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)

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)

June Fashion and Beauty

Get your hair did with our new hairstyling book Style Your Hair, part of our monthly Fashion and Beauty picks for June. You can also read up on the family scandal behind Gucci’s glamour, and Wardrobe Crisis will teach you about who made the beloved garments in your wardrobe, and where they come from (and will possibly help you avoid a wardrobe crisis of your own!). My pick for this month is our brand new book Audrey and Givenchy; the story of this famous fashion relationship and beautiful enduring friendship just never gets old.

Syndetics book coverAudrey and Givenchy : a fashion love affair / Cindy De La Hoz.
“Audrey Hepburn, the fashion icon, got her start in the early 1950s, just as a young French designer, Hubert de Givenchy, was beginning his legendary career. Over the course of their forty-year friendship and professional partnership, both became fashion icons whose collaborations influenced trends for generations to come. Audrey and Givenchy is a celebration of their work both onscreen and off, featuring fashion profiles on such classics as Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, How to Steal a Million, and perhaps greatest of all, Funny Face.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverIn the name of Gucci : a memoir / Patricia Gucci ; with Wendy Holden.
“In In the Name of Gucci, Patricia Gucci charts her parents’ untold love story, relying on her own childhood memories as well as an archive of love letters and interviews with her mother. She interweaves her parents’ story with that of her own relationship with her father–from a little girl who wasn’t publicly acknowledged for her first decade, through her rise to become Aldo’s protégé, to the moment when his three sons, who betrayed him in a famous palace coup, were disinherited and Patricia — once considered the shame of Gucci — was made sole universal heir.” (adapted from publisher)

Syndetics book coverWardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion [paperback]
“Today we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker and milliner are long gone, replaced by a globalised fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year. In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. Wardrobe Crisis is a witty and persuasive argument for a fashion revolution that will empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClive Arrowsmith : fashion, beauty and portraits.
“Clive Arrowsmith is a celebrated London-based international photographer. After leaving art school where he studied painting and design, he began taking photographs whilst working as a graphic designer for television. Leaving television to work as a photographer, he soon gained commissions from leading fashion magazines. Clive continues to work in this genre in both editorial and advertising photography and is equally known for his music and celebrity images. Having worked on many major stills advertising campaigns, Clive has continued to broaden his creative scope moving on to direct commercials. This is the first book to celebrate his career.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion Game Changers Reinventing the 20th-Century Silhouette: Reinventing the 20th-Century Silhouette [hardback]
Fashion Game Changers traces radical innovations in Western fashion design from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Challenging the traditional silhouettes of their day, fashion designers began to liberate the female body from the close-fitting hourglass forms which dominated European and American fashion. This way, a new relationship between body and dress emerged for the 21st century. This beautifully illustrated book showcases some of the most revolutionary silhouettes and innovative designs of over 100 years of fashion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCouture Confessions : Fashion Legends in Their Own Words
“Vionnet, Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, McQueen–these names define haute couture, and long after the designers have passed away, their influence on fashion continues to be profound. In an exceptional compilation of the original words of these couturiers, Couture Confessions provides a unique and in-depth look at the lives and work of these fashion icons. Featuring striking illustrations by internationally recognized illustrator Yann Legendre, each “interview” asks the questions every fashion lover has always wanted to ask, making these legends approachable, human, and ever more inspiring.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTry It! Style Your Hair [paperback]
“Banish bad hair days for good with Try It! Style Your Hair! Achieve the perfect look with Try It! Style Your Hair‘s detailed tutorials and clever tips. Master a range of professional techniques for creating hairstyles from braids to buns and the latest on-trend looks. Hairstyling becomes easy with photo guides to teach you how to create faux bobs and amazing up-dos. Try It! Style Your Hair is the perfect advice kit for trying new looks, packed with inspiring ideas no matter what your hair length or type.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Your style: New fashion and beauty for October

This month’s fashion and beauty books have an emphasis on personal fashion style – from stories about favourite clothing items with personal attachments and memories, to a diary of a reformed shopaholic. We also have a new guide to hot hairstyles and the latest batch of denim street style snaps from renowned photographer Horst A. Friedrichs.

