The Cool Factor. What it is. Why you want it. How to get it. All explained in this book.
The cool factor : a guide to achieving effortless style, with secrets from the women who have it / Andrea Linett ; photographs by Michael Waring.
“In a culture where trends are born and die every minute, maintaining style and effortlessness at every age requires that little extra something–the cool factor. Being “cool” isn’t about chasing trends or defying age but about following a few key guidelines. Yes, the cool factor is a skill that can be learned! In this photo-packed guide, Andrea Linett offers easy-to-implement, actionable tips that will change the way women dress. The tips are modeled by real-life style icons as Andrea highlights the ingenious ways in which they skillfully pile on layers, or dress up denim for work or a party. The book is organized into chapters that include wardrobe classics, denim, leather, suits, dressing up, and accessories, and features style hacks that turn an outfit into a masterpiece (choosing shoes that instantly slim you, combining tough and feminine pieces, and accessorizing a day-to-night look). Packed with useful lists and examples, this guide is the would-be stylish woman’s best friend.” (Syndetics summary)
This ground-breaking new edition will answer all of your innermost questions about men’s socks, including the greatest sock question of all: is it okay to wear with sandals?? (NO. Def not imo, but you’ll have to read the book for confirmation).
Socks : the rule book : 10 essential rules for the wearing and appreciation of men’s hosiery / Sock Club London.
“Socks. They are a serious business. Socks are the glue that binds an outfit together, the telling detail that shows that a man understands what it is to be stylish. But they are also a minefield of potential fashion disasters and style pitfalls. What style of socks should you wear with a brogue? Are patterned socks permissible with sneakers? How high should you roll-up your trouser leg? Are socks and sandals ever acceptable?* But fear no more – Socks: The Rule Book will solve your hosiery dilemmas. Laying out the ten fundamental rules of sock wearing with fashion-conscious advice and a knowing sense of humour, this book answers hitherto unanswered questions and establishes clear guidelines for every aspect of the sock world.
*No.” (Syndetics summary)
New fashion book! About scandalous Gucci gossip! Get it here!
In the name of Gucci : a memoir / Patricia Gucci ; with Wendy Holden.
“The gripping family drama–and never-before-told love story–surrounding the rise and fall of the late Aldo Gucci, the man who is responsible for making the Italian fashion label the powerhouse it is today, told by his daughter. Patricia Gucci was born a secret: the love child whose birth could have spelled ruination for her father, Aldo Gucci. It was 1963, and the halcyon days for the “must-have” brand of Hollywood and European royalty. Patricia’s mother gave birth in secret in London before she was smuggled back to Vatican City and hidden from the fashion world, the media, and the rest of the Gucci family. Aldo couldn’t afford a public scandal, but he could not resist his feelings for Patricia’s mother, Bruna, the paramour he first met when she worked for him as a shopgirl in Rome. In In the Name of Gucci, Patricia Gucci charts her parents’ untold love story, relying on her own childhood memories as well as an archive of love letters and interviews with her mother. She interweaves her parents’ story with that of her own relationship with her father–from a little girl who remained a secret for eighteen months and wasn’t publicly acknowledged for her first decade, through her rise to become Gucci’s ambassador and Aldo’s protégé, to the moment when his three sons, who betrayed him in a famous palace coup, were disinherited and Patricia–once considered the shame of Gucci–was made sole universal heir. It is an epic tale of love and loss, betrayal and loyalty, sweeping among Italy, England, and America throughout the tumultuous years during the rise and fall of the House of Gucci”– Provided by publisher.
Megan Hess, one of my fave fashion artists, is back with a brand new book about Chanel (if you like Megan’s work as well, we have two other stunning books by her; here and here). This one is just as glorious as her previous publications and I strongly encourage you to take this book out! The illustrations are chic and so beautiful (this clip is très charming and gives you a great preview).
Coco Chanel : the illustrated world of a fashion icon / Megan Hess.
“Fashion is ever-changing, influenced by the key designers that capture a moment in history; and Coco Chanel is arguably the most significant influence on women’s fashion in the twentieth century. Coco Chanel is a compilation of Megan Hess’ stunning illustrations 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 – the little black dress, the luxurious bags and accessories, glamorous jewellery and of course the renowned Chanel No 5 perfume. 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 summary)
Be like Bowie!!!
David Bowie Style / Danny Lewis.
“The first book in more than ten years to focus on Bowie’s unique style, this volume pays homage to the man of Ziggy Stardust fame in a fashion retrospective.” (Syndetics summary)
Alexander McQueen’s show ‘Dante’ from Autumn / Winter 1996 went down as “possibly the greatest fashion show on Earth” and left McQueen’s mark on fashion forever, becoming a collection which was constantly referenced by McQueen as well as other designers. Inferno: Alexander McQueen: an intimate portrait of his seminal show Dante features amazing photography from the ground-breaking show, including previously unseen pictures of the designer, models and clothes. It’s so glossy and beautiful. You can watch the show here (it’s 25 minutes of your life but totally worth it imo) and if you want Dante’s Inferno, we have that too.
