Living the life more fabulous: New fashion and beauty books

1930s Fashion

Our favourites this month include beauty vlogger Tricia Cusden’s beauty and lifestyle guide for older women, a new book on fashion embroidery and a close-up look at the designs of Charles James. For vintage fashion fans we have shiny new volumes on 1920s and 1930s fashion, as well as a glamorous new edition on the American fashion runway. This selection of new fashion and beauty will definitely have you living the life more fabulous!

Syndetics book coverLiving the life more fabulous : beauty, style & empowerment for older women : a handbook / Tricia Cusden.
“We are the first generation to expect to live into advanced old age, so my intention is to show you the very best ways to achieve the goal of a stylish, healthy, happy and satisfying ‘final great adventure.”
At the age of 65 Tricia was fed up of being overlooked by the beauty industry. So she decided to take matters into her own hands by founding Look Fabulous Forever, a make-up company aimed at older women and began a vlog. Living the Life More Fabulous will cover topics from beauty, confidence, health and give advice on how to live an engaged life and keeping an active mind.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmerican runway : 75 years of fashion and the front row / Booth Moore and the Council of Fashion Designers of America ; foreword by Diane von Furstenberg.
“New York Fashion Week has served many purposes throughout its long history, but it has always remained at the center of the American fashion world. Now, this illustrious history is told as it’s never been told before, in a book packed with designer interviews, backstage ephemera, and exclusive photographs culled from all 75 years of New York Fashion Week. American Runway will bring to life the people, places, and over-the-top runway productions of New York Fashion Week–and will sate the appetites of die-hard fashion fans and casual fashionistas alike.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion embroidery : embroidery techniques and inspiration for haute-couture clothing / Jessica Jane Pile.
“Add a unique touch to your clothes with this inspirational guide to couture embroidery and embellishment. Whether you’re interested in adding monogrammed initials to your snuggly bathrobe, stitching a flower on your favorite jacket, or adding sparkling beads to a new dress, this beautifully illustrated book shows you how. It features hand-drawn designs, catwalk photographs, and step-by-step guides, so it’s perfect for beginners looking to personalize their own clothes, as well as more experienced embroiderers who want to apply new techniques to different fabrics.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCharles James, portrait of an unreasonable man : fame, fashion, art / Michèle Gerber Klein.
“Inspired by the discovery of long-overlooked interviews conducted just before his death, this is the first biography of the visionary fashion designer Charles James. This portrait of the life and times of Charles James draws on the glamour of Europe in the 1930s, and the dazzle of New York City from the ’40s through the ’70s as it travels with James from his birth to privilege in England in 1906 and follows his career through his complex and turbulent relationships with exceptional women such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Eleanor Lambert, ending with his penurious death in New York’s fabled Chelsea Hotel. As engrossing as a novel, as dramatic as grand opera, James’s story will provoke, rivet, and inspire.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe beauty of dirty skin : the surprising science of looking and feeling radiant from the inside out / Whitney Bowe, MD.
“Internationally renowned dermatologist and research scientist Dr. Whitney Bowe presents, for the first time, the connection between a healthy gut and radiant, clear skin, with a 21-day program to maximize skin health and beauty. With simple explanations of the science, do-it-yourself practical skincare strategies, and a life-changing 21-day program, The Beauty of Dirty Skin is your roadmap to great skin from the inside out and the outside in.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover1920’s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook [paperback]
“Containing page after page of fabulous Art Deco fashions, 1920s Fashion documents comprehensively the seasonal fashion styles of the Twenties. Sumptuously illustrated with over 600 original photographs, drawings, and prints, this title is a must-have reference work for not only students of fashion and vintage collectors, but for all fashionistas. 1920s Fashion focuses on the Art Deco period with its beautiful beaded dresses, cloche hats and strappy shoes as worn by the fashionable flappers and the “bright young things” of the time.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover1930’s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook [paperback]
“An essential guide to Thirties fashion, this is a must-have handbook for fashion students as well as anyone interested in fashion or cultural history. Featuring elegant silk tea-dresses, tailored suits and draped furs, 1930s Fashion reveals the incredible elegance of this era’s fashions. Meanwhile, an authoritative introductory essay assesses the major themes within fashion during this period and presents its most notable designers. Giving a unique insight into the glamorous and opulent fashions of this fabulous bygone era, this book is not only a rich source of inspiration but also a significant and long-awaited reappraisal of Thirties fashion.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Year Style: New beauty and fashion books

Our fashion favourites this month include a close look at Yves Saint Laurent’s famous accessories and a very glamorous edition chronicling the drag queens and kings of New York. Our Vogue On: collection continues to grow with the addition of Calvin Klein and Jean Paul Gaultier, and we have a new book of clean beauty recipes; perfect for hitting those eco-friendly new year’s resolutions!

