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.

Become a fashion design star!

This month, we have a treat for students of fashion design and for budding designers! We have a range of new books explaining how to crack into the ever-challenging fashion industry, from books on fashion illustration to books on how to put a collection together. We also have a hit of Hollywood glamour, along with beautiful fashion photography from the likes of Eugene Vernier and Jonathan Becker. Crafters can delight in our latest guide to blinging out your own clothing, and fans of Kate Spade New York can pore through page after page of pure inspiration. Whatever your fashion fixation is, this month’s new books are sure to get you swooning!

Syndetics book cover9 heads : a guide to drawing fashion / Nancy Riegelman.
“A modern guide to fashion drawing for all levels of student. Effective fashion drawings must be clear, accurate, realistic, and attractive. 9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion provides a simple and effective system for learning to create drawings with these qualities. The text teaches how to acquire the techniques, skills, and knowledge needed to make realistic fashion figures to serve as firm foundations for fashion design sketches. Riegelman also covers the fashion topics, terminology, and current trends that design students need to be familiar with, and provides over a thousand new examples of contemporary drawings to inspire students in their work.” – adapted from Global Books in Print.

“Designing a final degree collection is a fashion student’s first chance to approach the reality of the industry. This handbook provides a step-by-step guide to creating this collection, with each chapter exploring a different stage of the project: from understanding the brief and identifying the market to research, development, and sampling, through to garment design, range planning, and styling and presentation. The book will be accompanied by a CD containing 15 additional student case studies”. – adapted from Amazon.com

Syndetics book coverBlue is the new black : the 10 step guide to developing and producing a fashion collection / Susie Breuer.
“Blue is the New Black
demystifies the process of how to make a fashion collection, and is accessible for all levels. Its an A to Z of the whole fashion process from development to production. A reference guide, a buddy, and a bible of who, what, and where” – adapted from Global Books in Print.

Syndetics book coverA to Z of Hollywood style / compiled by Sinty Stemp.
“A to Z of Hollywood Style brings together style advice from the good, the bad and the beautiful to explore the allure of some of the world’s best-loved film stars: Alfred Hitchcock on elegance, Sophia Loren on sex appeal and Edith Head on how to make a woman more beautiful. This book includes the opinions of critics, designers and film directors, as well as the actors themselves. Including Joan Crawford’s five fashion rules and Marlene Dietrich’s tips for dressing on a budget, A to Z of Hollywood Style is packed full of stylish tips for would-be starlets, or simply those who long for a more glamorous age.” (Catalogue summary)

Syndetics book coverVernier : fashion, femininity & form / essays by Robin Muir and Becky E. Conekin ; edited by Alistair C. Layzell.
“Eugene Vernier (1920-2011) worked as a fashion photographer for British Vogue from 1954 to 1967, during one of the most exciting periods in fashion history. Shooting of-the-moment looks from the likes of Christian Dior and Emilio Pucci and top models including Celia Hammond, Jean Shrimpton, and current Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, Vernier worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Yet he was relatively unconcerned with celebrity. Interested only in bringing out the very best in each frame, Vernier was a true craftsman in the fashion photography trade.” – adapted from Amazon.com

Syndetics book coverkate spade new york : things we love : twenty years of inspiration, intriguing bits and other curiosities / [editors, Deborah Aaronson, Rebecca Kaplan].
“Within the four walls of kate spade new york, personal style is applauded and cultural curiosity is encouraged. Long before the days of pinboards and social sharing, the brand’s in-house creative team began amassing a collection of things we love on their website: a crayon ring, a cocktail doodle, a particularly dreamy photograph. People began visiting and chiming in with suggestions. Now, the things we love have come to life in celebration of the brand’s 20th anniversary. Each of the book’s 20 chapters is filled with things we love—from the color red to a well-placed bow to a sense of humor and handwritten notes. Part visual diary, part inspirational reference and sprinkled throughout with playful tips and practical advice, things we love is a beautiful compilation that visually represents the spirit of kate spade new york—a place where the colors are bold, smart design is key and fashion is fun” – adapted from Amazon.com

Syndetics book cover30 years at Vanity Fair / Jonathan Becker.
“Over three decades with Vanity Fair, Jonathan Becker has photographed some of the most fascinating characters from the rarefied worlds of art, literature, politics, pop culture, and society, capturing the personality and individuality of the subjects he celebrates. Assignments for the magazine have dispatched Becker far and wide—from the Amazonian jungle to Buckingham Palace.”- adapted from Amazon.com

Syndetics book coverThe big-ass book of bling / by Mark Montano.
“A fun, flashy, and sassy book for beginner and expert crafters alike–with more than 150 new projects that will add pizzazz to everything from jewelry to tote bags! Now more than ever, most of us are scaling back on shopping sprees and holding on to things longer than usual. But we still need ways to liven up last season’s dress or add some sparkle to our everyday shoes. But how? No need for fancy tools or expensive supplies–Mark Montano presents this beautifully illustrated book that’s jam-packed with more than 150 easy-to-make projects. Featuring simple, step-by-step instructions for each project, The Big-Ass Book of Bling includes everything from ornate shoe clips to rhinestone-studded cuffs to flashy headbands–anything and everything that needs a little sprucing up. So “bling it on” and see how dazzling you can be!”– Provided by publisher.

