I recently watched this DVD and it’s excellent; a sneak-peek into the preparations behind the New York Met’s exhibition China: Behind the looking Glass and, of course, the deliciously ritzy Met Gala, spear-headed by Anna Wintour. I probably wouldn’t bother wearing these shoes to watch the film but I’d definitely consider wearing them to the Met Gala. I recommend reserving this one now – it’s the perfectly glamorous watch for this coming long weekend.
The first Monday in May / a Fabiola Beracasa Beckman production ; a Andrew Rossi film.
Each year, on the first Monday in May, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opens its doors to host the biggest event on the fashion calendar, The Met Gala, the opening night party to the Costume Institutes annual fashion exhibition. THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY follows Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, as they orchestrate the years most lavish party and The Mets most attended fashion exhibition in history, China: Through The Looking Glass. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi offers an exclusive all-access pass to the creation of the exhibition that explores China’s substantial influence on Western fashion. Featuring legendary film and fashion creatives including Wong Kar Wai, Baz Luhrmann, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and Andr Leon Talley, and intimate access to contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY explores whether fashion should be viewed as art and captures the creativity, passion, and inspiration behind the exhibition and gala.
50 Ways to Wear Denim is loaded with outfit inspo and super cute illustrations. If you’re keen to try out a few new denim looks (can I interest you in a Country Club Iconoclast look? Or perhaps a Prairie Wind?), then I most def recommend this book.
50 ways to wear denim / Lauren Friedman.
“50 Ways to Wear Denim is an illustrated guide to styling denim in 50 different looks. Each one spotlights an iconic denim garment (think denim shirts and skirts, jeans for every figure, overalls, jean jackets, and more) or suggests unexpected ways to incorporate denim into an outfit, from dressing up denim for a fancy event to mix-and-matching it with leopard print, florals, and plaids. Lively introductory sections explore denim’s history, anatomy, and key terminology, plus tips for shopping and caring for this staple fabric. A must-have fashion resource brimming with color and inspiration,50 Ways to Wear Denim will delight fashionistas and denim lovers of all ages.” (Syndetics summary)
Self Styled is all about individual personality and flair, and how that is communicated through fashion. If people watching is something you’re into (or more specifically, outfit watching) then it’s highly likely that you’ll love this book.
Self.Styled : dare to be different / Anthony Lycett.
“Self.Styled is a colourful celebration of freedom of expression, diversity and individualism through personal style. Showcasing photographic diptychs of a select group of fabulous people, every page illustrates unique personal choices while implicitly exploring themes such as gender, colour, body shape and taste.”–Page 4 of cover.
This epic book is basically photos of people wearing Versace. Beautiful photos of glamorous people wearing amazing Versace. Authored by Donatella Versace herself, it also tells the intriguing family tales behind one of Italy’s biggest fashion names… I highly recommend.
Versace / 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. Versace–a name that epitomizes Italian opulence, bold sexiness, and a flair for the extravagant–holds its place firmly in the fashion world as a legendary and iconic luxury brand. Taking over the creative artistic direction of the family-run fashion house in 1997, the enigmatic and alluring Donatella Versace has since catapulted the brand into popular culture, cementing Versace as a go-to label for A-list celebrities. 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. Featuring arresting photography by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel, among many others; images of Versace fashions modeled by the original “supers,” such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista; and red-carpet coverage of Hollywood’s elite wearing dazzling Versace couture, this glittering volume delivers the magnetic vibrancy, supreme luxury, and glamour quotient that define Versace.” (Syndetics summary)
This cute wee book is a total gem; it’s packed with handy hints and tips on beauty, makeup and fashion, as well as general must-know model info. It also has direct quotes from models like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Gigi Hadid. My fave suggestion – conditioning your hair with beer (For real. Page 110 :-O ).
Supermodel tips : beauty and style secrets from the world’s top models / Carly Hobbs.
