Fashion and Beauty in May

May’s new fashion and beauty books are packed with fresh fashion inspo and eye candy. Bringing you two new style guides, a shiny new street style volume, a peek behind the doors of Paris’s most elite fashion houses and a beauty book which combines the ancient secrets of Eastern medicine with the beauty needs of the modern world; there is something for everyone this May.

Syndetics book coverAdvanced Style : Older and Wiser
“This follow-up to the bestselling Advanced Style features more senior street style and inspiration from all over the globe. In this new edition Ari Seth Cohen shares his work from the past few years including some of the world’s best-dressed older gentlemen. Similar in format to the original, with dozens of images from cities all over the world; the book will also feature 22 short essays (by the subjects of the book) distilling the wisdom and lifestyle secrets of some of Cohen’s favorite Advanced Style ladies. Plus an introduction from the always fabulous and witty Simon Doonan makes for a celebration of smashing senior style!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStreet style : an ethnography of fashion blogging / Brent Luvaas.
“This cutting-edge book documents the evolution of street style photography, from the fieldwork photos of early anthropology to the glamorized snapshots that appear on blogs today, and explores the structural shifts in the global fashion industry that street style has helped bring about. This book turns the lens of street style photography back onto anthropology itself, arguing that the phenomenon is a powerful mode of amateur ethnography. Bloggers blur the distinction between professional and amateur, insider and outsider, self and brand. This book documents that blur from the ground level-from the streets of Philadelphia to the sidewalks of New York Fashion Week.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGentleman : The Ultimate Companion to the Elegant Man
“An elegantly dressed man does not only look smart and attractive, he also implies confidence and respect. A self-assured appearance, excellent manners and carefully chosen quality garments are distinctive signs of a true gentleman. Paying tribute to the latest evolutions in fashion and social trends, this thoroughly revised edition of Bernhard Roetzel’s tried-and-tested guide is set for the men of the 21st Century. The new edition of this classic companion to the genuine gentlemen answers all these questions, and many more.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage details : a fashion sourcebook / Jeffrey Mayer & Basia Szkutnicka ; photography by Stephen Sartori.
Vintage Details is a stunning collection of over 550 beautifully photographed details from previously unseen 20th-century vintage clothing. The images are arranged by detail: necklines, collars, sleeves, cuffs, pockets, hems, darts and fitting devices, stitching, fastenings and buttonholes, pleats, frills and flounces, embellishment, texture, and print. Inner construction shots are also included, along with images of the full garments providing context for the details shown. Easy to navigate and packed full of inspirational images, this book will become an indispensable reference to vintage detailing for fashion design students and professionals.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInside haute couture : behind the scenes at the Paris ateliers / Désirée Sadek ; Guillaume de Laubier ; translation from the French by Molly Stevens.
“From Maison Chanel on rue Cambon to Jean Paul Gaultier on rue Saint-Martin, the history of French fashion is often closely tied to those of Parisian addresses. With exclusive photographs by Guillaume de Laubier and text by Désirée Sadek, Inside Haute Couture offers a private tour of 10 meccas of French fashion. From the splendor of VIP reception rooms to the privacy of sewing ateliers, the daily lives of the most renowned figures in haute couture are show­cased alongside the skilled artisans and their stunning creations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe cool factor : a guide to achieving effortless style, with secrets from the women who have it / Andrea Linett ; photographs by Michael Waring.
“Trendsetter Andrea Linett has that rare ability to distill fashion talk into advice that everyone can follow, and in this book she shares the style wisdom she’s gathered over years of working in the fashion industry. Linett’s fashion philosophy is illustrated through precise tips and photos of women who do it right, and from them we learn how to develop personal style. Finally, Linett rounds out the book with checklists, including must-haves for a hardworking wardrobe, how to breathe new life into old pieces, how to make a trend your own, and how to make sure everything you buy actually fits.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverF**k ivy and everything else / Mark McNairy ; foreword by Nick Wooster.
“Sartorial rules are made and broken in this must-have style guide for traditionalists and hipsters alike. At once a style guide that provides invaluable tips for today’s men, it is also, like his clothing and accessories, a witty riff on the Ivy League look. Showcasing a mix of vintage fashion and film images that reference traditional menswear and style icons; examples of streetwear and McNairy’s clothing; and advertising and pop culture references, F–k Ivy and Everything Else is a visual treat from spread to spread, packed with solid sartorial advice and cheeky humor.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFacing east : ancient health and beauty secrets for the modern age / Jingduan Yang, M.D., F.A.P.A. with Norma Kamali.
“In Facing East, Dr. Jingduan Yang, a fifth-generation practitioner of Chinese medicine and a respected authority in integrative medicine, joins forces with style icon and wellness advocate Norma Kamali to reveal the ancient healing secrets, adapted for the modern age, that will help preserve, maintain, and restore vitality, health, and beauty in all its forms. Drawing from 2,500 years of wisdom adapted to today’s lifestyles, Facing East teaches you how to restore your qi–the vital energy at the root of every function in the human body–to become both internally healthy and externally radiant.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

October Fashion and Beauty: “We’re going to Mood!”

