Fashion Books To Get You In The Fashion Week Mood

Fashion week, err, month is currently on its second half with the shows finishing in New York and London. Almost immediately Milan follows. Then culminating in Paris. While you may only be seeing the collections from your web browser, why not enhance the experience by adding these newly released fashion tomes to your library.

Vogue On Location: People, Places, Portraits

Vogue takes us on a global tour through fashion imagery.
Vogue on Location: People, Places, PortraitsAbrams/Vogue
Vogue fashion
A model in Machu Picchu.Photo Credit: John Cowan

Before magazine circulation numbers started to decline resulting in the slashing of fashion editorial budgets, photoshoots to highlight the new fashions used to be lavish affairs. Some would take weeks to produce with a battalion of crew and trunks of clothes shipped to far-flung destinations to create what would become iconic visual memories. Vogue has contributed to many of these images and in this latest book, we get to see those pictures, which not only trace the evolution of fashion, but serve as a tourism commentary. There in the early years showed the advent of air travel, making it possible for editors to travel to exotic locales like Morocco, India and Turkey. There is Linda Evangelista doing tai chi in China just as the country was opening up to the rest of the world. See Christy Turlington show off a ruby red coat outside the Winter Palace before the USSR’s dissolution. And of course there’s Veruschka wearing a fur coat with a sumo wrestler in a snow covered Japanese landscape (A fashion sitting that would reportedly go down in the magazine’s history as the most expensive). Call this fashion escapism at its most fabulous. Today In: Lifestyle

Hunks & Heroes: Four Decades of Fashion At GQ

Hunks & Heroes
Channing Tatum in a GQ spread by Jim Moore.Jim Morre/GQ
Ryan Reynolds graces the cover of Jim Moore's book
Hunks & Heroes coverJim Moore/GQ

When it comes to legendary fashion editors, we often think of women. But Jim Moore, the celebrated GQ editor, ranks high up among these creative visionaries. While he is credited for creating lasting images and arresting GQ covers, he also helped generations of men navigate the complexities of getting dressed. In this book which traces his early years at the magazine (1980s) to his current role as creative director-at-large, Moore gives personal accounts on how he produced those celebrity covers and fashion shoots with the likes of Roger Federer, Channing Tatum and Kanye West to name a few. He also shows us his breadth of knowledge when it comes to menswear — from urban, hip hop style to dapper gentleman dressing and everything in between.

The International Best-Dress List: The Official Story

A book by Amy Fine Collins
The International Best Dressed List: The Official StoryRIzzoli

For die-hard fashion followers, to be included in the International Best-Dressed List is the ne plus ultra of chic. It is the fashion statement with a capital F. In this book Amy Fine Collins — who along with Graydon Carter, Reinaldo Herrera and Aimee Bell have been entrusted by its founder Eleanor Lambert to continue to the tradition — chronicles the history of the List. Bold-faced names in the worlds of fashion, cinema, music, politics and art rub their couture clad elbows with each other in the pages of Fine Collins book.

Museo De La Moda: Musings on Fashion and Style

A book edited by Kate Moss
Museo de la Moda: Musings on Style and FashionRizzoli

And speaking of best-dressed, Kate Moss is arguably one of the most adored style icons in history. What with her singular and versatile flair for putting together many different looks — rock star chic one minute to total glamazon in a vintage gown the next. It is very fitting then that she has partnered with South America’s Museo de la Moda to edit a book on the museum’s archival pieces that have a link to Moss’ personal style. The book is divided into different trends and fashion pieces like tuxedo, lace, florals, opera coat, glitter and so forth, each accompanied by clothing and accessories from the museum’s collections coupled with photographs of Moss wearing the trends. Every Kate Moss fan needs to have this book.

From the book Musings on Fashion & Style
A feathered look from the Museo de la Moda collectionRizzoli/ Museo de la Moda

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