New Fashion Books To Read Right Now
Given that you’re reading this piece is proof enough that you’re as intrigued by the world of fashion as I am. With the new season come new fashion books and collectibles, and the current crop of good reads is as interesting as ever. From street-style photographer-turned-media-maven Garance Doré to former Elle fashion director-turned-TV-personality Joe Zee, this new lot of fall releases give you an insight into the inner workings of the glamorous world of fashion and all its various inhabitants. Here are the five books that are currently on Hauterfly‘s reading list.
If you want to know everything about being the most fashionable hostess in town, this book is an entertaining guide full of fun tips on what to wear, how to decorate, what music to play, menus, recipes and modern-day etiquette on taking food photos. Backed by the whimsical American fashion brand Kate Spade New York, this chic little book is bound to become your go-to weekend read.
The former Elle creative director-turned-reality-TV-celebrity thanks to The City, Joe Zee has spent over two decades in the fashion business and is one of its most-loved personalities. Currently the Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo! Style, he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the mysterious world of fashion in his new book That’s What Fashion Is. Full of anecdotes about his days styling some of the biggest Hollywood celebrities for the pages of Elle as well as the Oscar red carpet, to insider tales on the fashion elite, the humorous book also includes practical on everyday fashion problems.
There’s nothing this French photographer/illustrator-turned-blogger and now author (phew!) cannot do! If you’ve been following her work, you know how she’s always urging you to develop a style of your own. In Love Style Life, Doré compiles all her life’s work and retells them via illustrations and outstanding photography, including her journey of accomplishing everything she ever wanted to, and how she reached where she is today. She’s even spoken of her interviews with friends like J.Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons, and covers personal experiences on career, love, style and life from Paris to New York.
In this candid memoir, Donna Karan — founder of her eponymous label DKNY and now lifestyle guru and philanthropist — opens up about issues related to her lonely childhood, two marriages, her ongoing search for spiritual calm and self-acceptance, and her journey from Long Island to being crowned the Seventh Avenue Queen by the fashion industry. Even though her life has been glamorous, she’s had moments when she felt like she didn’t quite fit in. In My Journey, she talks about how her experiences helped shaped her life and career. An interesting read, for sure!
There are very few fashion girls who DON’T KNOW who Cindy Crawford is, and fewer models still who aren’t inspired by her life and work in international fashion. One of the original supermodels of the ’90s, Crawford blazed a trail as the strong, athletic, fit and fabulous All American model who changed the way fashion looked at women, leaving the waif-thin, heroin-chic model image by the wayside. This biographical book celebrates all that and more, and features memorable photographs of the super from the early part of her career right down to the present day. It also includes all the lessons she learned along the way, and is a retrospective of sorts on her 50th birthday. Now here’s a woman for the ages and a truly inspiring role model!