Spring beauty buzz – latest fashion and beauty books

This month we have a bumper crop of beauty books, just in time for the new season! Learn how to make your own products at home and get tips on how to achieve timeless elegance and beauty the French way. Our latest fashion selections include some sensational prints from Orla Kiely and a look at the effect of fashion on nature. All on the New Books shelves now!

Syndetics book coverA life in pattern / Orla Kiely.
“Orla Kiely has opened her archives to explore a life dedicated to print. From her earliest and most iconic pattern, Stem, to the evolution of her print design encompassing the worlds of fashion, homewares and beyond, Orla shares the full range of patterns and designs that she has produced since establishing her brand in 1995. This is a celebration of Orla’s entire body of work — of colour, of print and of a handbag loved by women all over the world.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Fashion Show : History, Theory and Practice
“Take up your all-access pass to one of the most dynamic areas of the international fashion industry. Lavishly illustrated and packed with industry insights, The Fashion Show is the must-have guide to showing off a collection. Future fashion designers, fashion marketers, fashion managers, fashion PRs – and creative practitioners looking to learn more about this fascinating part of the industry, you are cordially invited to join Gill Stark in the front row of The Fashion Show.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFresh & pure : organically crafted beauty balms & cleansers / Jules Aron.
“Tired of wondering exactly what went into her beauty products, holistic health and wellness coach Jules Aron decided to make her own. In Fresh & Pure, Aron explains how to use fruit, flowers, herbs, and minerals to craft healthy beauty products that promote radiant skin, strong nails, and shiny hair. With this helpful guide, readers will be able to pamper themselves from head to toe with aromatic, forward-thinking potions like charcoal soap, strawberry rose facial mist, pineapple sunflower body scrub, and aloe and avocado hair conditioner.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashioned from nature / edited by Edwina Ehrman.
“Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature – in spite of this reverence for the natural world, fashion seems destined to harm it. With essays spanning the 17th century to the present day, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on the natural world. Considering the effects of land clearance, insecticides and water consumption not to mention washing after every wear at 140F and the answer may not be as clear cut as it first appears. No fashion choice will ever be without impact, but this book will stimulate debate and empower readers to question their role as consumers.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhole beauty : daily rituals and natural recipes for lifelong beauty and wellness / Shiva Rose ; photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo.
Whole Beauty is a practical, inspiring, stunningly beautiful guide to following a whole beauty practice at home. Here is the recipe for Rose’s iconic rose hip facial serum, as well as 40 other recipes for masks and exfoliants, hair-care products and detoxes, and even DIY deodorant and toothpaste. She explains Ayurvedic practices, such as dry brushing and oil pulling, and home-cleansing rituals, such as smudging with burning sage; shares a dozen tonics, including Celestial Nog and Summer Lover; and offers an entire chapter on the use of essential oils, both on the body and in the home.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAgeless beauty : the secrets to French elegance / Clémence von Mueffling with Karen Moline.
“Discover the best-kept beauty secrets from three generations of editors and experts at Vogue Paris. Clémence Von Mueffling draws on her family’s wisdom and passion to show how you can achieve effortless French beauty at any age. Filled with tips, intimate anecdotes and expert interviews, Ageless Beauty is sure to become every woman’s definitive beauty guide.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAgeless beauty the French way : secrets from three generations of French beauty editors / Clémence von Mueffling with Karen Moline.
“From three generations of French beauty experts, Ageless Beauty the French Way is the ultimate book of tips, products, practices and French beauty secrets in ten categories such as Hair, Skin, Makeup, Sleep, and Perfume. Weaving wisdom from all three women with insiders tips from top beauty experts, Clémence shares both timeless and age-specific information in three categories– Jeunesse (15-35), Plénitude (35-55), and Maturité (55+)–creating a wonderful guide that any woman can cherish throughout her life, and pass down to her daughter through the years.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Streetwear, style guides and skin care: New fashion and beauty

Tokyo Street Style

Travel the world with June’s new streetwear and style guides, focusing on Japan, France, Australia and beyond! And treat your skin with June’s new beauty books, which include recipes for homemade skincare and a skincare guide by Dr Anjali Mahto.