Syndetics book coverFashion & lifestyle photography : succeed in the commercial world and become a stand-out photographer / Dixie Dixon.
“Practical advice on fashion photography and inspirational images from professional photographer Dixie Dixon. From finding your vision, to building your dream team, this book will provide you with the essential gear and know-how to capture the looks of the media world that leap off the page or screen.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClean beauty : recipes to manage your beauty routine, naturally / by Elsie Rutterford and Dominika Minarovic, Clean Beauty Co.
“Join the clean beauty revolution that’s taking the nation by storm and discover the delights of making your own beauty products in the comfort of your own home. Scrub that bad day away with a coffee body scrub, or take a long restorative bath with a coconut milk soak. Perhaps you fancy fixing those split ends with a banana split hair mask. Whatever the problem, the Clean Beauty girls have a homemade recipe that you can whip up in no time. So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution today!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYves Saint Laurent accessories / Patrick Mauriès.
“‘One can never overstate the importance of accessories. They are what turns a dress into something else. I like dresses to be sober and accessories to be wild’, Yves Saint Laurent, 1977. Yves Saint Laurent Accessories introduces readers to a prominent yet rarely seen side of Saint Laurent’s art, leading them backstage and through the history of a house that helped to shape the course of fashion.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDrags / photographed by Gregory Kramer ; designed by Rachel Bernstein.
“A photo series documenting the drag queens and kings of New York City, through glamorous black-and-white photographs. Presented in the style of classic fashion portraiture, the collection features legends – and up-and-coming legends – in glamorous black and white, full-length studio portraits. Inspired by Irving Penn, each photo brings out the spirit of the performer through subtle pose, gesture and facial expression.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion together : fashion’s most extraordinary duos on the art of collaboration / edited by Lou Stoppard ; foreword by Andrew Bolton.
“This stylish volume, compiled by Lou Stoppard, editor-at-large of London’s SHOWstudio, delves into the behind-the-scenes worlds of the fashion industry’s most intriguing partnerships to explore what, exactly, makes these pairs such magical duos. Profound, funny, and provocative, the conversations range from childhood inspirations to nitty-gritty industry details to advice on how to succeed in the fashion business today.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAndrogyne : fashion + gender / Patrick Mauriès ; text translated from the French by Barbara Mellor.
“In January 2011, Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture runway show ended with the image of a willowy blonde bride in a diaphanous gown. The bride was a man, and one of the first models to walk for both men’s and women’s collections. The event marked the start of a trend. From the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century, the genders have blended. Patrick Mauries presents a cultural history of androgyny drawing on the worlds of art and literature to give us a deeper understanding of the strange but timeless human drive to escape from defined categories.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMod New York : fashion takes a trip / edited by Phyllis Magidson and Donald Albrecht ; foreword by Whitney W. Donhauser ; with essays by Kwame S. Brathwaite [and 4 others].
“Mod New York traces the fashion arc of the 1960s and 1970s, a tumultuous and innovative era that continues to inspire how we dress today. Accompanying a major exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, this book is beautifully illustrated by two hundred groundbreaking and historically significant designs all drawn from the renowned costume collection at MCNY.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVogue on Calvin Klein / Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni.
“In Vogue on Calvin Klein fashion journalist Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni explores Calvin Klein’s creation of one of the greatest fashion brands of today. His stylish and provocative campaigns, and use of celebrities has changed the face of American advertising.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

 

Syndetics book coverVogue on Jean Paul Gaultier / Carolyn Asome.
“Seen as an enfant terrible when he first burst on to the fashion scene, Jean Paul Gaultier retains this ‘bad boy’ image while garnering respect for his mastery of classical cutting and tailoring techniques. With stunning images from the pages ofVogue by photographers like Mario Testino, his avant-garde creations and cutting-edge designs reveal Gaultier’s unerring instinct for how women want to dress.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Paris, thrifting and a Haircult: New fashion & beauty books

Paris and Scandinavia are on the fashion itinerary this week, as well as a world atlas of street style! We have a nifty new guide to thrift shopping, a browse through some questionable fashion choices and a look at the all important Ladies’ Haircult.

Syndetics book coverParis : through a fashion eye / Megan Hess.
“In the second of her series of books on classic fashion destinations, Megan Hess takes you on a super stylish adventure through the French capital, showing you the best places for a fashionista to eat, sleep, shop and play – all illustrated in her inimitable, elegant style. Megan’s tour reveals where fashion icons such as Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfield, Chistian Dior and Louis-Francois Cartier worked and played, the top restaurants, hotels, boutiques and sites to visit, as well as Megan’s own personal favorite places to shop. This is a must-have insider’s guide to Paris for any fashion lover or Francophile.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverItems : Is Fashion Modern?
“An encyclopaedic selection of 111 garments, footwear, and accessories – from humble masterpieces to high fashion – that have had a strong impact on society in the 20th and 21st centuries and continue to hold currency today. Published to accompany the first major exhibition on fashion design at The Museum of Modern Art since 1944, Items: Is Fashion Modern? presents 111 iconic garments, footwear and accessories that have strongly influenced society in the 20th and 21st- centuries and continue to hold currency today.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe World Atlas of Street Fashion
“An extensively researched and generously illustrated volume offering a striking and diverse portrait of street style in cities and cultures around the world. Through its extensive research, striking photography, and handsome design, World Atlas of Street Fashion is the essential resource on world street style.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

 