“‘Twist up your hair after you’ve washed it and let it dry like that. When you let it down, it will have a gorgeous natural wave’ Naomi Campbell
‘After applying your lipstick, blot your lips with your fingers and then pat the remaining colour on your cheeks for an instant glow’ Kate Moss
‘Use intensive masks on your tresses and have it trimmed regularly, I also take vitamin supplements to keep my hair healthy from the inside out’ Eva Herzigova
From Kate Moss to Gisele Bundchen, Cara Delevigne to Suki Waterhouse, this beautifully illustrated book is crammed with insider tips and ingenious tricks on all aspects of looking great, from the world’s legendary supermodels. Find out how these runway stars achieve perfect make-up precision, keep fit and prepare for those all-important events in this essential guide for all fashionistas.” (Syndetics summary)
Get a Life! is the published version of Vivienne Westwood’s online diary blog. The tone of this book is so fresh and conversational, it feels more like a quality chat with a good friend. (And you should see the beautiful endpaper, omg)
Get 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. And what a life! One week, you might find Vivienne up the Amazon, highlighting tribal communities’ struggles to maintain the rainforest; another might see her visiting Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy, or driving up to David Cameron’s house in the Cotswolds in a full-on tank. Then again, Vivienne might be hanging out with her friend Pamela Anderson, or in India for Naomi Campbell’s birthday party, or watching Black Sabbath in Hyde Park with Sharon Osbourne.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.” (Syndetics summary)
If fine detail and craftsmanship is your jam, then get this book. Inside Haute Couture lets you peek into the humming workrooms of Paris’s most famed fashion houses such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, and features close-up images of the intricate details of some of the world’s most amazing clothes.
Inside 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 Desiree 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. This book is an unprecedented journey into a world often closed to the public, against a backdrop of an exceptional architectural heritage.” (Syndetics summary)
I am very in love with this new book! It suggests a bunch of different ways to wear scarves and is full of pretty illustrations showing you exactly how to tie them. This book is perfect for scarf hoarders like me who can’t resist buying beautiful scarves and yet never actually wear them. Ha.
Nasty Galaxy is an amped-up scrapbook of amazingness; I don’t know how else to describe it. But definitely read it.
Nasty galaxy / Sophia Amoruso ; foreword by Courtney Love.
“From Sophia Amoruso, the New York Times -bestselling author of #GIRLBOSS , a lushly illustrated embodiment of the collective spirit of the Nasty Gal brand, Sophia’s own personal brand, and girlbosses everywhere, with a foreword by Courtney Love. Warning: this is not a style book. It’s not about how to mix prints–it’s about how to leave yours on everything you touch.
Highly graphic and visual, filled with illustrations, photos and short essays, Nasty Galaxy is part scrapbook, part inspo-journey, with moments of frivolity scattered throughout. Tactical and entertaining, envelope-pushing and conventional, surprising and refreshingly straightforward, Nasty Galaxy is a dive into Sophia’s philosophies on work, relationships, balance, friendships, and more. It is a celebration of her roots in vintage clothing, punk attitude, fringe characters, and don’t-give-a-f*ck thought leadership.
Nasty Galaxy is Amoruso’s newest life bible, approaching style, music, philosophy, and advice in the same way #GIRLBOSS approached business–unconventionally. Oversized and in full color, this is the newest, coolest, must-have accessory.” (Syndetics summary)
Curate your closet with this guide to… curating your closet. This new guide is particularly handy if one of your 2017 fashion promises was to clean out your wardrobe and streamline your style.
The curated closet : a simple system for discovering your personal style and building your dream wardrobe / by Anuschka Rees.
“Is your closet jam-packed and yet you have absolutely nothing to wear? Can you describe your personal style in one sentence? If someone grabbed a random piece from your closet right now, how likely is it that it would be something you love and wear regularly? With so many style and shopping options, it can be difficult to create a streamlined closet of pieces that can be worn easily and confidently. In The Curated Closet , style writer Anuschka Rees presents a fascinatingly strategic approach to identifying, refining, and expressing personal style and building the ideal wardrobe to match it, with style and shopping strategies that women can use every day. Including useful infographics, charts, and activities, as well as beautiful fashion photography, The Curated Closet is the ultimate practical guide to authentic and unique style.” (Syndetics summary)