Get your glam on – New fashion and beauty for February

Get your glam on with February’s selection of new fashion books. With shiny new volumes about Vivienne Westwood, Audrey Hepburn, Versace and Vogue, to name but a few, this February is set to be very glamorous indeed.

Syndetics book coverGet a life! : the diaries of Vivienne Westwood, 2010-2016 / Vivienne Westwood.
“Vivienne Westwood began Get A Life, her online diary, in 2010 with an impassioned post about Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Since then, she has written two or three entries each month, discussing her life in fashion and her involvement with art, politics and the environment.Reading Vivienne’s thoughts, in her own words, is as fascinating and provocative as you would expect from Britain’s punk dame – a woman who always says exactly what she believes. The beauty of Vivienne Westwood’s diary is that it is so fresh and unpredictable. In book form, generously illustrated with her own selection of images, it is irresistible.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 dresses that changed the world.
“Everything around us is designed and the word ‘design’ has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Dresses That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 dresses that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From the 1915 Delphos Pleated dress to Hussein Chalayan’s 2007 LED dress, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status and the designers that give them a special place in design history.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVersace / written by Donatella Versace, Maria Luisa Frisa, and Stefano Tonchi.
“A long-awaited and highly intimate visual history of Versace, the glamorous and globally renowned Italian fashion house. This richly illustrated tome chronicles Donatella’s interpretation of Versace in the twenty-first century and her remarkable work as the curator and face of Versace. Versace includes exclusive contemporary and archival imagery from runway and backstage shots to intimate scenes at the Versace atelier, with accompanying original essays penned by fashion’s most authoritative voices. This glittering volume delivers the magnetic vibrancy, supreme luxury, and glamour quotient that define Versace.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMartine Sitbon : alternative vision / edited by Marc Ascoli & Martine Sitbon.
“The first book on the highly influential French fashion designer renowned for her rock’ n’ romantic style and for reinvigorating the house of Chloe. Martine Sitbon has become an icon among designers and fashionistas, earning her praise from Karl Lagerfeld as being “the only living French designer.” Handpicked to breathe new life into Chloe in the mid-1980s, and the first woman to be named designer at the house, while simultaneously working on her own ready-to-wear label, Sitbon has been at the helm of high fashion for decades. With never-before-seen sketches and photographs, this book allows readers to gain a better understanding of the designer’s personal universe and inspirations that have until now been largely hidden from view.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAudrey : the 50s / David Wills ; designed by Stephen Schmidt.
“A stunning photographic compilation showcasing Audrey Hepburn’s iconic career in the 1950s–the decade that solidified her place as one of the world’s greatest stars in film and fashion. Among the highlights: Rare and classic images digitally restored from vintage photographic prints, original studio negatives and transparencies. Never-before-seen publicity photos, scene stills and work shots. Previously unpublished “posed candids” of Audrey at home. Beautifully restored advertisements, fan magazine layouts, international film posters and lobby cards. Quotes from photographers, directors, and costars, including William Holden, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Cecil Beaton, and Audrey herself.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSelf.Styled : dare to be different / Anthony Lycett.
Self-Styled is about the celebration of freedom of expression, diversity and individualism through personal style. Showcasing photographic diptychs of a select group of fabulous urbanites, each double-page spread illustrates a unique personal choice while implicitly exploring themes such as gender, colour, body shape and taste. The concept behind Self-Styled is simple: each person is asked to choose two outfits – one that represents daywear and a second that represents nightwear. Then, through a dual photographic portrait, author Anthony Lycett encapsulates their distinctive personalities in a stylist-free zone as they are: self-styled. Since embarking on the project in 2008, Anthony has photographed people from all walks of life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInside Vogue : a diary of my 100th year / Alexandra Shulman.
“Alexandra Shulman reveals the emotional and logistical minefield of producing the 100th anniversary issue (that Duchess of Cambridge cover surprise), organizing the star-studded Vogue 100 Gala, working with designers from Victoria Beckham to Karl Lagerfeld and contributors from David Bailey to Alexa Chung. All under the continual scrutiny of a television documentary crew. But narrowly-contained domestic chaos hovers – spontaneous combustion in the kitchen, a temperamental boiler and having to send bin day reminders all the way from Milan fashion week. This is a rich, honest and sharply observed account of a year lived at the centre of British fashion and culture.” (adapted from syndetics summary)

October Beauty & Fashion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring-fresh fashion and beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May Fashion and Beauty

May’s fashion and beauty selections are a pure delight, with topics ranging from Vogue staffers, dressing fashionably for your own body and budget, as well as a guide to creating your own lovely threads at home! Our beauty collection has some exciting new additions, too, including books to help your hair and your whole lifestyle! Renew yourself for the coming winter with our new books for May.

