Fashion & Beauty

Fashion Friday: Spring Reading

Spring will be here soon (we can’t wait), and so, to get us into the mood, we’ve chosen a selection of fashion books that function as both great art to top your coffee tables as well as great reads to serve as blueprints for iconic style.  From the artistic creations of Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera to a homage to the classic little black dress, we’ve got your spring fashion reading covered. —Ed.



elie-saab-large-format-september-2013-8Elie Saab by Janie Samet Self-taught fashion designer Elie Saab’s interest in dressmaking started at age nine, when he began making clothes for his sisters, and as an adolescent he was selling his creations to the women in his neighborhood. In 1982 he opened his couture atelier in Beirut; he soon presented his first collection and instantly won critical attention. His reputation rapidly transcended borders, and high-society women the world over desired an Elie Saab dress.  The designer magnifies femininity, building his fairy-tale creations with the finest materials, intricately detailed hand-embroidery, and a sophisticated fusion of cultural influences. Brimming with gorgeous imagery, including original photography by the esteemed Laziz Hamani, this oversize Assouline edition is presented in a luxury slipcase. (Excerpted from the Publisher) . . . . . oscar-de-la-renta-the-style-inspiration-and-life-of-oscar-de-la-renta-february-2014-12 . . Oscar de la Renta Foreword by Anna Wintour Oscar de la Renta is one of the most celebrated couturiers in the world, a renaissance man of American fashion. Born in the Dominican Republic, he has played a central role in the fashion scene for over forty years and has dressed everyone in the celebrity world. This beautifully updated edition of the original 2002 volume, brimming with iconic fashion photography and images from de la Renta’s personal albums, gives an inside view of the designer’s creative inspirations and private world. Oscar is the story of a man whose artistic, generous spirit transcends his fashion creations. (Excerpted from the Publisher) . . . . . . . 41tTSPk4TeL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ Carolina Herrera by Alexandra Kotur Weaving together elegance, delicacy, and femininity, Carolina Herrera has defined a graceful aesthetic that is all her own. Born into an aristocratic Venezuelan family, Herrera developed her fashion sensibilities at the age of 13 when she attended her first fashion show. From her emergence as an acclaimed beauty surrounded by royals and artists like Andy Warhol, to her current renown as a the woman who dresses women who know how to dress, Carolina Herrera has established herself as a fashion icon. Through the celebrated photography of Annie Leibovitz, Arthur Elgort, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Mario Testino, as well as the words of friends, colleagues, and admirers like Calvin Klein, Ian Schrager, and Bianca Jagger, Carolina Herrera is a portrait of one of today’s most timeless designers. (Excerpted from the Publisher) . . . . . . . 9780847840571_p0_v1_s260x420Little Black Dress by Andre Leon Talley The zenith of elegance in any woman’s wardrobe is the little black dress, the power of which suggests dash and refinement. The very term “little black dress” was established in 1926, in an American Vogue illustration of Gabrielle Chanel’s first black “Ford.” It has since become a metaphor for cosmopolitan glamour; yet it is no longer an invariable of convention and propriety. The little-black-dress club has opened its doors wide, as vast as the endless horizon, to allow for individual choices and interpretation. (Excerpted from the Publisher)

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