By Suzy Menkes, Matt Tyrnauer, Armando Chitolina
Take a peek into the world of Valentino – the Italian couture house that has dressed everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Gywneth Paltrow, and today makes regular appearances on the red carpet on Emma Watson and, well, anyone who counts. After opening for business in 1959, Valentino Garavani only retired from his empire in 2007, but continues to be hands on. This beautiful book contains drawings, documentary photos and adverts, presented in a chronological order to paint a picture of the man behind this fabulous fashion line.
By Armaund Limnander
Think Brazil, think beaches, bikinis and erm, booties. This carnival-loving country, responsible for the first billionaire supermodel (Gisele), has long enchanted the style world’s movers and shakers with its vibrancy. This hardback book brings to life the music, rhythms, history and fun that’s behind Brazil’s approach to fashion. With eye-catching imagery and a curated tour of the country, this is a behind-the-scenes look at a nation that breathes style.
The Chic Geek’s Fashion, Grooming and Style Guide
By Marcus Jaye
This book is a hardcopy version of the online ‘Chic Geek’ men’s style magazine, which has already succeeded in guiding men who simply want to look stylish, in a slightly geeky way. The book is like a ‘Geekipedia’: the ultimate dictionary of fashion terms, including the lazy man’s answer to quick solutions: pictures! These cover street trends, why they work, and practical coverage of fashion and grooming. Perfect for those who want the lowdown on men’s up-to-date fashion.
American Fashion Travel
By Sarah D. Coffin
This colourful canvas of a book is guaranteed to inspire your travels this holiday season. A dip-in, dip-out scrapbook that sees America’s greatest designers share their fashion secrets, reading it feels like taking a look through Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger’s holiday snaps. These A-list tastemakers share their choice destinations for shopping, relaxing and, erm, shopping around America and the world. Read it and you’ll learn why Paris is Vera Wang’s favourite destination, how the ladies behind Marchesa relieve jetlag and why Christian Louboutin and Diane Von Furstenberg once decided to take off to Uzbekistan for a whirlwind tour. The gorgeous scenery and lively, relatable insider stories make this a particularly personable coffee table companion.
i-D Covers 1980-2010
By Terry Jones
Unless you’ve been living under a style rock for the past three decades, you can’t have missed i-D, the seminal international fashion and lifestyle magazine. The glossy yet edgy mag has been at the forefront of every fashion movement going, and this book, edited by the magazine’s founder and creative director Terry Jones, has compiled the most iconic covers to date, including Nick Knight’s latest three (pictured below, featuring Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga and Kate Moss, aka A-listers), which were streamed online as he was photographing them. Interspersed are Jones’ memories, diary notes and juicy bits of insider gossip. The behind-the-scenes and making-of details for some of the covers are fascinating and are as relevant to those interested in design and photography as they are to dedicated fashion fans.
Avedon Behind The Scenes
By Gideon Lewin
‘All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth,’ said the late Richard Avedon, one of the 20th century’s, and America’s, most respected fashion photographers. Avedon captured many of the last century’s true legends from Andy Warhol to Picasso, bringing his own brand of not-quite-truth to light. This limited edition book, put together by his assistant of 16 years, Gideon Lewin (an exhibited photographer in his own right), reveals over 200 photos from Avedon’s shoots, including rare shots of the man himself, as well as tales from the other side of the lens. For a peek at the life of a master of his craft, look no further. Fascinating.
Dhs996, released in October, www.assouline.com
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