Syndetics book coverThriftstyle : the ultimate bargain shopper’s guide to smart fashion / Allison Engel, Reise Moore and Margaret Engel ; photographs by Roger Snider.
“Shoppers will learn to navigate the racks of their local consignment shop, spot name brands like Versace, Dior, and Burberry, select the best quality items, and repair secondhand clothes that need some love. Photo-filled chapters on thrifted handbags, jewelry, scarves, and other accessories show what’s available and give tips for distinguishing quality items from fakes. Interviews with expert tailors, dry cleaners, shoe repair wizards, and fabric-dyeing professionals explain what makes a damaged piece of clothing worth renovating. Before-and-after photos show what can be done to refashion less-than-perfect finds.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI actually wore this : clothes we can’t believe we bought / written by Tom Coleman ; photography by Jerome Jakubiec.
“In everyone’s closet, there is one article of clothing that truly demonstrates a momentary lapse in fashion judgment. I Actually Wore This is the first book to celebrate these fashion blunders and lets us in on how and why they happened: the purple velour jumpsuit that was supposed to make you look dangerous, the Baron von Trapp-ish Tyrolean jacket that seemed like a good idea after six beers in Munich, and the cocktail napkin-sized swimsuit. Each of these cringe-inducing items somehow managed to find its way into the wardrobe of a typically fashionable person, and the authors are here to tell you how that happened.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDress Scandinavian / Pernille Teisbæk.
“In her gorgeous first book Pernille offers professional tips on how to create a minimalist wardrobe and look, mix and match patterns successfully, adopt androgynous looks or new colour combinations, try out new materials and mix fabrics, plus plenty of timeless fashion advice such as a jeans-fit guide and essential Dos and Don’ts. Her beauty chapter reveals Pernille’s capsule survival kit and how to achieve her natural look. Pernille also covers pared-back Scandinavian home design with an eye on balancing elegant simplicity and minimalism with inviting homeliness and warmth, or hygge, and inspirational pictures. A perfect gift for all Scandi lovers and anyone wanting insider advice from one of fashion’s most stylish experts.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLadies’ haircult : women’s hairstyles and culture from 1920 to 1980 for all-time pin-ups, bohemians, princesses and bad girls / Giulia Pivetta ; illustrated by Matteo Guarnaccia.
“Women’s hairstyles have changed dramatically over the past century. Charting the progression from styles dictated by fashion and tradition towards more unique and individualized looks, this book explores how the history of women’s hair in the west corresponds with their liberation over the course of the 1900s. The volume closes with a section dedicated to the most famous hairstylists and salons de coiffeur, past and present.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Dress (with) sense: New fashion & beauty books

There are so many great new fashion books this month! A few of our faves are listed here; we particularly love Dress [with] Sense as a guide to a more sustainable wardrobe, containing the best eco-friendly labels and fabrics. The Art of the White Shirt is another favourite as well as Know Your Style – these covers are so beautiful. We also have a very-sought after new beauty guide from Bobbi Brown.

Syndetics book coverDress [with] sense / Christina Dean, Hannah Lane, Sofia Tarneberg (Redress) ; illustrated by Charlotte Trounce.
Dress [with] Sense is the perfect guide for fashion lovers of all ages keen to embrace a more ethical and environment-friendly approach to their wardrobes that is also economical, stylish and practical. This timely book is organized into four chapters each containing a short introduction followed by practical tips and illustrated case studies to help you make the first step towards a more sustainable wardrobe. It concludes with a rich reference section recommending not only the best ethical fashion labels and collections but also eco-friendly fabrics, standards and certifications, cleaning methods, renting, swapping and recycling initiatives, and much more.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnow your style : mix it, match it, love it / Alyson Walsh ; artwork by Ayumi Takahashi.
“The biggest fashion conundrum is ‘what goes with what?’ What kind of jewelry goes with certain outfits, what are the best colors to coordinate, what combinations should be avoided, what shoes should be worn with different pant styles, what’s in fashion, and does it really matter? Creatively covering a range of outfits, trends, style icons and designs, this book offers original ways to wear clothes and fresh styling ideas for women of all ages.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of the white shirt : over 30 ways to wear a white t-shirt, blouse or shirt / illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg.
“White shirts are a classic – they can be dressed up or down, be worn fitted, cropped, or tight, with skirts or jeans, or just on their own, if you’re feeling daring! The Art of the White Shirt is a fun, inspirational book on how to make the most of your white t-shirts, blouses, or shirts. Beautifully illustrated and featuring 50 ingenious ideas, The Art of the White Shirt is a delightful book.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeauty from the inside out : makeup, wellness, confidence / Bobbi Brown with Sara Bliss.
“Bestselling author and world-famous makeup artist Bobbi Brown reveals her secrets to radiant beauty in this gorgeous lifestyle guide. Featuring the best beauty food recipes, fitness tailoring, recommendations on nutrients, and restorative yoga and mindfulness, Bobbi lays the foundation for beauty from within.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRei Kawakubo : Comme des Garçons : art of the in-between / Andrew Bolton.
“A revelatory look at the influential and enigmatic designer behind Comme des Garcons. Widely recognized among her contemporaries as the most important and influential designer of the past forty years, she has, since her Paris debut in 1981, defined and transformed the aesthetics of our time. This lavishly illustrated publication examines Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. Featuring brilliant new photography, and thought-provoking texts by Andrew Bolton, this book expresses the conceptual and challenging aesthetic of this visionary designer.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe handbook of fashion studies / edited by Sandy Black, Amy de la Haye, Joanne Entwistle, Agnès Rocamora, Regina A. Root, and Helen Thomas.
The Handbook of Fashion Studies identifies an innovative spectrum of thematic approaches, key strands and interdisciplinary concepts that continue to push forward the boundaries of fashion studies. The handbook will be essential reading for students of fashion as well as professionals in the industry.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAndrogyne : Fashion and Gender
“In January 2011, Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture runway show ended with the image of a willowy blonde bride in a diaphanous gown. The bride was a man, and one of the first models to walk for both men’s and women’s collections. The event marked the start of a trend. From the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century, the genders have blended. Patrick Mauries presents a cultural history of androgyny–accompanied by a striking selection of more than 120 images drawing on the worlds of art and literature to give us a deeper understanding of the strange but timeless human drive to escape from defined categories.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCool : style, sound, and subversion / Greg Foley, Andrew Luecke.
COOL: Style, Sound, and Subversion is equal parts historical chronicle and handbook of the myriad subcultures–most unknown to mainstream culture–that have influenced style. Lavish with original illustrations, COOL references a wealth of ephemera–including a timeline, zeitgeist films, ‘zines, secret music scenes, art collectives, and over one hundred music playlists tied to specific subcultures through the years–to give the reader a thoroughly vibrant picture of each movement and their sub-movements. COOL is sure to appeal to fashionistas, culture mavens, and pop culture fans alike.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Celebrating homemade: September Fashion and Beauty

