Autumn is also definitely a time to read. Leave your man to discuss business intelligence and analytic tools from InetSoft with other gentlemen and get hold of any of the fashionable titles below. Think a mug of warm Swiss Miss with marshmallows floating as you lay curled reading couture hats on your sofa beside the French window. It’s one giant, intelligent stride ahead of the fashion pack.
1. The Style Mentors by Elyssa Dimant, on sale 10/23/12
Description: The Style Mentors profiles more than eighty contemporary women with great style (including Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Daphne Guinness, Tilda Swinton, Carine Roitfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Sienna Miller, Chloë Sevigny, Sofia Coppola, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Michelle Obama), offering today’s fashion-conscious woman role models for the here and now. Each of the book’s eight chapters addresses a signature look with proven fashion longevity—icon, maverick, bohemian, gamine, siren, minimalist, rocker, and classic—and demonstrates how to achieve it by analyzing the style of those who wear it admirably. Includes more than two hundred gorgeous photographs. The author, Elyssa Dimant is a fashion historian and expert in contemporary fashion studies. She is also the author of Fashioning Fabrics: Contemporary Textiles in Fashion and Minimalism and Fashion: Reduction in the Postmodern Era, and has contributed to a wide variety of fashion publications, including The Spaces and Places of Fashion, The Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, Vogue, Elle Canada, Zink, Selvedge, DecArts, Hint, and CITY, for which she served as a monthly columnist.
2. Couture Hats by Louis Bou, on sale 9/18/12
Description: From the hats at the Royal Wedding to the latest Fashion Week debuts to the unforgettable ones featured at the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Couture Hats, a gorgeously designed book with a foreword by Stephen Jones, showcases the most stunning headwear worn today and gives an inside look at the lives of the haute couture milliners and designers who made them. The author, Louis Bou, is a graphic designer, a professional photographer specializing in fashion, and the art director for Monsa Publications.
3. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman by Bergdorf Goodman/ Mnookin, Sara James, on sale 8/28/12
Description: A gorgeously illustrated companion to the fashion documentary of the same name, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman is an unforgettable collection of anecdotes, from the hilarious to the poignant, in commemoration of the internationally renowned luxury specialty store’s 111th anniversary. With delightful remembrances from celebrities, designers, and highly regarded fashion insiders—from Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs, and Vera Wang to Joan Rivers, Susan Lucci, and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen—Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman also features a foreword by fashion writer Holly Brubach, as well as art and photography from major advertising campaigns and original vintage sketches created by Bergdorf at the collection presentations of designers such as Lanvin, Chanel, and Balenciaga. This is an essential book for anyone who loves fashion, the thrill of a sumptuous shopping experience, and wonderful stories told by and about the famous.
4. Diane von Furstenberg and the Tale of the Empress’s New Clothes by Camilla Morton, on sale 11/6/12
Description: This is the next in the Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir Series, following Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker and Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty. Each book in this inspired series by fashion writer Camilla Morton inventively reimagines one of our favorite “Once Upon a Time” stories, blending it with the real-life story of a famed fashion designer.
5. Hollywood Sketchbook by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, on sale 10/16/12
Description: To coincide with a major exhibition at the V&A curated by the author, this book showcases more than 1,000 costume illustrations, many seen for the first time, and tells the story of costume design from birth of film to present day. This is a follow-up book to Landis’ acclaimed Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design.