Bookworm: Best Style Reads

In a world where we tend to get wrapped up in our Instagram feed or Pinterest boards for style inspiration, personally I’m still a fan of holding a book or a magazine in my hand for inspiration. I love seeing my work in print, and luckily there are still a host of gorgeous fashion and beauty books being published.

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Looking for the best new fashion and beauty books? I always am, as well. Whether it’s seeing a friend or colleague’s makeup looks immortalised in a glossy coffee table book, or a guide to a trend or designer from a writer I respect, I love giving and receiving style books as gifts. If you feel the same, check out my round-up of the best new fashion and beauty books to order now, plus a few classics in case you missed them…

Best New Fashion & Beauty Books

Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk: The Complete Haute Couture Collections 1962-2002 by Olivier Flaviano

Available 23 May 2019

A must-have for fans of the designer, this book contains a concise history of the design house, followed by an exploration of the collections one by one, showing a gorgeous overview of the story of the designer’s work across four decades.

Mend & Patch: A Handbook to Repairing Clothes and Textiles by Kerstin Neumuller

Available 6 June 2019

In a world where the fast fashion industry is one of the biggest threats to the future of our planet, it is time for us to take personal accountability seriously. Make your wardrobe more sustainable by learning how to make do and mend rather than throwing out and starting again. This little handbook comes out this summer, and will teach you all the basics.

Marc Jacobs Illustrated

Available 10 May 2019

Illustrated by Grace Coddington, this is a monograph of over 50 collections by the prolific designer from the last 25 years. The introduction comes from Sofia Coppola, while Jacobs gives personal commentary on the collections.

Christian Dior by Oriole Cullen and Connie Karol Burks

This book captures the highlights of the major exhibition at the V&A Museum, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which is a complete sell-out. Buy this gorgeous coffee table book as a souvenir if you’ve managed to squeeze in a visit, or as an alternative if you haven’t been so lucky.

Perfume: In Search of Your Signature Scent, by Neil Chapman

If you’ve ever thought beyond the beautiful bottle and the first sniff of a gorgeous perfume to wonder what makes the perfect signature scent, and how we go about choosing it, this is the book for you. With an in-depth look at notes, combinations and beloved classic scents, it’s a must-have for fragrance fans.

Eat Beautiful

Did I mention I have a book?! Seriously though, if you haven’t checked it out, my book is all about beauty from the inside out, with information on delicious seasonal ingredients that have numerous health and skin benefits, plus dozens of simple, yummy recipes that are super easy and healthy.

Here are a couple of my other favourites to have on your coffee table…

Great Hair Days: & How to Have Them by Luke Hersheson

With a foreword by Victoria Beckham and an introduction by Sali Hughes, this is a must-have hair bible from one of the greatest stylists working today. His work has appeared in countless top designers’ campaigns and on the pages of almost every fashion magazine, and his client list includes the likes of Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Emma Watson and Claudia Schiffer. This book is packed with practical, easy-to-follow advice to help ensure every day is a good hair day.

Validated: The Makeup of Val Garland, by Val Garland and Karl Plewka

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.

GilesSølveKatie, by Giles Deacon, Sølve Sundsbø and Katie Grand

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.

Franco Gobbi: Fragile

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.

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