Syndetics book coverTokyo street style / by Yoko Yagi ; photography by Tohru Yuasa.
“In Tokyo Street Style, fashion writer Yoko Yagi explores influential trends, covering an eclectic range of styles from kawaii cute to genderless looks, while designers, editors, models, stylists, and other important personalities in the Tokyo fashion scene share their individual approaches to style in interviews. Moving from a glimpse of the outrageous fashion found on the streets of Harajuku to everyday-chic work and weekend attire, this comprehensive guide offers a lively overview of an extraordinary urban culture with a rich collection of inspirational photographs and practical guidance for cultivating Tokyo style, no matter where you live.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDress like a Parisian / Aloïs Guinut ; illustrator, Judith van den Hoek.
Dress Like a Parisian is a wise and witty guide to finding your personal style, taking inspiration from how real Parisian women dress. With personal stylist and fashion blogger Aloïs Guinut as your guide, you can explore which colors, shapes and styles work best for you, whatever the occasion. Aloïs reveals Parisian style secrets, rejects restrictive fashion rules and shares her favorite shops and brands, demonstrating how you can use fashion to enhance your personality rather than shaping your personality to fashion. In the words of the patron saint of Parisian women, Yves St. Laurent, ‘fashions fade, style is eternal.'” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion : the essential visual guide to the world of style / Karen Homer.
“Revealing the fashion industry as never before, this beautiful book contains a wealth of invaluable information every fashionista should know. Written by fashion insider and bestselling author Karen Homer, and featuring stunning original illustrations, this stylish visual guide tells the stories behind trends such as the most iconic fabrics and prints, glasses as the ultimate fashion accessory, the ubiquitous Little Black Dress, and the rise of the metrosexual. Plus shining the spotlight on key fashion figures, such as Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Beckham, and Kate Moss.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRomance Was Born / Anna Plunkett & Luke Sales ; with Georgina Safe.
“The sumptuously illustrated story of one of the most successful Australian fashion houses of the last 15 years. Romance Was Born collections are lavish, larger than life, iconic and iconoclastic, and this gorgeous book is a celebration of this unique Australian vision, created by two young designers who declined an internship with Galliano at Dior to ‘do their own thing’.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverButterfly on a pin : a memoir of love, loss and reinvention / Alannah Hill.
“Unflinching, funny, shocking, inspiring and tender: this is a story like no other. Alannah Hill, one of Australia’s most successful fashion designers, created an international fashion brand that defied trends with ornamental, sophisticated elegance, beads, bows and vintage florals. This extraordinary book is the fierce and intelligent account of how a freckle-faced teenage runaway metamorphosed into a trailblazer and true original.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThis is not fashion : streetwear past, present and future / King Adz, Wilma Stone.
“Streetwear recounts the remarkable history of how subcultural fashion trends have grown into a multi-billion-dollar global industry taking both high-end and fast fashion by storm. The intent behind streetwear remains the same: a powerful sense of identity and belonging.With more than 500 photographs and illustrations, exclusive interviews, profiles of industry pioneers, spotlights on significant brands, and snapshots of key cities, this is the complete history of fashion’s fastest- growing and most influential trend.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFresh & pure : organically crafted beauty balms & cleansers / Jules Aron.
“Tired of wondering exactly what went into her beauty products, holistic health and wellness coach Jules Aron decided to make her own. In Fresh & Pure, Aron explains how to use fruit, flowers, herbs, and minerals to craft healthy beauty products that promote radiant skin, strong nails, and shiny hair. With this helpful guide, readers will be able to pamper themselves from head to toe with aromatic, forward-thinking potions like charcoal soap, strawberry rose facial mist, pineapple sunflower body scrub, and aloe and avocado hair conditioner.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe skincare bible : your no-nonsense guide to great skin / Dr Anjali Mahto.
“Dr Mahto cuts through all the nonsense that we read online or in magazines. She gives us honest expert advice on a variety of skin issues and how best to look after our skin. From morning and night-time routines, to dealing common skin complaints such as acne, rosacea and pigmentation, to how stress, pollution and diet impact your skin and how to look after you skin at any age, Dr Mahto provides you with your complete guide to having radiant, healthy skin for the rest of your life.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Year Style: New beauty and fashion books

