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)

October Fashion and Beauty: “We’re going to Mood!”

“Designers, we’re going to Mood!” Every keen Project Runway watcher will be excited to hear that we have a brand new book about New York’s ultimate fabric mecca, made famous by Tim Gunn on TV’s Project Runway. The Mood guide to fabric and fashion gives every sewer essential fabric know-how, produced by Mood’s experts. This year’s wedding season is kicked off with a brand new book of beautiful couture wedding gowns, and we have a new book about the ever-popular nautical style, just in time for our summer and spring wardrobes. Our collection of street style books also continues to grow, with new editions on Sydney and London’s East End. And find out what it’s really like to attend the hottest fashion shows – from the back row. Bon appétit!

Syndetics book coverCouture wedding gowns / Marie Bariller ; translated from the French by Willard Wood.
“The couture wedding gown–a fashion show’s grand finale–marks the pinnacle of a designer’s creativity for the season. Consequently, these dresses offer particular insight into the designer’s creative process. Couture Wedding Gowns presents a collection of extraordinary dresses designed by some of the most respected designers from the 20th century to today. Profiling designers from Alexander McQueen to Zuhair Murad, Marie Bariller reveals what the wedding gown represents for each of them. With exclusive interviews, in-depth analysis, and detailed descriptions of the signature dresses accompanied by lavish photography and hand-drawn illustrations, the book offers insight into the artistic vision of their creators.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFear and clothing : unbuckling American style / Cintra Wilson.
“Cintra Wilson takes her celebrated eye for style on the road, traveling around the “belt regions” of the United States. She tackles the fashion choices of scantily clad clubgoers on South Beach, unpacks the altogether impractical clothing choices at the Sundance Festival in Utah, and digs beneath the sartorial armor of politicians and their wives in Washington, DC. In this smart and rollicking book, Wilson illustrates how every closet is a declaration of the owner’s politics, sexuality, class, education, hopes, and dreams.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEast End fashionistas. Anthony Webb.
“Multicultural, adjacent to London’s wealthy financial district, home to artists and designers of all stripes, London’s East End neighborhood is alive with creative possibility. Not unlike the denizens of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, its inhabitants exhibit a highly individual sense of style, in keeping with their environment. Anthony Webb’s exhilarating portraits capture the expressive characters who populate the East End. His full-color shots portray hundreds of self-fashioned individuals flaunting remarkably creative personal style… this book encapsulates the avant-garde spirit of a new urban counterculture taking not just London but all major urban centers by storm.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSydney street style / Vicki Karaminas, Justine Taylor and Toni Johnson-Woods ; photography by Kate Disher-Quill.
“Style is predominantly an individual matter–the way people put themselves together creates a sense of individual identity–but collectively it creates a sense of common culture in a community, a city, or a country. Geographically isolated from the fashion hubs of Paris and New York, Australia may not yet be synonymous with style. Sydney Street Style depicts the style of this less-explored fashion capital. Beautifully assembled and packed with full color photos of the stylish and eclectic residents of Sydney, this book will be a welcome addition to the library of any fashionista or armchair traveller.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Mood guide to fabric and fashion : the essential guide from the world’s most famous fabric store / editor, Melanie Falick ; foreword by Tim Gunn ; photography by Johnny Miller.
“”Designers, we’re going to Mood!” More than 10 years ago, Tim Gunn and Project Runway introduced millions of viewers to New York’s ultimate fabric mecca, Mood Fabrics. The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion is the ultimate guide for home-sewers, fashion students, aspiring designers, and Project Runway fans who want to learn everything they need to know to choose and use quality fabric. Drawing upon the expertise of the Mood staff, the book teaches readers the fundamentals–from where fabric is produced to the ins and outs of its construction–and features a fabric-by-fabric guide to cottons and other plant fibers, wools, silks, knits, and other specialty fabrics.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTales from the back row : an outsider’s view from inside the fashion industry / Amy Odell.
“Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell knows what it’s really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry. In Tales from the Back Row, Amy–funny and fearless–takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers. As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang’s ripped tights and Marchesa’s Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility-reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNautical chic / Amber Jane Butchart.
“From the modernist elegance of Coco Chanel to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s punk-fuelled pirates, the appeal of nautical dress has cut a sartorial swathe for over two centuries. But how did garments such as the blue and white fishermans top and peacoat cross over from uniform and workwear into fashionable dress? In Nautical Chic, the first and only book to look at the history of high fashion on the high seas, fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart traces the relationship between maritime dress and the fashionable wardrobe, uncovering stories, tracking the trends, and tracing the evolution of the style back to its roots in our seafaring past.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Fashion Fame: New fashion and beauty for May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Champagne Supernovas: November’s new fashion and beauty choices

Clear your reading pile – we have some great new books on fashion and beauty to choose from this month! Get your street style fix, as well as some fresh style tips, from Refinery29 and learn some simple but effective new makeup tricks from The Daily Face. Relive famous fashion moments with fashion illustrator Megan Hess’ new book The Dress, and read all about the famed lives and times of Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs during the 90s in Champagne Supernovas. Our Vogue On series also continues to grow, with new additions about Ralph Lauren as well as Audrey Hepburn’s beloved Hubert Givenchy. So much to choose from!

