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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)

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)

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)

Supermodel September – Fresh Fashion and Beauty books

This September, we have beauty tips and tricks straight from supermodels and their expert makeup artists, and a fresh look at the timeless men’s suit. And we all know how coveted designer clothing is… but did you know that the shopping bags, boxes and even wrapping paper are extremely sought after too? We have a brand new book about fashion packaging, which takes a look at the design and processes behind designer brands and their iconic and exclusive wrappers.

Syndetics book coverSupermodel tips : beauty and style secrets from the world’s top models / Carly Hobbs.
“This collection of insider hints and tricks on beauty, hair and lifestyle comes straight from behind the scenes of the catwalk, from the models themselves and the makeup artists who make them look great.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion + music : fashion creatives shaping pop culture / Katie Baron.
“Fashion + music provides a unique insight into how the two industries, as twin agents of change, have reflected but also influenced the popular culture of their times. Featuring exclusive interviews with the creatives behind some of the most era-defining and iconic looks of the Sex Pistols, Madonna, David Bowie to Roxy Music, Lady Gaga and more. This book is a visually arresting exploration of the power of fashion as a make-or-break tool within the music industry’s creative process. How style and sound collide with memorable results.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverFashion packaging now / edited by Chris Huang.
“The competitive worlds of fashion retail branding and packaging are fast evolving, and designers are driven by the need to find original ideas to create striking visual devices for portable objects. This superbly designed book showcases innovative, and visually arresting custom-packaging designs across a range of products, including footwear, clothing and apparel, fashion accessories, and more. Fashion packaging now presents, in highly illustrated, full-colour detail, how the brand connects with the item with the packaging itself, and offers unique insights into individual project design strategies.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe suit : form, function and style / Christopher Breward.
“This book details the product’s acclimation to the changing world of fashion in which construction is the union of aspiration and trust between tailor and client, mechanization allows for the collapse of hierarchy, and the working class redefines values of appearance and possibilities. Much of the text is dedicated to the suit’s adoption by particular political groups, social movements, and forms of labor.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion designers : the collection of the Museum at FIT / text by Valerie Steele ; foreword by Suzy Menkes ; with contributions by Fred Dennis, Jennifer Farley, Colleen Hill, Melissa Marra, and Patricia Mears ; and illustrations by Robert Nippoldt.
“From Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood, a century’s worth of fashion greats from the permanent collection of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City are celebrated in this fresh edition of Fashion Designers A–Z. Formerly available as a limited Collector’s Edition only, this accessibly priced and updated new edition features photographs of over 500 garments selected from the Museum’s permanent collection. Texts by the museum’s curators explain why each designer is important in fashion history and what is special about the chosen garments.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Beauty and accessories – New Fashion and Beauty for July

This month, our fashion and beauty edit has a focus on beauty and accessories – there are lots of new beauty books offering tips and suggestions on how to refresh your look or try something completely different. My personal fave this month is Amazinger Face – I have long been a devotee of Zoe Foster and am completely converted to her beauty ethos and skincare range. I definitely recommend! We also have brand new books on socks, fascinators and handbags, so you can find the answer to the most pressing of accessory questions, including “is it okay to wear socks with sandals???” (NO).