Syndetics book coverWorn stories / Emily Spivack.
“Spivak, creator of the Smithsonian’s fashion blog, Threaded, assembles a charming collection of one to two page essays about favourite items of clothing, each one accompanied on the facing page by a photo of the particular item. Author Heidi Julavits, meanwhile, closely studies her privileged neighbors’ insouciant style of dress: “threadbare flannels with paint stains, patched jeans, faded and torn polo shirts.” The simple photos of each beloved item-a T-shirt here, a pair of work boots there-are intimate and sweet. Spivak has created a fashion book for everyone who feels that so far they have been left out of the fun.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverFashion manifesto : the guide for the style-savvy / written by Sofia Hedström ; photos by Anna Schori ; foreword by Vivienne Westwood ; translated by Sarah Snavely.
“Fashion Manifesto will forever change your relationship to clothes and fashion. Refuse to be a fashion slave and start thinking creatively about your own outfit! Master the seven essential fashion rules for streamlining your closet and explore over fifty different ways to reinvent garments. This book chronicles the experiences of Sofia Hedstrom, as she subjected her overweight wardrobe to a detox and stopped clothes-shopping for one year. Her mission was to become fashion fit, and together with well-known photographer Anna Schori, she found a thriving frugal fashion movement and discovered the secrets of both young fashionistas and expert masters of style from around the world.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverFashion pattern cutting : line, shape, and volume / Zarida Zaman.
“In this book, experienced fashion designer Zarida Zaman explains how to make garments bearing in mind the relationship between fabric, drape, weight and 3D forms. Taking architecture, origami and natural forms as her three key sources of inspiration, the author shows how to create varied and exciting contemporary styles using crisp folds, bold shapes and natural fabrics. Written in an accessible style with clear visuals and plenty of tips and tricks, the book gives readers the tools and confidence to experiment creatively.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverHair romance : how to create 82 fabulous hairstyles / Christina Butcher.
“Chic hair is all the rage from runways to blogs to city streets. This book presents 82 classic and contemporary styles and provides step-by-step tutorials for each one. You’ll love mixing up the looks for parties, the office, a casual beach day, or an elegant night out. Simple how-to illustrations take the guesswork out of styling, while glossy fashion photographs demonstrate how to tailor and accessorize each ‘do. With advice for different hair types and lengths plus product tips and fun variations, Hair Romance is your go-to resource for show-stopping hair.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverGQ men.
“GQ has become synonymous with style, but “to be GQ” is so much more than just being outwardly fashionable. It also means to be cultured, to have taste, to have panoramic interests. GQ Men captures the essence of what it means to look sharp and think smart—the magazine’s mantra—by showcasing the men who embody the GQ spirit: from screen legends to young hot shots, musicians, political and social leaders, plus artists, athletes, and funnymen. Mining this iconic magazine’s extensive photographic archives, GQ Men celebrates all the facets of the modern American man—smart and stylish both inside and out.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverDenim style / Horst A. Friedrichs.
“Renowned photographer Horst A. Friedrichs offers his inspirational take on the very best of contemporary denim style. Denim is loved by designers for its durability and economy–and once again, the hottest fashion trendsetters are featuring the material in unprecedented iterations. In his signature style, Horst A. Friedrichs has scoured the streets of London looking for the most interesting and exciting examples of denim fashion. This book takes in all aspects of the thriving denim culture, whose followers can be obsessive about how the denim is woven, the old shuttle looms that produce it, the people who weave it, and the skills and techniques they have and use. Pages of gorgeous photographs of denim wear will inspire today’s style conscious and trendspotters alike.” (amazon.com)

Fashion Matters: New beauty and fashion books for June

We have a few treats for you in our new fashion and beauty books this month! If you are looking to try out some new hairstyles, we have a brand new book packed with ideas and techniques to help you achieve different looks (no cut or colour required). We also have tips on dressing like a movie star on an extra’s budget (yes, really) and a style bible dedicated to everyone’s favourite fashion staple – blue jeans. We have some hot new cyclist style and, if you’ve ever felt fickle/materialistic/shallow/all of the above for loving fashion and clothes, we have a new book that explains why it all matters – guilt be gone!

Syndetics book coverA denim story : inspirations from boyfriends to bellbottoms… / by Emily Current, Meritt Elliott & Hilary Walsh.
“This style bible is a chic and sexy look at the myriad possibilities of blue jeans, the classic and ever-evolving fashion essential. A Denim Story showcases timeless images of blue jean style. Featuring such icons as Marilyn Monroe, Patti Smith, Jane Birkin, and Kate Moss, as well as dreamy inspiration boards from the authors’ own work, this volume is full of ideas and inspirations.” (library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverSeven Sisters style : the all-American preppy look / Rebecca C. Tuite.
“The first beautifully illustrated volume exclusively dedicated to the female side of preppy style by American college girls. The Seven Sisters-a prestigious group of American colleges, whose members include fashion icons such as Katharine Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ali MacGraw, and Meryl Streep-perfected a flair that spoke to an aspirational lifestyle filled with education, travel, and excitement. Their style, on campus and off, was synonymous with an intelligence and American grace that became a marker of national pride and status all over the world.” (abridged from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverGlamorous by George : the key to creating movie-star style / George Kotsiopoulos.
“Offers easy-to-achieve steps for looking like a movie star, combining practical advice and no-nonsense observations for all ages and income levels in areas ranging from clothing and accessories to body types.” (library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverNew York bike style / Sam Polcer ; foreword by Casey Neistat.
“Together, these striking images create the ultimate style guide for anyone who pedals their way through the Big Apple. America may be a nation obsessed with automobiles, but today the bicycle is giving the car a run for its money. And while New York is just one of many cities that is implementing new bike friendly policies, the local cyclist population stands out as one of the most diverse, inventive, and stylish in the world. New York Bike Style celebrates this with full-page photographs of riders and their bikes. Whether they’re pedaling to work or play, racing with a club, or out for a lazy ride, New York Bike Style pays photographic tribute to a city in love with biking in all its forms.” (abridged from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverWhy fashion matters / Frances Corner.
“This eclectic volume by Corner shows how fashion impacts economies, cultures, and individuals. Corner provides a comprehensive view of fashion not only as a multi-billion dollar industry, but also as a form of beauty and creativity. She acknowledges fashion’s dark side as well: models with eating disorders, a lack of diversity in the industry, ecological concerns, and other issues. While covering a wide range of topics, the well-designed compact volume is organized into 101 self-contained reflections that weave anecdotes from Corner’s life and career with her views on today’s trends. More than an industry primer, the book offers a thoughtful and learned portrait of fashion and its effect on the world.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe hairstyle directory : the ultimate, practical guide to creating classic & modern styles / Christina Butcher.
“From elaborate “up-dos” to casual braids, inspirational hairstyles continue to populate fashion blogs, Pinterest boards, and style magazines everywhere. However, this popularity belies a gaping lack of consolidated and authoritative advice on the techniques required to create these styles, and so the Hair Style Directory presents a comprehensive resource that identifies the practical techniques to create over 80 hairstyles. The Hair Style Directory is aimed at the many people out there who love to experiment with their hair and are either on the look-out for new styles or wish to find inspiration to play with and embellish styles they already know and love. The accompanying step-by-step tutorials then give the reader the instructions they need to replicate that style.” (abridged from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverChloé : attitudes / text, Sarah Mower ; creative direction, Marc Ascoli.
“This handsome volume chronicles the rise of the fashion house Chloé, a crucible of creativity for some of fashion’s most notable designers. The fashion brand Chloé may be sixty years old, but she still exudes a youthful elegance and femininity. As the first high-end Paris fashion house to sell exclusively ready-to-wear clothing, Chloé has since redefined its look for the modern woman with flattering colors, quality materials, and a series of must-have It bags. Chloé started in 1952 when Gaby Aghion invented the revolutionary idea of luxury prêt-à-porter, taking the craftsmanship of haute couture and making it available to a wider audience. Her focus on the beautiful yet wearable gave the line currency with chic young women.” (Library catalogue)

June Style

Be inspired by our fashion and beauty picks for this June! We have books to rejuvenate your hair, your skin, your makeup and, of course, your style. Try out some natural skincare or experiment with some vintage hair and make up looks. We also have a guide to getting your Parisian flair down pat and, for some extra inspiration (and for tales of warmer, more tropical locales), you can read all about fashion icon Lilly Pulitzer. And take on the final book on our list for a hit of “true beauty” inspiration.

