Private: May fashion and beauty

I have to say, I am really enjoying this month’s new fashion and beauty books. As a huge fan of Valentino, I’m especially taken with Giancarlo Giammetti’s book Private (if you enjoy this, you should check out his instagram account). Other favourites of mine are Emerald (a whole book dedicated to beautiful emerald jewellery – what’s not to like?) and 10 Minute Make-up – anything that will get me out the door a wee bit earlier in the morning is a must-read! What are your favourites this month?

Syndetics book coverPrivate : Giancarlo Giammetti / by Giancarlo Giammetti ; text in collaboration with Armand Limnander.
“Assouline presents the autobiography of Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino s trusted business partner for fifty years. Beginning with his childhood in Rome under Nazi occupation and his chance meeting at a café with a certain rising fashion designer, Giammetti shares stories from his remarkable life. This beautiful collector’s volume features in-depth interviews, recollections from his personal journals, and a curated selection of exclusive images from Giammetti s archive of 50,000 photos, vividly portraying the exciting world of fashion.” (

Syndetics book coverIncomparable : women of style / Rose Hartman ; texts by Anthony Haden-Guest, Rose Hartman, and Alistair O’Neill.
“Features more than 200 photographs, including rare vintage silver prints developed by Hartman in her home studio, as well as a group of never-before-seen images of New York City’s underground style icons. Chronicling a world of beauty and style, photographer Rose Hartman has captured fashion’s trendsetters for three decades, and in so doing has helped to define what we remember most about glamour and those who create it. Incomparable: Women of Style is a book for fashion aficionados, photography and popular culture fans, and those fascinated with celebrity.” (Publisher’s website)

Syndetics book coverEmerald : twenty-one centuries of jewelled opulence and power / Joanna Hardy, Jonathan Self, Franca Sozzani, Hettie Judah.
“Sparkling, glittering, and gleaming, emeralds are gemstones twenty times rarer than diamonds. In the first section of Emerald, we see pieces worn by celebrities, all alongside classic images of emeralds from art, advertising, and fashion. The second part of this major volume showcases more than thirty of the world’s most significant and famous pieces of emerald jewelry, including many previously unseen designs from private and royal collections. Historic creations that are almost 5,500 years old are represented alongside modern jewelry houses, including Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari, Harry Winston, and more. The third and final part tells the story of the emerald trade from mine to market, illustrated with specially commissioned photography from across four continents.” (

Syndetics book cover10 minute make-up
“Perfect for teenagers and young women who like to try new looks, 10-Minute Makeup shows 50 versatile looks that can be created in only ten minutes.With detailed information on basic techniques, products, equipment, as well as special tips and tricks from stylist-to-the-stars Boris Entrup, 10-Minute Makeup shows that anyone can create glamorous runway looks with these easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and before-and-after shots.” (

Syndetics book coverDior glamour : photographs from 1952 to 1962 / Mark Shaw ; foreword by Lee Radziwill ; text by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni.
“A collection of the lavish and iconic gowns of Christian Dior, from the 1950s and 1960s, captured by the legendary photographer Mark Shaw. Iconic photographer Mark Shaw documented the ultra-exclusive Parisian fashion world, focusing on Paris’s long-standing top couturier Christian Dior. Shaw’s photographs–some of the first fashion photographs ever shot in color–capture the most stunning and extraordinary fashion of the era. This lavish volume embodies the glamour of that time, from rare moments of Christian Dior during fittings to editorial-style photographs of models, socialites, and actresses posing in Dior’s ballgowns, day suits, and haute couture collections.” (abridged from

Syndetics book coverPearls / Beatriz Chadour-Sampson with Hubert Bari.
“Published to coincide with the exhibition ‘Pearls’ organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum and Qatar Museums Authority as part of the celebration of Qatar UK 2013.” (Title page verso)

Syndetics book coverFashionable Selby / Todd Selby.
“Fashionable Selby explores the kaleidoscopic world of fashion, featuring profiles of today’s most interesting designers, stylists, haberdashers, models, shoemakers, and more. The subjects include a mix of the avant-garde, the traditional, the must-haves, and the totally unexpected. Chapters on individual artists bring readers inside their studios, workshops, and homes, and include Selby’s signature photographs and watercolors of not only the artists and their environments, but also the things that inspire them, the materials they use, their creative process, the people who work alongside them, and the final pieces. From the showroom of one of the Antwerp Six to the studios of Central St. Martins in London to a punk knitter in Brooklyn, Selby captures some of fashion’s biggest names, rising stars, and best-kept secrets.” (Library catalogue)