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#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)

2016 Fashion Finale – December Fashion and Beauty

See out 2016 with December’s selection of new beauty and fashion reads. My personal pick for the month is A Star is Born – I can never resist a bit of Audrey! Also take a real life look at the world of modelling, and find out more about the world’s most well-known beauty products.

Syndetics book coverA star is born : the moment an actress becomes an icon / George Tiffin.
“Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve… Feted, adored and desired, successful movie actresses are icons of modern culture. But what was it that made them true stars? In a sequence of elegant pen-portraits, George Tiffin takes a microscope to the movies and the moments that established 75 female icons of cinema. These penportraits are supplemented by quotes, notes and anecdotes, including script excerpts from key scenes. A STAR IS BORN is a seductive celebration of the eternal feminine at the heart of the movie business – and an informal and engaging history of cinema itself.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle tribes / Caroline Young.
Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures explores the style, fashions and ideology of youth movements of the last 100 years, including flappers, swing kids, mods, rockers, surfers, hippies, punks, disco, hip hop, Harajuku and hipsters. Fully illustrated, it delves into the stories behind the styles, what sets each of them apart, and looks at the influence and legacy of each of these tribes. Illustrated with historic and contemporary images, it colourfully details each group to give a comprehensive overview of each subculture.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNasty galaxy / Sophia Amoruso ; foreword by Courtney Love.
“From Sophia Amoruso, the New York Times -bestselling author of #GIRLBOSS , a lushly illustrated embodiment of the collective spirit of the Nasty Gal brand, Sophia’s own personal brand, and girlbosses everywhere, with a foreword by Courtney Love. Warning: this is not a style book. It’s not about how to mix prints–it’s about how to leave yours on everything you touch.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPretty iconic : a personal look at the beauty products that changed the world / Sali Hughes ; photographs by Jake Walters.
“Packed full of beauty wisdom, Pretty Iconic takes us from the evocative smell of Johnson’s baby lotion through to Simple Face wipes, NARS Orgasm and beyond, looking at the formative role beauty plays in our lives. Considering which much-hyped beauty buys are worth the buzz, and who they might be best suited for, in Pretty Iconic Sali Hughes uses her witty, inclusive and discerning style to look at some of the most significant products in beauty – from treasured classics such as Chanel No 5, to life-changers such as Babyliss Big Hair, and the more recent releases from Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley and others that are shaping the beauty industry today.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStay golden / Lucky Blue Smith ; written with Dallon G. Smith.
“Scouted at the age of ten, signed to an international modeling agency by twelve, and now considered the most in-demand model at only eighteen, Lucky Blue Smith is #lucky. Get a front row look at the fashion and modeling world, through the eyes of Lucky Blue Smith, as he shares personal stories, never-before-seen photographs and intimate letters from his family and friends. Witty, charming, and totally honest, Lucky reveals all, connecting with his fans like never before.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe new French couture : icons of Paris fashion / Elyssa Dimant.
“With more than 175 color high-fashion photographs, this stunning, comprehensive, and authoritative handbook on modern French couture, covering the finest Parisian houses of couture–including Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, and more. The New French Couture identifies the fashion leaders whose longstanding ateliers have endured, and the creative pioneers who continue to reinvent and reinterpret their signature iconography. Though haute couture remains the exclusive domain of a few houses, the Parisian fashion panorama is rife with gifted luxury establishments who specialize in hand-craftsmanship, exquisite design, precious materials, impeccable production, and a celebrity clientele.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Coconut oil and curated closets – November fashion and beauty

November’s fashion and beauty books bring a guide to the curated closet, as well as a recipe book for making your own coconut oil beauty products at home. We take a look at the long and enduring relationship between fashion and film, and also the role of masculine identity in menswear. We also have a brand new Alexander McQueen book, featuring never-before-seen images from his famous fashion shows.