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Celebrating homemade: September Fashion and Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

Take Your Pick: new fashion and beauty for July

The new fashion and beauty materials for July offer a real mixed bag. We have luxurious volumes giving you an in-depth look at designers Oscar de la Renta and Giambattista Valli, as well as a peek into Greta Garbo’s much admired and very influential personal wardrobe. For beauty junkies we have a new book from the ever-popular “French women don’t” series, as well as recipes for creating beautifying meals and natural cosmetics from your own kitchen. Dawn O’Porter will show you how to find the best vintage buys, and Bobbi Brown’s Everything Eyes provides a definitive guide to mastering your own eye makeup. If you’re just starting out in fashion, we have a new book that will help you learn the language of fashion. Take your pick this July!

Syndetics book coverOscar de la Renta : the style, inspiration, and life of Oscar de la Renta / with Sarah Mower ; foreword by Anna Wintour.
“After forty years in the glamour business, Oscar de la Renta remains a vital name in both American fashion and Paris Haute Couture – a style-setter who has dressed famous beauties. With stunning images by such master lensmen as Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, and Bert Stern, along with photographs from the designer’s personal archives, this book captures the unique charm that is Oscar. The book covers his earliest childhood memories, his inspirations, his houses and gardens, the fidelity he has demonstrated to his artistic vision, and the women he has dressed. Oscar opens a window on his private world, sharing his style of living and humanitarian outlook. Oscar de la Renta is a never-before-seen look at one of the world’s most influential tastemakers – as timeless as the clothes he continues to create.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverFrench women don’t get facelifts : the secret of aging with style & attitude / Mireille Guiliano.
“Best-selling author Guiliano presents an insightful guide to the French way of aging with style, grace, and attitude. She encourages midlife women to adopt French-inspired remedies for aging woes, such as antiaging foods, regular exercise, sufficient sunlight, proper skin care, and plenty of water. The book may sound simplistic, but there’s ample information, written in an informal, conversational tone, on how to develop these healthy practices. The author provides a list of superfoods paired with easy-to-follow recipes, a straightforward skin-care routine, product recommendations, and ways to stay physically active.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverGreta Garbo : the mystery of style / edited by Stefania Ricci.
“The never-before-published wardrobe of a timeless star, for lovers of fashion, photography and film history. Greta Garbo’s influence over fashion has transcended time. Her dresses, suits, impeccably-tailored coats with a slightly masculine look and the indispensable accessories (shoes, bags, glasses, foulards) has created a style emulated, imitated, even occasionally reviled, but never fully examined. For the first time a catalogue of great glamour and a travelling exhibition detail this extraordinary wardrobe whose minimalism fits so well with current fashion trends. The Divine Greta Garbo was a Salvatore Ferragamo client from the 1920s until her death, and Ferragamo designed hundreds of original, classical, futuristic, hand-made shoes and sandals exclusively for her, most of them shown here for the first time. A stunning selection of black and white Garbo portraits by celebrated photographers completes the volume.” – library catalogue

Syndetics book coverThe recipe for radiance : discover beauty’s best-kept secrets in your kitchen / Alexis Wolfer ; photography by Evan Sung.
“Most diet books presuppose the reader’s wish to be thinner and healthier. This title goes further in promising that beauty – face, hair, skin – can be improved by foods that we not only eat, but that we can apply topically to improve our looks. Wolfer presents recipes for skin creams, hair conditioners, and other beauty aids as well as for tasty meals that purport to nourish from the inside. There is something very satisfying about whipping up a face mask in your own kitchen and it is likely that it will work just as well as a store-bought treatment.  Fun to read, this book will certainly appeal to younger and even some of the more adventurous older women.-Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverThis old thing / Dawn O’Porter.
“We’re a nation obsessed with cheap, disposable clothing – but Dawn and her team of vintage style experts are here to show you why hunting for one-of-a-kind fashion gems is more exciting, better value for money, and a lot more fun. Are you fed up of the same old high street shops? Are you bored of your wardrobe? Do you fear arriving at a party and seeing someone wearing the same thing as you? Yes? Then it sounds like you’re in need of a modern vintage makeover! This Old Thing is here to show you that vintage shopping doesn’t have to mean rummaging through old cardigans at a car boot sale – instead, let Dawn introduce you to a world of beautiful and unique fashion treasures, and show you how to create a glamorous personal style that is all your own.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverEverything eyes : professional techniques, essential tools, gorgeous makeup looks / Bobbi Brown with Sara Bliss.
“Starting with the essential tools and basic techniques, Bobbi simplifies eye makeup and helps women identify what works best for their eye shape and color. She offers step-by-step tutorials for ten go-to eye makeup looks, from sparkly to smokey to retro glam and more. Famous for her own signature specs, Bobbi also explains how to choose the perfect pair of frames based on face shape, personal style, and skin tone, and shares her favorite makeup tricks for those who wear glasses.” –back cover.