Syndetics book coverSkin rules : trade secrets from a top New York dermatologist / Debra Jaliman.
“Skin Rules is a concise and practical instruction manual from a renowned Fifth Avenue dermatologist on how to attain beautiful skin, a taut and sculpted body, and a much younger appearance. Actors, models, and newscasters go to Dr. Jaliman for her cutting-edge technology and the latest in skin care, as well as for her reputation for being the “last stop” doctor, the one who fixes what others can’t. Skin Rules has something for everyone, no matter where they live or how much money they have to spend. This small, invaluable guide supplies the same advice Dr. Jaliman gives to her celebrity patients, from lasers to remove sun damage and turn back the clock to suggestions for simple products and habits anyone can adopt for a small outlay of time and money. In Skin Rules readers will learn: about the one ingredient that should NEVER be in sunscreens, but often is; how to use inexpensive Aquaphor to heal wounds and prevent scarring; which drugstore products really work for acne and wrinkles”–Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverHolistic beauty from the inside out : your complete guide to natural health, nutrition, and skincare / Julie Gabriel.
“Celebrated author of The Green Beauty Guide Julie Gabriel presents a comprehensive yet simple book that brings all four corners of the natural beauty paradigm together: natural skincare, holistic nutrition, stress-relief, and healthy lifestyle. A holistic nutritionist, Gabriel teaches her reader how to ‘eat yourself beautiful’ using building blocks from a wholesome diet, and as a long-time beauty writer and editor, reveals why beauty-boosting changes to our everyday lifestyles are essential in helping us to discover the allure we are looking for. Holisitic Beauty from the Inside Out claims that true beauty radiates from inner physical and emotional harmony. Our body is equipped with a full set of tools to maintain and restore our intrinsic assets, and has enormous healing powers to rejuvenate our skin, hair, and nails, without expensive cosmetics and procedures. The book includes handy and straightforward lists of what products to avoid, what foods to eat, and natural recipes to use for skincare. This one lucid and refreshing read will bring you face to beautiful face with a new life of quality sleep, fresh air, lush nourishment, renewing relaxation, radiant skin, sparkling eyes, and sound mind”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverQuick looks: beautiful makeup in minutes
“From the phenomenal artist behind Express Makeup and Timeless Makeup, here are the real secrets to looking gorgeous in just minutes.
Rae Morris is a veteran of major international runway shows, where speed is critical, so she knows how to achieve beautiful looks fast. Here she reveals all the tricks and trade secrets she’s learned over her highly successful career, from how to apply razor-sharp eyeliner to how to transform your face with the perfect brow shape. Rae’s number one tip: When you’re in a hurry, always do your eyes first, as you can easily apply foundation and lipstick in your compact or rearview mirror. Full of sensational looks, with step-by-step photographs and easy to follow instructions on how to achieve them, this the perfect handbag-sized book for women who want to look flawless in no time at all.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverVintage beauty parlor : flawless hair & make-up in iconic vintage styles / Hannah Wing ; photography by Penny Wincer.
“Ever wanted to know how to re-create beautiful vintage styles? Now you can with this stylish and practical guide to vintage hair and make-up featuring iconic looks from every decade from the 1920s – 1980s. With easy-to-follow step-by-step hair and makeup techniques, as well as beautiful and inspiring photographs, this book will help you find a style for any occasion and become the envy of all your friends. Vintage Beauty Parlor will help you uncover the secret to the finer details of each look from hair, make-up, clothes, and accessories to jewelry and even perfume. Master the stylish flapper-girl curls and cupid’s bow lips of the 1920s; the sassy victory rolls of the 1940s; the perfect 1950s quiff, the glamorous glitter of the 1970s, and the edgy punk styles of the 1980s. Vintage Beauty Parlor has everything you need to become a vintage style icon.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe power of style : everything you need to know before you get dressed tomorrow / Bobbie Thomas ; [illustrations by Elizabeth Romaner].
“Get your style therapy with Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow by Today Show style editor Bobbie Thomas.
This thoughtful and inspiring guide provides the information you need to feel stylish, smart, sexy, and satisfied—with a look that’s uniquely your own—in order to become your most confident and beautiful self.
You’re invited to gain self-awareness, clarity, and confidence, and take full advantage of the fashion tips, tools, and lessons that Bobbie Thomas lays out, including how to identify your best colors, how to select the most flattering clothes for your individual shape, how to edit your closet, and how to shop smart—to harness the power of self-expression.
The foreword by fashion icon Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, and color illustrations throughout, reinforce Bobbie’s mantra of self-expression: “Style is the way you to speak to the world without words.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverParis street style : a guide to effortless chic / by Isabelle Thomas & Frédérique Veysset ; under the direction of Caroline Levesque ; illustrations by Clèment Dezèlus ; photographs by Frédérique Veysset ; [translated from the French by Anthony Roberts].
“One city always seems to win the award for most-wanted style—Paris, where people walking down the avenues mix timeless and trendy pieces in a way that appears effortless. French fashion writers Isabelle Thomas and Frédérique Veysset break down the “je ne sais quoi” of Paris street style, describing the essential elements that should be in everyone’s wardrobe. Renowned experts on French style—designers, stylists, editors, and celebrities—also chime in to reveal their favorite accessories and how to create multidimensional looks and make affordable clothing appear luxurious. Starring both fashion icons and anonymous women met on the streets of Paris and richly illustrated with hand-drawn sketches and Veysset’s striking photographs, Paris Street Style is an inspirational fashion guide that will allow you, no matter where you are from, to cultivate an everyday style of timeless glamour, careless, easy chic—votre style français.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverLilly : Palm Beach, tropical exuberance, and the birth of a fashion legend / Kathryn Livingston.
“Today, Lilly Pulitzer’s iconic brand of clean-cut, vibrantly printed clothes called “Lillys” can be spotted everywhere. What began decades ago as a snob uniform in Palm Beach became a general fashion craze and, later, an American classic. In contrast to the high visibility of her brand, Lilly Pulitzer has largely kept her tumultuous personal story to herself. Bursting forth into glossy fame from a protected low-key world of great wealth and high society, through heartbreaks, treacheries, scandals, and losses, her life, told in detail here for the first time, is every bit as colorful and exciting as her designs.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe beauty experiment : how I skipped lipstick, ditched fashion, faced the world without concealer– and learned to love the real me / Phoebe Baker Hyde.
“I looked at my reflection and despaired. As an exhausted young mother I felt ugly and saw that a new dress or face cream would never help. I was at risk of passing on a habit of feeling miserable about my looks to my baby girl—if nothing changed.
Soon afterward Phoebe Baker Hyde made a vow: to give up new clothes, makeup, haircuts, and jewelry in hopes of revealing something she had always paid lip service to but never quite believed in—her inner beauty.
The Beauty Experiment chronicles Hyde’s quest for self-acceptance in nothing but her own skin. In thoughtful, exquisite prose, Hyde holds up a mirror to all women and shows how perfectionism can keep us from achieving what we really want: happiness, confidence, and serenity.” (amazon.com)