Alexander McQueen: UnseenAlexander McQueen : unseen / Robert Fairer ; introduction and collection texts by Claire Wilcox.
“Alexander McQueen: Unseen unfolds chronologically, revisiting the designer’s most iconic creations and revealing previously unseen behind-the-scenes moments that capture models, hairdressers, stylists, make-up artists and Alexander McQueen himself at their most candid and creative.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe curated closet : a simple system for discovering your personal style and building your dream wardrobe / by Anuschka Rees.
“Lifestyle blogger Rees’s first book, based on the blog Into Mind, is a fun and practical guide to discovering one’s personal style. The goal is for women to easily choose an outfit that they like every single morning, to wear a large portion of clothes from their closet, and to be able to dress for their own lifestyles. To begin, readers are encouraged to document their own outfits for two weeks (taking a photograph every day), observing their favorite and least favorite looks, colors, fits, and garments. From there, Rees advises readers on how to revitalize their personal style and build a fully wearable wardrobe. Refreshing and thorough, Rees delivers a fashion-forward guide that’s awesomely sensible.” (adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverNatural beauty with coconut oil : 50 homemade beauty recipes using nature’s perfect ingredient / Lucy Bee ; photography by David Loftus.
“Coconut oil, as we know, is nature’s perfect Ingredient. Every recipe in Coconut Oil: Natural Beauty is super easy to make at home, without any expensive specialized equipment. A few recipes, such as the Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Spot Zapper are as simple as coconut oil enhanced with a drop or two of essential oil, while other recipes, like the Cellulite- Busting Coffee Body Scrub, makes use of spent coffee grounds that would otherwise be thrown away. There really is an all-natural solution for common everyday beauty dilemmas.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe Fashion of Film: How Cinema has Inspired Fashion: Fashion Design Inspired by Cinema [hardback]
“Since 1911, the industries of film and fashion have been closely intertwined; designer collections that draw upon the glamour of the cinema are enticing for potential consumers. And costume, of course, serves as creative inspiration to designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, and John Galliano. These connecting threads are pulled together neatly by Butchart, fashion historian and associate lecturer at the London College of Fashion. She explores 45 iconic films across the genres of crime, musical, historical epic, horror, romance, sf, and art house. This survey of international scope will be of interest to both fashionistas and cinema buffs.” (adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverMen and style / David Coggins, with forward by Glenn O’Brien.
Men and Style reaches beyond standard “what to wear” advice: It is equal parts style guide and intriguing conversation about the masculine identity within the world of fashion. David Coggins explores the history of men’s style and learns from some of the most notable tastemakers in the industry and beyond. Its essays and interviews discuss the lessons men learned from their fathers, the mistakes they made as young men, and how they emerged to become better men. Some of the most dapper men in the world discuss bad mustaches, misguided cologne choices, and unfortunate prom tuxedos. Men and Style celebrates singular men who’ve lived well and can tell us about how they earned their worldview.” (Adapted from publisher’s website)

Get inspired – October Fashion and Beauty books

October’s new fashion and beauty books tell a range of inspirational tales. Chanel: the Enigma tells Coco Chanel’s fabled rags to riches story, and Fashion is Freedom shares the story of Tala, who grew up under the restrictive dress codes of Islamic law and went on to found her own fashion label. We have a shiny new style guide to help you to live a more “luxe” life, as well as a guide to becoming a modern day gentlewoman. Bring out your inner Audrey (or Coco!) this October.