Syndetics book coverGiambattista Valli / editor, Irène Silvagni.
“A unique insight into one of the most creative and romantic fashion designers working today. When the Roman designer Giambattista Valli launched his own line in Paris in 2005, few would have anticipated the influence he would ultimately wield on contemporary design. Impeccably tailored, meticulously detailed, and luxuriously crafted, his collections are crucial passages in contemporary fashion history, attended by everyone from royalty to A-list Hollywood celebrities. This book offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of one of the most unique fashion designers working today, with images of his design process and backstage views of runway shows. The volume includes booklets with details of Valli’s lushly complex fabrics and clothing.” – adapted from amazon.com

Syndetics book coverThe Fairchild Books dictionary of fashion.
Dictionary of Fashion, 4th Edition builds on the success of previous editions with over 15,000 entries, including apparel, accessories, and their components, historical and textiles terms that relate to contemporary fashion and the language of the fashion industry. Tortora and Keiser organize terms over fifty broad categories that are fully cross-referenced to the alphabetical listing to promote understanding of related terminology. Lavishly illustrated with over 900 illustrations capturing the styles and details of fashion, this reference work is a must have for students, designers, fashion merchandisers, historians, and fashion enthusiasts.” – amazon.com

Eco-chic: April Fashion and Beauty

Did you know that Earth Day 2014 is coming up? It’s happening on Tuesday 22 April, and is acknowledged worldwide as billions of people work towards creating a greener and more sustainable environment for the future. It seemed only fair to do our bit here on the fashion and beauty page, especially as fashion and beauty often work against many of the philosophies of environmentalism and social responsibility. And with trends like vintage and repurposed fashion, as well as natural skincare products you can make at home, green fashion and beauty don’t need to be boring! If you’re feeling inspired to make your fashion and beauty efforts a little more green, the library has lots of books to help you!

Syndetics book coverRefashioned : cutting-edge clothing from upcycled materials / Sass Brown.
“The area of recycling and upcycling is a rich and growing source of innovative design in the fashion and accessories industries. In a fast-fashion world of throw-away clothing, it is the ultimate expression of the slow-fashion movement, with each piece individually conceived and crafted from scratch, using different materials each time. ReFashioned features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials and discarded garments, reinvigorating them with new life and value. The result is beautiful and desirable clothing and accessories that also make an important statement to the fashion world about its wasteful and exploitative practices.” (Library catalogue)

