Be inspired: June Fashion and Beauty

There’s a great deal to choose from amongst June’s new fashion and beauty books. I am particularly excited about Kimono Now as well as Icons of Women’s Style – both are packed with amazing eye candy that will keep you entertained and inspired for hours. I’m also keen to get out Front Roe as I can never say no to a style guide! Additionally, we have three new books of fashion collections, featuring the fashion world’s biggest names and hottest labels, as well as Fern Mallis’ book of veeeeery personal interviews with the world’s style elite. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverFront Roe : how to be the leading lady in your own life / Louise Roe.
“Louise Roe knows style. It’s not about trends but about being your own person and sharing the things you love in your appearance, your home, and your personality. In Front Roe , Louise shares her expertise on cultivating personal style and feeling like a confident leading lady in your own life. Front Roe helps a woman discover her personal style through looks she loves–images in magazines that speak to her, quotes that inspire her, fashion or styles she is taken with, and family photos. Once the foundation is laid, Louise expands into the specifics of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, offering helpful advice from today and yesteryear on everything from finding the right underwear and buying vintage clothing, to picking the best perfume for you, and making your home a sanctuary.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion visionaries / Linda Watson
“Featuring 75 of the world’s most legendary designers, this book presents the story of fashion through the fascinating personal lives and innovative collections that have shaped the field over the past century. Arranged in a broadly chronological order, this compelling book outlines the impact that inventive individuals have had on the development of fashion. Combining stunning visuals of both exciting and rare designs with insightful text, this is an inspiring guide to the designers whose vision has forged new pathways in fashion design development and forever changed the way we dress today.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKimono now / Manami Okazaki.
“From the refined homes of Tokyo to the nightclubs of Kyoto; from gangster chic to Harajuku street style –this book shows how the kimono has continued to be one of Japan’s most exciting wardrobe elements. Comfortable, versatile, and easily adapted to reflect one’s personal style, the kimono is the perfect canvas from which to create a head-turning ensemble for any occasion. In Kimono Now, while exploring the origins and evolution of this traditional garment, Manami Okazaki explains how the once ubiquitous kimono disappeared from everyday life only to reappear as a fashion statement. Interviews with important industry figures reveal how this traditional dress is as relevant today as ever.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIcons of women’s style / Josh Sims.
“Behind nearly every item in the feminine wardrobe there is a first of its kind that has spawned countless others. While the definitive example–often created by a single–has achieved icon status, its various reinterpretations, season after season, have become fashion staples. Take Coco Chanel’s short, simple black dress first published in American Vogue in 1926, for instance. Vogue predicted that the LBD would become ‘a sort of uniform for all women of taste’ and, indeed, it proved to be one of Chanel’s greatest contributions to fashion. Icons of Women’s Fashion examines, item by item, the most influential and legendary garments and accessories – the stories of their design, the celebrities who made them famous, and the various ways they have shaped how women dress today.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion lives : fashion icons with Fern Mallis / foreword by Ralph Lauren.
“This revealing volume provides unprecedented access to master designers and industry leaders. No topic is off-limits to Fern Mallis when she hosts Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis at New York’s prestigious 92nd Street Y, a series of in-depth interviews with the fashion industry’s most talented, successful, and legendary personalities. These no-holds-barred interviews, combined with never-before-seen personal photographs from interviewees such as Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, Polly Mellen, Bruce Weber, and more bring a fascinating, compelling perspective to their work.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSacai : A to Z / introduction by Sarah Mower with texts by Amy Astley. [et al.] ; comic by Erica Sakurazawa.
“The first comprehensive and highly personal look into the work of Sacai, one of fashion’s most innovative and multidimensional houses. Founder and designer Chitose Abe began her career working for Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe at Comme des Garçons and has since perfected the collection of expressing her personal vision through fashion. Her ability to meld highly conceptual designs with timeless wearability has made Sacai one of the most sought-after brands in fashion today. Lavishly illustrated with over 200 photographs and in-depth essays by fashion journalists and collaborators, readers are given access for the first time into the world of Sacai.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover1000 fashion details.
“‘1000 Fashion Details’ is a complete compilation of international fashion collections where you’ll find a selection of the finest details, categorised into eight different chapters: collars, necklines, sleeves, waistbands, etc. Details convert fashion into a never-ending source of resources and have resulted in the distinction of unforgettable collections. Established designers and young talents from around the world reveal the magnificence of their individual haute couture techniques that they combine with innovative advances. An endless range of possibilities that will satisfy the expectations of the most curious and creative minds in search of the perfect detail.” (syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion designers that changed the world / Lauren Cochrane.
“One of two new titles in the Design Museum Fifty series published in conjunction with London’s prestigious Design Museum. 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 selected by the Design Museum in conjunction with Lauren Cochrane, Assistant Fashion Editor at the Guardian , Fifty Fashion Designers That Changed The World is a collection of the most illustrious, innovative taste-makers the fashion world has ever seen.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