Homemade makes a comeback this month with Folk Fashion celebrating the charms of the humble homemade garment, plus a new guide to making your own mineral makeup at home. We have new volumes on fashion heavyweights Balenciaga and Missoni, and a detailed look at the history of fashion illustration. There are also new style guides that will get your Parisian chic vibes and makeup on point for the new season.

Syndetics book coverFolk fashion : understanding homemade clothes / Amy Twigger Holroyd.
“Using the innovative metaphor of fashion as common land, Folk Fashion investigates the complex relationship between making, well-being and sustainability. Twigger Holroyd combines her own experience as a designer and knitter with first-hand accounts from folk fashion makers to explore this fascinating, yet under-examined, area of contemporary fashion culture.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMake your own pure mineral makeup : 79 easy hypoallergenic recipes for radiant beauty / Heather Anderson.
“Formulations for eye shadow, foundation, concealer, blush, highlighter, and more will help you create mineral-based powders free of fragrances, parabens, and toxins. You’ll also learn to make simple and safe lip balms and glosses. Many recipes include ingredients that help promote healthy skin, and the in-depth ingredient glossary and at-a-glance substitution chart identify properties such as oil-absorbing and healing, while also highlighting vegan options, so you can create cosmetics that meet your skin’s needs and reflect your personal values.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover100 years of fashion illustration / Cally Blackman.
“A visual feast of 400 dazzling images, this is a comprehensive survey of the genre over the last century. The book also offers an overview of the development of fashion, as seen through the eyes of the greatest illustrators of the day.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParisian chic look book : what should I wear today? / Ines de la Fressange, Sophie Gachet ; photographs, Benoît Peverelli ; direction, Jeanne Le Bault ; Jeanne B. Cheynel, translator.
“Ines de la Fressange’s personal style is chic yet relaxed in every situation. In this sequel to her best seller Parisian Chic, the world’s favorite style icon demonstrates how to achieve her quintessentially Parisian look throughout the year. Her style secrets start with the building blocks of wardrobe staples which she combines with panache to suit every situation, adding seasonal items like costume bangles, a top in this season’s on-trend color, or the right shade of lip color.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWear and tear : the threads of my life / Tracy Tynan.
“Tracy Peacock Tynan grew up in London in the 1950’s and 60s, privy to her parents’ glamorous parties and famous friends. When Tracy started writing about her life she found that clothing was the focus of many of her stories. She recalls her father’s dandy attire and her mother’s Pucci dresses, as well as her parents’ rancorous marriage and divorce, her father’s prodigious talents and celebrity lifestyle, and her mother’s lifelong struggle with addiction. She tackles issues big and small using clothes as an entre–relationships, marriage, children, stepchildren, blended families, her parent’s decline and deaths, and her work as a costume designer are all recounted with humor, with insight, and with the special joy that can only come from finding the perfect outfit.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBalenciaga : shaping fashion / Lesley Ellis Miller.
“Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) remains one of the most revered and enigmatic of fashion designers. This fully revised and extended edition of Balenciaga offers a thorough examination of the Spanish-born couturier’s designs and business practice, and places him firmly in the context of the time, looking at the country in which he learned his trade and the international fashion scene in which he matured and triumphed. His perfectionism, effortless, iconic style, and the wearability of his clothes continue to influence designers today.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMissoni : art colour / testi Luciano Caramel, Luca Missoni, Emma Zanella.
“Published on the occasion of the Missoni, Art, Colour exhibition, this visually rich book surveys the history and inspiration behind one of the most iconic fashion houses of all time. This book is both a celebration of the unmistakable Missoni style, whose innovative approach mixes color, pattern, and matter with an extraordinary sense of balance, and an exploration of works by artists who have influenced the designers over the course of their creative, cultural, and artistic journey.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe make-up manual : your beauty guide for brows, eyes, skin, lips and more / Lisa Potter-Dixon.
“A comprehensive make-up manual that details all aspects of make-up application, solutions to common problems, as well as tips and tricks for perfecting your look every time. So whether you’re looking for a fun and youthful, elegant and sophisticated, or one-off look, Lisa will show you how to make the most of your facial features and complexion in this her Make-up Manual.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Fashion Classics – Fashion and Beauty in July

July’s fashion and beauty edit is all about keeping things classic – we have shiny new volumes on legendary starlet Brigitte Bardot, the history of tweed and how to nail the perfect red lipstick. This month we’re also featuring hot menswear and London style. Celebrate the classics with July’s new books.

