This book will get your Instagram game on point; particularly helpful info for the holiday period ahead! Written by Aimee Song (blogger extraordinaire behind Song of Style), this book is all about taking great photos and keeping your grid looking sharp - it has tonnes of amazing outfit inspo too.
Capture your style : transform your Instagram images, showcase your life, and build the ultimate platform / Aimee Song with Erin Weinger.
“From Instagram star Aimee Song, creator of the popular fashion blog Song of Style , comes the very first how-to Instagram guide, breaking down the essentials to taking gorgeous photos and building your brand and following.
In this ultimate how-to Instagram guide, you’ll learn:
- How to brighten, sharpen, and filter your photos
- The best apps and filters
- How to prop and style food and fashion photos
- Ways to craft your voice and story on Instagram
- How to gain more Instagram followers
- Secrets behind building a top Instagram brand
- How to transform an Instagram hobby into a successful business
- Tips for driving revenue based on your following
Capture Your Style will empower you to become your own master mobile photographer, whether you’re looking to launch an e-commerce business or simply sharing a gorgeous meal with your friends, turning even the most mundane moment into Instagold. This is a must-have reference for anyone interested in the ins and outs of stylish personal branding.” (Syndetics summary)
A new book on the illustrious Coco Chanel; j’adore.
Chanel : the enigma / Isabelle Fiemeyer ; translated from the French by Deke Dusinberre.
“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. Her life was marked by suffering that stemmed from affronts, an absent father, abandonment, and death, but also by vitally positive forces—her idealized childhood, collaborations with the world’s greatest artists, and her permanently hypnotic, albeit staged, presence. While the myth surrounding Chanel was extolled, perpetuated, and modulated by some, others twisted it, reviling and vilifying the designer, denouncing her as dispassionate and criticizing her for her poor relationship with her family, her mistakes, and her role during the war. 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 amazon.com
We have a brand new book on military fashion. Please enjoy this visual pun!! (Those gold cylinders are a lipstick and a mascara, not bullets, just fyi.).
Military 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)
This a graphic novel! A fashion graphic novel. Who even knew such a thing existed. It definitely works though, the pictures are beautiful and the story is très sweet.
Girl in Dior / Annie Goetzinger ; translation by Joe Johnson ; lettering by Ortho.
“The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s the 12th of February 1947, and the creme de la creme of Paris haute couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerised: it’s a triumph. Soon, Clara is picked by Dior himself to be his model.” (Syndetics summary)
This inspiring book tells the story of Tala; a girl who grew up in Tehran under the restrictive rules and dress codes of Islamic law and went on to create her own fashion label in the USA. Girl powaaarrrrr!! #whoruntheworld
Fashion is freedom : how a girl from Tehran broke the rules to change her world / Tala Raassi.
“The inspiring true story of how courage, a dream, and some needle and thread can change a life forever…
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 imaginedher 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.
Fashion is Freedom takes us on a journey that crosses the globe, from Colombia to Miss Universe, and inspires women everywhere to be fearless…” (Syndetics summary)
Not just fashion… HIGH fashion. (Such a beautiful book, btw.)
High 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. Alongside the individual chapters, three designers that made their mark on fashion are discussed, as well as three key looks per decade. 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
Good news for good fashion! Brand new app Good On You launched this week, and is a shiny new app which rates fashion brands on their “impact on people, the planet and animals”. The results are all easy to read and, most importantly, easy to access when you’re out shopping. It also groups all brands with a Good or Great rating in the same place (so if you’re wanting some new kicks for example, you can easily see which brands to go for), and there are even some discounts and specials to be had. Huzzah!!
The app also enables you to
hassle get in contact with brands that could be doing better. Australia and New Zealand are the first countries to get the app, with more international releases planned for the near future. It’s available for Apple and android, so get to it!
Amazinger Face! So, this isn’t exactly a fashion book. It’s a beauty book. But it’s hard to look chic and fashiony if your hair and makeup aren’t en pointe, so that’s where this book comes in!
I am a dedicated devotee of the author Zoë Foster-Blake; this book is a follow up to her earlier publication Amazing Face and is also fabulous. It gives really straight-up and helpful advice on eeeeeverything you need to know in the grooming department, and also recommends specific brands and products for particular skin types. Think of this as the kind of book you would refer to before you make any kind of beauty-type purchase. (Zoë also writes fiction, which we have, but I can’t vouch for as I haven’t read any. Just thought it was interesting and you might wanna know.)
Amazinger face : clever beauty tricks, should-own products and spectacularly useful how-to-do-its / Zoë Foster Blake.
“Fully revised and updated! Over 60 new pages! New longer title! Sometimes a lady just needs to know the most flattering lipstick for her skin tone, or how to correctly use sunscreen, or a very quick hairstyle to conceal her unwashed hair. And there’s no reason she shouldn’t know which foundation or mascara is best for her, either. All the answers are here, in this top-to-toe beauty extravaganza. Former Cosmopolitan and Harper’s BAZAAR beauty director, and the founder of Go-To skin care, Zoe Foster (Blake) suggests makeup colours and brands for every occasion; useful, practical skin care routines and products for every age; and step-by-step instructions for winged eyeliner, arresting red lips, foolproof tanning, simple updos, sexy-second-day hair, and much, much more . . .” (Syndetics summary)
I can never resist a bit of Audrey (or Givenchy).
Audrey and Givenchy : a fashion love affair / Cindy De La Hoz.
“The words “Audrey style” conjure images of ballet flats, little black dresses, bateau necklines, capri pants, and countless stunning fashions.
Audrey Hepburn, the fashion icon, got her start in the early 1950s, just as a young French designer, Hubert de Givenchy, was beginning his legendary career. Together Audrey and Givenchy were a brilliant meeting of minds. Over the course of their forty-year friendship and professional partnership, both became fashion icons whose collaborations influenced trends for generations to come.
Audrey and Givenchy is a celebration of their work both onscreen and off, featuring fashion profiles on such classics as Sabrina , Breakfast at Tiffany’s , Charade , How to Steal a Million , and perhaps greatest of all, Funny Face (who could forget the many looks of Audrey’s transformation from dowdy librarian to high-fashion model?). Also covering their greatest off-screen fashion hits for awards shows and events and featuring photos throughout, Audrey and Givenchy is a stunning showcase of the most influential teaming of star and designer in fashion history.” (Syndetics summary)
If your over-flowing wardrobe is making you feel guilty, read this book (even if it’s not making you feel guilty, you should read this book). Aussie fashion writer Clare Press explores the real cost of our modern-day addiction to cheap clothing and I have to tell you, it’s pretty morbid. But the solution to the problem lies with us, as shoppers, and this book is the perfect way to kick-start some smarter (and kinder) shopping habits. The tone of this book is really great as well and will immediately draw you in. Read it.
Wardrobe crisis : how we went from Sunday best to fast fashion / Clare Press.
“”Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer: it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street or you made them yourself. Today we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker and milliner are long gone, replaced by a globalised fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year. In Wardrobe Crisis , fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior and Hermes; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw. Wardrobe Crisis is a witty and persuasive argument for a fashion revolution that will empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.”” (Syndetics summary)