NZIFF: Fashion Picks for August

This year’s New Zealand International Film Festival brings us two swoon-worthy fashion films – Dior and I and Yves Saint LaurentTo celebrate this auspicious occasion, we’ve compiled a selection of books and DVDs all about these two fashion greats for your perusal. With a selection of old favourites and glossy new titles, there’s something to suit everyone.

Syndetics book coverDior, the legendary images : great photographers and Dior / edited by Florence Müller ; preface by Jean-Paul Claverie ; English translation: Gail de Courcy-Ireland.
“Published to accompany the Dior and Fashion Photography exhibition presented at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France, this lavish volume presents a wealth of gorgeous photographs that bring the character of the couturier’s dresses to life, with each photographer interpreting them in his or her unique style. Legendary contributors include Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Henry Clarke, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi, Nick Knight, Ines Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Tim Walker, Willy Vanderperre, Patrick Demarchelier, and many more. Stunning, glamorous, and iconic, Dior and Fashion Photography exemplifies how the haute couture house transcended fashion to enter the realm of legend.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverYves Saint Laurent
“A dazzling portrait of Yves Saint Laurent and his world of fashion over the last twenty-five years of his career, by legendary pioneer of backstage fashion photography, Roxanne Lowit. Yves Saint Laurent is a name synonymous with style, elegance, and high fashion. When he came on the scene at Dior and then started his own line, he quickly changed the way people regardedhaute couture and the world of fashion itself. He revolutionized women’s eveningwear when he introduced le smoking, a woman’s tuxedo, and made couture accessible to a younger generation.Yves Saint Laurentis Roxanne Lowit’s personal photographic history of Saint Laurent, the man and the fashion, from 1978, the year she first met him, to the last show he gave in 2002. Lowit shares magical moments of YSL with the world–intimate, social, absorbed in fashion–and creates a unique portrait of this towering figure of postwar couture.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverSerge Lutens : Berlin à Paris / edited by Nagel Patrick.
“One of the world’s most famous stylists and photographers, and perfume creator par excellence, Serge Lutens was the creative genius behind the cosmetics of Christian Dior. Born in Lille, he moved to Paris, where he was hired by Vogue to create make up” – Library catalogue.
“This book focuses on Serge Lutens’ years working for Dior 1967-1977, offering previously unpublished material.” – amazon.com

Syndetics book coverA queer history of fashion : from the closet to the catwalk / edited by Valerie Steele ; introduction by Hal Rubinstein ; contributions by Christopher Breward, Shaun Cole, Vicki Karaminas, Peter McNeil, Elizabeth Wilson.
“From Christian Dior to Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, many of the greatest fashion designers of the past century have been gay. Fashion and style have played an important role within the LGBTQ community, as well, even as early as the 18th century. This provocative book looks at the history of fashion through a queer lens, examining high fashion as a site of gay cultural production and exploring the aesthetic sensibilities and unconventional dress of LGBTQ people, especially since the 1950s, to demonstrate the centrality of gay culture to the creation of modern fashion. Sumptuous illustrations include both fashion photography and archival imagery”– Provided by publisher.