“Designers, we’re going to Mood!” Every keen Project Runway watcher will be excited to hear that we have a brand new book about New York’s ultimate fabric mecca, made famous by Tim Gunn on TV’s Project Runway. The Mood guide to fabric and fashion gives every sewer essential fabric know-how, produced by Mood’s experts. This year’s wedding season is kicked off with a brand new book of beautiful couture wedding gowns, and we have a new book about the ever-popular nautical style, just in time for our summer and spring wardrobes. Our collection of street style books also continues to grow, with new editions on Sydney and London’s East End. And find out what it’s really like to attend the hottest fashion shows – from the back row. Bon appétit!

Syndetics book coverCouture wedding gowns / Marie Bariller ; translated from the French by Willard Wood.
“The couture wedding gown–a fashion show’s grand finale–marks the pinnacle of a designer’s creativity for the season. Consequently, these dresses offer particular insight into the designer’s creative process. Couture Wedding Gowns presents a collection of extraordinary dresses designed by some of the most respected designers from the 20th century to today. Profiling designers from Alexander McQueen to Zuhair Murad, Marie Bariller reveals what the wedding gown represents for each of them. With exclusive interviews, in-depth analysis, and detailed descriptions of the signature dresses accompanied by lavish photography and hand-drawn illustrations, the book offers insight into the artistic vision of their creators.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFear and clothing : unbuckling American style / Cintra Wilson.
“Cintra Wilson takes her celebrated eye for style on the road, traveling around the “belt regions” of the United States. She tackles the fashion choices of scantily clad clubgoers on South Beach, unpacks the altogether impractical clothing choices at the Sundance Festival in Utah, and digs beneath the sartorial armor of politicians and their wives in Washington, DC. In this smart and rollicking book, Wilson illustrates how every closet is a declaration of the owner’s politics, sexuality, class, education, hopes, and dreams.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEast End fashionistas. Anthony Webb.
“Multicultural, adjacent to London’s wealthy financial district, home to artists and designers of all stripes, London’s East End neighborhood is alive with creative possibility. Not unlike the denizens of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, its inhabitants exhibit a highly individual sense of style, in keeping with their environment. Anthony Webb’s exhilarating portraits capture the expressive characters who populate the East End. His full-color shots portray hundreds of self-fashioned individuals flaunting remarkably creative personal style… this book encapsulates the avant-garde spirit of a new urban counterculture taking not just London but all major urban centers by storm.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSydney street style / Vicki Karaminas, Justine Taylor and Toni Johnson-Woods ; photography by Kate Disher-Quill.
“Style is predominantly an individual matter–the way people put themselves together creates a sense of individual identity–but collectively it creates a sense of common culture in a community, a city, or a country. Geographically isolated from the fashion hubs of Paris and New York, Australia may not yet be synonymous with style. Sydney Street Style depicts the style of this less-explored fashion capital. Beautifully assembled and packed with full color photos of the stylish and eclectic residents of Sydney, this book will be a welcome addition to the library of any fashionista or armchair traveller.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Mood guide to fabric and fashion : the essential guide from the world’s most famous fabric store / editor, Melanie Falick ; foreword by Tim Gunn ; photography by Johnny Miller.
“”Designers, we’re going to Mood!” More than 10 years ago, Tim Gunn and Project Runway introduced millions of viewers to New York’s ultimate fabric mecca, Mood Fabrics. The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion is the ultimate guide for home-sewers, fashion students, aspiring designers, and Project Runway fans who want to learn everything they need to know to choose and use quality fabric. Drawing upon the expertise of the Mood staff, the book teaches readers the fundamentals–from where fabric is produced to the ins and outs of its construction–and features a fabric-by-fabric guide to cottons and other plant fibers, wools, silks, knits, and other specialty fabrics.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTales from the back row : an outsider’s view from inside the fashion industry / Amy Odell.
“Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell knows what it’s really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry. In Tales from the Back Row, Amy–funny and fearless–takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers. As she describes the allure of Alexander Wang’s ripped tights and Marchesa’s Oscar-worthy dresses, Amy artfully layers in something else: ultimately this book is about how the fashion industry is an exaggerated mirror of human fallibility-reflecting our desperate desire to belong, to make a mark, to be included.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNautical chic / Amber Jane Butchart.
“From the modernist elegance of Coco Chanel to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s punk-fuelled pirates, the appeal of nautical dress has cut a sartorial swathe for over two centuries. But how did garments such as the blue and white fishermans top and peacoat cross over from uniform and workwear into fashionable dress? In Nautical Chic, the first and only book to look at the history of high fashion on the high seas, fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart traces the relationship between maritime dress and the fashionable wardrobe, uncovering stories, tracking the trends, and tracing the evolution of the style back to its roots in our seafaring past.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