Syndetics book coverRefinery29 : style stalking / Christene Barberich + Piera Gelardi.
“Get set to build your best ever wardrobe featuring the hardest-working looks from around the globe with Refinery29–the world’s leading style destination–as their editors break down the essentials of the everyday chic, straight from the street. What transforms a look from on-trend to trendsetting? Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi deconstruct their favorite outfits to reveal what trailblazing looks like on the real-life fashion front, including how to wear modern metallics, mixed prints, everyday ladylike, tomboy chic, lots of layers, and more. Includes clever tips such as wearing one piece in three fresh ways, building blocks for discovering your own signature style, and updating your closet each season.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe daily face : 25 makeup looks for day, night, and everything in between! / Annamarie Tendler ; photographs by Justin Ouellette.
“Makeup artist Annamarie Tendler’s Daily Face feature on her hugely popular Tumblr blog has inspired hundreds of thousands of followers. Now in her first book, she takes readers around the clock with 25 easy-to-achieve looks for everything from an afternoon first date to a retro-glam cocktail party or a sultry smoky-eyed late night. She even throws in some head-turning costume ideas. It’s all about personal expression. Step-by-step photos make it easy for anyone (even the makeup challenged) to follow along.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe dress : 100 iconic moments in fashion / Megan Hess.
“From Ms Hepburn’s elegant black shift to Lady Gaga’s meat gown, The Dress relives the marvellous and unforgettable dresses of fashion: think Liz Hurley’s safety-pin ensemble, Princess Di’s neverending wedding dress, or that unforgettable white halter sported by Marilyn in The Seven Year Itch. Megan Hess’ fabulous illustrations celebrate a collection of frocks that take readers on a decadent romp through fashion history, from the haute to the hot. This is a compendium of gowns that have captured a moment in history, the spirit of a generation and the indefinable energy of a fashion icon, and an exploration of why they continue to resonate with audiences, decades on.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChampagne supernovas : Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s renegades who remade fashion / Maureen Callahan.
“The 1990s were all about fashion and Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen were the trio of rebel geniuses who made it great. Each had an amazing talent and each had demons that would jeopardize that same talent. Collectively, they represented a ‘moment’ in fashion and pop culture that upended everything that had come before it. Maureen Callahan explores a particular, pivotal time – the moment when the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, the alternative became the mainstream, and Gen X took over the reins of power in the fashion industry – through the lives of three people who would become both fashion icons and cautionary tales of the era.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPretty honest / Sali Hughes ; photographs by Jake Walters.
“A witty, wise and truthful beauty handbook for real women on what works in real life from Sali Hughes, beloved journalist and broadcaster. Covering everything from teenage skin to that milestone 80th birthday, botox to no-botox, celebration to grief, Sali Hughes, leading journalist and broadcaster, shows real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers in a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – whilst employing a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHubert de Givenchy / Drusilla Beyfus.
“The handsome, aristocratic Hubert de Givenchy blended the hallowed traditions of haute couture with a modern sensibility. For 40 years he focused always on purity of line, but combined an artist’s eye with a keen entrepreneurial mind. His innovative 1952 debut collection made its mark by presenting separates, then a little-known approach to fashion. This book examines his career.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRalph Lauren / Kathleen Baird-Murray.
“Ralph Lauren’s designs vividly embody the American Dream and he has risen to become his country’s foremost fashion designer. His visionary ability has created a multi-billion-dollar brand, still very successful almost 50 years on. His genius lies in his innate skill for interpreting key cultural elements of Americana – whether folk art, or the world of polo-playing Hamptons’ socialites, or Navajo motifs – and encapsulating them in appealing garments.” (Syndetics summary)

Fashion Matters: New beauty and fashion books for June

We have a few treats for you in our new fashion and beauty books this month! If you are looking to try out some new hairstyles, we have a brand new book packed with ideas and techniques to help you achieve different looks (no cut or colour required). We also have tips on dressing like a movie star on an extra’s budget (yes, really) and a style bible dedicated to everyone’s favourite fashion staple – blue jeans. We have some hot new cyclist style and, if you’ve ever felt fickle/materialistic/shallow/all of the above for loving fashion and clothes, we have a new book that explains why it all matters – guilt be gone!