Syndetics book coverThe new garconne : how to be a modern gentlewoman / Navaz Batliwalla.
The New Garconne is a non-prescriptive guide for today’s modern, independent, and stylish woman. It espouses a grown-up style and attitude with a masculine-feminine aesthetic, where culture, history, beauty, intelligence, feminism, quality, and taste are celebrated. Women who embody the look include Katharine Hepburn, Andree Putman, Lauren Hutton, Janelle Monae, Ines de la Fressange, Tilda Swinton, and Jenna Lyons. This visually inspiring book explores the look, history, and essence of gentlewoman style. It features profiles of women who typify the style, alongside beautifully photographed and curated imagery and how-to-get-the-look information.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanel : the enigma / Isabelle Fiemeyer ; translated from the French by Deke Dusinberre.
“Coco Chanel continues to beguile more than four decades after her death; her life and work are a source of enduring fascination. Chanel expert Isabelle Fiemeyer unveils the mysteries that have surrounded the private and public figure by piecing together new research with accounts from Chanel’s intimate friends and relatives, artists, writers, photographers, directors, actors, scholars, and those who worked with her inside the House of Chanel. Offering fresh revelations about Chanel’s life, this handsome volume includes photographs and previously unpublished material, as well as new documents from the wartime period.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe luxe life / Fleur De Force.
“Every girl deserves a little bit of luxe in her life and top beauty and fashion vlogger Fleur de Force – Sunday Times bestselling author of The Glam Guide – knows exactly how to get it. “Luxe living is all about becoming your best self – the one you’ve always wanted to be – and making it look effortless. It’s about making every day feel special and knowing that a little bit of extra effort in any aspect of your life goes a long way.” Packed with: inspiring fashion and beauty advice, budget-friendly hosting hacks, lifestyle tips to make your home a sanctuary, creative and thoughtful DIY gift ideas, over 30 must-have recipes to take you from brunch to dinner party. The Luxe Life is the essential guide to wowing at every special occasion, and making every day special.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMilitary style invades fashion / Timothy Godbold ; with an introduction by Colin McDowell.
“A virtual pageantry of the many ways in which military styles inspire and influence contemporary fashion. The transformation of military clothing into popular retail fashion has a long history. In fact, the designs of some of today’s most popular styles, worn for the most peaceful purposes, actually originated in clothing intended for warfare. In a campaign to dress well, combat and battle rarely, if ever, enter the picture. This book celebrates the enduring appeal of military-inspired clothing and acts as a reference guide and source of inspiration for designers and fashion followers alike.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion is freedom : how a girl from Tehran broke the rules to change her world / Tala Raassi.
“Since she was young, Tala Raassi knew her fate lay in fashion. But growing up in her beloved homeland of Iran, a woman can be punished for exposing her hair in public, let alone wearing the newest trends. Despite strict regulations, Tala developed a keen sense of style in backroom cafes and secret parties. She never imagined her behavior would land her in prison, or bring the cruel sting of a whip for the crime of wearing a mini-skirt. Tala’s forty lashes didn’t keep her down – they fanned the flames of individuality and inspired her to embrace a new freedom in the United States. As she developed her own clothing label, her exploration into the creative, cut throat community of Western fashion opened her eyes to the ups and downs of hard work, hard decisions, and hard truths.” (Amazon.com)

Supermodel September – Fresh Fashion and Beauty books

This September, we have beauty tips and tricks straight from supermodels and their expert makeup artists, and a fresh look at the timeless men’s suit. And we all know how coveted designer clothing is… but did you know that the shopping bags, boxes and even wrapping paper are extremely sought after too? We have a brand new book about fashion packaging, which takes a look at the design and processes behind designer brands and their iconic and exclusive wrappers.

Syndetics book coverSupermodel tips : beauty and style secrets from the world’s top models / Carly Hobbs.
“This collection of insider hints and tricks on beauty, hair and lifestyle comes straight from behind the scenes of the catwalk, from the models themselves and the makeup artists who make them look great.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion + music : fashion creatives shaping pop culture / Katie Baron.
“Fashion + music provides a unique insight into how the two industries, as twin agents of change, have reflected but also influenced the popular culture of their times. Featuring exclusive interviews with the creatives behind some of the most era-defining and iconic looks of the Sex Pistols, Madonna, David Bowie to Roxy Music, Lady Gaga and more. This book is a visually arresting exploration of the power of fashion as a make-or-break tool within the music industry’s creative process. How style and sound collide with memorable results.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverFashion packaging now / edited by Chris Huang.
“The competitive worlds of fashion retail branding and packaging are fast evolving, and designers are driven by the need to find original ideas to create striking visual devices for portable objects. This superbly designed book showcases innovative, and visually arresting custom-packaging designs across a range of products, including footwear, clothing and apparel, fashion accessories, and more. Fashion packaging now presents, in highly illustrated, full-colour detail, how the brand connects with the item with the packaging itself, and offers unique insights into individual project design strategies.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe suit : form, function and style / Christopher Breward.
“This book details the product’s acclimation to the changing world of fashion in which construction is the union of aspiration and trust between tailor and client, mechanization allows for the collapse of hierarchy, and the working class redefines values of appearance and possibilities. Much of the text is dedicated to the suit’s adoption by particular political groups, social movements, and forms of labor.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion designers : the collection of the Museum at FIT / text by Valerie Steele ; foreword by Suzy Menkes ; with contributions by Fred Dennis, Jennifer Farley, Colleen Hill, Melissa Marra, and Patricia Mears ; and illustrations by Robert Nippoldt.
“From Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel to Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood, a century’s worth of fashion greats from the permanent collection of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City are celebrated in this fresh edition of Fashion Designers A–Z. Formerly available as a limited Collector’s Edition only, this accessibly priced and updated new edition features photographs of over 500 garments selected from the Museum’s permanent collection. Texts by the museum’s curators explain why each designer is important in fashion history and what is special about the chosen garments.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Chanel, Shoes and Fairytales – Fashion picks for August

Immerse yourself in fashion with our new picks for August – we have shiny new volumes on Chanel, shoes and fairytales, as well as an in-depth look at how the Second World War shaped and influenced women’s fashion.