Syndetics book coverClassic style : hand it down, dress it up, wear it out / [interviews and text by] Kate Schelter ; foreword by Andy Spade.
“In Classic Style, fashion expert and illustrator Kate Schelter curates a collection of more than 150 iconic, essential classics–clothes, accessories, beauty products, objects, and travel items that exemplify great design, simplicity, and timeless style. Kate shows you how to develop your own style by following an easy mantra: buy less, buy better, reinvent what you already have, and own your look.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverLondon sartorial : men’s style from street to bespoke / Dylan Jones.
“Beginning with an exploration of London’s chicest urban villages, the book reflects the extraordinary eclecticism of the city’s street style–from envelope-pushing streetwear in Shoreditch to classic tailoring in Mayfair. Forays into the coolest and hardest-to-find menswear shops in the city at once reveal the sources of the fashions on display and capture the atmosphere of the capital. At the heart of the book are profiles of London’s top designers–from world renowned brands to up-and-coming names, these are the designers whose work is shaping the future of menswear.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLips : how to wear lipstick, lip gloss and lift your lip game / by Natasha Devedlaka-Price ; photography by Mick Ackland and Casey Moore.
“Around two-thirds of women count lipstick among their essential luxuries, one in three saying they won’t go without. Nothing makes a girl pop like a bright burst of color! And it takes just minutes to apply. Natasha starts with lip care – exfoliating and prepping – and the basics of applying lipstick. She teaches readers how to pick the best red for their skin tone, make lips look thinner or plumper, choose lipstick that lasts all day, and much more. Tutorials feature topics like how to wear matt lipstick, gloss, as well as trends like ombre, nude, contouring lips, and more.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLondon uprising : fifty fashion Designers, one city / edited by Tania Fares and Sarah Mower.
“London has long been a fashion-world capital, and the past fifteen years have been an especially fertile period in its centuries-long history of setting trends. This stunning book is an all-access pass into the world of designer fashion – an exclusive behind-the-scenes studio tour that calls in on fifty of the city’s leading design talents – London-based global superstars – all of whom open up about their practice and philosophy, and share a wealth of images from their private collections.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBrigitte Bardot : my life in fashion / Henry-Jean Servat ; translation, Mot.tif.
“Legendary actress Brigitte Bardot led fashion revolutions throughout her career; this retrospective includes BB’s comments on her iconic style in a rare, intimate interview. Brigitte Bardot is a style icon whose legacy has undeniably shaped the face of fashion as we know it. Evoking French style and the glamour of St. Tropez, her legacy endures–from ballerina slippers with sweeping skirts to figure-hugging knitwear, gingham fabrics and gypsy dresses, kohl eyeliner and tousled hair.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTweed / Fiona Anderson.
“The story of tweed is tied to a series of social, economic and cultural shifts that have molded its development. Exploring rural and urban contexts, this book reveals the important physical and conceptual relationships of tweed with landscape. Progressive changes in gender relations are also explored as a major factor in tweed’s evolution, from associations with particular ideals of masculinity into what is now a truly adaptable fashion textile worn by both sexes. This is the first book of its kind to recognize the importance of tweed to fashion innovation today.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAlone in a crowd : men in this town / Giuseppe Santamaria.
“Alone in a crowd, Giuseppe’s third title, once again turns the spotlight on men’s fashion in cities around the world – including his home-town Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, London, Paris, Florence, Madrid, New York, and his childhood home, Toronto. Some shots capture menswear enthusiasts outside the fashion week shows in respective cities, others celebrate the everydaystyle of men – on the streets, at work and at play.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

#inspired – Fashion and Beauty picks for June

June’s fashion and beauty update has plenty to get you #inspired – we have new style guides and makeup guides, as well as a peek at men’s street style across four continents. We have a book which promises the best skin of your life and a new volume all about fashion’s social media stars. We also get a close-up look at some of history’s most famous fashion moments, all gorgeously portrayed in bright and whimsical illustrations. Let us inspire you this winter!

