October Beauty & Fashion

October’s new beauty and fashion books have plenty to offer. Explore Stephen Burrows’ New York and his fashion design, or browse new and innovative make up looks straight from London’s famed Academy of Freelance Makeup. If you have a jewellery fetish, we suggest you peruse Barbara Berger’s famous and highly covetable collection – swoon! We have new materials for fashion students too, along with a brand new compendium of famous and glamorous brides that have featured in Vogue’s glossy pages in its 120 year history. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverStephen Burrows : when fashion danced / Daniela Morera, editor and art director ; [with essays by Phyllis Magidson … [et al.]].
“This unprecedented volume documents the revolutionary work of African American fashion designer Stephen Burrows—celebrating some of the most innovative and vibrant years in American Fashion.In the late 1960s, New York was the epicenter of creative vitality and artistic expression, when, as Phyllis Magidson writes in this book’s introduction, “Clothing became a masquerade, Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain a costume party, weekends a perpetual Halloween.” This was the New York City that Stephen Burrows embraced as his own, and it would inspire him to create clothes that would help revolutionize American Fashion and further solidify its credibility abroad.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverFashion jewelry : the collection of Barbara Berger / text by Harrice Simons Miller ; photography by Pablo Esteva.
“Harrice Simons Miller is an author and consultant of vintage and couture costume jewelry. Her first book, The Official Identification and Price Guide to Costume Jewelry, (Random House, 1990), continues to be the bible for collectors worldwide. In 1995, she pioneered the international costume jewelry market with an auction at Christie’s called “Period Couture Clothing and Costume Jewelry.” Miller has been featured in numerous television broadcasts and articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Art and Antiques, and Japanese Vogue, among others. She resides in New York City.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe complete fashion sketchbook / Martin Dawber.
“Every would-be fashion designer or illustrator must have this! Internationally acclaimed author Martin Dawber explains everything you need to know about how to create a successful sketchbook: finding inspiration and ideas; capturing color, silhouette, and texture; design development; and establishing key elements and themes. It’s filled with exercises to spur your imagination and case studies that show how other designers have gone from the page to the final product. You’ll see how to make the most of your creative vision!” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverFashion designer’s resource book / Samata Angel.
“A one-stop resource packed full of advice and guidance that will help you to succeed in the fashion world, this book provides a detailed overview of the fashion industry as a business, combined with an insider’s understanding of the creative process and the lifestyle of a fashion entrepreneur.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverMakeup is art
“More makeup! The most stunning guide to makeup art available now has an update, complete with 32 extra pages, additional step-by-step instructions, and new, cutting-edge styles! Top makeup professionals, many from London’s famed Academy of Freelance Makeup, give us a glimpse into their glamorous world. These experts offer imaginative ideas, inside knowledge, and a wealth of advice for aspiring artists, along with instructions for a range of inventive looks using specialist techniques—from ultraviolet makeup to ingenious SFX looks designed for film and video.” (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverVogue weddings : brides, dresses, designers / foreword by Vera Wang ; introduction by Hamish Bowles ; edited by Chloe Malle.
“A spectacular book of nearly 400 photographs of the weddings and wedding dresses of royalty, social figures, models, artists, actors, musicians and designers which have appeared in Vogue through the magazine’s 120 year history. Here are ethereal brides photographed by Cecil Beaton, George Hoyningen-Huene, Baron de Meyer, Patrick Lichfield, Edward Steichen, Robert Doisneau, Tim Walker, François Halard, Patrick Demarchelier, Jonathan Becker, Norma Jean Roy, Mario Testino, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Irving Penn, Arthur Elgort, Steven Meisel, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and Craig McDean among others. These photographers have captured brides across America and abroad, posed for formal portraits, or captured in the excitement of moment of their wedding day.” (Adapted from Amazon.com)

Spring-fresh fashion and beauty

If the start of the new season has made you feel the need for a fresh look, then let our new books help! Experiment with some new make up looks, or try out a detox especially aimed to emphasise your natural beauty. If fashion history is more your thing,we have books on European and UK fashion histories, including legendary French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and iconic British fashion brand Hardy Amies. Also, ogle divine designer jewellery pieces and find out all about contemporary fashion textiles – whatever your spring fashion and beauty fancy, there is a book for you among our new book picks for September.

