We’re impatient for Spring/Summer 2014 to truly arrive: we’ve been teased with the occasional sunny weekend in London, but for the most part we’re still having to rely on winter coats and cosy layers. So while we wait to break in our pool sliders, we’ve been flicking through the most recently released fashion tomes. 2014 has been a big year for the sartorially sharp coffee table book so far, so we wanted to talk you through five of the best…
A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bell Bottoms to Boyfriends by Emily Current, Meritt Elliott and Hilary Walsh
The clue is in the authors’ names for this one: it’s by the designers behind cult denim label Current Elliott. But it’s not about their brand, it’s more of an atmospheric wander through 80 years of denim imagery. There isn’t a lot of text – this book is similar to Alexa Chung’s ‘It’ in that the pages are mostly filled by images, with stylish thoughts scattered in between.
Edited by Florence Muller, this book has been curated as an accompaniment to the Musée Christian Dior exhibition due to launch later in 2014. She concentrates on Dior’s interest in photography as an artistic medium, and explains how he used it to help shape the house of Dior in its early stages. If you’re after a tome full of glamorous photographs from the days of haute couture, this is it. There are even some 1962 portraits of Marilyn Monroe wearing Dior, taken by Bert Sterns
Fashionable Selby by Todd Selby
Photographer Todd Selby has already documented homes (The Selby is In Your Place) and food (Edible Selby) but this time he’s brought his richly saturated style to the world of fashion. A stylish mix of photographs and illustrations, with handwritten captions, cover designers, stylists, editors, models, haberdashers and shoemakers – all with eclectic personalities and larger than life style.
With a foreword by industry stalwart Diane Von Furstenberg and an introduction by Jessica Alba, this has been compiled by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. A non-profit organisation, they’ve collected their “advice and musings” from the biggest names in the US, like Ralph Lauren, Zac Posen, Donna Karan and Betsey Johnson. We would have liked to see more photographs and more in-depth interviews, but it’s a nice idea and would make a thoughtful gift for any budding fashionista. We’re just not sure about Jessica Alba’s introduction – notes from a designer or someone more heavily involved in the industry might have been more appropriate.
Not strictly a fashion book, this one is more about personal style and cultivating a thoughtful lifestyle. But we had to include it because of its ties to the normcore non-trend that is sweeping across every the world right now. The Kinfolk series is all about curating a simple, uncluttered life that helps you focus on what’s important, so whether you’re into normcore or just the minimalist approach we’d recommend checking them out. The newest addition is all about the home, how to create one and share it, and how to really feel at home in a world that’s changing all the time.