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. 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 coverEco-chic : the fashion paradox / Sandy Black.
“Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox is an examination of the relationship between fashion and environmental awareness – combating the universal reputation of eco-fashion as wholesome, un-dyed, shapeless and itchy. A new wave of sustainable shopping, affordable clothing, and ecological thinking has allowed eco-designers to create high-end, design-led collections rather than merely environmentally sympathetic garments. Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox aims to address the preconceived idea of eco-fashion as a compromise in style and quality and places eco-fashion where it belongs at the forefront of design.” “Eco-fashion is changing its image from dowdy and well meaning to genuinely desirable and Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox is an analysis of fashion and ethical practice as the naked truth behind the clothes we wear is exposed.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe green beauty bible : the ultimate guide to being naturally gorgeous / Sarah Stacey & Josephine Fairley ; with illustrations by David Downton.
“A blueprint for a more natural, healthier way of living beautifully, which is gentler on you and the environment. Full of beauty tips and the results of the biggest unbiased consumer survey of natural beauty products available on the market.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStyle, naturally : the savvy guide to sustainable fashion and beauty / by Summer Rayne Oakes.
“Style meets substance in this lavishly illustrated highly informative and beautifully designed book on sustainable fashion and beauty. Summer Rayne Oakes, fashion model and eco advocate, shows how to make informed choices when shopping. In addition to explaining the basics (from fair trade to organically grown) Summer Rayne showcases hundreds of her favorite designers such as Stella McCartney and Safia Minney and eco-friendly brands such as Levi’s Loomstate and Aveda that have made earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices a priority. With over 300 photos pages of resources and eco-style stories from the hottest trendsetters it’s the ultimate fashion and beauty bible for women who want to feel good about looking good.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFace creams, hair rinses and body lotions : recipes for natural beauty / Gill Farrer-Halls.
“Natural and organic is the buzz in cosmetics. This beautiful book shows you how to make your own handcrafted, organic beauty products using essential oils and other natural ingredients. How to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics: Face Masks, Hair Rinses, and Body Lotions features a range of recipes for quick and easy daily products: face cleansers, eye cleansers, toners, moisturizing creams, moisturizing gels, cold cream cleanser, hand cream, body lotion, lip balm, face masks, rejuvenating treatments, liquid shampoos, hair bars, conditioners, rinses, hair nourishing treatments, deodorants, mouthwashes, aftershaves, and eye baths.” (Abridged from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreen designed fashion : prt–̉porter, haute couture, street wear, casual / Christine Anna Bierhals.
“”Fashion” presents about 55 innovative fashion designers and projects that work with an ecological consciousness. In the production, the designers are oriented toward or already completely fulfill environmentally and socially sound standards. This volume shows eco-fashion in every possible variation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOverdressed : the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion / Elizabeth L. Cline.
“Evaluates the costs of low-priced clothing while tracing the author’s own transformation to a conscientious shopper, a journey during which she visited a garment factory, learned to resole shoes, and shopped for local, sustainable clothing.” (Library catalogue)

November Fashion And Beauty

We have a huge range in our new fashion and beauty books for November. If you’re interested in using natural ingredients for beauty, we have two new books which will keep you informed and up to date! We also have books on the history of fashion, from vintage icons to punk fashion history to hot medieval looks. We have a new fashion bio and a guide to fashion for the perfect gentleman. Swoon!! So much variety!!