Champagne Supernovas: November’s new fashion and beauty choices

Clear your reading pile – we have some great new books on fashion and beauty to choose from this month! Get your street style fix, as well as some fresh style tips, from Refinery29 and learn some simple but effective new makeup tricks from The Daily Face. Relive famous fashion moments with fashion illustrator Megan Hess’ new book The Dress, and read all about the famed lives and times of Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs during the 90s in Champagne Supernovas. Our Vogue On series also continues to grow, with new additions about Ralph Lauren as well as Audrey Hepburn’s beloved Hubert Givenchy. So much to choose from!

Syndetics book coverRefinery29 : style stalking / Christene Barberich + Piera Gelardi.
“Get set to build your best ever wardrobe featuring the hardest-working looks from around the globe with Refinery29–the world’s leading style destination–as their editors break down the essentials of the everyday chic, straight from the street. What transforms a look from on-trend to trendsetting? Editor-in-Chief Christene Barberich and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi deconstruct their favorite outfits to reveal what trailblazing looks like on the real-life fashion front, including how to wear modern metallics, mixed prints, everyday ladylike, tomboy chic, lots of layers, and more. Includes clever tips such as wearing one piece in three fresh ways, building blocks for discovering your own signature style, and updating your closet each season.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe daily face : 25 makeup looks for day, night, and everything in between! / Annamarie Tendler ; photographs by Justin Ouellette.
“Makeup artist Annamarie Tendler’s Daily Face feature on her hugely popular Tumblr blog has inspired hundreds of thousands of followers. Now in her first book, she takes readers around the clock with 25 easy-to-achieve looks for everything from an afternoon first date to a retro-glam cocktail party or a sultry smoky-eyed late night. She even throws in some head-turning costume ideas. It’s all about personal expression. Step-by-step photos make it easy for anyone (even the makeup challenged) to follow along.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe dress : 100 iconic moments in fashion / Megan Hess.
“From Ms Hepburn’s elegant black shift to Lady Gaga’s meat gown, The Dress relives the marvellous and unforgettable dresses of fashion: think Liz Hurley’s safety-pin ensemble, Princess Di’s neverending wedding dress, or that unforgettable white halter sported by Marilyn in The Seven Year Itch. Megan Hess’ fabulous illustrations celebrate a collection of frocks that take readers on a decadent romp through fashion history, from the haute to the hot. This is a compendium of gowns that have captured a moment in history, the spirit of a generation and the indefinable energy of a fashion icon, and an exploration of why they continue to resonate with audiences, decades on.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChampagne supernovas : Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the 90s renegades who remade fashion / Maureen Callahan.
“The 1990s were all about fashion and Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen were the trio of rebel geniuses who made it great. Each had an amazing talent and each had demons that would jeopardize that same talent. Collectively, they represented a ‘moment’ in fashion and pop culture that upended everything that had come before it. Maureen Callahan explores a particular, pivotal time – the moment when the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, the alternative became the mainstream, and Gen X took over the reins of power in the fashion industry – through the lives of three people who would become both fashion icons and cautionary tales of the era.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPretty honest / Sali Hughes ; photographs by Jake Walters.
“A witty, wise and truthful beauty handbook for real women on what works in real life from Sali Hughes, beloved journalist and broadcaster. Covering everything from teenage skin to that milestone 80th birthday, botox to no-botox, celebration to grief, Sali Hughes, leading journalist and broadcaster, shows real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers in a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – whilst employing a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHubert de Givenchy / Drusilla Beyfus.
“The handsome, aristocratic Hubert de Givenchy blended the hallowed traditions of haute couture with a modern sensibility. For 40 years he focused always on purity of line, but combined an artist’s eye with a keen entrepreneurial mind. His innovative 1952 debut collection made its mark by presenting separates, then a little-known approach to fashion. This book examines his career.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRalph Lauren / Kathleen Baird-Murray.
“Ralph Lauren’s designs vividly embody the American Dream and he has risen to become his country’s foremost fashion designer. His visionary ability has created a multi-billion-dollar brand, still very successful almost 50 years on. His genius lies in his innate skill for interpreting key cultural elements of Americana – whether folk art, or the world of polo-playing Hamptons’ socialites, or Navajo motifs – and encapsulating them in appealing garments.” (Syndetics summary)

