We have some very lovely new fashion books and I’ve noticed a bit of a theme going on - illustrated biographies on the legendary Coco Chanel! They are really pretty and also whimsical, so I am totally down with this theme. The only difference is that one of these books is pitched at 5 year olds! Ha!! But honestly, it is such a sweet and pretty (and informative!) book that you won’t even care.
Coco Chanel (Little People, Big Dreams) [hardback]
“This book follows Coco Chanel, from her early life in an orphanage – where she is a genius with needle and thread – to her time as a cabaret singer, hat maker and, eventually, international fashion designer. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Coco’s life at the back. Ages 5+” (Syndetics)
Coco Chanel : the illustrated world of a fashion icon / Megan Hess.
“Coco Chanel is a compilation of Megan Hess’ stunning illustrations and of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel’s history, from Coco’s incredible life, to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld on the company and the incredible items that have become iconic of the brand. Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes from Coco herself, Karl Lagerfeld and other key fashion icons of the era, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped Coco and the iconic Chanel brand – and how fashion, in turn, shaped their lives.” (Syndetics)
Aaaaalso, you should check out this video. It shows the crazy intricate detail that went in to two individual dresses in the latest Chanel couture show. Honestly you should watch it; these dresses were hand beaded and one was also coloured by hand!! Insane. (The soundtrack is kinda nice too.)
Get your talons ready! We have a brand new book that is going to make them very happy indeed. This book will fill the gap in your life that Pinterest leaves behind… you know when you see those a-may-zing nail art photos, then have the crushing realisation that you def can’t do it yourself? Yeah? Well now you can.
Nail it! / Sophie Harris-Greenslade.
“Glitter, jewels, and 3D effects: there’s no limit to the magic you can make when you NAIL IT! Beginning with the basics, celebrity nail stylist Sophie Harris-Greenslade covers everything from creating a flat base and working with color and pattern to using stencils, wraps, and stick-ons, and mastering more complicated techniques. One hundred stunning designs, all illustrated in striking close-ups, include Diva, Pop Art, Rock Star, Dark Side, and the runway-ready Haute Coat.” (Syndetics summary)
September is BIG in the fashion world. It’s when the new year and new season of fashion starts; all the biggest fashion weeks happen all over the world and September fashion magazine issues are always super fat – crammed with all the looks and collections for the upcoming season. As Candy Pratts Price of Vogue fame claims: “September is the January in fashion”.
If you haven’t seen The September Issue, then you need to get it out now. It’s all about the preparation that went into the publication of Vogue’s September 2007 issue. A bit of an oldie (released 2009) but such a goodie – it gives an amazing insight into the making of the world’s most famous fashion magazine, as well as a front row seat to watch the politics play out between editor Anna Wintour and style guru Grace Coddington. It also features cameo appearances by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta and always hilarious Andre Leon Talley. A must-watch!
SO I was browsing through this Fashionista’s Guide to Shopping in Melbourne (ahem) and I saw that someone left a handy post-it note inside!
Negl, it was kinda exciting finding something like this; I had aaaaaall sorts of amazing discovery situations going on in my head – namely this one. It wasn’t quite as exciting as that, but it was pretty thoughtful I guess:
“This book has flown to Melbourne and back! [We do not recommend taking our library books on holiday with you, btw] Note – some of the places listed no longer exist, eg – Anonymous Posh. New places have sprung up eg COS. Gertrude St well worth a visit.”
Good to know, mysterious and helpful library patron! Good to know.
I’m a massive fan of Juicy Couture. It’s such a bright and fun brand. I especially love their jewellery – those charms are so freakin’ adorable! And ADDICTIVE.
So imagine my delight when I found their new book here at the library:
The glitter plan : how we started Juicy Couture for $200 and turned it into a global brand / Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor with Booth Moore.The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand
“While working together at a LA boutique, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor became friends over the impossibility of finding the perfect T-shirt. Following their vision of comfortable, fitted T-shirts, they set up shop in Gela’s one-bedroom Hollywood apartment with $200 and one rule: Whatever they did, they both had to be obsessed by it. The best friends’ project became Juicy Couture. Pam and Gela eventually sold their company to Liz Claiborne for $50 million, but not before they created a whole new genre of casual clothing that came to define California cool.” (Syndetics summary)
This week I am loving this – the top twelve fashion books for the fashionista’s coffee table.
Check out my picks here:
Always pack a party dress : and other lessons learned from a (half) life in fashion / Amanda Brooks.