L’amour fou [videorecording] / Les Films du Lendemain and Les Films de Pierre present a film by Pierre Thoretton.
“A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge.” – library catalogue.

Syndetics book coverParis 1962 : Schatzberg : Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior : the early collections / photographs by Jerry Schatzberg.
“A creator of poetic images and a compelling storyteller, Jerry Schatzberg has, over the past four decades, excelled in both photography and filmmaking. In the 1960s Schatzberg’s photographs in Vogue, Life, Esquire, and Glamour set a new standard for fashion photography, while his portraits documented the generation’s most notable artists, celebrities, and thinkers, from Bob Dylan to Robert Rauschenberg. In the 1970s he turned his attention to the medium of film. Directing classic movies including The Panic in Needle Park, starring Al Pacino, and Scarecrow, for which he won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.”–Book jacket.

Syndetics book coverThe beautiful fall : fashion, genius, and glorious excess in 1970s Paris / Alicia Drake.
“In 1954 they were two young talents from the provinces, both dreaming of Paris, glamour and glory. Yves Saint Laurent was the charmed youth, the enfant terrible inheritor of Dior’s couture crown, his frame almost too slight to bear his genius. Karl Lagerfeld was the flamboyant freelance designer with a remarkable talent for ready-to-wear. Seemingly from a background of enormous wealth and privilege, he was in fact a tireless workaholic, driven by his passion for capturing the pose of the moment Each designer created his own mesmerising world, a world vivid and seductive enough to pull people to them – people attracted by their power, charisma and fame. The two cliques could not help but become rivals. “The Beautiful Fall” is Alicia Drake’s chronicle of this dangerous, brazen, fabulous time, and the two designers who were its essence and remain its most singular survivors.”– Adapted from the book jacket.

Prêt-à-porter [videorecording] / a Robert Altman film.
“In Moscow, Sergei purchases two Dior ties, one of which Olivier de la Fontaine, head of the French Fashion Council, receives. He visits his lover, fashion designer Simone Lowenthal, and then dies choking on a ham sandwich. Fashion reporters converge on Paris for the ready to wear fashion shows and schemes and intrigues ensue among them and the designers. De la Fontaine’s death turns out to be an accident. Lowenthal expresses her contempt for the fashion scene by ending her show with nude models.” – Library catalogue

Take Your Pick: new fashion and beauty for July

The new fashion and beauty materials for July offer a real mixed bag. We have luxurious volumes giving you an in-depth look at designers Oscar de la Renta and Giambattista Valli, as well as a peek into Greta Garbo’s much admired and very influential personal wardrobe. For beauty junkies we have a new book from the ever-popular “French women don’t” series, as well as recipes for creating beautifying meals and natural cosmetics from your own kitchen. Dawn O’Porter will show you how to find the best vintage buys, and Bobbi Brown’s Everything Eyes provides a definitive guide to mastering your own eye makeup. If you’re just starting out in fashion, we have a new book that will help you learn the language of fashion. Take your pick this July!

