New fashion books | Winter 2016


Best new fashion books / Winter 2016 edition featuring 12 most beautiful and interesting titles to add to the fashion library via british fashion blog
It's time to talk about books again and in danger of sounding like a hopeless geek, the idea of fresh ly printed library additions makes me pretty excited. I promised myself more books - fewer clothes this year (because, really, unless I stumble upon a vintage'ish Prada, Alaia or Bottega pieces, I don't really want anything), and am planning to keep it this way.

Should anything grab you, don't hesitate and pre-order now to get the best deal and have your books delivered as soon as they are available. Lets get started... 

Fashion Legends in Their Own Words is my idea of a perfect book. Narrated by Pamela Golbin, the gorgeous chief curator of the Louvre's own Musee de la Mode et do Textile and author of several fantastic fashion tomes that include Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Madeleine Vionnet, this is a sort of book I call a must-have. Oddly, I never really label clothes or shoes that way, but books... Yes, easily.

My love of interviews with fashion designers has no borders and Couture Confessions, a treasure trove of stories about Vionnet, Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Lauren, Jeanne Lanvin, Schiaparelli and Balenciaga, just to name a few, will be something I'll savour page after page.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Pamela Golbin Couture Confessions / Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Chrisitan Dior, Alexander McQueen, Jeanne Lanvin interviews via british fashion blog
Another iconic personality that left a mark on the history of fashion is Cecil Beaton, a British fashion photographer, painter, interior designer, he was renowned not only for his creative talents, but his impeccable taste and way of dressing that got him a rightful spot on the International Best Dressed List and became a starting point for A Life in Fashion, a visual archive of Beaton's wardrobe divided by decades and accompanied by stories that unfold before our eyes.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / The wardrobe of Cecil Beaton: a life in fashion via british fashion blog
Next title that is currently on top of my list is an autobiography of Vidal Sassoon, the man who not only changed the trajectory of hairdressing and invented the 5 point bob, but also a stylist once known as the only hairdresser to everyone who was someone, from princesses and celebrities to actresses and fashion designers. Everything about Sassoon was infectious - his energy, ideas, attitude, love of life, believes and attitude - and I hope that this book will make a wonderful and insightful addition to the documentary I've already talked about and really enjoyed.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Vidal by Vidal Sassoon, autobiography via british fashion blog
Discovering Fortuny, a monograph about one of the world's most original fashion designers Mariano Fortuny made me think of all the layers of fashion history that can fade away unless we have books like this beautiful and comprehensive collection of Fortuny's archives to learn something new and be endlessly inspired. Fortuny's designs were a beautiful example of how a dream and unique vision can transform an idea of a simple Greek chiton into a fashion masterpiece known for its incredibly delicate almost as if made by nature pleats.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Fortuny: his life and works via british fashion blog
One more precious collection of fashion archives comes in a form of A Century of Style, a collection of British Vogue's greatest moments focusing on personalities that defined the century, from Chanel and Balenciaga to McQueen and Galliano and eaturing photos taken by Norman Parkinson, Cecil Beaton, David Bailey, Lord Snowdown, Irving Penn and Mario Testino - the images that appeared on the pages of the magazine from its early days and until now. The book will accompany a fashion exhibition that will be opening at National Gallery on 11 February as a glorious celebration of 100th birthday of the iconic fashion magazine. And in case you are wondering, yes, I already got my ticket, pre-ordered the gorgeous book and will share my thoughts and impressions about them in a due course.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Vogue 100 a century of Style / Claudia Schiffer photographed by Herb Ritts for Vogue UK October 1989 via
Untouched is the first of eight volumes dedicated to Guy Bourdin known for his work with Vogue Paris and his provocative and colourful campaigns for Nars and Charles Jourdan. The book focuses on the photographer's early work and unseen, often black and white, images taken by Bourdin in the very beginning of his career. Indeed, I will do my best to collect all eight of them.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Untouched, Guy Bourdin photography via
Now lets talk about models as muses starting with a book I've been practically dreaming of for over a year. Natalia by Paolo Roversi has been in the works for a while, but the release date kept changing nearly leaving me depressed every time it happened. But finally, the book featuring portraits of Natalia Vodianova taken by Paolo Roversi in his Parisian studio, is almost here. If you love their collaboration for Egoiste as much as I do, you'll want to get your hands on this precious book as soon as possible.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Natalia + Paolo Roversi  via
Gisele's beautiful re-edition, Gisele B√ľndchen, may not cost $700 as her first limited edition tome that sold out at speed as fascinating as the price tag, but if you a fan of this gorgeous model, Gisele Bundchen will be a kind of book you'll need as a record of her pretty much legendary career and simply because it will be so wonderful to flick through over 300 glossy photographs taken by Irving Penn, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Corinne Day, Juerger Teller, Inez & Vinoodh art directed by Giovanni Bianco and accompanied by an introduction written by Steven Meisel. All for a respectable £35.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Gisele Bundchen photo biography book  via
Next on the reading list is The Spirit of Travel, a book that followed the 2015 exhibition that tells a story of Louis Vuitton, the man and the brand, from the very beginning to the days of Nicholas Ghesquieres at the helm of the iconic Parisian house. If the Vuitton universe could be captured under one title, this is it.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Louis Vuitton The Spirit of Travel book  via
At Their Feet is a beautiful story of Berluti, a Paris-based Italian-born brand known for its impeccable style, flawlessly tailored menswear and most beautiful shoes some of which were custom-made for the brand's twenty-siex patrons including Andy Warhol, Frank Sinatra, Yves Saint Laurent, Marcel Proust and Roman Polanski, Greta Garbo and Jean Cocteau. The Venetian leather covered edition limited to 220 tomes is the very first book published by Maison Berluti to celebrate the house's 120th anniversary. Should you decide to buy your copy directly from one of the Berluti boutiques, you may ask for a customised cover.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Berluti: At their feetl book  via
Yes, Italians make the best shoes, so here's another book, The Art of Italian Shoemaking, about Moreschi, an Italian brand with a mission of creating "words of art in leather" and presenting both men and women with  handcrafted footwear made for walking yet without compromising on style and applying the most precise artisanal skills and using the finest leathers. This is a book of memories about people and places that influenced the history of the house as well as the "made in Italy" heritage.

Best new fashion books Winter 2016 / Moreschi, the italian art of shoemaking book  via
Photo source: unless otherwise noted all book photos are via Amazon, Vidal Sassoon photographed by Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press, Claudia Schiffer photographed by Herb Ritts for Vogue UK October 1989, Natalia Vodianova photographed by Paolo Roversi for Egoiste 2002, Maartje Verhoef photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for Louis Vuitton The Spirit of Travel Spring/Summer 2015 campaign


  1. I don't know why but for someone reason, the Vidal Sassoon book would be the first one I'd pick!


    1. It's one of my top 3, planning to pick it up in February/early March. x

  2. Natalia, I saw the documentary for Vidal Sassoon (you recommended awhile back) and LOVED IT! It was amazing how he transformed the hair dressing and hair style industry. They flew him over here to the States to open shop and teach others. Would definitely love this book. Thanks.

  3. The Art of Italian Shoemaking looks gorgeous!

  4. Fantastic Post! Great Work <3

    Happy Sunday

  5. so cute pics ;-)

    i invite to me too

  6. Natalia by Paolo Roversi is my must have this year - I can't wait until it's finally mine!