“An authentic voice in the world of style and how- to books, Amanda Brooks’ I Love Your Style (It Books) has been a fan-favourite since publication in 2009. Her unique and enviable yet accessible style has inspired thousands of women to find a personal look of their own. In Always Pack a Party Dress, Brooks recalls her early career aspirations and explores the evolution of her own personal style along with stories of successes and failures alike, as well as fashion and beauty tips and inspiring photographs. A must-read for high fashion or street style aficionados.” (Syndetics summary)
kate spade new york : things we love : twenty years of inspiration, intriguing bits and other curiosities / [editors, Deborah Aaronson, Rebecca Kaplan].
“Long before the days of pinboards and social sharing, the brand’s in-house creative team began amassing a collection of things we love on their website: a crayon ring, a cocktail doodle, a particularly dreamy photograph. Each of the book’s 20 chapters is filled with things we love –from the color red to a well-placed bow to a sense of humor and handwritten notes. Part visual diary, part inspirational reference and sprinkled throughout with playful tips and practical advice, things we love is a beautiful compilation that visually represents the spirit of kate spade new york.”– Harper’s Bazaar.com” (adapted from syndetics summary)
Advanced style / Ari Seth Cohen ; foreword by Maira Kalman ; interview by Dita von Teese.
“Advanced Style is Ari Seth Cohen’s blog-based-ode to the confidence, beauty and fashion that can only be achieved through the experience of a life lived glamourously. It is a collection of street fashion unlike any seen before – focused on the over-60 set in the world’s most stylish locales. Inspired by his own grandmother’s unique personal style and his own interest in put-together fashion of vibrant seniors, this collection of timeless images and words of wisdom provide fashion inspiration for all ages and prove that age is nothing but a state of mind.” (Syndetics summary)
If you want to see what happens when seven of New Zealand’s top fashion brands go flatting together, then you need to see this:
Dame Trelise Cooper (Trelise Cooper); Denise L’Estrange Corbet MNZM and Benny Castles (WORLD); Georgia Alice Currie (Georgia Alice); Steve Dunstan (Huffer); Liz Findlay (Zambesi) and Helen Cherry (Helen Cherry) kindly got together to create the campaign for the shiny new website of Fashion Quarterly (NZ’s premier fashion mag), which you should absolutely check out. Or you could do it the old-fashioned way and read the magazine.
Images via the National Media Museum
The styles in today’s Fashion Friday are 100 years old… true story!!
These images were taken in Dorset, England in 1913 by Mervyn O’Gorman, an author and electrical engineer whose hobby was photography. He had the cunning idea of using potato starch to create colour prints, at a time when prints were only in black and white, which has given us this amazingly colourful peek into the fashion of 1913. His daughter Christina is his model in the shots and quite frankly, they are beautiful! Check them all out here.
Meet my weekend fashion read… I can never resist a good style guide but this one is extra amaze and will tell you EVERYTHING (actually, everything) you ever wanted to know about, well, everything. This book is seriously crammed full of useful tips on cleaning out your wardrobe, buying a bra, choosing a perfume, decorating your flat / bedroom / house and what foods to eat for extra beautiful hair (walnuts apparently). Get it out now! You won’t be sorry you did!
Front Roe : how to be the leading lady in your own life / Louise Roe.
“Louise Roe (fashion journalist, TV host, and makeover guru) –knows style. It’s not about trends but about being your own person and sharing the things you love in your appearance, your home, and your personality. In Front Roe , Louise shares her expertise on cultivating personal style and feeling like a confident leading lady in your own life. Louise shares stories, information, and ideas from around the world to help women feel educated, uplifted, inspired, and considerably more positive about their mind, body, closet, and home.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
HOORAY! A new book combining two of my favourite things – fashion and Instagram.
Designers on Instagram takes the very best pics from the Instagram accounts of the fashion world’s most coveted brands and collates them into this one (delicious) volume – enjoy!
Designers on Instagram : #fashion / the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
“An original collection of photography from the biggest names in American fashion, Designers on Instagram culls the most interesting, stylish, and unique photographs on Instagram from the designers that comprise the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Handpicked by the designers themselves, the images include choices from CFDA members such as Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Rachel Zoe, and John Varvatos. Organized by content sections such as Behind the Scenes, Travel, and Parties, this glimpse through the lens of the designers themselves will provide photography fans and fashionistas alike with a brand-new take on their favorite tastemakers.” (Syndetics summary)