Syndetics book coverOscar de la Renta : the style, inspiration, and life of Oscar de la Renta / with Sarah Mower ; foreword by Anna Wintour.
“After forty years in the glamour business, Oscar de la Renta remains a vital name in both American fashion and Paris Haute Couture – a style-setter who has dressed famous beauties. With stunning images by such master lensmen as Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, and Bert Stern, along with photographs from the designer’s personal archives, this book captures the unique charm that is Oscar. The book covers his earliest childhood memories, his inspirations, his houses and gardens, the fidelity he has demonstrated to his artistic vision, and the women he has dressed. Oscar opens a window on his private world, sharing his style of living and humanitarian outlook. Oscar de la Renta is a never-before-seen look at one of the world’s most influential tastemakers – as timeless as the clothes he continues to create.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverFrench women don’t get facelifts : the secret of aging with style & attitude / Mireille Guiliano.
“Best-selling author Guiliano presents an insightful guide to the French way of aging with style, grace, and attitude. She encourages midlife women to adopt French-inspired remedies for aging woes, such as antiaging foods, regular exercise, sufficient sunlight, proper skin care, and plenty of water. The book may sound simplistic, but there’s ample information, written in an informal, conversational tone, on how to develop these healthy practices. The author provides a list of superfoods paired with easy-to-follow recipes, a straightforward skin-care routine, product recommendations, and ways to stay physically active.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverGreta Garbo : the mystery of style / edited by Stefania Ricci.
“The never-before-published wardrobe of a timeless star, for lovers of fashion, photography and film history. Greta Garbo’s influence over fashion has transcended time. Her dresses, suits, impeccably-tailored coats with a slightly masculine look and the indispensable accessories (shoes, bags, glasses, foulards) has created a style emulated, imitated, even occasionally reviled, but never fully examined. For the first time a catalogue of great glamour and a travelling exhibition detail this extraordinary wardrobe whose minimalism fits so well with current fashion trends. The Divine Greta Garbo was a Salvatore Ferragamo client from the 1920s until her death, and Ferragamo designed hundreds of original, classical, futuristic, hand-made shoes and sandals exclusively for her, most of them shown here for the first time. A stunning selection of black and white Garbo portraits by celebrated photographers completes the volume.” – library catalogue

Syndetics book coverThe recipe for radiance : discover beauty’s best-kept secrets in your kitchen / Alexis Wolfer ; photography by Evan Sung.
“Most diet books presuppose the reader’s wish to be thinner and healthier. This title goes further in promising that beauty – face, hair, skin – can be improved by foods that we not only eat, but that we can apply topically to improve our looks. Wolfer presents recipes for skin creams, hair conditioners, and other beauty aids as well as for tasty meals that purport to nourish from the inside. There is something very satisfying about whipping up a face mask in your own kitchen and it is likely that it will work just as well as a store-bought treatment.  Fun to read, this book will certainly appeal to younger and even some of the more adventurous older women.-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThis old thing / Dawn O’Porter.
“We’re a nation obsessed with cheap, disposable clothing – but Dawn and her team of vintage style experts are here to show you why hunting for one-of-a-kind fashion gems is more exciting, better value for money, and a lot more fun. Are you fed up of the same old high street shops? Are you bored of your wardrobe? Do you fear arriving at a party and seeing someone wearing the same thing as you? Yes? Then it sounds like you’re in need of a modern vintage makeover! This Old Thing is here to show you that vintage shopping doesn’t have to mean rummaging through old cardigans at a car boot sale – instead, let Dawn introduce you to a world of beautiful and unique fashion treasures, and show you how to create a glamorous personal style that is all your own.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverEverything eyes : professional techniques, essential tools, gorgeous makeup looks / Bobbi Brown with Sara Bliss.
“Starting with the essential tools and basic techniques, Bobbi simplifies eye makeup and helps women identify what works best for their eye shape and color. She offers step-by-step tutorials for ten go-to eye makeup looks, from sparkly to smokey to retro glam and more. Famous for her own signature specs, Bobbi also explains how to choose the perfect pair of frames based on face shape, personal style, and skin tone, and shares her favorite makeup tricks for those who wear glasses.” –back cover.

Syndetics book coverGiambattista Valli / editor, Irène Silvagni.
“A unique insight into one of the most creative and romantic fashion designers working today. When the Roman designer Giambattista Valli launched his own line in Paris in 2005, few would have anticipated the influence he would ultimately wield on contemporary design. Impeccably tailored, meticulously detailed, and luxuriously crafted, his collections are crucial passages in contemporary fashion history, attended by everyone from royalty to A-list Hollywood celebrities. This book offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of one of the most unique fashion designers working today, with images of his design process and backstage views of runway shows. The volume includes booklets with details of Valli’s lushly complex fabrics and clothing.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverThe Fairchild Books dictionary of fashion.
Dictionary of Fashion, 4th Edition builds on the success of previous editions with over 15,000 entries, including apparel, accessories, and their components, historical and textiles terms that relate to contemporary fashion and the language of the fashion industry. Tortora and Keiser organize terms over fifty broad categories that are fully cross-referenced to the alphabetical listing to promote understanding of related terminology. Lavishly illustrated with over 900 illustrations capturing the styles and details of fashion, this reference work is a must have for students, designers, fashion merchandisers, historians, and fashion enthusiasts.” – amazon.com

Wellington Fashion Week 2014

Big news! Wellington Fashion Week kicked off yesterday in superb style, with two exhibitions showcasing the best of New Zealand’s fashion design and photography. Events are set to continue tonight with the very first of this year’s runway shows, and will run until this Sunday 13 April. If you’re wanting to know more about the designers who will be showing, then look no further.