Syndetics book coverA denim story : inspirations from boyfriends to bellbottoms… / by Emily Current, Meritt Elliott & Hilary Walsh.
“This style bible is a chic and sexy look at the myriad possibilities of blue jeans, the classic and ever-evolving fashion essential. A Denim Story showcases timeless images of blue jean style. Featuring such icons as Marilyn Monroe, Patti Smith, Jane Birkin, and Kate Moss, as well as dreamy inspiration boards from the authors’ own work, this volume is full of ideas and inspirations.” (library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverSeven Sisters style : the all-American preppy look / Rebecca C. Tuite.
“The first beautifully illustrated volume exclusively dedicated to the female side of preppy style by American college girls. The Seven Sisters-a prestigious group of American colleges, whose members include fashion icons such as Katharine Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ali MacGraw, and Meryl Streep-perfected a flair that spoke to an aspirational lifestyle filled with education, travel, and excitement. Their style, on campus and off, was synonymous with an intelligence and American grace that became a marker of national pride and status all over the world.” (abridged from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverGlamorous by George : the key to creating movie-star style / George Kotsiopoulos.
“Offers easy-to-achieve steps for looking like a movie star, combining practical advice and no-nonsense observations for all ages and income levels in areas ranging from clothing and accessories to body types.” (library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverNew York bike style / Sam Polcer ; foreword by Casey Neistat.
“Together, these striking images create the ultimate style guide for anyone who pedals their way through the Big Apple. America may be a nation obsessed with automobiles, but today the bicycle is giving the car a run for its money. And while New York is just one of many cities that is implementing new bike friendly policies, the local cyclist population stands out as one of the most diverse, inventive, and stylish in the world. New York Bike Style celebrates this with full-page photographs of riders and their bikes. Whether they’re pedaling to work or play, racing with a club, or out for a lazy ride, New York Bike Style pays photographic tribute to a city in love with biking in all its forms.” (abridged from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverWhy fashion matters / Frances Corner.
“This eclectic volume by Corner shows how fashion impacts economies, cultures, and individuals. Corner provides a comprehensive view of fashion not only as a multi-billion dollar industry, but also as a form of beauty and creativity. She acknowledges fashion’s dark side as well: models with eating disorders, a lack of diversity in the industry, ecological concerns, and other issues. While covering a wide range of topics, the well-designed compact volume is organized into 101 self-contained reflections that weave anecdotes from Corner’s life and career with her views on today’s trends. More than an industry primer, the book offers a thoughtful and learned portrait of fashion and its effect on the world.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe hairstyle directory : the ultimate, practical guide to creating classic & modern styles / Christina Butcher.
“From elaborate “up-dos” to casual braids, inspirational hairstyles continue to populate fashion blogs, Pinterest boards, and style magazines everywhere. However, this popularity belies a gaping lack of consolidated and authoritative advice on the techniques required to create these styles, and so the Hair Style Directory presents a comprehensive resource that identifies the practical techniques to create over 80 hairstyles. The Hair Style Directory is aimed at the many people out there who love to experiment with their hair and are either on the look-out for new styles or wish to find inspiration to play with and embellish styles they already know and love. The accompanying step-by-step tutorials then give the reader the instructions they need to replicate that style.” (abridged from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverChloé : attitudes / text, Sarah Mower ; creative direction, Marc Ascoli.
“This handsome volume chronicles the rise of the fashion house Chloé, a crucible of creativity for some of fashion’s most notable designers. The fashion brand Chloé may be sixty years old, but she still exudes a youthful elegance and femininity. As the first high-end Paris fashion house to sell exclusively ready-to-wear clothing, Chloé has since redefined its look for the modern woman with flattering colors, quality materials, and a series of must-have It bags. Chloé started in 1952 when Gaby Aghion invented the revolutionary idea of luxury prêt-à-porter, taking the craftsmanship of haute couture and making it available to a wider audience. Her focus on the beautiful yet wearable gave the line currency with chic young women.” (Library catalogue)

Pure Glamour: New fashion and beauty books for February

I hope you’re all feeling glamorous!! Because our selection of new fashion and beauty books this month is nothing if not glamorous; we have a whole book dedicated to shoes (swoon), as well as big, beautiful books documenting Christian Dior, Paul Smith and the essence of French style. We also have your guide to gentlemen’s fashion, and an illustrated history of luxury fashion brands. We have Collette Dinnigan’s new book, and also an anthology of rock and roll fashion photographs that aren’t to be missed.

