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)

Get inspired – October Fashion and Beauty books

October’s new fashion and beauty books tell a range of inspirational tales. Chanel: the Enigma tells Coco Chanel’s fabled rags to riches story, and Fashion is Freedom shares the story of Tala, who grew up under the restrictive dress codes of Islamic law and went on to found her own fashion label. We have a shiny new style guide to help you to live a more “luxe” life, as well as a guide to becoming a modern day gentlewoman. Bring out your inner Audrey (or Coco!) this October.

Syndetics book coverThe new garconne : how to be a modern gentlewoman / Navaz Batliwalla.
The New Garconne is a non-prescriptive guide for today’s modern, independent, and stylish woman. It espouses a grown-up style and attitude with a masculine-feminine aesthetic, where culture, history, beauty, intelligence, feminism, quality, and taste are celebrated. Women who embody the look include Katharine Hepburn, Andree Putman, Lauren Hutton, Janelle Monae, Ines de la Fressange, Tilda Swinton, and Jenna Lyons. This visually inspiring book explores the look, history, and essence of gentlewoman style. It features profiles of women who typify the style, alongside beautifully photographed and curated imagery and how-to-get-the-look information.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanel : the enigma / Isabelle Fiemeyer ; translated from the French by Deke Dusinberre.
“Coco Chanel continues to beguile more than four decades after her death; her life and work are a source of enduring fascination. Chanel expert Isabelle Fiemeyer unveils the mysteries that have surrounded the private and public figure by piecing together new research with accounts from Chanel’s intimate friends and relatives, artists, writers, photographers, directors, actors, scholars, and those who worked with her inside the House of Chanel. Offering fresh revelations about Chanel’s life, this handsome volume includes photographs and previously unpublished material, as well as new documents from the wartime period.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe luxe life / Fleur De Force.
“Every girl deserves a little bit of luxe in her life and top beauty and fashion vlogger Fleur de Force – Sunday Times bestselling author of The Glam Guide – knows exactly how to get it. “Luxe living is all about becoming your best self – the one you’ve always wanted to be – and making it look effortless. It’s about making every day feel special and knowing that a little bit of extra effort in any aspect of your life goes a long way.” Packed with: inspiring fashion and beauty advice, budget-friendly hosting hacks, lifestyle tips to make your home a sanctuary, creative and thoughtful DIY gift ideas, over 30 must-have recipes to take you from brunch to dinner party. The Luxe Life is the essential guide to wowing at every special occasion, and making every day special.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMilitary style invades fashion / Timothy Godbold ; with an introduction by Colin McDowell.
“A virtual pageantry of the many ways in which military styles inspire and influence contemporary fashion. The transformation of military clothing into popular retail fashion has a long history. In fact, the designs of some of today’s most popular styles, worn for the most peaceful purposes, actually originated in clothing intended for warfare. In a campaign to dress well, combat and battle rarely, if ever, enter the picture. This book celebrates the enduring appeal of military-inspired clothing and acts as a reference guide and source of inspiration for designers and fashion followers alike.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion is freedom : how a girl from Tehran broke the rules to change her world / Tala Raassi.
“Since she was young, Tala Raassi knew her fate lay in fashion. But growing up in her beloved homeland of Iran, a woman can be punished for exposing her hair in public, let alone wearing the newest trends. Despite strict regulations, Tala developed a keen sense of style in backroom cafes and secret parties. She never imagined her behavior would land her in prison, or bring the cruel sting of a whip for the crime of wearing a mini-skirt. Tala’s forty lashes didn’t keep her down – they fanned the flames of individuality and inspired her to embrace a new freedom in the United States. As she developed her own clothing label, her exploration into the creative, cut throat community of Western fashion opened her eyes to the ups and downs of hard work, hard decisions, and hard truths.” (Amazon.com)

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)

New Style – Fashion and Beauty picks for April

Go wild for style this season – April’s new fashion and beauty books bring you two new style guides, with one especially aimed at glamorous older women who “want to age with cocktail in hand, surrounded by admirers”. Now that is something we can get behind! We take a look at the timeless elegance of French fashion giants Louis Vuitton and Cartier, and discover some brand new nail polish and eye makeup techniques. We also take a closer look at the history of fashion, going decade by decade. You’re welcome.

Syndetics book coverLouis Vuitton, the spirit of travel / authors, Patrick Mauriés, Pierre Léonforté ; translation: James Buxton and John Crisp.
“This volume tells the story of Louis Vuitton, the designer that embodies the spirit of travel and quintessentially French elegance the world over. Explore the people, the places, and the clients at the heart of the Louis Vuitton story– the kings and princesses, intrepid explorers and prima donnas, and the creations, objects, and accessories–which imbue Louis Vuitton with the spirit of travel, and discover the evolutions in technology and design that are essential to the success of this extraordinary brand.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEasy on the eyes : eye make-up looks in 5, 15 and 30 minutes / Lisa Potter-Dixon.
“Starting with the basics, Lisa teaches you how to prep, prime and perfect your base before transforming your look with shadows, liner and all that’s in between. Create the perfect brows to frame the eyes following step-by-step photographs and using Benefit’s unique brow-mapping tool. Whether you’re looking for a fun and youthful or elegant and sophisticated look, Lisa will show you how to make the most of your eyes, with hints and tips to suit all eye shapes, colours and styles. Each look can be completed in 5, 15 or 30 minutes, so no matter what your style, how much time you have to get ready, or what equipment you have to hand, you can go from now to WOW! in no time.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHigh fashion : the 20th century decade by decade / Emmanuelle Dirix.
“From the Golden Age of Haute Couture in the 1900s to the lifestyle brands of the 1990s, this book looks, decade-by-decade, at the high fashion of the 20th century. Each chapter examines the significant stylistic changes that occurred in the decade in question, and places these in their cultural and political context. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings of the clothes and the people who wore them. Many of the designers are household names; some are lesser known. But all these individuals, whether through their designs or their business practices, are exemplars of their age.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNail art / by Emily Draher.
“When it comes to personal style, let your nails do the talking. Try It! Nail Art shows you how to create manicure magic with step-by-step tutorials and fantastic tips on creating the perfect nails. Try It! Nail Art takes you right through from basic manicures and pedicures, to advanced designs such as zigzags, water marble and tartan. Before you know it, you will be creating 3D nail art, gel manicures, ombre designs and much much more. With over twenty different designs to try, people will be commenting on your gorgeous nails in next to no time!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFashion’s double : representations of fashion in painting, photography and film / by Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas.
“Mere clothing is transformed into desirable fashion by the way it is represented in imagery. Fashion’s Double examines how meanings are projected onto garments through their representation, whether in painting, photography, cinema or online fashion film, conveying identity and status, eliciting fascination and desire. With in-depth case studies including the work of Nick Knight and Helmut Newton, film examples such as The Hunger Games, music video Girl Panic by Duran Duran, and much more, this book analyses the interrelationship between clothing, identity, embodiment, representation and self-representation.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCartier dazzling : high jewelry and precious objects / Francois Chaille ; translated from the French by Barbara Mellor.
“Cartier’s unique savoir faire, maintained by virtuoso artisans, is combined with perpetually renewed sources of inspiration; together, they have forged the jeweler’s international reputation for excellence and singular beauty. This new volume focuses on the precious stones and artistic techniques of Cartier’s latest High Jewelry creations: unique and exceptional pieces destined for the most avid and discerning collectors. One of those legendary destinies–that of a historical sapphire–is recounted in this book.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe wardrobe of Cecil Beaton : a life in fashion / Benjamin Wild ; foreword by Tim Walker.
“When fashion photographer and costume designer Cecil Beaton died in 1980, it was not surprising that one of his tailors was telephoned with the news before Buckingham Palace, despite his close association with the Royal Family. From the moment he arrived at Cambridge University in 1922 wearing an evening jacket, red shoes, black-and-white trousers, and a large cravat, to his appearance nearly forty years later at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, Beaton expressed a flamboyant sartorial nonchalance. A Life in Fashion is a lively and informative study of Beaton’s style, which kept evolving over the decades, driving and reflecting the transitions in men’s fashion that followed the Second World War.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesign your life : creating success through personal style / Rachel Roy.
“Rachel offers hands-on tips for developing personal style while staying true to yourself, using and updating what’s in your closest, and adding essential pieces to your wardrobe. Elegantly designed and illustrated with more than fifty exclusive color line drawings, filled with her passion, vision, and commitment to empowerment, Design Your Life takes fashion one step further–from looking great to becoming great, from the inside out.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverForever chic : must-have tips on beauty and style / Caroline Cox.
“Where are the style guides for glamorous older women? Where are the guides for the woman who wants to age with cocktail in hand, surrounded by admirers, rather than stretched out at a clinic with her face being stitched into a desperate rictus grin? In her inimitable style (aided by the wise words of her ageless Hollywood heroines), Caroline Cox provides a book chock full of tips, hints, beauty, and fashion advice. This meticulously researched, entertaining, and indispensable book will teach you to reclaim the spotlight, look good no matter what your body shape and be the glamorous grown-up you are.” (Syndetics summary)