Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, Alexa Chung and more style icons
IT by Alexa Chung As the beguiling boss of quirky British style, young fashion icon Alexa Chung never steps a foot wrong when it comes to sartorial smarts. Her debut book, set for release in September, features personal writing, drawings and photographs, and covers everything from what to wear in the morning to her favourite tunes. Every inch of the book, from the baby pink cover with a photo of Chung’s glammed up eye, to the contents inside is full of the It girl’s signature wit. You can pre-order it now. From Dhs100 Available at www.amazon.co.uk.
Things We Love by Kate Spade New York designer Kate Spade is well known for her love of colour and her amazing sense of personal style. Things We Love celebrates the 20th anniversary of the brand and takes a look into the design house’s favourite items. The book consists of 20 chapters spanning everything from bows, cocktail rings, the colour red and polka dots. The pages are full of playful tips and practical fashion advice and focuses on Spade’s bold use of colour. From Dhs110. Available at www.amazon.com.
Alexander McQueen by Judith Watt Judith Watt is a leading fashion historian and was a personal friend of Alexander McQueen. This book gives insight into McQueen’s childhood, working on Savile Row and cutting his teeth as head designer for Givenchy. The book touches on his death in 2010 and features revealing commentary by people who were close to him. It also showcases friends and collectors of McQueen such as Lady Gaga and Sarah Jessica Parker as well as never-before-seen photos. Dhs90. Available at www.amazon.com. Dhabi Mall (02 645 4858).
The Little Black Jacket by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld This stunning coffee table book documents Lagerfeld’s transformation of the iconic Chanel black jacket into a versatile garment that can be worn by both men and women of all ages. The chunky book also contains images of famous faces wearing the jacket in their own way (styled by Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue). Celebrity models include Uma Thurman and Kanye West. There are a range of book covers available. From Dhs220. Available at www.amazon.com.
The Sartorialist Closer by Scott Schuman Schuman’s hugely popular blog, thesartorialist.com, is one of the most read sites for fashion lovers and is getting bigger all the time. Off the back of the success of his first book, The Sartorialist, Schuman brings this follow-up which showcases amazing images of both men and women who have caught his eye in terms of the way they dress and their own personal sense of style. Schuman travelled to New York, Japan, Korea, London, Milan, Paris and beyond to capture how people express themselves through fashion all over the world. Two different covers are available. Dhs114. Available to order from Borders, Marina Mall (04 434 2501).
Bespoke: The Men’s Style of Savile Row by James Sherwood This book is essentially a look into the history of bespoke tailoring that made a small street in London world famous and features a foreword by the very stylish Tom Ford. The term bespoke originated when fabric for a suit was said to be ‘spoken for’ by clients when they ordered a suit to be made. Bespoke gives thanks to Savile Row’s contribution to the fashion world and features profiles on tailors such as Ozwald Boateng, who is famously known as the first Savile Row tailor to have a catwalk show in Paris. Dhs230. Available to order from Borders, Marina Mall (04 434 2501).