Syndetics book coverFor the love of shoes / edited by Patrice Farameh.
“Women have long realized that cool shoes do not only complement the outfit, they are the whole point. From Cinderella to Carrie, we have all fallen head over heels for the right pair-and to hell with cost or comfort! This book explores the outer realms of avant-garde shoe design. Unfettered by commercialism, these pioneering designers give full rein to their artistic visions. These zany pieces contain an array of extraordinary forms and materials. With influences ranging from Las Vegas pizzazz and arcane tribal relics to contemporary architecture, it may be difficult to distinguish between fun footwear and conceptual sculpture.” (amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverJohn Varvatos : rock in fashion / John Varvatos with Holly George-Warren.
“In John Varvatos, the legendary designer reveals his perspective on how rock & roll music and style have influenced his own designs and fashion worldwide. Varvatos’s personally curated collection of more than 250 images are some of the most provocative ever shot by top rock photographers from the late 1960s to today, from the Rolling Stones to the Kings of Leon. Also included are select images from Varvatos’s own advertising campaigns. Every chapter also contains numerous quotes from the musicians themselves, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Jack White, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Steven Tyler, and Patti Smith. An extraordinary anthology of some of the finest images in rock & roll and the most influential rock looks in fashion and popular culture.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverDior glamour : photographs from 1952 to 1962 / Mark Shaw ; foreword by Lee Radziwill ; text by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni.
“A collection of the lavish and iconic gowns of Christian Dior, from the 1950s and 1960s, captured by the legendary photographer Mark Shaw. Iconic photographer Mark Shaw documented the ultra-exclusive Parisian fashion world, focusing on Paris’s long-standing top couturier Christian Dior. This lavish volume embodies the glamour of that time, from rare moments of Christian Dior during fittings to editorial-style photographs of models, socialites, and actresses posing in Dior’s ballgowns, day suits, and haute couture collections. With an eye for intimacy and opulence, this book features more than 200 color and black-and-white photographs, many never published before, having only recently been found in a secret vault by his estate.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHello, my name is Paul Smith : fashion and other stories / by Paul Smith, Deyan Sudjic and Donna Loveday ; edited by Alan Aboud.
“This handsome volume celebrates over forty years of the playful and trendsetting English fashion brand and retailer Paul Smith. Always in fashion, Paul Smith perfected a classic style that exudes a sense of English tradition combined with humor, playfulness, and mischief. This marriage of sophistication and the unexpected has given birth to a style and identity that forty years and many collections later remains charming, personable, and effortlessly hip. Using hand-drawn designs, archival photographs, gorgeous original photography, and engaging essays, this colorful catalog weaves together a compelling visual tale of Paul Smith s prestigious projects and creative processes from behind-the-scenes to on the streets that built this multifaceted empire of cool.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverObsessive creative / Collette Dinnigan.
“In this much-anticipated book, renowned fashion designer and icon Collette Dinnigan provides an intimate insight into her life and work. In this sumptuous volume jam-packed with hundreds of photographs of the clothes on and off the runway, sketches, watercolors, and images from the designers personal albums.” (amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverLuxury fashion : a global history of heritage brands / Caroline Cox ; foreword by Cameron Silver.
“Luxury brands are not about banal retro styling or taking refuge in past glories; they are brands with a heritage that still chimes with contemporary culture. Luxury Fashion is a unique tribute to the world’s most hallowed fashion brands. Glossy and highly informative, it provides in-depth feature portraits of fifty of the finest luxury fashion brands (renowned heritage labels and hidden gems) as well as an essential directory of a further 150 brands, which includes details of key items and where to find them. Each featured brand is beautifully illustrated, with historical and contemporary images, evoking the story of how artisans from all over the world have created objects of desire that have endured because of their superb quality, superior craftsmanship and timeless design appeal.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverThe art of being a woman : my mother, Schiaparelli, and me / Patricia Volk.
“Patricia Volk’s glittering memoir, written with charm, panache and wit, juxtaposes the lives of two women – the iconoclastic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and the author’s own mother – to tell the story of how young Patricia fashioned herself into a woman. Patricia Volk’s mother Audrey was an upper-middle class New Yorker, a great beauty, a perfectionist, and a polished hostess who believed in women doing things the proper way. The iconoclastic Italian fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, on the other hand, never found a rule she didn’t want to break. For Patricia, who read Schiap’s ‘scandalous’ autobiography, Shocking Life, at a tender age, these two women offered fabulously contrasting lessons in everything from fashion, make-up, lingerie, family and entertaining, to love, sex, superstition and gambling – lessons that would stay with her for the rest of her life.” (amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverFrench style / Bérénice Vila Baudry.
“French Style Berenice Baudry was born in Argentina and raised in France. She was a fellow of the Ecole Normale Superieure where she studied French and Spanish literature, and received her doctorate from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. After living four years in Spain, she currently resides in New York and teaches at Columbia University.” (amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverQuintessentially gentleman / head of editorial and writer, Nathalie Bradbury.
“Quintessentially Gentleman is a luxury guidebook for the sartorially savvy man. This edition explores some of the biggest fashion brands as well as the most exclusive bespoke tailors and craftsmen and readers can discover the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of lifestyle etiquette. Be it the finest cut suit, a fashion-forward branded anorak or traditional tweeds for a country weekend, Quintessentially Gentleman will reveal surprising insights into the most respected and admired names in industry.” (Publisher’s website)