Syndetics book coverSpeaking for themselves : ex-pats have their say / Jan Morgan.
This book features a number of well-known New Zealanders speaking about their own experiences of living away from home, and includes a candid chat with premiere fashion designer Dame Trelise Cooper, who was very recently invested as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to fashion. Her AW14 collection will be shown tonight, in one of the first official runway shows of WFW 2014.

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand fashion design / by Angela Lassig ; with an introduction by Peter Shand and a foreword by Hilary Alexander.
This big, beautiful volume profiles a number of New Zealand fashion designers, including Trelise Cooper and WORLD, both of whom are showing this week.

Syndetics book coverLady Luck : conversations with creative New Zealand women / by Mariana Collette & Lisette Prendergast ; photography by Susannah Tucker ; illustrations by Connie McDonald ; design by Ceire Hopley.
Among the many creative women featured in this new book is the sister duo behind local Wellington label Love Hotel, who are showing their AW14 collection this weekend. This book is full of whimsy and charm – keep an eye out for the very pretty illustrations!

Syndetics book coverThe dress circle : New Zealand fashion design since 1940 / Lucy Hammons, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Claire Regnault.
Detailing New Zealand fashion design from the 1940s to today’s contemporary designers, this book is a must for anyone with an interest in New Zealand labels and fashion design.

Syndetics book coverHome sewn : with patterns from 10 leading New Zealand designers.
“Profiles 10 leading New Zealand designers, each of whom share a pattern from one of their stunning collections. With gorgeous colour photographs, simple instructions and how-to tutorials, Home Sewn gives you the tools you need to create your own designer garment at home.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverWise heart : 10 strategies for success in business & life / Annah Stretton.
Written by kiwi fashion designer and entrepreneur Annah Stretton, this book gives tips for achieving greater success in business and life in general. Annah Stretton’s AW14 collection is hitting the runway at WFW this evening.

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.

High-fashion reading

Indulge yourself with these brand new fashion and beauty books from our collection.