WOW… What a show!

As you’ll know, Wellington is fully glammed up for the World of WearableArt shows that have been on this month. Although the shows have officially finished for this year, it’s not too late for you to enjoy the creative spirit of the show! The store window-dressing competition is on and the winners have been announced, but the store windows are still dressed up in all their finery and are well worth a look. Window maps are available from participating stores.

Also, if the recycled fashion extravaganza has spiked your interest in recycled fashion, or in the WOW  story and art, we have some great books for you!

Syndetics book coverThe World of WearableArt / photography by Craig Potton, Martin de Ruyter, Neil Price.
One of the most interesting cultural phenomena in New Zealand over the past 15 years has been the spectacular success of the World of Wearable Art. This is an annual competition and award show that explores the intersection between fashion and art, through a genre popularly known as wearable art. This unique event has encouraged an explosion of creative activity, inspiring a wide range of fashion designers, artists, costume makers and other craft artists from all over the world to participate. The garments are constructed from an extraordinary array of materials – car parts, wood shavings, zips, silk, potato chip packets, seaweed, slices of toast, old telephone parts, paper clips, corrugated iron, gloves, feathers – the list is endless. The book features photographs of the wearable garments from the last 15 years of the World of Wearable Art awards and shows. – (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverOff the wall : the World of WearableArt/ photography by Martin de Ruyter, Neil Price, Rohit Chawla and Daniel Rose.World of Wearable Art
“All new photos of garments from the last two shows, as well as new photos of some of the most extraordinary award-winning entries from the last decade”-Cover.

Syndetics book coverDIY fashion / [Selena Francis Bryden].
“DIY Fashion is a cool, quirky, and creative guide to making and customizing your own clothes, bags, and accessories. It contains more than 40 thrifty, sustainable, and stylish projects, none of which require prior skill or a sewing machine. From customized hand-me-downs to elegant evening wear, the book is packed with ideas that the reader can adapt to their own taste.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDIY style : find fashion you love and do it yourself / Jenni Radosevich.
“Radosevich collects some of her best ideas from the monthly do-it-yourself fashion column she writes for InStyle Magazine noting that “instead of breaking the bank for the trend du jour” readers can “grab some simple supplies and re-create it for less.” Here, the ideas definitely tend to the trendy and cheap, taking inspiration from celebrities on the red carpet or from designers’ Fashion Week. Pink feather earrings, a dress bleached with a chopstick design, and checkered sunglasses are just three of the well-illustrated projects that employ craft and dollar store finds to yield a cute reward. It must be noted, however, that the products as made here are unlikely to hold up for long: ribbon is glued (not sewn) to make a Chanel-style jacket, while a sheer scarf shirt really needs better sewing skills than illustrated to stay together. Radosevich does say that these creations are of-the-moment and require dry cleaning, but just a bit more skill would give them greater staying power and lower cost to maintain. Still, this is a snazzy book with lots of projects for thrifty fashionistas.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverNew dress a day:the ultimate DIY guide to creating fashion dos from thrift-store don’ts.
“GO FROM THRIFT-SHOP CHEAP TO RUNWAY CHIC EACH AND EVERY DAY! Based on her wildly popular blog of the same name, guerrilla seamstress Marisa Lynch shows you how to easily (and affordably!) transform your wardrobe from frumpy to fabulous! With just a snip here and a stitch there, your basement bargains will rival anything in designer collections. Yes, with a little imagination – and DIY tools like needles, thread, and safety pins – you too can update an outdated castoff. Inside you’ll discover how to ace the sewing basics (remember: safety first!), create DIY designer look-alikes, cut Flashdance-inspired sweatshirts, make an old, tired muumuu a smashing must-have, give bridesmaid dresses a second life, dye your way to a vibrant new wardrobe, whip up accessories in seconds and style the same dress seven different ways! Complete with colorful before-and-after photos, fun sidebars, and even a groovy sewing song playlist to get you in the zone, New Dress a Day proves that you don’t need a sewing machine or a big budget to turn unfashionable trash into stylish treasure.” (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverDIY fashionista:40 recycling, upcycling and crafty projects.
“This volume allows you to re-create the most coveted looks and catwalk trends yourself by doing projects that are professional-looking, inexpensive to make and reuse items you already have or can easily source from markets or secondhand stores.”  (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)