Syndetics book coverChanel catwalk : the complete Karl Lagerfeld collections / introductionby Patrick Mauriès.
“Ever since his first show for the house in 1983, Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel collections have consistently made headlines and dictated trends the world over. For the first time, every Chanel collection ever created by Lagerfeld is here gathered in a single volume – a unique opportunity to chart the development of one of the world’s most influential fashion brands and discover rarely seen collections. A treasure trove of inspiration, this richly illustrated publication will be the must-have reference for all fashion professionals and Chanel obsessives.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion on the ration : style in the Second World War / Julie Summers ; in partnership with Imperial War Museums.
“In September 1939, just three weeks after the outbreak of war, Gladys Mason wrote briefly in her diary about events in Europe: ‘Hitler watched German siege of Warsaw. City in flames.’ And, she continued, ‘Had my wedding dress fitted. Lovely.’For Gladys Mason, and for thousands of women throughout the long years of the war, fashion was not simply a distraction, but a necessity – and one they weren’t going to give up easily. In the face of bombings, conscription, rationing and ludicrous bureaucracy, they maintained a sense of elegance and style with determination and often astonishing ingenuity. As a nation went into uniform and women took on traditional male roles, clothing and beauty began to reflect changing social attitudes. For the first time, fashion was influenced not only by Hollywood and high society but by the demands of industrial production and the pressing need to ‘make-do-and-mend’. Beautifully illustrated and full of gorgeous detail, Fashion on the Ration lifts the veil on a fascinating era in British fashion.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMoreschi : the Italian art of shoemaking : works of art in leather / edited by Christina Morozzi ; text, Christina Morozzi.
“An exclusive look inside the world of Moreschi, one of the world’s most prestigious shoemakers. Moreschi is renowned for its exacting standards and unique style, and for producing each and every pair on-site, from the arrival of the leather to boxing and dispatching to stores. The art of shoemaking is detailed throughout this richly illustrated book. Through conversations with the founder, the artisans’ memories, and pictures of dozens of the factory’s creations, a story unfolds that confirms the vast heritage of artisan culture that lies behind Italian production.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFairy tale fashion / Colleen Hill.
“Dress plays a crucial role in fairy tales, signalling the status, wealth, or vanity of particular characters, and symbolizing their transformation. This is the first book to examine the history, significance, and imagery of classic fairy tales through the lens of high fashion. A comprehensive introduction to the topic of fairy tales and dress is followed by a series of short essays on thirteen stories. Generously illustrated, these stories are creatively and imaginatively linked to examples of clothing by Comme des Garc¸ons, Dolce and Gabbana, Charles James, and Alexander McQueen, among many others.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSmart textiles for designers : inventing the future of fabrics / Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman.
“Smart Textiles for Designers introduces the different qualities and properties that can be embedded in, integrated with, and applied to fabrics, and looks at the different contexts in which these smart textiles can be used. A survey of specific fabrics grouped by properties provides a core reference section and a palette for the designer to work from. The book also examines five different design approaches and features interviews with leading designer and design teams, showing their processes and working methods. The first book to look at smart textiles through the eyes of a designer, this is both a core reference work and an inspirational guide for students and professionals alike.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSublime elegance : the timeless charm of evening gowns / text by Maria Maccari.
“These evening gowns made history–influencing the worlds of fashion, entertainment, and contemporary culture. Splendid images capture the rich detail of the fabrics and the evolution of styles and trends in women’s formal wear. These sublimely elegant dresses electrified the spectators at leading fashion shows and glittered at celebrity events. Organized by fabric color, these gowns will take readers on a kaleidoscopic journey into haute couture.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of dressing curves : the best-kept secrets of a fashion stylist / Susan Moses with Jelani Bandele ; foreword by Emme.
“The Art of Dressing Curves gives plus-size women the confidence and know-how to dress beautifully for their particular body shape. From foundation garments to wardrobe essentials to hair and makeup, Susan dispenses advice on every aspect of dressing well for one’s shape, size, and personality, insight supplemented by a wealth of elegant editorial photographs, anecdotes, tips, and sidebars, as well as lists of specialty retailers, designers, and websites that cater to plus-size.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Beauty and accessories – New Fashion and Beauty for July

This month, our fashion and beauty edit has a focus on beauty and accessories – there are lots of new beauty books offering tips and suggestions on how to refresh your look or try something completely different. My personal fave this month is Amazinger Face – I have long been a devotee of Zoe Foster and am completely converted to her beauty ethos and skincare range. I definitely recommend! We also have brand new books on socks, fascinators and handbags, so you can find the answer to the most pressing of accessory questions, including “is it okay to wear socks with sandals???” (NO).

