Admittedly, and oddly, a flash of panic rushed through my brain cells as I sat down with a list of latest and greatest fashion books. It was a sudden thought of not having enough volumes to share, which, fortunately, turned out to be no more than a fashion related panic attack. It's funny how our mind works sometimes... Having said that, it does feel that certain seasons are more "fashion books friendly" with most of them coming out just before Christmas while spring and summer are taken over anything related to weight loss (oh those miracle cures and "it diets"! Kills me every time...) Still, I found a dozen or so of wonderful reads to enjoy now and in the months to come.
Behind the Runway: Backstage Access to Fashion's Biggest Shows is a kind of book that resembles backstage images from Vogue Runway reports, but, unlike the website, comes with stories told by people who create those shows. With contributions from Karl Lagerfeld, Armani, Suzy Menkes and Katie Grand, just to name a few, and exclusive access to some of the biggest shows including Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana, the hardcover volume created by photographer Matt Lever is a wonderful fashion book to own and gift.
Inside Haute Couture is another exclusive sneak peak into the fashion world, but this time taking us to the ten iconic Parisian couture houses from Chanel to Gaultier showcasing the work of each atelier including its head designer, artisans and, of course, stunning couture.
A comprehensive retrospective into the history of denim Denim: Fashion's Frontier is a beautiful tome that accompanies a FIT exhibition and explores the humble blue cloth from its early days to the present glory. Featuring previously unseen archives from the Denim Council, numerous illustrations and stories, this book will make a wonderful reading partner for every denim lover.
The Fashion Book is a new and updates version of a wonderful A-Z guide to fashion names, brands, designers, models and photographers from Herb Ritts and Charles Worth, Yves Saint Laurent and Helmut Newton to Mario Sorrenti, Kate Moss and Nicholas Ghesquiere. Easy to use, informative and great reference to have as a part of any fashion library.
Issey Miyake was released in February without a preview, so I kept it until now. Written in English and Japanese the edition looks at Miyake collections from the early days of his career, before he even founded the Miyake Design Studio. The gorgeous tome full of stunning photographs is a wonderful source of inspiration and a beautiful tribute to the one-of-a-kind designer.
Another tome dedicated to Isaac Mizrahi, the love child of American fashion, is a collection of designs, essays and interview that accompanies an exhibition dedicated to Mizrahi's thirty-year career focusing on his innovative approach towards creative process and idea of making fashion accessible.
Cartier Panthere follows the history of one of the most beautiful animals of the Cartier menagerie including complete chronology of 100 years of Cartier Panther jewels and essays by art historian Berenice Geoffroy-Schneiter, jewellery historian Vivienne Becker and fashion editor Andre Leon Talley.
Cartier has certainly been on a roll as the house treated us to another beautiful tome, Cartier Dazzling, a sparkling collection of latest jewellery creations focusing on precious stones, its role in every collection and centuries-old artisanal techniques used to create each piece.
And for the lover of magazines, i-D magazine released 75 postcards of 75 covers featuring magazine's signature "smile and wink" covers interpreted by most iconic fashion models. Compact and unforgettable, just like these shots of Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova.