Let's be clear. You may not have a coffee table at your house in 2015. You may not even drink coffee! The beauty of coffee-table books is that they are less about caramel macchiato's and are more of a point of reference, art, and a source of literary escape. Fashion coffee-table books especially are beautiful accents to have in any home. From studying your favorite designer's work or learning the appropriate fashion vocabulary -- we are sharing our top 5 fashion coffee-table books with you. It's not our fault if you want to purchase them all at once!
I'll Drink to That
You may remember 86-year-old Betty Halbreich from the documentary Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's. Halbreich's biography covers her over 40 year tenure at Bergdorf Goodman as a personal shopper --expect her dynamic sense of humor and wit in this memoir.
Yves Saint Laurent: Style
You can't talk fashion without Yves Saint Laurent. This retrospective coffee table book covers over 40 years of his contributions to the fashion world including his famous "Le Smoking Suit". The French designer admired artists like Warhol and Matisse and will forever be known for his rebel spirit -- he broke a lot of rules and we hope that this book inspires your inner Saint Laurent.
Jenna Lyons coined the term "post-Tom Ford era" to describe how women ditched overt sex appeal for bold colors and shapes in their wardrobe. In Ford's early career, he indeed owned "sexy" and has proved to the fashion world his undenying influence on the industry. Follow Tom Ford's career through fashion photography from the greats (Annie Leibowitz, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino) and a forward by Ms. Anna Wintour.
I had the pleasure of meeting Louboutin a few years ago. He is a handsome, fairly quiet and mysterious man. He's not the type of man that you would associate with bringing stilettos back in the 90's or 2000's or running a multi-million dollar business -- he's just too cool. This book is divided into six chapters and covers his biography, early career as a designer and his beautiful designs. I loved getting to know him better with this read. Bonus: the book features interior design inspiration from Louboutin's gorgeous homes!
Your collection is not complete without books on the house that Coco built -- a true girlboss who revolutionized fashion and modern luxury for women. The book set features three volumes: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Jewelry and Chanel Perfume. For all of you followers of Lagerfeld don't fret; he is featured in the trilogy.
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