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)

International fashion and flair

Summer has finally hit, and it’s time to start thinking about holiday destinations! However, if an international holiday is beyond the realms of your budget this season,  you can still dress in seasonal city style with these guides to fashion, style and elegance in the globe’s most chic destinations.

Syndetics book coverParis-New York : design fashion culture, 1925-1940 / Museum of the City of New York.
“Paris/New York explores architectures, urbanism, art, decorative arts, industrial design, fashion, cuisine. travel and jazz to provide a complete picture of the cities’ accomplishments in this astoundingly productive period between the two World Wars. Twelve essays by leading French and American scholars and 250 illustrations vividly re-create the contributions of the era’s legendary figures.”–BOOK JACKET.

Syndetics book coverThe essence of style : how the French invented high fashion, fine food, chic cafés, style, sophistication, and glamour / Joan DeJean.
What makes fashionistas willing to pay a small fortune for a particular designer accessory — a luxe handbag, for example?  Why are diamonds the status symbol gemstone, instantly signifying wealth, power, and even emotional commitment?One of the foremost authorities on seventeenth-century French culture provides the answer to these and other fascinating questions in her account of how, at one glittering moment in history, the French under Louis XIV set the standards of sophistication, style, and glamour that still rule our lives today. Written with wit, dash, and lan by an author who knows this astonishing true story better than virtually anyone, The Essence of Style will delight fans of history and everybody who wonders about the elusive definition of good taste. – adapted from Global Books in Print.

Syndetics book coverCitystyle : a field guide to global fashion capitals / [editor-in-chief, Heather Corcoran].
“City Style is a guide to the world’s most fashionable cities, curated by their most stylish residents. From the runways of New York and Paris to the streets of Tokyo and the London club scene, our expert guides give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the local look and how to get it, complete with required reading (magazines and blogs), street style photos and a comprehensive designer guide featuring photos. In addition, interviews with designers, stylists and other industry insiders answer the question: What makes each city uniquely stylish?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCity of style : exploring Los Angeles fashion from Bohemian to rock / Melissa Magsaysay ; original photography by Donato Sardella.
“City of Style” is a visual ride and intellectual approach through L.A.’s fashion past, the mark it’s making on the world today, and the individuals who fuel this influential style. – Global Books in Print.

Syndetics book coverStyle city : how London became a fashion capital / Robert O’Byrne ; consultant, Annette Worsley-Taylor.
“Learn how fashion developed in Britain from the early 1970s, when designer fashion scarcely existed, to the present day, when London ranks alongside Paris, New York and Milan as a global fashion capital.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion, Italian style / Valerie Steele.
“Italian fashion – which encompasses designers and companies from Armani to Zegna – has become a dominant force in the fashion world. This stunning book discusses the rise of Italian fashion since 1945, the development of the Italian Look from the late 1970s to the present, and the many great designers who have contributed to Italy’s fashion triumphs.” “This book is the catalogue for an exhibition, sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission, at The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City from February 11, 2003 through April 12, 2003.”–BOOK JACKET.

Syndetics book coverNew York look book : a gallery of street fashion / by Amy Larocca & Jake Chessum.
“Since 2004, “New York” magazine has been celebrating New York City style in a feature called The Look Book: a centerfold with its subject shot at random anywhere and everywhere across Gotham, along with an interview about the subject’s personal style. “The New York Look Book” collects more than 200 of the best Look Book features, and a special Where to Find It? section offers readers not only store listings, but also an insider’s guide to New York’s distinctive neighborhoods.” (Syndetics summary)