Syndetics book coverAmazinger face : clever beauty tricks, should-own products and spectacularly useful how-to-do-its / Zoë Foster Blake.
“Sometimes a lady just needs to know the most flattering lipstick for her skin tone, or how to correctly use sunscreen, or a very quick hairstyle to conceal her unwashed hair. All the answers are here, in this top-to-toe beauty extravaganza. Former Cosmopolitan and Harper’s BAZAAR beauty director, and the founder of Go-To skin care, Zoë Foster (Blake) suggests makeup colours and brands for every occasion, and step-by-step instructions for winged eyeliner, arresting red lips, simple up-dos, and much, much more . . .” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe anti-ageing beauty bible / Josephine Fairley & Sarah Stacey ; illustrations by David Downton.
“In this fully updated edition of their bestselling book, health and beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey bring together everything a woman needs to know about feeling great, looking gorgeous and being fabulous, whatever your age. Chapters include guidance on skin, hair, make-up, hands, feet and nails, sleep, exercise and much more. There are top tips for taking off ten years in minutes as well as the secrets of inspirational older women. Packed with insider info from the world’s leading experts, this is the bible for the older woman, showing you how to look, feel and be fabulous – forever.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNatural hair coloring : how to use henna and other pure herbal pigments for chemical-free beauty / Christine Shahin ; photography by Melinda DiMauro.
“Commercial hair dyes contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic — but you don’t have to choose between gorgeous color and good health. Natural hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic plant pigments — henna, indigo, amla, and cassia — to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity, with beautiful results! These pigments are readily available at natural food stores and online, and they’re simple, safe, easy to use, and cost-effective. Shahin shows you exactly how to apply these pigments to achieve a full range of shades of brown, black, and red.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrench complexion : the secrets to beautiful skin at any age / Christine Clais.
“French women have always been very serious about their skin. From a young age – following their mothers’ and grandmothers’ advice – they establish good skincare routines and rituals. In French Complexion, Christine Clais presents her unique skincare philosophy based on more than twenty years of hands-on professional experience and the beauty secrets of her countrywomen. Through easy-to-follow expert tips, product recommendations and French beauty insights, Clais guides women through the stages of their lives and shows how to have healthy, glowing skin at any age.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLe Pliage By Longchamp: A Tradition and Transformation [hardback]
“What secret magic can make a fashion accessory timeless? Longchamp’s Le Pliage bags are the perfect embodiment of this mystery, with their connection to the Zeitgeist, pure style, accomplished craftsmanship, and groundbreaking shape. Designed twenty years ago by Philippe Cassegrain (the son of the founder of the French leather goods company Longchamp), the foldable bag has become a huge success. At present, over thirty million Le Pliage bags have been sold globally and offer luxury on an everyday basis.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSocks : the rule book : 10 essential rules for the wearing and appreciation of men’s hosiery / Sock Club London.
“Socks. They are a serious business. Socks are the glue that binds an outfit together, the telling detail that shows that a man understands what it is to be stylish. But they are also a minefield of potential fashion disasters and style pitfalls. What style of socks should you wear with a brogue? How high should you roll-up your trouser leg? Are socks and sandals ever acceptable?* But fear no more – Socks: The Rule Book will solve your hosiery dilemmas. Laying out the ten fundamental rules of sock wearing with fashion-conscious advice and a knowing sense of humour, this book answers hitherto unanswered questions and establishes clear guidelines for every aspect of the sock world. *No.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFascinators : 25 stylish accessories to top off your look / Hannah Scheidig.
“A fascinator is a chic little adornment, not quite a traditional hat but more than a headband, that suits any occasion and any time of day. This smashing headwear now appears everywhere, donning the heads of celebrities and A-listers on the red carpet to today’s fashionable brides. This is the first craft book of its kind with how-tos for fascinators, floral crowns, tiaras, and more: 25 in all, plus variations on each project–there are even sweet projects suitable for little girls. Fascinators range from dressy professional to black-tie elegant.” (Syndetics summary)

Fashion and Beauty in May

May’s new fashion and beauty books are packed with fresh fashion inspo and eye candy. Bringing you two new style guides, a shiny new street style volume, a peek behind the doors of Paris’s most elite fashion houses and a beauty book which combines the ancient secrets of Eastern medicine with the beauty needs of the modern world; there is something for everyone this May.