May Fashion and Beauty

May’s fashion and beauty selections are a pure delight, with topics ranging from Vogue staffers, dressing fashionably for your own body and budget, as well as a guide to creating your own lovely threads at home! Our beauty collection has some exciting new additions, too, including books to help your hair and your whole lifestyle! Renew yourself for the coming winter with our new books for May.

Syndetics book coverThe Vogue factor / Kirstie Clements.
“In May 2012 Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously sacked after thirteen years in the editor’s chair at Vogue Australia. Here she tells the story behind the headlines, and takes us behind the scenes of a fast-changing industry. During a career at Vogue that spanned twenty-five years, Clements rubbed shoulders with Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue, Ian Thorpe, Crown Princess Mary, Cate Blanchett, and many more shining stars. From her humble beginnings growing up in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney to her brilliant career as a passionate and fierce custodian of the world’s most famous luxury magazine brand, Clements warmly invites us into her Vogue world, a universe that brims with dazzling celebrities, fabulous lunches, exotic locales and of course, outrageous fashion. Amidst the exhilaration and chaos of modern magazine publishing and the frenzied demands of her job, Clements is always steadfast in her dedication to quality. Above all, she is always Vogue.”– Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverDrape drape 3 / Hisako Sato.
“The follow-up to the cult Japanese draping books Drape drape and Drape drape 2, and the latest in the new series from Bunka Fashion College. It includes 15 stylish contemporary designs for dresses, skirts, tunics and blouses, with easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams that skilfully guide the reader to create draped garments step by step.”–Cover.