Designers’ Edit: new fashion and beauty books for September

This month, we have a special edit for budding fashion designers. We have guides to putting together your own all-important fashion portfolio, insights into designing costumes for film and theatre, a beautiful book of fashion swatches, as well as an insider’s view of the iconic Parsons fashion school, home to Project Runway. Or if fashion consumption rather than fashion study is more your thing, check out our other selections – a glossy volume on international men’s street style, a biography on the driving force behind Avon and a limited-edition volume all about the fashion collection of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Syndetics book coverMen in this town : London, Tokyo, Sydney, Milan, New York / Giuseppe Santamaria.
“From the streets of the leading fashion cities around the world, photographer, art director and blogger Giuseppe Santamaria brings together a striking photographic collection showcasing the styles of the modern man. In each city he visits, Giuseppe seeks out the man whose dress sense speaks volumes about who he is, sharing looks that will be a source of inspiration to readers. Alongside the varied sartorial tastes captured on the streets, Giuseppe chooses a handful of men from each city who have particularly caught his attention, photographing them in various attires and interviewing them on their individual approach to fashion. With cutting-edge, street style photography, Men in This Town is an exploration of the current menswear scene across the world’s most fashionable cities.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeauty queen : inside the reign of Avon’s Andrea Jung / Deborrah Himsel.
“Himsel (Leadership Sopranos Style), former vice-president of global organization effectiveness at Avon, takes on the story of former Avon CEO Andrea Jung, who resigned in 2011 in a blaze of scandal. At her peak, Jung was considered one of the finest leaders of the early 21st century; former colleague Himsel believes that her career constitutes the perfect leadership case study. Using her own experience and interviews with those who knew her, Himsel narrates Jung’s rise at Avon at a time when the direct sales channel model was viewed as old-fashioned. She then covers Jung’s initial success, her reshaping of the company’s image and mission, difficulties that arose, and her ultimate downfall. ” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe school of fashion : 30 Parsons designers / Simon Collins.
“For over a century, Parsons The new school for design has been synonymous with the best in American fashion, fostering creative talent and pushing the boundaries of style around the world. The staggering influence of the schools many successful alumni has created a legacy that has only grown in scale and scope over the decades. This illustrated volume explores that legacy through the testimony of its brightest stars, with interviews and exclusive archival sketches from Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and many others.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion portfolio : design and presentation / Anna Kiper.
“From finding inspiration to creating the final collection, this is the complete guide to putting together an attention-grabbing fashion portfolio. It follows the entire design process, covering research, quick sketches, silhouettes, mood boards, garment details, textiles, fabric manipulation, and draping experimentation. In addition to samples from professional sketchbooks, established fashion and accessories designers offer their personal insights on the job’s highlights and challenges. A beautiful and practical book that helps readers get inside the designer’s mind” – amazon.com

Syndetics book coverThe fashion swatch book / Marnie Fogg.
“This exhaustive sourcebook book presents the most eye-catching and important pieces from an array of more than 100 of the world’s fashion designers. Covering both contemporary and classic designs, it sets a new benchmark in the world of fabric design. Alphabetically arranged by designer, around 1,300 images illustrate the huge variety of swatches. Marnie Fogg introduces each fashion house and guides the reader through their particular approach to textile design and production. With unprecedented access behind the scenes of some of the most important manufacturers, the final section of the book displays informative step-by-step photographs of the working techniques behind both modern and classic fabric manufacturing.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesigning costume for stage and screen / Deirdre Clancy.
“In this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated volume, accomplished costume designer Deirdre Clancy draws from over-40 years of experience to show how to design costume for stage and screen. All budgets and practicalities are considered, so whether you are a student, or a designer for the stage or screen, this book has advice from one of the best in the business. The entire design process is explained, with drawings and tips throughout starting with how you go about researching and designing, to communicating with the audience, designing on paper and with Photoshop or on an iPad, and how best to share your ideas. All the different strands of costume design from period costume through to contemporary clothes are covered with authenticity and feasibility in mind, so that the final costume is the perfect fit for the actor’s role.” – amazon.com

Syndetics book coverFashion designers : the collection of the Museum at FIT / text by Valerie Steele ; foreword by Suzy Menkes ; with contributions by Fred Dennis… [et al.] ; 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 are celebrated in this limited-edition volume. Photographs of over 500 garments selected from the Museum’s permanent collection illuminate each of the featured designers, while texts by the curators explain why each designer is important in fashion history and what is special about the individual pieces featured.” – adapted from amazon.com