Whether you want to pour over inspiring images, improve your health and wellbeing, find out all about the best beauty products or discover delicious new recipes to try out, then I’ve got it covered with my round up of the best books out there.
The Best Fashion & Beauty Books 2018
Coming in October, this is set to be one of the biggest beauty books of the year, so make sure you add it to your Christmas list early! I always love this kind of round-up of a fellow artist’s work, particularly one as talented as Val Garland.
Also coming in October, this is a must for any leopard-lovers out there. I’m such a visual person I’m always inspired by this kind of image collection, and this one looks like a beauty, with quotes from the likes of Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg and Charlotte Olympia, plus images of everyone from the Queen to Kate Moss.
It’s always fascinating to see the working relationships that form within the industry. When you make a creative partnership that just clicks, you’ll work together time and time again. This book explores 15 years of creative collaborations between fashion designer Giles Deacon, photographer Sølve Sundsbø and super-stylist Katie Grand.
I was so thrilled to be able to contribute to Franco’s beautiful debut book of photography, which also includes words from Diane Von Fürstenberg, Mariacarla Boscono. Fragile is a series of photographs featuring top models in beautiful scenes. Franco’s work draws on and refers to the likes of Man Ray, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol, and is a must for fashion and art fans this season.
This is a lovely little pocket reference guide for makeup-lovers, with step-by-step guides and top tips to achieving a host of basic looks to show-stopping party looks. I always like finding out how other artists work and comparing my techniques to others’, so I love snooping in books like this before gifting them to friends and family!
This fascinating book tells the story of the collection that was dubbed ‘Paris’ ugliest collection’ after couturier Yves Saint Laurent presented his Spring-Summer Haute Couture Collection in 1971. A must-read for lovers of fashion, there are beautiful illustrations and well-researched essays.
With 1,000 beautiful photographs of the gorgeous Coco Rocha in a white leotard in stunning dance-inspired poses, this is a real work of art. Since the work I do on shoots is an important step toward creating art like this, I always find these works especially fascinating.
Legendary hairstylist, Sam McKnight, has been creating some of the industry’s most iconic hair looks from the late 70’s right through to the current day and his new book, Hair by Sam McKnight, is a wonderful reference library of gorgeous fashion images spanning his impressive 40-year career to date. The book includes images from the late 70’s, the Supermodel Era of the 80’s and 90’s, Princess Diana’s revolutionary hairstyles, a section dedicated to Kate Moss as well as a focus on the modern fashion muses of today.
Following on from her original best seller, Pretty Honest, Pretty Iconic is the natural second release from the brilliant and hugely knowledgeable Sali Hughes. Sali looks at the most nostalgic smells and evocative packaging, giving a trusted insight into which hair and beauty products are actually really worth the investment. From old favourites through to modern day hero products, Sali’s got it all covered!
Of course, I couldn’t write about the best books out there without including my own book, Eat Beautiful. I use my book so much at home whenever I need to refer to the herbal pharmacy section or remember that skin remedy that really worked and of course when I need some inspiration for a delicious, seasonal recipes which will help keep my skin looking glowing and clear. Why not get ideas for healthy alternatives that are easy to make and taste amazing – great if you’re going to be entertaining this season.
A celebration of the diversity of female beauty, Diverse Beauty represents Alexi’s refreshing take on female beauty in the industry. The book includes gorgeous images of women such as Lupita Nyong’o, Chanel Iman, Salma Hayek and Anja Rubik, exploring the beauty of women from all colours, sizes, ages and sexual orientations, and with all proceeds being generously donated to Concern Worldwide, there’s no excuse not to get a copy.
Whenever I’m in New York, I always make time for Body By Simone – it’s a workout that I swear by and always makes me feel amazing. Simone serves as personal trainer for some of the hottest celebrity bodies in the world and her 8 Week Total Body Makeover Plan divulges all of her fun, fast paced workout secrets using unique strength training and cardio tips to help get that body in great shape. Perfect for the whole body – arms, abs, glutes, and thighs.