Syndetics book coverHollywood sketchbook : a century of costume illustration / Deborah Nadoolman Landis.
“Hollywood Sketchbook is the first volume published on costume design illustration for the movies. This groundbreaking book celebrates one hundred years of the costume designers’ and costume illustrators’ contributions to the art of cinematic storytelling. Costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis offers us a unique perspective on the art and importance of the costume drawing. During her years of practice and research, Professor Landis has discovered a wealth of never-before-seen original sketches, published here for the first time, along with a comprehensive array of first-person anecdotes from collectors, archivists, illustrators, and designers. Whether the film, costume designer, or star was significant or successful did not factor into the criteria for choosing the sketches in this book. Every drawing had a chance to be included on its own merit as a work of art. Featuring a comprehensive introduction that contextualizes the rigors of costume design and a filmography that details the career highlights of each artist, Hollywood Sketchbook is the perfect gift for any lover of fine art, costume design, and the movies”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTim Gunn’s fashion bible : the fascinating history of everything in your closet / Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun.
“From a bestselling fashion guru–a fascinating, meticulously researched history of Western fashion covering every topic from the history of the high heel to the origin of blue jeans.America’s favorite fashion expert, New York Times bestselling author, beloved mentor on Project Runway, and a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, The Biggest Loser, and others–Tim Gunn is also the chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne and a former faculty member and chair of fashion design at Parsons’ New School for Design. Now he pours this undeniably impressive fashion knowledge into this category-killing tome, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible. From togas to Crocs, beloved fashion guru Tim Gunn presents the fascinating and exhaustive history of every item of clothing and accessory ever worn. In his new, authoritative, witty Fashion Bible, he traces the origins of everything in your closet from its earliest incarnation to the present day, covering everything from the cultural history of the garment to current fads. From suits to sportswear, Gunn recounts the contributions made by revolutionary designers and surveys Western fashion, educating, enlightening, and entertaining us all! Marked by Tim’s personable tone, this comprehensive volume not only informs, but reminds us that fashion is ultimately about innovation and fun!”– Provided by publisher. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDressing the Queen : the Jubilee wardrobe / Angela Kelly.
“Under grey skies, more than one million people gathered for the Thames River Pageant of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee. Huddled under a sea of umbrellas, some had even spent the night there to secure prime seats. But the wait proved worthwhile. As the parade passed, there atop the splendid Spirit of Chartwell stood the Queen, resplendent against the wind and rain in a smart crystal encrusted white coat and pashmina shawl. The effect was one of breathtaking beauty, and it struck just the right note with the rain-dampened crowd, reinforcing Britain as a noble maritime nation.
Dressing the Queen reveals the careful planning and preparation that went into the Queen’s wardrobe for the Diamond Jubilee, the first such celebration since that of Queen Victoria in 1897 and made all the more momentous by London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics. The secret to the Queen’s unfailing style is royal couturier Angela Kelly, whose team of dressmakers and milliners spent two years designing and bringing to fruition the creations seen in the events leading up to and during the Diamond Jubilee, as well as at the Olympics. In addition to presenting the right image, the Queen’s clothing must address a great many practical concerns—and all of her garments must be pristinely maintained. Of course, no outfit is complete without the perfect hat, and a chapter of the book is devoted entirely to their intricate and highly detailed creation”. (Amazon.com summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion looks that changed the 1950s / Paula Reed.
“Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s showcases fifty iconic outfits from one of fashion’s most influential and exciting decades. From the bombshell glamour of Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionnaire to the emergence of teenage style, via the sculptural forms of Christian Dior’s New Look and Balenciaga’s double A-line, this elegant sourcebook celebrates all the looks that revolutionized fashion. With Paula Reed’s lively and informative text and a wealth of fabulous photography, this book will be required reading for design students, collectors of vintage and all those who love fashion”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion looks that changed the 1960s / Paula Reed.
“Building on the international success of the Design Museum Fifty… series, including Fifty Shoes/Bags/Hats that Changed the World, this new title – curated in the series by fashion guru Paula Reed – takes a look at key pieces in fashion history from the 1960s. From the Courreges ‘Moon Girls’ to Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell’s ‘romantic peasants’, this books captures the influential looks of the decade. With more and more people buying vintage pieces to add to their wardrobes of contemporary items, this authoritative and inspiring book will prove an invaluable source of reference”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty fashion looks that changed the 1970s / Paula Reed.
“Building on the international success of the Design Museum Fifty… series, including Fifty Dresses/Shoes/Bags/Hats That Changed the World, this new title – curated by fashion guru Paula Reed – takes a look at key pieces in fashion history from the 1970s. From Bianca Jagger in Halston, Diane von Furstenberg’s first wrap dress to the rise of punk, this book captures the influential looks of the decade. With more and more people buying vintage pieces to add to their wardrobes of contemporary items, this authoritative and inspiring book will prove an invaluable source of reference”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBobbi Brown, pretty powerful : beauty stories to inspire confidence : start-to-finish makeup techniques to achieve fabulous looks / by Bobbi Brown with Sara Bliss.
“From best-selling author and global makeup mogul Bobbi Brown, this beauty guide presents Bobbi’s Pretty Powerful philosophy and inspires women to use makeup to be their best selves. With step-by-step application instructions, face charts breaking down the different looks, and personal stories from real women and celebrities, this book outlines the best tricks and techniques Bobbi has culled from her remarkable career in the beauty industry”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLove looks not with the eyes : thirteen years with Lee Alexander McQueen / by Anne Deniau.
“Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010), whose design combined visionary aesthetics, emotional power, and extraordinary craft, was known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his couture creations. Charged with energy, informed by history and culture, and filled with fresh concepts, McQueen’s shows have become legends not only of fashion but also of art. Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage by McQueen for 13 years, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final show in March 2010. She captured McQueen working with his close circle of collaborators—including designer Sarah Burton, milliner Philip Treacy, jewelry designer Shaun Leane, and model Kate Moss—to create his meticulously produced spectacles. Her book offers an inspiring homage, through the art of photography, to the work of a great artist.” (excerpt from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHome sewn : with patterns from 10 leading New Zealand designers.
“New Zealand has a proud tradition of fashionable sewing. With an introductory essay by Doris de Pont, founder of the New Zealand Fashion Museum and curator of the Home Sewn exhibition, Home Sewn profiles 10 leading New Zealand designers, each of whom share a pattern from one of their stunning collections. With gorgeous colour photographs, simple instructions and how-to tutorials, Home Sewn gives you the tools you need to create your own designer garment at home.Click here to look inside Home Sewn”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStylists : new fashion visionaries / by Katie Baron.
“Stylists are some of the most influential people working within the fashion industry, responsible for the final shape of many exciting works in popular culture. Still unsung heroes, they are now becoming increasingly more well known in their own right, alongside the photographers, art directors, and magazine editors of the industry. Featuring stunning imagery and entertaining interviews with some of the biggest names in the field, including Lady Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti, Marc Jacobs’ collaborator Katie Grand, and Melanie Ward ofHarper’s Bazaar, this is an essential book for any aspiring stylist or fashion student”. (Syndetics summary)

New fashion for the new year

Wishing you all the very happiest of new years! We have some very glamorous new fashion books here at the library, from high-end fashion designers and world-class style icons. Start your year stylishly with these high-glamour reads.

Syndetics book coverAlexander McQueen : evolution / by Katherine Gleason ; epilogue by Simon Collins.
“From Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims, his 1992 graduate collection, to Plato’s Atlantis, the last show before his death in 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen was as celebrated for the exquisite tailoring, meticulous craftsmanship, and stunning originality of his designs as he was notorious for his theatrical—and often controversial—runway shows. McQueen found inspiration for his avant-garde collections everywhere: his Scottish ancestry, Alfred Hitchcock movies, Yoruba mythology, the destruction of the environment—even the fashion industry itself. Whatever his inspiration, however, McQueen’s concept for his runway show came first and was crucial to the development of the collection. Every show had a narrative and was staged with his characteristic dramatic flair…” (Syndetics summary)

chanelThe little black jacket : Chanel’s classic revisited / by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.
“This book is Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’s reinterpretation of Chanel’s iconic little black jacket. Lagerfeld has redesigned the jacket, transforming it into a modern, adaptable garment to be worn by both sexes of all ages. The Little Black Jacket contains Lagerfeld’s photographs of celebrities wearing the jacket with individual flair – sometimes classic, sometimes irreverent, but always Chanel – and each styled by Carine Roitfeld. A range of accomplished actors, musicians, designers, models, writers and directors gets the little black jacket treatment, including Claudia Schiffer, Uma Thurman, Kanye West, Tilda Swinton, Baptiste Giabiconi, Yoko Ono and Sarah Jessica Parker. This book shows the astounding versatility of Chanel’s vision in Lagerfeld’s hands, and ensures the little black jacket’s future as a timeless classic.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPleats please : Issey Miyake / [concept and editorial direction, Midori Kitamura].
Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collections were first launched in 1993. Made from single pieces of high quality 100% polyester fabric,Pleats Please clothing is innovative in its process. For the first time, the story of this revolutionary clothing is told in a book. A wide array of texts and images explore the fundamental concept of Pleats Please Issey Miyake, tracing its journey from inception, through material development, to public reception. Exclusive photographs of the factories accompany the generous selection of images of the clothes themselves. (Adapted from Books in Print).