Syndetics book coverAdvanced Style : Older and Wiser
“This follow-up to the bestselling Advanced Style features more senior street style and inspiration from all over the globe. In this new edition Ari Seth Cohen shares his work from the past few years including some of the world’s best-dressed older gentlemen. Similar in format to the original, with dozens of images from cities all over the world; the book will also feature 22 short essays (by the subjects of the book) distilling the wisdom and lifestyle secrets of some of Cohen’s favorite Advanced Style ladies. Plus an introduction from the always fabulous and witty Simon Doonan makes for a celebration of smashing senior style!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStreet style : an ethnography of fashion blogging / Brent Luvaas.
“This cutting-edge book documents the evolution of street style photography, from the fieldwork photos of early anthropology to the glamorized snapshots that appear on blogs today, and explores the structural shifts in the global fashion industry that street style has helped bring about. This book turns the lens of street style photography back onto anthropology itself, arguing that the phenomenon is a powerful mode of amateur ethnography. Bloggers blur the distinction between professional and amateur, insider and outsider, self and brand. This book documents that blur from the ground level-from the streets of Philadelphia to the sidewalks of New York Fashion Week.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGentleman : The Ultimate Companion to the Elegant Man
“An elegantly dressed man does not only look smart and attractive, he also implies confidence and respect. A self-assured appearance, excellent manners and carefully chosen quality garments are distinctive signs of a true gentleman. Paying tribute to the latest evolutions in fashion and social trends, this thoroughly revised edition of Bernhard Roetzel’s tried-and-tested guide is set for the men of the 21st Century. The new edition of this classic companion to the genuine gentlemen answers all these questions, and many more.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage details : a fashion sourcebook / Jeffrey Mayer & Basia Szkutnicka ; photography by Stephen Sartori.
Vintage Details is a stunning collection of over 550 beautifully photographed details from previously unseen 20th-century vintage clothing. The images are arranged by detail: necklines, collars, sleeves, cuffs, pockets, hems, darts and fitting devices, stitching, fastenings and buttonholes, pleats, frills and flounces, embellishment, texture, and print. Inner construction shots are also included, along with images of the full garments providing context for the details shown. Easy to navigate and packed full of inspirational images, this book will become an indispensable reference to vintage detailing for fashion design students and professionals.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInside haute couture : behind the scenes at the Paris ateliers / Désirée Sadek ; Guillaume de Laubier ; translation from the French by Molly Stevens.
“From Maison Chanel on rue Cambon to Jean Paul Gaultier on rue Saint-Martin, the history of French fashion is often closely tied to those of Parisian addresses. With exclusive photographs by Guillaume de Laubier and text by Désirée Sadek, Inside Haute Couture offers a private tour of 10 meccas of French fashion. From the splendor of VIP reception rooms to the privacy of sewing ateliers, the daily lives of the most renowned figures in haute couture are show­cased alongside the skilled artisans and their stunning creations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe cool factor : a guide to achieving effortless style, with secrets from the women who have it / Andrea Linett ; photographs by Michael Waring.
“Trendsetter Andrea Linett has that rare ability to distill fashion talk into advice that everyone can follow, and in this book she shares the style wisdom she’s gathered over years of working in the fashion industry. Linett’s fashion philosophy is illustrated through precise tips and photos of women who do it right, and from them we learn how to develop personal style. Finally, Linett rounds out the book with checklists, including must-haves for a hardworking wardrobe, how to breathe new life into old pieces, how to make a trend your own, and how to make sure everything you buy actually fits.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverF**k ivy and everything else / Mark McNairy ; foreword by Nick Wooster.
“Sartorial rules are made and broken in this must-have style guide for traditionalists and hipsters alike. At once a style guide that provides invaluable tips for today’s men, it is also, like his clothing and accessories, a witty riff on the Ivy League look. Showcasing a mix of vintage fashion and film images that reference traditional menswear and style icons; examples of streetwear and McNairy’s clothing; and advertising and pop culture references, F–k Ivy and Everything Else is a visual treat from spread to spread, packed with solid sartorial advice and cheeky humor.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFacing east : ancient health and beauty secrets for the modern age / Jingduan Yang, M.D., F.A.P.A. with Norma Kamali.
“In Facing East, Dr. Jingduan Yang, a fifth-generation practitioner of Chinese medicine and a respected authority in integrative medicine, joins forces with style icon and wellness advocate Norma Kamali to reveal the ancient healing secrets, adapted for the modern age, that will help preserve, maintain, and restore vitality, health, and beauty in all its forms. Drawing from 2,500 years of wisdom adapted to today’s lifestyles, Facing East teaches you how to restore your qi–the vital energy at the root of every function in the human body–to become both internally healthy and externally radiant.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Style – Fashion and Beauty picks for April

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.

Syndetics book coverLouis 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)

Syndetics book coverEasy 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)

Syndetics book coverHigh 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)

Syndetics book coverNail 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)

Syndetics book coverFashion’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)

Syndetics book coverCartier 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)

Syndetics book coverThe 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)

Syndetics book coverDesign 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)

Syndetics book coverForever 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)

New fashion and beauty for March

March’s new fashion and beauty books include a beautifully illustrated story of the life of couturier Coco Chanel, a peek into Belgian fashion and a guide to waste-free fashion design. We also have a new style guide book that promises humour and fun like no other!