Syndetics book coverAmazinger face : clever beauty tricks, should-own products and spectacularly useful how-to-do-its / Zoë Foster Blake.
“Sometimes a lady just needs to know the most flattering lipstick for her skin tone, or how to correctly use sunscreen, or a very quick hairstyle to conceal her unwashed hair. All the answers are here, in this top-to-toe beauty extravaganza. Former Cosmopolitan and Harper’s BAZAAR beauty director, and the founder of Go-To skin care, Zoë Foster (Blake) suggests makeup colours and brands for every occasion, and step-by-step instructions for winged eyeliner, arresting red lips, simple up-dos, and much, much more . . .” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe anti-ageing beauty bible / Josephine Fairley & Sarah Stacey ; illustrations by David Downton.
“In this fully updated edition of their bestselling book, health and beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey bring together everything a woman needs to know about feeling great, looking gorgeous and being fabulous, whatever your age. Chapters include guidance on skin, hair, make-up, hands, feet and nails, sleep, exercise and much more. There are top tips for taking off ten years in minutes as well as the secrets of inspirational older women. Packed with insider info from the world’s leading experts, this is the bible for the older woman, showing you how to look, feel and be fabulous – forever.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNatural hair coloring : how to use henna and other pure herbal pigments for chemical-free beauty / Christine Shahin ; photography by Melinda DiMauro.
“Commercial hair dyes contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic — but you don’t have to choose between gorgeous color and good health. Natural hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic plant pigments — henna, indigo, amla, and cassia — to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity, with beautiful results! These pigments are readily available at natural food stores and online, and they’re simple, safe, easy to use, and cost-effective. Shahin shows you exactly how to apply these pigments to achieve a full range of shades of brown, black, and red.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrench complexion : the secrets to beautiful skin at any age / Christine Clais.
“French women have always been very serious about their skin. From a young age – following their mothers’ and grandmothers’ advice – they establish good skincare routines and rituals. In French Complexion, Christine Clais presents her unique skincare philosophy based on more than twenty years of hands-on professional experience and the beauty secrets of her countrywomen. Through easy-to-follow expert tips, product recommendations and French beauty insights, Clais guides women through the stages of their lives and shows how to have healthy, glowing skin at any age.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLe Pliage By Longchamp: A Tradition and Transformation [hardback]
“What secret magic can make a fashion accessory timeless? Longchamp’s Le Pliage bags are the perfect embodiment of this mystery, with their connection to the Zeitgeist, pure style, accomplished craftsmanship, and groundbreaking shape. Designed twenty years ago by Philippe Cassegrain (the son of the founder of the French leather goods company Longchamp), the foldable bag has become a huge success. At present, over thirty million Le Pliage bags have been sold globally and offer luxury on an everyday basis.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSocks : the rule book : 10 essential rules for the wearing and appreciation of men’s hosiery / Sock Club London.
“Socks. They are a serious business. Socks are the glue that binds an outfit together, the telling detail that shows that a man understands what it is to be stylish. But they are also a minefield of potential fashion disasters and style pitfalls. What style of socks should you wear with a brogue? How high should you roll-up your trouser leg? Are socks and sandals ever acceptable?* But fear no more – Socks: The Rule Book will solve your hosiery dilemmas. Laying out the ten fundamental rules of sock wearing with fashion-conscious advice and a knowing sense of humour, this book answers hitherto unanswered questions and establishes clear guidelines for every aspect of the sock world. *No.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFascinators : 25 stylish accessories to top off your look / Hannah Scheidig.
“A fascinator is a chic little adornment, not quite a traditional hat but more than a headband, that suits any occasion and any time of day. This smashing headwear now appears everywhere, donning the heads of celebrities and A-listers on the red carpet to today’s fashionable brides. This is the first craft book of its kind with how-tos for fascinators, floral crowns, tiaras, and more: 25 in all, plus variations on each project–there are even sweet projects suitable for little girls. Fascinators range from dressy professional to black-tie elegant.” (Syndetics summary)


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