Syndetics book coverStars in Dior / [texts, Jérôme Hanover ; preface, Serge Toubiana ; introduction, Florence Müller ; captions, Barbara Jeauffroy-Mairet and Vincent Leret].
“A love letter to the cinema from the House of Dior, featuring legendary screen actresses in signature Dior. Embraced by Hollywood and the iconic women who are its stars, the fashions of Christian Dior have been worn by the likes of Marlene Dietrich in Stage Fright, Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and, more recently, Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, and Nicole Kidman. Combining fashion photography and rarely seen and never before published behind-the-scenes photographs, this gorgeously produced volume showcases Dior’s creations for film and the movie stars who brought them to life, and is a must for those who aspire to high style”–adapted from publisher’s web site. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCoco Chanel / Bronwyn Cosgrave.
This is a fresh look at the fashion designer, Coco Chanel, who is arguably the most influential female designer of the 20th century. – (Adapted from Books in Print).

Syndetics book coverKate Moss / Kate Moss ; edited by Fabien Baron ; Jess Hallett & Jefferson Hack.
Created by Kate Moss herself, in collaboration with creative director Fabien Baron, Jess Hallett, and Jefferson Hack, this book is a highly personal retrospective of Kate Moss’s career, tracing her evolution from ‘new girl with potential’ to one of the most iconic models of all time. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAudrey : the 60s / David Wills and Stephen Schmidt.
“Audrey Hepburn charmed cinema audiences in the 1950s as a new type of screen presence – gamine, doe-eyed and refreshingly casual. By the 1960s she had metamorphosed to become a trendsetting sophisticate, achieving unrivalled status as an actress, model, movie star and champion for underprivileged children worldwide.Curator and archivist David Wills has amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of original Audrey Hepburn photography. Now, in Audrey: The 60s, he has gathered a spectacular selection of work from her key photographers – much of it digitally restored from original negatives and transparencies – to create a truly breath-taking portfolio of images which pays homage to the most beloved and enduring style icon of the decade that changed everything.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVogue : the editor’s eye / edited by Eve MacSweeney ; introduction by Hamish Bowles.
“Vogue: The Editor’s Eye celebrates the pivotal role the fashion editor has played in shaping America’s sense of style since the magazine’s launch 120 years ago. Drawing on Vogue’s exceptional archive, this book focuses on the work of eight of the magazine’s legendary fashion editors (including Polly Mellen, Babs Simpson, and Grace Coddington) who collaborated with photographers, stylists, and designers to create the images that have had an indelible impact on the fashion world and beyond. The Editor’s Eye is a lavishly illustrated look at the visionary editors whose works continue to reverberate in the culture today” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe king of style : dressing Michael Jackson / Michael Bush ; forward by John Branca.
“Dressing Michael Jackson is a fascinating look at the intersection of music and fashion, as well as an homage to Michael Jackson’s brilliant fusing of costume, personality, and performance to create his iconic image. This is the first art-driven book about the costumes, apparel, shoes, and accessories worn by Michael Jackson, including hundreds of lavish photographs and a behind-the-scenes look into the process of making his wardrobe, written by his long-time costume designer Michael Bush.International exhibits hosted by Julians of Beverly Hills beginning September 2012, to coincide with publication. An auction of clothing and accessories seen in this book will take place in Beverly Hills at the end of exhibits in 2013. All proceeds will be donated to charity.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBottega Veneta / edited by Tomas Maier.
The first monograph on the luxury house Bottega Veneta, renowned for its superb craftsmanship and understated, no-logo elegance. Bottega Veneta’s illustrious history reaches back to a time when the brand was known primarily for its soft, handcrafted leather handbags. Today, the house is renowned not only for its coveted leather goods but also for a remarkable range of luxury products. Now, as then, the brand stands for the discreet sophistication and refined individuality captured in its famous line, “When your own initials are enough.” This beautifully designed and slipcased monograph, the first book to explore the world of Bottega Veneta, is the rich result of a collaborative effort between creative director Tomas Maier, designer Sam Shahid, and many of today’s leading lights of fashion journalism. This is the ultimate volume for the true connoisseur of luxury handcraftsmanship. – Publisher. (Syndetics summary)