New year fashion reads

Diana Vreeland is back! Hot on the heels of her biographical DVD, The Eye has to Travel, comes a hot new volume of Vreeland’s correspondence relating to America’s most prestigious and in-demand fashion mag – Vogue. I can’t wait for my reserve to come through on this one – place yours now!! January’s new books also bring a sneak peek into fashion designers’ sketchbooks, as well as their own homes. If the new year has you itching for a new wardrobe, check out our new book Recycled Chic for some tips on reinvigorating your existing wardrobe. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverMemos : the Vogue years, 1962-1971 / Diana Vreeland ; edited by Alexander Vreeland.
“A look behind the scenes at Diana Vreeland’s Vogue, showing the legendary editor in chief in her own inimitable words. When Diana Vreeland became editor in chief of Vogue in 1963, she initiated a transformation, shaping the magazine into the dominant U.S. fashion publication. Vreeland rarely held meetings and communicated with her staff and photographers through memos dictated from her office or Park Avenue apartment. This extraordinary compilation of more than 250 pieces of Vreeland’s personal correspondence and memos that show the direction of some of Vogue’s most legendary stories. These display Vreeland’s irreverence and her characteristically over-the-top pronouncements and reveal her sharpness about the Vogue woman and what the magazine should be.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverJean Patou : a fashionable life / Emmanuelle Polle ; photographs by Francis Hammond ; translated from the French by Alexandra Keens.
“This illustrated monograph spans the life and career of haute couture designer Jean Patou during the apex of twentieth-century glamour. Drawing from previously unpublished family archives including vintage photos, diaries, hand-colored fashion sketches, fabric swatches, and contemporary photographs of his masterpieces, the volume offers unprecedented access into the rarefied world of Jean Patou and celebrates his significant contributions to the history of fashion.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverDior impressions : the inspiration and influence of impressionism at the House of Dior / edited by Florence Müller.
“Christian Dior grew up in Granville, in Normandy, in a natural environment similar to the setting favored by the Impressionist artists. Throughout his career, he designed dresses that show links with this art movement, such as the elegance seen in the Impressionist paintings, with subtle connections through common themes such as nature, light, color, and the notion of movement. Published to accompany the Impressions Dior exhibition presented at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France, this lavish volume features over 150 pieces of gorgeous art – including noted artworks by Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Manet – alongside a magnificent visual tour of Dior garments, from Christian Dior’s first designs to Raf Simons’s latest collection.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverVintage fashion & couture : from Poiret to McQueen / Kerry Taylor ; foreword by Hubert de Givenchy ; afterword by Christopher Kane.
“Profiled by Vogue and The New York Times and courted by style icons with wardrobes to sell and top designers in search of insipiration, Kerry Taylor is one of the world’s leading experts on vintage fashion and couture. In this lavishly illustrated book, Kerry tells the story of a century of fashion through the work of its key design talents and the memorable women who have worn their creations. All the fashion stars are here from Poiret to McQueen via Lanvin, Chanel, Schiparelli, Madame Grès, Dior, Balenciaga, Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, Vivienne Westwood, Alaïa, and Margiela.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverFashion designers’ sketchbooks. Two / Hywel Davies.
“Following the success of Fashion Designers’ Sketchbooks, this second volume shines a light on the work of a new line-up of major names in the fashion industry. Photographs, sketches, moodboards, line-ups, toiles, swatches and more all feed the creative processes that forge fashion designs, and here they are brought together to reveal how the final collections are conceived and developed. Juxtaposing the original research material and drawings with the garments shown on the catwalk and in lookbooks provides fresh insight into the working methods of leading international designers and the role of different media in creating their collections. Rick Owens, Clements Ribeiro and Marios Schwab are just some of the prominent designers featured.” (Llibrary catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe great fashion designers at home / Ivan Terestchenko.
“Some of the most important people in fashion, Chanel, Alaïa, Yves Saint Laurent, Pucci, Kenso, and Missoni are know for their public image and their iconic designs. But what kind of world have they cultivated behind closed doors? From France to Italy, from England to Morocco, come along on a private visit to the remarkable homes of couturiers, stylists, muses, and fashion personalities. Photographer Ivan Terestchenko shows the decor, works of art, and the personal collections of these legendary designers.” (Inside front cover)

Syndetics book coverRecycled chic / Amanda McKittrick.
“Take a creative plunge and explore the possibilities to refashion your wardrobe with these unique, yet simple, projects.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverLouis Vuitton city bags : a natural history / Jean-Claude Kaufmann, Ian Luna, Florence Müller, Mariko Nishitani, Colombe Pringle and Deyan Sudjic ; contributions by Rei Kawakubo, Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami.
“This volume is an unprecedented history of Louis Vuitton’s women’s bags, the most coveted line of accessories in women’s fashion. At the heart of Louis Vuitton are its City Bags, a range of women’s bags that dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. These bags have in a hundred years formally diversified into a dizzying array of handbags for every conceivable function demanded by the modern woman. Lavishly illustrated with new and archival photography, historical graphics, landmark editorials, and ad campaigns, the volume traces the history of these specific bag families, and examines the earliest specimens and today’s most sought-after collectibles.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverBlitz : as seen in Blitz : fashioning ’80s style / Iain R. Webb.
“1980s fashion and culture, as seen on the deeply influential pages of ‘BLITZ’, the pioneering ’80s style magazine.” (Library catalogue)

Luxurious fashion

This month, our new books have a focus on decadence and luxury. Revel in the luxury of Alexander McQueen or Balenciaga, or swoon over entire books of shoes, dresses and little black dresses. Alexa Chung’s book, It, is a real treat for the eyes and you can even plan your dream shopping trip to Paris! With our new fashion selections for December, you’ll have your Christmas wishlist sorted in no time.

