariela Kristantina (Chapter 8), Tristan Jones (Chapter 10).
“This is 1775. With the War for Independence playing out across the colonies, young Seth and Mercy Abbott find their new marriage tested at every turn as the demands of the frontlines and the home front collide. Not merely rehashing the tales of the most famous men of the time, Rebels details the epic story of the colonists, explorers and traders, wives and daughters, farmers and volunteer soldiers who, in a few short, turbulent years, created the brand new nation of America.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Get inspired – October Fashion and Beauty books

October’s new fashion and beauty books tell a range of inspirational tales. Chanel: the Enigma tells Coco Chanel’s fabled rags to riches story, and Fashion is Freedom shares the story of Tala, who grew up under the restrictive dress codes of Islamic law and went on to found her own fashion label. We have a shiny new style guide to help you to live a more “luxe” life, as well as a guide to becoming a modern day gentlewoman. Bring out your inner Audrey (or Coco!) this October.

Syndetics book coverThe new garconne : how to be a modern gentlewoman / Navaz Batliwalla.
The New Garconne is a non-prescriptive guide for today’s modern, independent, and stylish woman. It espouses a grown-up style and attitude with a masculine-feminine aesthetic, where culture, history, beauty, intelligence, feminism, quality, and taste are celebrated. Women who embody the look include Katharine Hepburn, Andree Putman, Lauren Hutton, Janelle Monae, Ines de la Fressange, Tilda Swinton, and Jenna Lyons. This visually inspiring book explores the look, history, and essence of gentlewoman style. It features profiles of women who typify the style, alongside beautifully photographed and curated imagery and how-to-get-the-look information.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanel : the enigma / Isabelle Fiemeyer ; translated from the French by Deke Dusinberre.
“Coco Chanel continues to beguile more than four decades after her death; her life and work are a source of enduring fascination. Chanel expert Isabelle Fiemeyer unveils the mysteries that have surrounded the private and public figure by piecing together new research with accounts from Chanel’s intimate friends and relatives, artists, writers, photographers, directors, actors, scholars, and those who worked with her inside the House of Chanel. Offering fresh revelations about Chanel’s life, this handsome volume includes photographs and previously unpublished material, as well as new documents from the wartime period.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe luxe life / Fleur De Force.
“Every girl deserves a little bit of luxe in her life and top beauty and fashion vlogger Fleur de Force – Sunday Times bestselling author of The Glam Guide – knows exactly how to get it. “Luxe living is all about becoming your best self – the one you’ve always wanted to be – and making it look effortless. It’s about making every day feel special and knowing that a little bit of extra effort in any aspect of your life goes a long way.” Packed with: inspiring fashion and beauty advice, budget-friendly hosting hacks, lifestyle tips to make your home a sanctuary, creative and thoughtful DIY gift ideas, over 30 must-have recipes to take you from brunch to dinner party. The Luxe Life is the essential guide to wowing at every special occasion, and making every day special.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMilitary style invades fashion / Timothy Godbold ; with an introduction by Colin McDowell.
“A virtual pageantry of the many ways in which military styles inspire and influence contemporary fashion. The transformation of military clothing into popular retail fashion has a long history. In fact, the designs of some of today’s most popular styles, worn for the most peaceful purposes, actually originated in clothing intended for warfare. In a campaign to dress well, combat and battle rarely, if ever, enter the picture. This book celebrates the enduring appeal of military-inspired clothing and acts as a reference guide and source of inspiration for designers and fashion followers alike.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion is freedom : how a girl from Tehran broke the rules to change her world / Tala Raassi.
“Since she was young, Tala Raassi knew her fate lay in fashion. But growing up in her beloved homeland of Iran, a woman can be punished for exposing her hair in public, let alone wearing the newest trends. Despite strict regulations, Tala developed a keen sense of style in backroom cafes and secret parties. She never imagined her behavior would land her in prison, or bring the cruel sting of a whip for the crime of wearing a mini-skirt. Tala’s forty lashes didn’t keep her down – they fanned the flames of individuality and inspired her to embrace a new freedom in the United States. As she developed her own clothing label, her exploration into the creative, cut throat community of Western fashion opened her eyes to the ups and downs of hard work, hard decisions, and hard truths.” (Amazon.com)