Fashion & Beauty

The Fall Fashion Book List: Memoirs of Women of Style and Grit

This fall is gearing up to be an exciting season in the book world—and upcoming books by and about some of the most influential and game-changing women in fashion promise to be especially engrossing.  These new releases delve into the complicated lives of women like Diane von Furstenberg, Vivienne Westwood, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Loulou de la Falaise.


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woman_i_wantedThe Woman I Wanted to Be
By Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg offers a book simply about becoming the woman she wanted to be—“the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills.” In The Woman I Wanted to Be, von Furstenberg reflects on her  life—from her childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. She mines the rich territory of what it means to be a woman, opening up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women. She declares,  “I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be.” (Source: Simon and Schuster)




elle-02-book-smart-vivienne-westwood-xlnVivienne Westwood
By Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly

Vivienne Westwood: fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand, and grandmother. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across the world. In her personal memoir, she collaborates with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly to describe the events, people, and ideas that have shaped her extraordinary life. (Source: Pan Macmillan)







9780307701596-1Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography
By Meryle Secrest

Known as the Queen of Fashion, Elsa Shiaparelli was at the helm of a social revolution through clothing. American Vogue, in 1927, presented her entire collection as Works of Art. “Dare to be different,” Schiaparelli advised women, and she lived it to the height as a rebel against convention—social as well as fashion. Meryle Secrest, acclaimed biographer, captures Schiaparelli’s rise to fame, her keen instincts—she was an astute businesswoman—and her incredible journey in launching herself into hats, hose, soaps, shoes, and handbags in the space of a few years. By 1930, her company was grossing millions of francs a year. As Secrest traces the unfolding of this dazzling career, she reveals the spirit that gave shape to this large and extravagant life: a woman—a force—whose artistic vision forever changed the face of fashion and redefined the boundaries of art. (Source: Knopf)



41wgYqeI4lL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Loulou de la Falaise
By Ariel de Ravenel

Loulou de la Falaise is the first monograph to celebrate the life and work of the style icon. Renowned for her bohemian chic and daring style as well as for her lightness, nonchalance, and humor, Loulou de la Falaise was not only an influential fashion icon but also a breath of fresh air to the world of Parisian haute couture. The Anglo-French beauty modeled briefly for Diana Vreeland’s Vogue before moving to Paris in 1972 to work alongside the iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent. For almost 40 years, de la Falaise would forge her professional reputation designing extraordinary jewelry and accessories both for Yves Saint Laurent and for her own line. This  volume is a life in pictures, with more than 400 images by legendary contemporary photographers.  (Source: Rizzoli)


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