Syndetics book coverThe complete book of shoes / Marta Morales.
“Every fashion season, designers create not only a clothing collection but also a full array of complementary footwear, sometimes working collaboratively with a shoe designer. The styles featured in Big Book of Shoes are direct from the runway. The book organizes shoes by designer, with an introductory paragraph about their work and in particular the shoes shown. Labels show the collection and season. Styles include sandals, flats, wedges, pumps, platforms, slingbacks, gravity-defying heels, boots and more. Big Book of Shoes is like a window-shopping trip down the chicest streets of the world’s fashion capitals. Large photographs display dozens of shoes in all their glory, their details vividly revealed. Hand stitches, leather grain, patent shine, suede softness. Leopard spots and alligator scales. Buckles and buttons, zippers and chain, studs and straps. Ribbons and bows. Anklets and cuffs. Fringes, feathers and fur. Silver, gold, copper, brass. Wood, acrylic, steel. The range of designs reveals the astonishing creativity and craftsmanship found at the highest levels of fashion.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverCristóbal Balenciaga / Susan Irvine.
“In 1936, Cristobal Balenciaga opened a fashion house in Paris, after fleeing the Spanish civil war; within a couple of seasons he had raised fashion to the level of art. Christian Dior called Balenciaga ‘the master of us all’, while Coco Chanel claimed that he alone was ‘a couturier in the truest sense of the word …the others are simply fashion designers’. In the Fifties he revolutionised women’s silhouette, experimenting with the semi-fitted shape, the sack dress, the cocoon and the babydoll. His innovative designs were famously easy to wear, with one diplomat’s wife quipping that she could play golf in her Balenciaga gown. In the Sixties, despite the waning power of couture, he created some of his most imaginative clothes, culminating in the bold, fluid lines of his last two collections. Always something of an enigma, he preferred to let his clothes speak for themselves. Vogue, the international fashion bible, has charted the careers of designers through the decades. Its unique archive of photographs, taken by the leading photographers of the day from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, and original illustrations, together with its stable of highly respected fashion writers, make Vogue the most authoritative and prestigious source of reference on fashion.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverLittle black dress / André Leon Talley ; photographs by Adam Kuehl.
“A celebratory tribute to the iconic little black dress and its deeply resonant cultural and social significance in the modern era … Features an impeccable group of more than 80 dresses from many of the most eminent fashion houses” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverYou are what you wear [electronic resource] : what your clothes reveal about you / Jennifer Baugartner.
“Most every woman has found herself with a closet full of too many clothes or surrounded by brand-new items that somehow never get worn. Instead she gets stuck wearing the same few familiar pieces from a wardrobe that just doesn’t feel “right”. Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner argues that all those things are actually manifestations of deeper life issues. What if you could understand your appearance as a representation of your inner unresolved conflicts and then assemble a wardrobe to match the way you wish to be perceived? In this fashion guide that is like no other, Dr. Baumgartner helps readers identify the psychology behind their choices, so they can not only develop a personal style that suits their identity but also make positive changes in all areas of life.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe hundred dresses : the most iconic styles of our time / Erin McKean ; illustrated by Donna Mehalko.
“Like any 100-best list, a book of iconic dresses invites potential quibbles with its selection criteria. Yet McKean and illustrator Mehalko have created a book so charming that any critic is completely disarmed. One of the dresses has to be the infamous curtain dress worn by Scarlett O’Hara, but McKean insightfully notes that “[t]he defining characteristic of the Scarlett O’Hara is not the fabric of the dress but the determination of the wearer.” Mehalko’s illustrations, which have an equal partnership with the text, evoke the whimsy of a Cher headdress that reminds us of the Oscar moment without being too specific. McKean defines some clear categories: single-moment dresses (The Mondrian, The J-Lo), universal dress shapes (The Sack, the Baby Doll Dress, dress “types”), and fashion moments that have become categories: “The Dorothy Dress is any dress in which you find yourself having an unexpected adventure.” “The Pretty Woman dress is any dress that serves both to hide one’s origins and to bring out some essential truth of character.” In all its delightful chattiness, the book has something intelligent to say about fashion as representation and nostalgia. As McKean writes: “You can use this book to help you decide what stories you want to embody.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverIt / Alexa Chung.
“Fashion muse, model, Fuse News cohost, and British “it girl” Chung’s first book is heavy on style and charm but light on substance. She brings would-be admirers (and current fans who follow her on street style blogs and social media) into her world with this combined style guide, memoir, and scrapbook. Filled with doodles, personal photos, lists, and discussions of her sources of inspiration, Chung lightly sketches a portrait of her universe in an engaging voice. The majority of the book is given to random musings about fashion, with Chung naming Annie Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow in the The Royal Tenenbaums, and Edie Sedgwick as just a few of her influences. Of Paltrow’s portrayal of Margot Tenenbaum, Chung muses, “I love her side-parted bob and preppy Lacoste dresses.” Elsewhere in the book, Chung offers odd pronouncements, such as, “How to rage: Get a balloon and a best friend. Go to a festival in a desert. Be 24.” Die-hard fans will no doubt embrace this slim, whimsical offering, or delight in receiving it as a gift.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverAlexander McQueen, working process / photographs by Nick Waplington.
“Documents the process behind the creation of the 2009 women’s ready-to-wear show ‘The Horn of Plenty!'” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverFashion insiders’ guide : Paris / Carole Sabas ; illustrated by Caroline Andrieu.
“The Fashion Insider’s Guide to Paris is a carefully curated compendium of the current hotspots, classic haunts and hidden gems of one of the world’s greatest fashion destinations.” (Library catalogue)