Syndetics book coverThe wow factor : insider style secrets for every body and every budget / by Jacqui Stafford.
“A style expert shares professional secrets on how to appear fashionable regardless of budget and body type, offering advice for identifying a personal style, making the most of an existing wardrobe, and knowing what trends to follow.”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverLove your hair : 24 easy-to-follow recipes for effortlessly sexy hair / Richard Kavanagh ; photographed by Steven Chee.
“How to create high-fashion hair styles at home, by top stylist Richard Kavanagh … has put together 24 recipes to show clearly and simply how to create a range of fabulous looks in your own home. Step-by-step instructions, with clear photos to make it easy, plus information on hair types, haircare, styling tools and much more. A stunning fashion book as well as a how-to guide”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverThe master of us all : Balenciaga, his workrooms, his world / Mary Blume.
“Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was deemed “‘master of us all'” by Christian Dior: by the age of 21 he dressed the queen of Spain, and in 1950, Harper’s Bazaar called him “the most elegant couturier in the world today.” In this intimate, enthusiastic, and lively first biography of the enigmatic designer, Blume (A French Affair) begins by chronicling Balenciaga’s rapid rise from his modest childhood in a Basque fishing village to his highly influential friendship with Paris designer Madeleine Vionnet, his early success in Spain, the establishment of the houses of Balenciaga in Madrid and Barcelona, and his departure in 1936 for Paris, where he presided over the third House of Balenciaga from 1937 to 1968. Though his designs were routinely described as “very Spanish,” Blume notes Balenciaga’s numerous other influences, including Japanese woodcuts and impressionist paintings, and insightfully contextualizes Balenciaga in relation to contemporaries Coco Chanel and Hubert de Givenchy. Blume, former culture columnist for the International Herald Tribune, writes with wit and aplomb; she was also a Balenciaga client, a fact that clearly informed the revealing and laudatory perspective shared with readers here. Photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe weekend makeover : get a brand new life by Monday morning / Jill Martin & Dana Ravich.
“Offers a collection of life-altering makeovers for body, mind, and spirit that can be accomplished in just 48 hours. From learning how to relax, to cleaning your refrigerator, you learn to tackle not only the nitty gritty details, but how to get the right mindset to make the changes stick. All it takes is one weekend to make, execute, and apply a foolproof plan to get life on track by Monday morning!”–Publisher information.

Vintage – the new old look

Want to look glamourous and care about the enviroment? Well, Vintage may be the trend for you!

What is Vintage? Vintage Fashion and Beauty is about the look of previous eras. This look can be achieved by finding pre-loved clothing and/or buying modern inspired pieces. Hair and make-up also play a big part. For inspiration Chloe Sevigny and Dita von Teese are just two of many celebs who emulate this trend.

The Vintage trend is also for those interested in environmental sustainability in terms of reusing, recycling and repairing rather than throwing things away.

Interested but not sure where to start? We have books on how to buy and style clothing, how to achieve that special hair do or makeup trick, and we haven’t forgotten the men:

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage hair : easy step-by-step techniques for creating classic hairstyle / Belinda Hay.
“Owner of the Painted Lady salon in London, Hay here introduces readers to some of the most iconic hairstyles of the past, from finger waves and pin curls worn by flappers in the 1920s to the Barbarella style made famous by Jane Fonda in the late 1960s. Each style includes step-by-step instructions and photographs of the finished look on models fully styled in period makeup and wardrobe. They are also shown as contemporary looks on celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson. The instructional aspect of the book could have been improved with fewer full-page photographs and more pictures of the steps. Readers looking for more variations on these hairstyles may prefer Lauren Rennells’s Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques. A companion title from Pavilion, Katie Reynolds’s Style Me Vintage: Make Up, will be released in the United States in November. Verdict Fun, informative, and beautifully designed, this is an inspiring introduction to classic hairstyles.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage : make-up : easy step-by-step techniques for creating classic looks / Katie Reynolds.
“Step-by-step instructions in a beautiful retro-glam package provide everything needed to create authentic vintage looks-whether you want to look like Louise Brooks, Marilyn Monroe, or Madonna Filled with fantastically inspiring images, tips on the best makeup techniques and accessories, and easy-to-follow instructions, this resource provides everything a fashionista needs to create vintage looks from the 1920s to the 1980s. Vintage styles have never been more popular, with style icons like Scarlett Johansson to Dita Von Teese indulging in retro glamour. Whether the aim is a look that can be worn day-to-day or one for a special outing or occasion, this must-have book has all the instructions and inspiration needed to recreate the decadence and fun of vintage styles.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle me vintage: clothes: a guide to sourcing and creating retro looks
“The newest Style Me Vintage, in a beautiful retro-glam package, clearly details how to create authentic vintage clothing looks from the 1920s to the 1980s. Vintage styles have never been more popular, with everyone from major stars to teens on the street looking to indulge in retro glamour. Whether a reader is looking to completely over haul their look, go for complete vintage glam, or just introduce a few key vintage pieces into their day-to-day wardrobe, this book will teach them how. It is packed with tips on how to find unique, one-off items that fit any budget, look fabulous, and will retain their value, and also details what to look for, when to part with one’s cash, and what to avoid. Readers will learn how to determine which era fits their shape, how to build a retro look from the base up, and how to make retro styles work with modern accessories. Filled with fun, detailed photographs showing classic looks from the 1920s to the 1980s, this is essential reading for anyone who has ever wanted to introduce vintage into their wardrobe, but felt unsure where to start.” – (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverMaking vintage jewellery : 25 original designs, from earrings to corsages / Emma Brennan.
“The vintage look is hot. Beginning jewelers can update their own collections with these timeless, handmade pieces that bring individual flair to even the most basic outfit. There is a chapter here on every decade from the refined elegance of the 1910s through the chic glamour of the 1950s, and 25 inspiring projects to explore each one. An art nouveau flower choker, trellis cluster earrings, Egyptian disc necklace: the wealth of styles and endless color possibilities make this collection of sophisticated designs truly extraordinary. There is also a comprehensive techniques section with lavish photography to guide the novice through all the basics, from working with wire to sewing on sequins.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage menswear : a collection from the Vintage Showroom.
“Curated by connoisseurs of vintage clothing, the “Vintage Showroom” is a vast collection of rare 20th-century pieces that fashion designers and stylists pay to view, using the cut and detailing of individual garments as inspiration for their own work. Offering one-of-a-kind access, “The Vintage Showroom Menswear” now makes this unique resource available in book form. Featuring 130 of the most influential examples of 20th-century and earlier European, American and Asian utilitarian tailoring and design, the book is divided into three sections of sportswear, militaria and workwear, covering everything from 1940s flying jackets and polar exploration suits to vintage French denims. Stunning full-page bleeds and front and back views showcase ground-breaking designs in concept, shape and cut. Providing over 300 lavishly illustrated pages of rare, must-see designs, “The Vintage Showroom Menswear” is the essential choice of 20th-century vintage tailoring and detailing and an inspirational resource for students and menswear fashion designers and stylists.” – (adapted from Fishpond summary)

Syndetics book coverWearable vintage fashion / Jo Waterhouse & Clare Bridge.
“Wearable Vintage Fashion presents desirable, affordable and accessible vintage clothing and accessories in a new and fun format. Covering the looks of the twentieth century from the 20s to the 80s, this insider’s guide will feature the clothing, accessories and styling to recreate the looks of each decade. By presenting timeless, classic vintage pieces, the items will always be stylish regardless of the era they came from or the fashion trend of the moment. The book will, therefore, serve as a visual reference guide to collecting as well as to wearing classic vintage clothing. Vintage dressing is very much a current fashion trend with lots of people shopping for affordable vintage clothing and trying to recreate vintage looks by mixing new and old. The authors show the reader how to put the clothing and accessories together to create that period look whether for daywear or eveningwear. In addition to interviews with collectors and the story behind their collections, the authors look at vintage street fashion from around the world: showing members of the public combining vintage with, and as, their everyday fashion.” – (adapted from Global Books In Print summary)

Syndetics book coverViva vintage : find it, wear it, love it / Trudie Bamford.
“Whether you’re looking for a knock-out dress for a special occasion or some one-off separates to liven up your existing wardrobe, nothing says style quite like an original. And now, guided by an experienced vintage seller with a passion for great fashion, you will discover how easy it is to find, choose, wear and care for the best twentieth-century clothing and accessories.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMinxy vintage : how to customise and wear vintage clothing / Kelly Doust.
“Crafter, fashionista and vintage vixen Kelly Doust delves through her wardrobe and scours flea markets far and wide to bring together a fabulous collection of delectable vintage finds.This is not just a book about loving vintage fashion: it’s about seeing the wonderful possibilities for updating all old clothes, and how to look fabulous doing so, no matter what your age, location or budget.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)