Syndetics book coverIcons of vintage fashion: definitive designer classics at auction 1900-2000
“Paris is the historic center of couture, and, as this splendid and beautifully produced encyclopedia of auctioned vintage couture and accessories from throughout the 20th century shows, the city’s major auction houses are the most prominent in the couture auction market. The book is organized chronologically by decade. Each entry includes an individual color photograph of the garment, a brief description, its estimated value and selling price, and in some cases, its provenance. The book also features short, informative profiles of major designers, including Elsa Schiaparelli, Madame Gres, Courreges, Yohji Yamamoto, and Comme des Garcons, and interviews with fashion curators and vintage retailers, as well as histories of iconic garments and accessories, such as the Chanel jacket, the Hermes silk scarf, and “le smoking” (a tuxedo). More than 1,000 photos.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverLee Miller in fashion / Becky E. Conekin.
“Though many readers may know Miller’s name because of her connection to 20th-century artists-Picasso, Man Ray (also her lover), and Paul Eluard-her own photography created a new standard for fashion photography and journalism, according to Yale University historian Conekin (The Autobiography of a Nation: The 1951 Festival of Britain). Conekin’s book is the first to study Miller’s modeling and photographic work in relation to her biography, and comes during a resurgence in interest in Miller, especially in her work for Vogue. Conekin does an excellent job of capturing Miller’s efforts as a WWII correspondent for British Vogue, seen, for example, in an image of U.S. servicewomen in uniform joyfully fingering the fabric of a dress at a fashion show in Paris. Miller seemed to disappear from view after the 1950s, and Conekin acknowledges that the explanation remains elusive: “We can never know for sure whether it was Miller’s postwar domestic life or her wartime experiences.that made her turn her back on photography and her always fraught writing career.” This book is essential to understanding Miller, as well as reclaiming her artistic legacy. 150 illus.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverFashion insiders’ guide : New York / Carole Sabas ; illustrated by Bernadette Pascua.
“This is not your typical guidebook, rather it’s for the fashion-conscious and those who want to go where the rich and famous and in-the-know locals go. Written with a light touch and in a friendly tone, each entry includes a description of the recommended spots with hints about when to go, who to ask for, and what to get, as well as location and contact information. The inclusion of additional advice from local fashion celebrities on their favorite places to frequent puts readers confidently in-the-know.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverCoconut cracked open : food, health, diet, beauty : the new revolution in feeling good and looking great / Christine Schang.
“Coconut Oil and Water is taking the world by Storm! Coconut Cracked Open has all the information about the amazing health benefits and wonderful properties of coconut, especially its oil and water products.”  (Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverFashionable : an illustrated history of the bizarre and beautiful / text by Barbara Cox..[et.al]
“Fashionable takes a look at some of the most bizarrely beautiful and outlandish trends in clothing and ornament, from the medieval steeple headdress and the eighteenth-century dandies of the Macaroni Club, to the dangerously tight corsets of the nineteenth century and the futuristic space-age look of the 1960s.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverMade on Earth : what we wear, where it comes from, where it goes / Wolfgang Korn.
“How does a piece of clothing end up in your wardrobe? Where does it come from, and where does it go? This is not just a story about manufacturing. This is a story about people, their livelihoods and their life expectations. This is the story of globalisation. Made on Earth follows the incredible journey of a red fleece manufactured in Bangladesh.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe perfect gentleman : the pursuit of timeless elegance and style in London / James Sherwood ; [foreword by Terence Stamp] ; principal photography by Andy Barnham and Guy Hills.
“Author/broadcaster/curator Sherwood here offers an impressive companion to his earlier Bespoke (CH, Jun’11, 48-5485). It details being a gentleman from the time of the English Restoration to the present. Six chapters; an epilogue; a London point-of-interest section devoted to shopping/lodging/dining; an address book; and a bibliography all make this an outstanding volume. Most noteworthy are the hundreds of lavish, historic, vintage, and modern photographs and illustrations, some by noted British photographers Andy Barnham and Guy Hills. Subjects range from Charles II, Prince Albert, and the Duke of Windsor to Prince Harry–with Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, and countless gentlemen in between. This well-organized social history, filled with anecdotes describing what defines a gentleman–clothes, clubs, accessories, affiliations, and shopping establishments–is elegant and lavish, and has both substance and style. Anyone who spends even a few minutes perusing this volume will soon understand the fallacy of the notion that printed books are obsolete. Glossy and informative, with opinions and a point of view, this volume will be a wonderful addition to any collection. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.” (CHOICE)

Syndetics book coverPunk : chaos to couture / [by Andrew Bolton… [et al.]].
“With essays by John Lydon (aka Sex Pistols front man Johnny Rotten), Richard Hell (I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp) of Television and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, writer and filmmaker Jon Savage (Teenage; England’s Dreaming), and Bolton (curator, Costume Inst.), this catalog is a profusion of photographs that captures the anarchic spirit of punk more accurately than the accompanying Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s did, dominated as it was by mannequins wearing spectacular 21st-century couture. Following the exhibition’s themes of graffiti, agitprop, hardware, destruction, and bricolage, the book makes a more direct and persuasive visual case for punk’s influence on couture by juxtaposing contemporary photographs of 1970s punk fashion against designs by Alexander McQueen, Junya Watanabe, Martin Margiela, Balmain, Rodarte, and others. Verdict? This loud, intensely illustrated record of a controversial exhibition will pique cultural interest from fields beyond fashion.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverMaking natural beauty products / by Sally Trew.
“This highly visual guide teaches you how to make skincare, makeup, and many more personal-care and beauty products using natural ingredients. For both men and women, step-by-step, full-color photos guide you through basic beauty recipes, followed by more than 250 color and blend variations. Readers with sensitive skin, as well as those who want to save money and avoid harmful chemicals, will find everything you need to get started making your own luxurious, natural beauty products.” (adapted from Amazon.com)