Syndetics book coverDigit@l girls : fashion’s new tribe : risk takers, rule breakers, and disrupters / Marko MacPherson ; design by Shawn Dahl ; edited by Nicole Phelps ; text by Steff Yotka and Emily Siegel.
“Today’s leading online cultural influencers the female bloggers, designers, entrepreneurs, and activists who are shaping what’s hot and what’s not in fashion, beauty, and personal style. This book presents to readers the worlds of these stylish mavens and how they dress and style themselves. This of-the-moment volume is a must-have for fashionistas, beauty lovers, and those interested in following or following in the footsteps of these inspirational women.” (Adapted from publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverThe makeup of a confident woman : the science of beauty, the gift of time, and the power of putting your best face forward / by Trish McEvoy with Kristin Loberg.
“Internationally recognized makeup artist and trailblazing entrepreneur Trish McEvoy reveals her revolutionary, proven system that teaches women everywhere at any age to achieve total beauty security and confidence in this inspirational full-color playbook that is part empowering manifesto, part comprehensive how-to guide. Infused with Trish’s trademark charisma, this motivational, must-have resource is filled with highly practical takeaways and tutorials that will equip you with the tools to face life at your most beautiful and self-assured.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe way she wears it : the ultimate insider’s guide to revealing your personal style / Dallas Shaw.
“In The Way She Wears It, fashion illustrator and It girl Dallas Shaw shows you how to mix up your closet and shop like a rock star. Organized around a range of challenges, this lookbook-meets workbook-is a must for every woman, whether you’re a fashion novice trying to figure out your signature style, a fashionista who wants to step up her game, or the most stylish presence in the room looking to stay ahead of the competition.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverAlone in a crowd : men in this town / Giuseppe Santamaria.
“Photographer, blogger, art director and fashion enthusiast Giuseppe Santamaria invites us on a journey across four continents to explore men’s street style in eight inspiring cities – New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Florence and Paris. This striking photographic collection showcases unique men and their styles, from the classic silhouettes of Italian tailoring to the eccentric outfits of Manhattan and downtown Tokyo. Alone In A Crowd is a global sartorial adventure that captures the relationship of place, personality and fashion.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverTrue style is what’s underneath : the self-acceptance revolution / a style like u manifesto by Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum.
“In True style is what’s underneath, the mother-daughter duo behind the popular YouTube channel StyleLikeU and its viral video series, ‘The what’s underneath project’, celebrate the transformative power of personal style. Their manifesto and the diverse individuals featured within it reveal how style is not about what you wear, but rather the result of radical self-acceptance.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverGroundbreaking fashion / Jane Rocca ; illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani.
“A celebration of fashion’s most adventurous, outrageous moments. The modern history of fashion has always had significant turning points that altered everything that came afterwards. This book honours and celebrates these groundbreaking fashion moments. Each of the 100 fashion turning points is illustrated and put into its historical context — how and why it was ahead of the curve.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverThe young skin diet : science-based recipes & treatments to reveal your best skin ever / Michelle Lee.
“Get the diet book your skin has been waiting for! Learn how you can turn back the clock on skin aging.” (Amazon.com)

Natural beauty and fancy hats – New Fashion and Beauty in May

Get your skin radiant and ready for winter with our new fashion and beauty books for May. Try out some natural beauty remedies and recipes and find the best natural beauty products for your skin type. We also take a look at a New Zealand fashion story – the life and work of Kiwi milliner Lindsay Kennett.

Syndetics book coverAll natural beauty : organic & homemade beauty products / Karin Berndl & Nici Hofer.
“From dull skin to drab hair and tired eyes, the traditional recipes in this book can change a multitude of little beauty niggles, and each of the treatments is free from nasty paraffins, synthetic colors, and Triclosan – and they can be made at a fraction of the cost of store-bought products. From a nourishing lip balm that will soften your lips, to a chickpea and turmeric face mask, which will make your skin glow, to a shea butter varicose vein body butter, there’s something for everyone. Also included are shampoo, make-up remover, toner, and more.” (adapted from Amazon)

A passion for fashion : the life of Lindsay Kennett master milliner / as told to and written by Hilary E. Hunt.
“Lindsay Kennett developed his passion for fashion as a young boy in the isolated Paradise and Glenorchy regions of Otago. Lindsay went on to create hats for fashion-conscious women all over New Zealand. His millinery salon in Parnell attracted many interesting patrons, and his numerous ‘travelling hat shows’ brought delight to all who attended them. Since his ostensible retirement in Dunedin in the early 1990s, Lindsay has held sell-out shows and exhibitions of his hats and artwork to raise money for charities. Superb photographs of just some of Lindsay’s collection of 100 hats illustrating millinery fashions from 1900 to 1990 complement this engaging memoir.” (summary from Fishpond)

Syndetics book coverThe nature of beauty : organic skincare, botanical beauty rituals and clean cosmetics / Imelda Burke.
“Choosing natural beauty doesn’t mean ditching hi-tech products in favour of homemade potions. It means being conscious about what you’re buying: what are you putting on your skin, what does it do and where does it come from? This honest, expert book will teach you how to recognise what your skin needs and how to buy the best products for you. It offers both time-honoured and modern techniques, tips and guidance for all ages, and showcases the powerful ingredients and brands that you need to know about.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSkin : delicious recipes & the ultimate wellbeing plan for radiant skin in 6 weeks / Liz Earle.
“This is the only book you will ever need to transform dull, lifeless skin, to skin that radiates youth and good health. This book features a 6-week programme to nourish your skin from the inside out. Each week focuses on a different aspect of skincare, from detox and exfoliation, cleansing and healing, to nourishing, balance and, finally, radiance and maintenance. The programme is accompanied by 80 delicious and easy recipes to prove that what you put in your body is just as important for your skin as what you put on it.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJeremy Scott / foreword by Jeffrey Deitch.
“The definitive monograph on Jeremy Scott, one of the most creative and influential American designers working in fashion today. Jeremy Scott is an American designer whose sensibility has brought elements of humor, rebellion, and fantasy to the elevated culture of couture – from his earliest collections in Paris to the outrageous runway shows in recent years that led the New York Times to call him ‘fashion’s last rebel.’ Creative, original, and iconic, Scott is the voice of his generation, his work a colourful marriage of the ubiquity of cultural reference with the refinement of high fashion.” (syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover200 skills every fashion designer must have : the indispensable guide to building skills and turning ideas into reality / Aisling McKeefry.
“Fashion is all about experimenting with styles, pushing the boundaries, and setting new trends. 200 Skills Every Fashion Designer Must Have offers a practical overview of the core concepts and techniques required. Readers will find: Step-by-step tutorials for essential skills; Tips on techniques for sewing and alterations; Guidance on working with fabrics, textures, and patterns; Fundamental concepts explained in vocational context.”–ONIX annotation.

