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!
Front 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)
Fashion 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)
Kimono 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)
Icons 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)
Fashion 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)
Sacai : 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)
1000 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)
Fifty 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)