Syndetics book coverFace to face : amazing new looks and inspiration from the top celebrity makeup artist / Scott Barnes with Alyssa Giacobbe.
“World-renowned makeup artist Scott Barnes aims to inspire you to express yourself, try new things, push the envelope and reach your full potential using the power of makeup.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe beauty detox foods : discover the top 50 beauty foods that will transform your body and reveal a more beautiful you / Kimberly Snyder.
“In her bestselling book, The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder—one of Hollywood’s top celebrity nutritionists and beauty experts—shared the groundbreaking program that keeps her A-list clientele in red-carpet shape. Now you can get the star treatment with this guide to the top 50 beauty foods that will make you more beautiful from the inside out. Stop wasting your money on fancy, expensive beauty products and get real results, while spending less at your neighborhood grocery. With over 85 recipes that taste as good as they make you look, you can finally take charge of your health and beauty—one delicious bite at a time.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book cover50 years in fashion : the diaries & scrapbooks of a leading London designer / Caroline Charles.
Caroline Charles is one of London’s most respected womenswear designers and was one of the original designers to join what was later to become British Fashion Week.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverCarine Roitfeld : irreverent / edited by Olivier Zahm, Alex Wiederin.
“Karl Lagerfeld once said that if you close your eyes and imagine the ideal French woman, it would be Carine Roitfeld. She is a fashion visionary and a muse. Since the start of her career in the early 1990s, through her collaborations with the legendary photographer Mario Testino, Roitfeld has been credited with launching Tom Ford’s career at Gucci, as well as turning French Vogue into one of the industry’s most worshipped magazines.
Featuring a selection of 250 magazine tear sheets and covers from pivotal editorial shoots and advertising campaigns, as well as intimate visual ephemera, this book gives an inside view into Roitfeld’s creative thought process and sensibility.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHardy Amies / Michael Pick.
“Hardy Amies epitomized understated British couture, emphasizing the cut of fine materials by tailored construction. Untrained in dress-making, he achieved headlines in Vogue in 1937 with his ‘Panic’ suit, a reconstructed design of a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, wittily named to reflect current events. Evoking the glamour of pre-war London while meeting the demands of contemporary society’s activities – town to country, morning to night – Amies designs drew a star-studded clientele. The first post-war international designer to visit the USA, Amies’ luxurious style produced lucrative global business opportunities, including ready-to-wear, menswear shown as couture, and wide-ranging merchandising options.” (adapted from amazon.com_

Syndetics book coverKnitted, knotted, twisted, & twined : the jewelry of Mary Lee Hu / [foreword by Stefano Catalani].
“Over the past 40 years, Mary Lee Hu has affirmed her distinctive voice in the world of jewelry with her elegant, voluptuous creations. Hu’s apparently effortless and graceful creations, resulting from twining, weaving, knotting, and braiding, investigate both the possibilities and limits of wire by melding fiber art and jewelry, structure and pattern, light and line. Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, and Twined features exquisite earrings, rings, brooches, and neckpieces drawn from public and private collections internationally. The book traces the evolution and refinement of Hu’s processes and skill from her earliest experimental pieces in the late 1960s – capturing the spirit of a time when craft and lifestyle were so passionately intertwined – to the confidence and movement of her contemporary creations.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverFashion textiles now / Janet Prescott.
” Before the beautifully tailored men’s suit or the exquisite gown appears on the catwalk or in the store, the most important element comes into play–the place where fashion starts–the fabric. Behind the catwalks there is a whole hidden system which combines industry, glamour, high finance and above all, design. This book, written by textiles expert Janet Prescott, is a guide to all types of fashion fabrics from the traditional tweeds to luxury fabrics containing lapis lazuli and diamonds to the newest hi-tech textiles as well as recycled and eco fabrics. Do you know whether your underwear is made of crab shells? Could you be wearing milk and coffee? Can your T-shirt stop you from getting skin cancer? These are just a few of the intriguing questions the author addresses in her book. With information on where each fabric comes from, how it is made and its properties, Fashion Textiles Now provides a complete guide to fashion textiles.” (adapted from amazon.com)

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)