Spring-fresh fashion and beauty

If the start of the new season has made you feel the need for a fresh look, then let our new books help! Experiment with some new make up looks, or try out a detox especially aimed to emphasise your natural beauty. If fashion history is more your thing,we have books on European and UK fashion histories, including legendary French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and iconic British fashion brand Hardy Amies. Also, ogle divine designer jewellery pieces and find out all about contemporary fashion textiles – whatever your spring fashion and beauty fancy, there is a book for you among our new book picks for September.

Syndetics book coverFace to face : amazing new looks and inspiration from the top celebrity makeup artist / Scott Barnes with Alyssa Giacobbe.
“World-renowned makeup artist Scott Barnes aims to inspire you to express yourself, try new things, push the envelope and reach your full potential using the power of makeup.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe beauty detox foods : discover the top 50 beauty foods that will transform your body and reveal a more beautiful you / Kimberly Snyder.
“In her bestselling book, The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder—one of Hollywood’s top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts—shared the groundbreaking program that keeps her A-list clientele in red-carpet shape. Now you can get the star treatment with this guide to the top 50 beauty foods that will make you more beautiful from the inside out. Stop wasting your money on fancy, expensive beauty products and get real results, while spending less at your neighborhood grocery. With over 85 recipes that taste as good as they make you look, you can finally take charge of your health and beauty—one delicious bite at a time.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book cover50 years in fashion : the diaries & scrapbooks of a leading London designer / Caroline Charles.
Caroline Charles is one of London’s most respected womenswear designers and was one of the original designers to join what was later to become British Fashion Week.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverCarine Roitfeld : irreverent / edited by Olivier Zahm, Alex Wiederin.
“Karl Lagerfeld once said that if you close your eyes and imagine the ideal French woman, it would be Carine Roitfeld. She is a fashion visionary and a muse. Since the start of her career in the early 1990s, through her collaborations with the legendary photographer Mario Testino, Roitfeld has been credited with launching Tom Ford’s career at Gucci, as well as turning French Vogue into one of the industry’s most worshipped magazines.
Featuring a selection of 250 magazine tear sheets and covers from pivotal editorial shoots and advertising campaigns, as well as intimate visual ephemera, this book gives an inside view into Roitfeld’s creative thought process and sensibility.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHardy Amies / Michael Pick.
“Hardy Amies epitomized understated British couture, emphasizing the cut of fine materials by tailored construction. Untrained in dress-making, he achieved headlines in Vogue in 1937 with his ‘Panic’ suit, a reconstructed design of a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, wittily named to reflect current events. Evoking the glamour of pre-war London while meeting the demands of contemporary society’s activities – town to country, morning to night – Amies designs drew a star-studded clientele. The first post-war international designer to visit the USA, Amies’ luxurious style produced lucrative global business opportunities, including ready-to-wear, menswear shown as couture, and wide-ranging merchandising options.” (adapted from amazon.com_

Syndetics book coverKnitted, knotted, twisted, & twined : the jewelry of Mary Lee Hu / [foreword by Stefano Catalani].
“Over the past 40 years, Mary Lee Hu has affirmed her distinctive voice in the world of jewelry with her elegant, voluptuous creations. Hu’s apparently effortless and graceful creations, resulting from twining, weaving, knotting, and braiding, investigate both the possibilities and limits of wire by melding fiber art and jewelry, structure and pattern, light and line. Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, and Twined features exquisite earrings, rings, brooches, and neckpieces drawn from public and private collections internationally. The book traces the evolution and refinement of Hu’s processes and skill from her earliest experimental pieces in the late 1960s – capturing the spirit of a time when craft and lifestyle were so passionately intertwined – to the confidence and movement of her contemporary creations.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverFashion textiles now / Janet Prescott.
” Before the beautifully tailored men’s suit or the exquisite gown appears on the catwalk or in the store, the most important element comes into play–the place where fashion starts–the fabric. Behind the catwalks there is a whole hidden system which combines industry, glamour, high finance and above all, design. This book, written by textiles expert Janet Prescott, is a guide to all types of fashion fabrics from the traditional tweeds to luxury fabrics containing lapis lazuli and diamonds to the newest hi-tech textiles as well as recycled and eco fabrics. Do you know whether your underwear is made of crab shells? Could you be wearing milk and coffee? Can your T-shirt stop you from getting skin cancer? These are just a few of the intriguing questions the author addresses in her book. With information on where each fabric comes from, how it is made and its properties, Fashion Textiles Now provides a complete guide to fashion textiles.” (adapted from amazon.com)

May Fashion and Beauty

May’s fashion and beauty selections are a pure delight, with topics ranging from Vogue staffers, dressing fashionably for your own body and budget, as well as a guide to creating your own lovely threads at home! Our beauty collection has some exciting new additions, too, including books to help your hair and your whole lifestyle! Renew yourself for the coming winter with our new books for May.

Syndetics book coverThe Vogue factor / Kirstie Clements.
“In May 2012 Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously sacked after thirteen years in the editor’s chair at Vogue Australia. Here she tells the story behind the headlines, and takes us behind the scenes of a fast-changing industry. During a career at Vogue that spanned twenty-five years, Clements rubbed shoulders with Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue, Ian Thorpe, Crown Princess Mary, Cate Blanchett, and many more shining stars. From her humble beginnings growing up in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney to her brilliant career as a passionate and fierce custodian of the world’s most famous luxury magazine brand, Clements warmly invites us into her Vogue world, a universe that brims with dazzling celebrities, fabulous lunches, exotic locales and of course, outrageous fashion. Amidst the exhilaration and chaos of modern magazine publishing and the frenzied demands of her job, Clements is always steadfast in her dedication to quality. Above all, she is always Vogue.”– Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverDrape drape 3 / Hisako Sato.
“The follow-up to the cult Japanese draping books Drape drape and Drape drape 2, and the latest in the new series from Bunka Fashion College. It includes 15 stylish contemporary designs for dresses, skirts, tunics and blouses, with easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams that skilfully guide the reader to create draped garments step by step.”–Cover.

Syndetics book coverThe wow factor : insider style secrets for every body and every budget / by Jacqui Stafford.
“A style expert shares professional secrets on how to appear fashionable regardless of budget and body type, offering advice for identifying a personal style, making the most of an existing wardrobe, and knowing what trends to follow.”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverLove your hair : 24 easy-to-follow recipes for effortlessly sexy hair / Richard Kavanagh ; photographed by Steven Chee.
“How to create high-fashion hair styles at home, by top stylist Richard Kavanagh … has put together 24 recipes to show clearly and simply how to create a range of fabulous looks in your own home. Step-by-step instructions, with clear photos to make it easy, plus information on hair types, haircare, styling tools and much more. A stunning fashion book as well as a how-to guide”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverThe master of us all : Balenciaga, his workrooms, his world / Mary Blume.
“Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was deemed “‘master of us all'” by Christian Dior: by the age of 21 he dressed the queen of Spain, and in 1950, Harper’s Bazaar called him “the most elegant couturier in the world today.” In this intimate, enthusiastic, and lively first biography of the enigmatic designer, Blume (A French Affair) begins by chronicling Balenciaga’s rapid rise from his modest childhood in a Basque fishing village to his highly influential friendship with Paris designer Madeleine Vionnet, his early success in Spain, the establishment of the houses of Balenciaga in Madrid and Barcelona, and his departure in 1936 for Paris, where he presided over the third House of Balenciaga from 1937 to 1968. Though his designs were routinely described as “very Spanish,” Blume notes Balenciaga’s numerous other influences, including Japanese woodcuts and impressionist paintings, and insightfully contextualizes Balenciaga in relation to contemporaries Coco Chanel and Hubert de Givenchy. Blume, former culture columnist for the International Herald Tribune, writes with wit and aplomb; she was also a Balenciaga client, a fact that clearly informed the revealing and laudatory perspective shared with readers here. Photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe weekend makeover : get a brand new life by Monday morning / Jill Martin & Dana Ravich.
“Offers a collection of life-altering makeovers for body, mind, and spirit that can be accomplished in just 48 hours. From learning how to relax, to cleaning your refrigerator, you learn to tackle not only the nitty gritty details, but how to get the right mindset to make the changes stick. All it takes is one weekend to make, execute, and apply a foolproof plan to get life on track by Monday morning!”–Publisher information.