Inferno : Alexander McQueen : an intimate portrait of his seminal show Dante, autumn/winter 1996-97 / Kent Baker.
“London 1996: Alexander McQueen took over the Hawksmoor masterpiece Christ Church in London’s East End for what was quite possibly the greatest fashion show on Earth. A candle-lit, cruciform catwalk with a backdrop of stained-glass windows set the tone for an extraordinary collection. Lace sat against chiffon and rubbed shoulders with couture and club-culture clothing and digital print. Dante was the seminal collection that would resonate throughout Alexander McQueen’s career. This book features unique photographs shot behind the scenes, with raw, unseen pictures of the designer, models and clothes. The fashion creatives who worked with McQueen to make the show such a success recall this pivotal time in the designer’s career and reflect on what made Dante truly groundbreaking. Newly created imagery of clothes shown on the catwalk gives an insight into why this collection was so special.” (Syndetics summary)
I’m a little bit in love with this fashion book. Icons of Women’s Style is about, you guessed it, iconic women’s style! Let this pretty little book whisk you away into the feminine glamour of days gone by. Ooh la la.
Icons of women’s style / Josh Sims.
“Behind nearly every item in the feminine wardrobe there is a first of its kind that has spawned countless others. Take Coco Chanel’s short, simple black dress first published in American Vogue in 1926, for instance. Vogue predicted that the LBD would become ‘a sort of uniform for all women of taste’ and, indeed, it proved to be one of Chanel’s greatest contributions to fashion. Icons of Women’s Fashion examines, item by item, the most influential and legendary garments and accessories – their provenance and history, the stories of their design, the celebrities who made them famous, and the various ways they have shaped how women dress today.” (adapted from syndetics summary)
This week is Fashion Revolution Week; which commemorates the 24th of April 2013 when 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Fashion Revolution Week and their #whomademyclothes? campaign is setting out to “change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes and accessories” by insisting on greater transparency within the fashion industry and asking brands to reveal where their clothing is made and by who. There are different ways you can help contribute to this, and following is a selection of our latest and greatest books on ethical fashion. Read on and conquer!
Magnifeco : your head-to-toe guide to ethical fashion and non-toxic beauty / Kate Black.
“In the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh–the worst garment industry accident in recorded history–the phrase “fashion disaster” acquired a new and much more sinister meaning. Commentators suggested that the tragedy was completely predictable in a sector with a shocking track record of rampant environmental damage, use of toxic chemicals, and chronic human rights abuse. Now the industry is undergoing a shift, and many of us are questioning our buying habits. The rise of socially and environmentally responsible retailers like Patagonia and The Body Shop has led to dramatic changes in the eco and ethical fashion landscape. Magnifeco is the Fast Food Nation of the fashion world–your guide to making a difference too.” (adapted from syndetics summary)
A teen guide to eco-fashion / Liz Gogerly.
“This series features stylish books that give school-age readers realistic and practical advice on how they can live an eco-conscious life, right now. That action can be taken by themselves, with their family, or as part of a school or community group.” (Syndetics summary)
Wear no evil : how to change the world with your wardrobe / Greta Eagan.
“Have you ever wondered, “How can I inherently do good while looking good?” Wear No Evil has the answer, and is the timely handbook for navigating both fashion and ethics. Featuring the Integrity Index (a simplified way of identifying the ethics behind any piece of fashion) and an easy to use rating system, you’ll learn to shop anywhere while building your personal style and supporting your values- all without sacrifice. Part 1 presents the hard-hitting facts on why the fashion industry and our shopping habits need a reboot. Part 2 moves you into a closet-cleansing exercise to assess your current wardrobe for eco-friendliness and how to shop green. Part 3 showcases eco-fashion makeovers and a directory of natural beauty recommendations for face, body, hair, nails, and makeup. Wear No Evil gives new meaning–and the best answers–to an age-old question: “What should I wear today?”” (adapted from syndetics summary)
Overdressed : the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion / Elizabeth L. Cline.
“Fast fashion and disposable clothing have become our new norms. Elizabeth Cline argues that this rapid cycle of consumption isn’t just erasing our sense of style and causing massive harm to the environment and human rights-it’s also bad for our souls. Cline looks at the impact here and abroad of America’s drastic increase in inexpensive clothing imports, visiting cheap-chic factories in Bangladesh and China and exploring the problems caused by all those castoffs we donate to the Salvation Army. She also shows how consumers can vote with their dollars to grow the sustainable clothing industry, reign in the conventional apparel market, and wear their clothes with pride.” (adapted from syndetics summary)
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)