Keep your coffee table as chic as your wardrobes, with these new fashion coffee table books…
After the launch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York launched their summer exhibition Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons, Andrew Bolton, the head curator of the exhibition and The Met Museum, has created a coffee table book (Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between) to run alongside the exhibition. For an insight into the designers conceptual and often challenging aesthetic, this book is ideal, £31.50 (30 May; Yale University Press).
For fans of fashion history, this classic coffee table book charts the history of the iconic fashion house, Dior, from 1958 to 1960, when Yves Saint Laurent was at the helm of the atelier. Dior: Yves Saint Laurent 1958-1960 is a beautiful book which would also work as a lovely gift for the person who has everything, £150 (10 June; Assouline).
American Vogue has updated its ever popular volume Vogue: The Covers (5 Sept; Abrams). In celebration of this year’s 125th-year anniversary of the publication, Vogue has updated its coffee table book with every cover since 2010, including the iconic Kim & Kayne, and Michelle Obama covers £45.
Grace Coddington, the famed stylist, fashion editor and former model has released a host of fabulous coffee table books, and Grace: The American Vogue Years is no different. An essential read for any fans of Coddington’s work, including her work with photographers Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel (5 Sept 16; Phaidon Press), £81.25.
The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style is an examination of the personal style and intimate lives of some of the fashion and entertainment industries biggest stars. TheCoveteur.com launched in 2001, and since then has become one of the leading fashion websites. In the hardcover book publication, the portraiture, profiles and insight into the private spaces of the likes of Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Hamish Bowles are all examined among many more (there are 50 in total). If you are the kind of person who loves to rifle through the wardrobes of your friends and family, this is the book for you (18 Oct 16; Abrams), £17.94.
Last year, British Vogue turned 100. To celebrate, Vogue 100: A Century of Style was released by Robin Muir. The book charts the evolution of British fashion through the Vogue lens, decade by decade, remembering the best-known images, and rediscovering some hidden gems in the magazine’s century of style (out now; National Portrait Gallery), £26.
One of the initial fashion and style bloggers, Garance Dore released Love x Style x Life in 2015 and since then it has become a New York Times bestseller. If you haven’t read this book, I suggest you buy it for yourself, and a few of your friends. It is the type of book that makes you smile, inspired and happy. The friendly and colloquial tone we are familiar with from the website, atelierdore.com, continues in her book, making it easy to feel you know and like, Dore (out now; Simon & Schuster UK).
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge is one of the bestselling makeup coffee table books. With millions of fans, countless celebrity clients and editorials almost every month, lord knows how Eldridge fit it in, but in this book, she explores the beginnings of makeup and its initial uses, evaluates the impact makeup has on the lives of women past and present. This glamorous and beautiful book should sit proudly on any makeup lover’s coffee table (Out now; Abrams Image).
Timeless Style: Dressing Well For The Rest of Your Life, Anna Harvey, the stylish and advisor to Princess Diana, released her guide to style for every age late last year. If you haven’t got your copy, what are you waiting for? £15.87 (out now; Double Barrelled Books).
One more for fun…
This fun addition is Where’s Karl, a fashion parody of the classic Where’s Wally. Perfect for those who like a side of humour with their fashion, (out now; Boxtree), £9.48.