Syndetics book cover50 men’s fashion icons that changed the world / Dan Jones.
“Painfully cool and instantly recognisable, the 50 style trailblazers in this collection used fashion to attract attention, gain influence, express themselves and make powerful statements. From Fred Astaire to Prince, Marlon Brando to Bob Dylan, JFK to Fred Perry, this book covers the looks and stories of politicians and actors, musicians and designers. With stunning photography, this book is the perfect gift for fashionistas, design students, and anyone who loves good style!” (Amazon)

Skincare & style – New fashion and beauty books in March

March brings a bumper crop of makeup and beauty books, equipping you perfectly for the change of seasons. We also have a shiny new volume from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Carson Kressley and a closer look at everyone’s favourite fashion staple – denim.

Syndetics book coverWhere stylists shop : the fashion insider’s ultimate guide : the secret source list of designers, stylists, editors, bloggers, models, costume designers, street-style stars, and tastemakers / Booth Moore.
“Booth Moore, visionary fashion editor at The Hollywood Reporter, brings together her A-list rolodex, insider knowledge, and industry access to create the definitive guide to shopping around the world. As an international authority on fashion and style, she interviews top celebrity stylists, bloggers, fashion designers, and other tastemakers to give readers the ultimate guide to the best boutiques, brands, websites, and bargains that every fashionista should know.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFace : make-up, skincare, beauty / Sam and Nic Chapman.
“Sam and Nic Chapman began the YouTube channel Pixiwoo in 2008 as a way to educate women and men of all ages in the art of make-up. Now, they have compiled their extensive knowledge into one book. Fully illustrated using photos from their tutorials, this beautiful book includes advice, techniques and top tips for your skin, brows, eyes, lashes and lips. From easy-to-follow guides to recommendations for the ideal tools used to create the perfect look, this incredible manual will reveal how to manage and style each feature to suit you best.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDoes this book make my butt look big? : a cheeky guide to feeling sexier in your own skin and unleashing your personal style / Carson Kressley, with Riann Smith.
Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big? is a roadmap for all of us to build unshakable body and fashion confidence. We need to be reminded that fashion is FUN. We need to know that with the right tools, we have the power to transform our self-perception by shifting our mindset from woe-is-me to wow-is-me. We need the secrets of playing to our strengths and minimizing our flaws. We need to take more chances, and leave what doesn’t work in the dust. Most of all, we need Carson, our peppy, blond fairy godstylist, to show us the way!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 ways to wear denim / Lauren Friedman.
50 Ways to Wear Denim is an illustrated guide to styling denim in 50 different looks. Each one spotlights an iconic denim garment (think denim shirts and skirts, jeans for every figure, overalls, jean jackets, and more) or suggests unexpected ways to incorporate denim into an outfit, from dressing up denim for a fancy event to mix-and-matching it with leopard print, florals, and plaids. Lively introductory sections explore denim’s history, anatomy, and key terminology, plus tips for shopping and caring for this staple fabric. A must-have fashion resource for fashionistas and denim lovers of all ages.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMake it up : the essential guide to DIY makeup & skin care / Marie Rayma.
“Marie Rayma shares the recipes she has developed through years of trial, error, and testing to come up with the very best. This is real makeup and skincare: bright lipsticks, quality mineral powders, long-wearing eyeliners, and masks and cleansers that yield results. These awesome oils, butters, clays, and minerals will replace the petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances that have untold effects on our bodies. Products can be tailored for individual needs-from swapping out ingredients not suitable for sensitive skin to whipping up the perfect colors suited for any complexion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUndercover / Jun Takahashi.
“The first comprehensive book on the work of Jun Takahashi of UNDERCOVER, an icon of Harajuku streetwear and the presumptive heir to the heavy mantle of Japanese deconstruction. Takahashi Jun’s fashion is not born out of an excessively intellectualized agenda. While not quite populist, his generative influences are instead romantic–even gothic. Undercover is insightfully curated with fashion-filled chapters devoted to Takahashi’s sketches, graphic work, collaborations, and most innovative designs to date. This book gives readers first time access into Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER, one of the most desired and multidimensional clothing lines in contemporary fashion.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEat beautiful : nourish your skin from the inside out / Wendy Rowe.
“In this refreshing beauty book, Wendy will teach you how to keep your skin healthy and let your inner and outer beauty shine. Wendy has devised over 70 easy and delicious recipes specifically designed to feed your skin with the nutrients it needs to glow. Each of the recipes correlates to an essential skin-feeding ingredient that will help target specific skin problems and common complaints. Wendy provides specific advice for foods to embrace or avoid depending on your skin.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe fashion of film : how cinema has inspired fashion / Amber Butchart.
The Fashion of Film is the perfect book for the fashion fan. In it, fashion historian Amber Butchart takes a journey through the last 100 years of cinema style and its influence on the catwalks. With beautiful imagery and thoroughly-researched text, she looks at how our most iconic movies have transformed the world of high fashion. Karl Lagerfeld was influenced by the dystopian vision of Metropolis, the picture-perfect world of Wes Anderson’s films are echoed in the collections of Miuccia Prada, and Audrey Hepburn was key to Hubert de Givenchy’s work. Fashion designers have long taken their inspiration from silver screen idols, and continue to do so today.” (Syndetics summary)

Get your glam on – New fashion and beauty for February

Get your glam on with February’s selection of new fashion books. With shiny new volumes about Vivienne Westwood, Audrey Hepburn, Versace and Vogue, to name but a few, this February is set to be very glamorous indeed.

Syndetics book coverGet a life! : the diaries of Vivienne Westwood, 2010-2016 / Vivienne Westwood.
“Vivienne Westwood began Get A Life, her online diary, in 2010 with an impassioned post about Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Since then, she has written two or three entries each month, discussing her life in fashion and her involvement with art, politics and the environment.Reading Vivienne’s thoughts, in her own words, is as fascinating and provocative as you would expect from Britain’s punk dame – a woman who always says exactly what she believes. The beauty of Vivienne Westwood’s diary is that it is so fresh and unpredictable. In book form, generously illustrated with her own selection of images, it is irresistible.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 dresses that changed the world.
“Everything around us is designed and the word ‘design’ has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Dresses That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 dresses that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From the 1915 Delphos Pleated dress to Hussein Chalayan’s 2007 LED dress, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status and the designers that give them a special place in design history.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVersace / written by Donatella Versace, Maria Luisa Frisa, and Stefano Tonchi.
“A long-awaited and highly intimate visual history of Versace, the glamorous and globally renowned Italian fashion house. This richly illustrated tome chronicles Donatella’s interpretation of Versace in the twenty-first century and her remarkable work as the curator and face of Versace. Versace includes exclusive contemporary and archival imagery from runway and backstage shots to intimate scenes at the Versace atelier, with accompanying original essays penned by fashion’s most authoritative voices. This glittering volume delivers the magnetic vibrancy, supreme luxury, and glamour quotient that define Versace.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMartine Sitbon : alternative vision / edited by Marc Ascoli & Martine Sitbon.
“The first book on the highly influential French fashion designer renowned for her rock’ n’ romantic style and for reinvigorating the house of Chloe. Martine Sitbon has become an icon among designers and fashionistas, earning her praise from Karl Lagerfeld as being “the only living French designer.” Handpicked to breathe new life into Chloe in the mid-1980s, and the first woman to be named designer at the house, while simultaneously working on her own ready-to-wear label, Sitbon has been at the helm of high fashion for decades. With never-before-seen sketches and photographs, this book allows readers to gain a better understanding of the designer’s personal universe and inspirations that have until now been largely hidden from view.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAudrey : the 50s / David Wills ; designed by Stephen Schmidt.
“A stunning photographic compilation showcasing Audrey Hepburn’s iconic career in the 1950s–the decade that solidified her place as one of the world’s greatest stars in film and fashion. Among the highlights: Rare and classic images digitally restored from vintage photographic prints, original studio negatives and transparencies. Never-before-seen publicity photos, scene stills and work shots. Previously unpublished “posed candids” of Audrey at home. Beautifully restored advertisements, fan magazine layouts, international film posters and lobby cards. Quotes from photographers, directors, and costars, including William Holden, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Cecil Beaton, and Audrey herself.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSelf.Styled : dare to be different / Anthony Lycett.
Self-Styled is about the celebration of freedom of expression, diversity and individualism through personal style. Showcasing photographic diptychs of a select group of fabulous urbanites, each double-page spread illustrates a unique personal choice while implicitly exploring themes such as gender, colour, body shape and taste. The concept behind Self-Styled is simple: each person is asked to choose two outfits – one that represents daywear and a second that represents nightwear. Then, through a dual photographic portrait, author Anthony Lycett encapsulates their distinctive personalities in a stylist-free zone as they are: self-styled. Since embarking on the project in 2008, Anthony has photographed people from all walks of life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInside Vogue : a diary of my 100th year / Alexandra Shulman.
“Alexandra Shulman reveals the emotional and logistical minefield of producing the 100th anniversary issue (that Duchess of Cambridge cover surprise), organizing the star-studded Vogue 100 Gala, working with designers from Victoria Beckham to Karl Lagerfeld and contributors from David Bailey to Alexa Chung. All under the continual scrutiny of a television documentary crew. But narrowly-contained domestic chaos hovers – spontaneous combustion in the kitchen, a temperamental boiler and having to send bin day reminders all the way from Milan fashion week. This is a rich, honest and sharply observed account of a year lived at the centre of British fashion and culture.” (adapted from syndetics summary)