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  • Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

    Fashion Friday

    19.05.17 | Permalink | Comment?

    This sweet wee book chronicles 100 iconic fashion moments in amazing illustrations – including Chanel’s LBD, Bowie’s Union Jack McQueen coat and Audrey Hepburn in Holly Golightly’s chic black Givenchy gown (feat. pastry and dark sunglasses). It also includes high street favourites like Rayban wayfarers, Chuck Taylors and bomber jackets. Totally cute and very whimsical; it’s the perfect coffee table book (or armchair indulgence.)

    Syndetics book coverGroundbreaking fashion / Jane Rocca ; illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani.
    “A celebration of fashion’s most adventurous, outrageous moments. The modern history of fashion has always had significant turning points that altered everything that came afterwards — from the first outing of Chanel’s little black dress and the scandal of the first mini-skirt to Alexander McQueen’s armadillo shoes and Jean Paul Gaultier’s cone bra for Madonna. This book honours and celebrates these groundbreaking fashion moments. Each of the 100 fashion turning points is illustrated and put into its historical context — how and why it was ahead of the curve. The emphasis is on the designer who created it, the celebrity or personality who wore it and why it was groundbreaking in terms of the social and cultural shift it created.”–provided by publisher’s website.


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    Fashion Friday

    12.05.17 | Permalink | Comment?

    This book is omg so glam. Loaded with beautiful images of starlets (old and new) wearing Swarovski, it even has fold outs and mirror pages (?!) throughout. The glammest thing to happen to you all week.

    Syndetics book coverSwarovski : celebrating a history of collaborations in fashion, jewelry, performance, and design / contributions by Vivienne Becker, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Colin McDowell, Suzy Menkes, Alice Rawsthorn, Deyan Sudjic, Nadja Swarovski.Proxy Error
    For over 120 years Swarovski crystals have had a multifaceted significance, used as a creative ingredient by coveted brands around the world. In this history of the world-renowned crystal brand, you’ll learn about Swarovski’s contributions to the creative industries, emerging and established fashion designers, and view never-before-published contemporary and archival photographs.


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    Fashion Friday

    28.04.17 | Permalink | Comment?

    Think of this book as the ultimate worldwide shopping guide. From Morocco to New York, Buenos Aires to Melbourne, this book has all the deets on markets, boutiques, couture and vintage. Verrrrry handy.

    Syndetics book coverWhere stylists shop : the fashion insider’s ultimate guide : the secret source list of designers, stylists, editors, bloggers, models, costume designers, street-style stars, and tastemakers / Booth Moore.
    “As an international authority on fashion, Moore has interviewed more than 175 of the top designers, stylists, editors, bloggers, models, costume designers, street-style stars, and tastemakers on where they shop—from hidden vintage gems in Paris to up-and-coming local designer boutiques in Sydney, from old-school New York establishments and made-to-order jewelry in Los Angeles to the best street markets in Hong Kong, all the shopping secrets of the fashion elite are revealed.

    In this guide, you will discover:
    —Where in Brooklyn to get the vintage threads the cast of Girls wear
    —Which store in Austin has the perfect worn-in cowboy boots
    —What tips and tricks the pros have for online shopping
    —How to shop for the Frida Kahlo look in Mexico City, and find capes in Madrid like Picasso wore
    —How to find the Milan outlet stores where knowing editors pick -up designer discounts
    —Where the fashion set go for Soviet-era throwback threads in Moscow
    —How to find the Tokyo smoothie store that hides a punk rock paradise
    —Sources for up-and-coming designer clothing in Cape Town
    —Where to shop in Paris on a Sunday

    Wherever you are in the world, you have the ultimate source on stylish shopping at your fingertips.” (summary from amazon.com)


  • Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

    Fashion Friday

    21.04.17 | Permalink | Comment?

    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.


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    Fashion Friday

    31.03.17 | Permalink | Comment?

    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.

    Syndetics book cover50 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)


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    Fashion Friday

    24.03.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

    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.

    Syndetics book coverSelf.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.


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    Books for Pride Week

    10.03.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Books for Pride Week

    A bit late with this post, but better late than never! Here are some of the best books about living as a member of the LGBTQ community.

    1. Some assembly required : the not-so-secret life of a transgender teen, Arin Andrews
    2. If you could be mine, Sara Farizan
    3. Girl mans up, M-E Girard
    4. If I was your girl, Meredith Russo
    5. As I descended, Robin Talley
    6. Drag teen, Jeffrey Self
    7. Draw the line, Laurent Linn
    8. Boy meets boy, David Levithan
    9. Beyond magenta : transgender teens speak out, Susan Kuklin
    10. The boy’s own manual to being a proper Jew, Eli Glasman


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    Fashion Friday

    03.03.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

    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.

    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. 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)


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    Fashion Friday

    24.02.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

    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 ).

    Syndetics book coverSupermodel 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)


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    Fashion Friday

    17.02.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    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)

    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. 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)

     


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