Syndetics book coverCoco Chanel : the illustrated world of a fashion icon / Megan Hess.
“Coco Chanel is arguably the most significant influence on women’s fashion in the twentieth century. Coco Chanel is a compilation of Megan Hess’ stunning illustrations of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel’s history, from Coco’s incredible life, to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld on the company and the incredible items that have become iconic of the brand – the little black dress, the luxurious bags and accessories, glamorous jewellery and of course the renowned Chanel No 5 perfume. Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped Coco and the iconic Chanel brand – and how fashion, in turn, shaped their lives.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGrace & style : the art of pretending you have it / Grace Helbig.
“While Grace doesn’t claim to be stylish or polished, she is very self-aware and perceptive. Trendy? She’d rather have fun trying. She loves fashion as much as the next lady, man, or French bulldog, but telling others how they should look doesn’t suit her. Instead, with Grace & Style, Grace takes us into her closet and shares her silly and practical approach to style. One part parody, one part fashion fun, and one part personal experience, Grace’s latest guide to life as a woman in America today is more H&M than Chanel. So tighten your Banana Republic belt a few notches and learn how to pretend and convince everyone around you that you’ve got style and grace!” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverThe Belgians : an unexpected fashion story / editor: Didier Vervaeren.
“Surreal, avant-garde and explicit are three keywords that are commonly associated with Belgian fashion. This exhibition catalogue gives a unique historic overview of Belgian fashion, starting with the legendary Antwerp Six. The catalogue also highlights the work of several influential players in various fashion and art disciplines. Additionally, it touches upon the importance of the fashion academies, especially the Antwerp Academy and La Cambre in Brussels, and documents emerging talent such as Jean-Paul Lespagnard and Christian Wijnants.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverZero waste fashion design / Timo Rissanen, Holly McQuillan.
Zero Waste Fashion Design combines research and practice to introduce a crucial sustainable fashion design approach. Written by two industry leading pioneers, the book offers flexible strategies and easy-to-master zero waste techniques to help you develop your own cutting edge fashion designs. Sample flat patterns and more than 20 exercises will reinforce your understanding of the zero waste fashion design process. Beautifully illustrated interviews with high-profile, innovative designers, including Winifred Aldrich, Rickard Lindqvist and Yeohlee Teng, show the stunning garments produced by zero waste fashion design.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverFashion’s front line : fashion show photography from the runway to backstage / photographs by Niall McInerney ; written by Nilgin Yusuf ; art direction by Clive Crook.
“A visual journey through three decades of photographing fashion shows in Paris, Milan, London and New York, Fashion’s front line showcases dazzling images taken by long-serving runway photographer Nial McInerney, whose life’s work has been painstakingly preserved and made available. This book captures many rare and never-before-seen images of iconic moments on the runway as well as famous faces on the front row and the buzzing atmosphere backstage.” (from dust jacket)

Syndetics book coverPrinted textile design / Amanda Briggs-Goode.
“This book explains the fundamentals of printed textile design, from design brief through to the completed collection, and introduces the basics of color, drawing, composition, and repeat with a series of step-by-step exercises and examples. Printed Textile Design helps to demystify the design process and provides an invaluable guide to the study and practice of textile design. The book includes case studies of designers working in both the fashion and interiors sectors. It covers hand and traditional print techniques and the latest digital print technologies, with specially commissioned photographs of the processes. All aspects of textile design are covered, from sustainability to manufacturing and marketing the finished product.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverV&A gallery of fashion / edited by Claire Wilcox and Jenny Lister.
“Spanning four centuries, the V&A’s fashion collection is the most compre­hensive in the world, housing unrivalled col­lections of dress, accessories, shoes, and hats from the 17th century to the present day. This concise volume perfectly encapsulates the collection, from rare 18th-century gowns and exquisite bodices to 1930s evening wear, post-war couture, and show-stopping ensembles by contemporary designers. Fashion couturiers represented include Charles Frederick Worth, Madeleine Vionnet, Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Mary Quant, Stephen Jones, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen.” (amazon.com)

Fashion and Beauty picks for February

This month’s fashion and beauty picks include Dita Von Teese’s long-awaited beauty guide and an up-close look at the modern dandy, as well as the historical concept of a dandy. We also have a new book on Ametora, which takes an interesting look at the relationship between Japanese and American fashion.

