author: Colin McDowell
It is rare in the world of fashion books to find a book that is equal parts pretty pictures and smart writing. Leave it to Colin McDowell, one of the more authoritative fashion writers at work today—and a man who’s efforts and influence extend far beyond his writing—to create a tome that includes a copious 500+ pages of both. McDowell (Senior Fashion Writer for The Sunday Times Style section, professor, and founder of Fashion Fringe) is an accessible writer with the authoritative scope to be able to write a book that covers fashion from Dior’s New Look in 1947 to the present day not in a linear fashion (there is a chronology at the end of the book) but topically, devoting chapters to major movements in both fashion and society (and the ways they mirror). So the youth revolution, the “designer as superstar”, the rise of the cult of the model, the outré in fashion and so much more are treated in glorious Technicolor and penetrating text. This book is not to be missed.
COACH® Library by Assouline
What more elegant way to store and transport your library of Assouline Memoire books than a white leather COACH case lined in red suede. Designed to hold 40 Memoire books, those reference/coffee table eyecatcers that dip into art, fashion, design and architecture, the COACH library holds a selection of 40 pre-selected books including those on Balenciaga, the Bauhaus, Chanel, Chloe, Courregges. Eames, Le Corbusier, Marc Jacobs, and the Little Black Dress. A chic intro to the touchstones of design, there is no more luxurious gift.
eat.shop.guides. (http://www.eatshopguides.com )
For introductions to the city the cognoscenti and the locals know and love, give eat.shop.guides. Now with new cities including Paris, Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. these sweet little purse-size guides—beautifully photographed and written in a highly personal tone—offer a look at the kind of stylish, independent shops and restaurants that both give a city its character and are true finds for lovers of good design and good food.