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Time Out Dubai staff
Manolo’s New Shoes
Women and shoe fetishists alike love Manolo Blahnik. It’s probably got something to do with the style and the status. Or perhaps it’s the craftsmanship and the comfort (how he can make a five-inch heel wearable for an entire evening of dancing is a secret we’ll never know, although we often wonder in pain why other shoe designers can’t master this particular art). We also adore the distinctive sketches he makes during the creative process – so we love this second book of his drawings, especially those pretty numbers inspired by nature. Flipping through these pages is almost as good as wearing the shoes on our feet. We did say almost.
The sharp suit, once the bastion of real men the world over, is now sadly more a mark of the simple salesman than anyone else, as the mainstream market gradually embraces a ‘smart casual’ culture which, in Dubai especially, means little more than a smart jacket holding together a jeans / shirt / trainer combo. Sharp Suits reminds us then of happier times, from the bespoke days of the 19th century to the mass production years of the 20th. Ten pages in, we guarantee you’ll be booking a session at a Satwa tailor and chucking those trainers in the bin.
Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke
A bespoke suit from London’s Savile Row is synonymous with class and distinction, but how well do you know the history of this most famous of tailoring streets? If you want the low-down, this book is for you. It’s full of interesting facts and fantastic photographs that map out the street’s progress from humble beginnings in the 1700s to the thriving business it is today. Did you know, for example, that The Row – the Olsen twins’ high-end fashion brand – was named after the street? And can you tell us which Kanye West song mentions it? If not, you soon will.
Things a Man Should Know About Style
'There’s never a new fashion but it’s old' wrote the 14th Century English poet Chaucer, proving that since that dawn of time, men have really struggled with the concept of style. Full of informative nuggets and hard hitting truths, this tome, as well as being easy on the eye, is probably one every chap should read at least once, if for no other reason than to learn, once and for all, what a man should really wear when playing golf.
Style Diaries: World Fashion from Berlin to Tokyo
It took a little while for the style set to embrace the internet but over the past few years they’ve done their best to catch up. Many design houses stream their shows live, and online shopping for both high-end and high-street brands has proved more popular than anyone could have guessed. It’s the fashion bloggers, however, who truly rule sartorial cyberspace, and this book bows down and pays homage. There’s a small blurb about each blogger, then pages of photos taken from their websites. The result is a colourful tome jam-packed with quirky personal takes on style from all corners of the world.
Fashion Designers' Sketchbook
The debate over whether or not fashion is a form of art has always bubbled beneath the surface. But it’s an argument that should be put to rest with this book. Not only does it show how talented some designers are at sketching – notably Matthew Williamson and Yohji Yamamoto – it also includes interviews and photos that detail the design process, from inception to execution, of some of the most remarkable pieces to hit the catwalks in recent years. Pick up a copy and perhaps you’ll agree with us.