Syndetics book coverComing into fashion : a century of photography at Condé Nast / Nathalie Herschdorfer.
“This title, featuring the work of 85 great fashion photographers past and present, drawn from the Conde Nast archives in New York, Paris and Milan, illustrates the early work of such celebrated practitioners as Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn and David Bailey that have appeared in the pages of the company’s magazines.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYour beauty mark : the ultimate guide to eccentric glamour / Dita Von Teese with Rose Apodaca.
“In Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour, Dita and collaborator Rose Apodaca take you through every step of Dita’s glamour arsenal, and includes her confidantes–masters in makeup, hair, medicine, and exercise, as well as some of the world’s most eccentric beauties–for authoritative advice. Packed with sound nutrition and exercise guidance, skin care and scent insight, as well as accessible techniques for creating bombshell hairstyles and makeup looks and more, this inspiring resource shares the skills, history, and lessons you need to enhance your individual gifts and realize your own beauty mark.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArtist, rebel, dandy : men of fashion / [edited by] Kate Irvin, Laurie Anne Brewer.
“Artist/Rebel/Dandy celebrates the pleasures of the sharp-dressed man. A series of fascinating essays traces the often contradictory definitions and images of the dandy, the history of young men and their clothes in the long 19th century, the exquisite fabrics and tailoring that play an important role in dandy style, and the relationship of black dandyism and hip-hop. In addition, this book features fifteen musings on notable dandies written by individuals who share a kinship with their subject, including Patti Smith considering Charles Baudelaire; a reflection on Oscar Wilde by his grandson, Merlin Holland; Daniela Morera, formerly part of Andy Warhol’s Factory crowd, reminiscing about the artist’s image; and writer Philip Hoare describing the “thrift-shop dandyism” of director John Waters.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion designers that changed the world / Lauren Cochrane.
“In the world of fashion trends come and go, but the work of a small number of designers has survived to stand the test of time. From pioneers such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior to the era-defining figures of Alexander McQueen and Paul Smith, explore the stories and examine the work of the 50 most ingenious and influential designers in fashion history. With stunning photography illustrating the seminal designers, Fifty Fashion Designers That Changed The World is a collection of the most illustrious, innovative tastemakers the fashion world has ever seen.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Biba years : 1963-1975 / Barbara Hulanicki and Martin Pel.
“A revealing look at the fashion revolution of the 1960s and ’70s through the groundbreaking hip and now-legendary London emporium Biba, this book looks at “the most beautiful store in the world.” Biba, founded in 1963 by designer Barbara Hulanicki, quickly gained cult status and outgrew several locations before the five-story “Big Biba” opened in 1973. More than a store, it was a haven of cool for artists, movie stars, and rock musicians. This book tells the story of the Biba decade, and how the label revolutionized retail and fashion culture. With a wealth of previously unpublished material, including full-color facsimiles of the six luxurious Biba catalogs and archival photographs, The Biba Decade looks at the first retailer to bring affordable fashion to young consumers. Stunning new photography documents the unique Biba look, and the designer and her contemporaries offer their personal insights.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmetora : how Japan saved American style = Ametora : Nihon ga Amerika sutairu o sukutta monogatari / W. David Marx.
“Look closely at any typically “American” article of clothing these days, and you may be surprised to see a Japanese label inside. From high-end denim to oxford button-downs, Japanese designers have taken the classic American look–known as ametora , or “American traditional”–and turned it into a huge business for companies like Uniqlo, Kamakura Shirts, Evisu, and Kapital. In Ametora , cultural historian W. David Marx traces the Japanese assimilation of American fashion over the past hundred and fifty years, showing how Japanese trendsetters and entrepreneurs mimicked, adapted, imported, and ultimately perfected American style, dramatically reshaping not only Japan’s culture but also our own in the process.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEmerging fashion designers 5 / Sally Congdon-Martin.
“In this newest edition to a series, Emerging Fashion Designers 5 continues to be a platform for the next generation of young designers, exhibiting original designs by more than 50 recent graduates from 13 premier fashion design programs in the United States. More than 250 images showcase the designers’ fresh perspectives on lingerie, sportswear, menswear, children’s wear, evening wear, and more. The wide range of work in this anthology is augmented with a brief dossier on each young designer, including inspiration and materials. This easy to navigate resource has garments organized alphabetically by school and indexed graphically by designer. It is an essential reference to the newest talent and trends in fashion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion’s who’s who show you how to make life beautiful / Camila Morton.
“Make biscuits with Manolo Blahnik or customise your bike with Paul Smith. Let Charlotte Olympia put a spring in your step and turn a magazine into a millinery with Stephen Jones. Fashion a Bella Freud jumper or a Topshop Tee, make a Faberge egg and dress up like Henry Holland. Let Michael Howells and Christian Lacroix help you create a drama and Nick Knight a cup of tea. Turn on your imagination and make life beautiful. Make Life Beautiful provides a unique glimpse into some of style’s most creative minds with full-colour pictures throughout and a personal introduction from the designers to each of the projects. Craft has never been so fashionable.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHollywood and the Ivy look / Graham Marsh and Tony Nourmand.
“Back by popular demand, this stunning new Evergreen Edition of the worldwide best-seller delivers a pictorial celebration of the look and attitude of ‘Ivy’. From the button-down hip of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Anthony Perkins to the preppy sensibilities of Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman; the understated but carefully selected components of The Ivy Look didn’t shout ‘look at me’ but instead gave off an image of approachable correctness and laid back confidence. Exhaustively compiled, this coffee table volume takes an in-depth look at how ‘Ivy’ established itself.” (Syndetics summary)


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