Syndetics book coverThe Vogue factor / Kirstie Clements.
“In May 2012 Kirstie Clements was unceremoniously sacked after thirteen years in the editor’s chair at Vogue Australia. Here she tells the story behind the headlines, and takes us behind the scenes of a fast-changing industry. During a career at Vogue that spanned twenty-five years, Clements rubbed shoulders with Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue, Ian Thorpe, Crown Princess Mary, Cate Blanchett, and many more shining stars. From her humble beginnings growing up in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney to her brilliant career as a passionate and fierce custodian of the world’s most famous luxury magazine brand, Clements warmly invites us into her Vogue world, a universe that brims with dazzling celebrities, fabulous lunches, exotic locales and of course, outrageous fashion. Amidst the exhilaration and chaos of modern magazine publishing and the frenzied demands of her job, Clements is always steadfast in her dedication to quality. Above all, she is always Vogue.”– Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverDrape drape 3 / Hisako Sato.
“The follow-up to the cult Japanese draping books Drape drape and Drape drape 2, and the latest in the new series from Bunka Fashion College. It includes 15 stylish contemporary designs for dresses, skirts, tunics and blouses, with easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams that skilfully guide the reader to create draped garments step by step.”–Cover.

Syndetics book coverThe wow factor : insider style secrets for every body and every budget / by Jacqui Stafford.
“A style expert shares professional secrets on how to appear fashionable regardless of budget and body type, offering advice for identifying a personal style, making the most of an existing wardrobe, and knowing what trends to follow.”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverLove your hair : 24 easy-to-follow recipes for effortlessly sexy hair / Richard Kavanagh ; photographed by Steven Chee.
“How to create high-fashion hair styles at home, by top stylist Richard Kavanagh … has put together 24 recipes to show clearly and simply how to create a range of fabulous looks in your own home. Step-by-step instructions, with clear photos to make it easy, plus information on hair types, haircare, styling tools and much more. A stunning fashion book as well as a how-to guide”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverThe master of us all : Balenciaga, his workrooms, his world / Mary Blume.
“Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was deemed “‘master of us all'” by Christian Dior: by the age of 21 he dressed the queen of Spain, and in 1950, Harper’s Bazaar called him “the most elegant couturier in the world today.” In this intimate, enthusiastic, and lively first biography of the enigmatic designer, Blume (A French Affair) begins by chronicling Balenciaga’s rapid rise from his modest childhood in a Basque fishing village to his highly influential friendship with Paris designer Madeleine Vionnet, his early success in Spain, the establishment of the houses of Balenciaga in Madrid and Barcelona, and his departure in 1936 for Paris, where he presided over the third House of Balenciaga from 1937 to 1968. Though his designs were routinely described as “very Spanish,” Blume notes Balenciaga’s numerous other influences, including Japanese woodcuts and impressionist paintings, and insightfully contextualizes Balenciaga in relation to contemporaries Coco Chanel and Hubert de Givenchy. Blume, former culture columnist for the International Herald Tribune, writes with wit and aplomb; she was also a Balenciaga client, a fact that clearly informed the revealing and laudatory perspective shared with readers here. Photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe weekend makeover : get a brand new life by Monday morning / Jill Martin & Dana Ravich.
“Offers a collection of life-altering makeovers for body, mind, and spirit that can be accomplished in just 48 hours. From learning how to relax, to cleaning your refrigerator, you learn to tackle not only the nitty gritty details, but how to get the right mindset to make the changes stick. All it takes is one weekend to make, execute, and apply a foolproof plan to get life on track by Monday morning!”–Publisher information.