FASHIONABLE READS

Our savvy bibliophile Jonathan Spindel highlights the latest and most glamorous tomes of the spring fashion season to grace your coffee table, bookshelf and stylish sensibility.

By Francois Chaille

Classically luxe and continually innovative, Cartier’s famous designs reflect the opulence, dynamism and energy found in art, nature, and cities all over the world. $125 at Rizzoliusa.com

DVF: DIANE VON FURSTENBURG
By Diane von Furstenburg, edited by Bill Katz, introduction by Holly Brubach

A visual odyssey of groundbreaking design, this definitive retrospective celebrates Diane von Furstenburg, the designer whose career is as vibrant and dynamic as her designs. $75 at Rizzoliusa.com

FASHION LIVES: FASHION ICONS WITH FERN MALLIS
By Fern Mallis, introduction by Ralph Lauren

This revealing volume features intimate interviews with the fashion industry’s most talented luminaries, adding a fascinating personal perspective to their work. Profound, funny, and provocative. $55 at Rizzoliusa.com

FROCKING LIFE: SEARCHING FOR ELSA SCHIAPARELLI
By BillyBoy, foreword by Jean Druesedow

Inspired by a lifelong love affair with the iconic Italian designer “Schiap,” the artist BillyBoy* pays homage to a woman who saw life as art, and inspired countless fashion designers to do the same. $39 at Rizzoliusa.com

JEFF KOONS: NEW PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE
By Sir Norman Rosenthal

Extolling innocence, beauty, and sensuality with layers of abstraction, figuration, and sumptuous effect, this catalog of Koons’s recent sculpture is pure modern spectacle. $100 at Rizzoliusa.com

SARGENT: PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS AND FRIENDS
By Richard Ormond, text by Elaine Kilmurray, contribution by Trevor Fairbrother, Barbara Dayer and Erica Hirshler

Presenting the quintessential American portrait artist John Singer Sargent, who captured his famous subjects with utmost nuance, radiant light and vivid color. $60 at Rizzoliusa.com

NICKY HASLAM: A DESIGNER’S LIFE
By Nicky Haslam

Explore the English master of interior design, whose seductively glamorous style is known for its opulence and timeless details. $55 at Rizzoliusa.com

DIOR: NEW COUTURE
Foreword by Cathy Horyn, Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier

Immortalizing the fashion house’s rich heritage, this volume captures the extraordinary work of the Dior atelier from 1947 to today. $115 at Rizzoliusa.com

PATRICIA UNDERWOOD: THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR HAT
By Jeffrey Banks and Doria de la Chapelle, foreword by Isaac Mizrahi

Inspired by art, cinema, and historical fashions, renowned milliner Patricia Underwood presents a visually stunning and informative look at the transformative power of a hat. $50 at Rizzoliusa.com

WINDSOR SMITH HOMEFRONT: DESIGN FOR MODERN LIVING
By Windsor Smith, foreword by Gwyneth Paltrow

Mixing glamour with practicality, interior designer Windsor Smith’s aesthetic celebrate elegant, comfortable style. Her fresh vision guides you to making the most out of your home’s best spaces. $50 at Rizzoliusa.com

IAN SCHRAGER: DESIGN
By Ian Schrager, contribution by Philippe Starck, John Pawson, Jacques Herzog and Julian Schnabel

The man behind the legendary Studio 54 challenged and redefined the idea of luxury and glamour. Explore Schrager’s career and his enduring impact on entrepreneurs and designers across generations. $75 at Rizzoliusa.com

PLACE VENDÔME
By Alexis Gregory

Celebrating Paris’s nexus of the rich and famous, this evocatively written volume traces the history of Place Vendôme from its royal beginnings to its modern role as a center of culture and society. $85 at Assouline.com

THE WORLD OF DEPARTURES
By Richard David Story

USE SMALLISH
Explore the world through the eyes of this luxury lifestyle magazine, which features one-of-a-kind discoveries in travel, art, culture, and design. $75 at Assouline.com

DINNER WITH JACKSON POLLOCK: RECIPES, ART & NATURE
By Robin Lea, preface by Francesca Pollock, foreword by Helen A. Harrison, director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

The artist who needs no introduction was lesser known as a passionate gardener and cook. This book features more than fifty of Pollock’s own recipes collected from his friends and family. $50 at Assouline.com

PORTRAITS OF THE NEW ARCHITECTURE 2
Photographs by Richard Schulman, introduction by Paul Goldberger

This follow-up volume introduces thirty-two exciting contemporary architects whose projects are shaping the landscape of tomorrow. $75 at Assouline.com

HÔTEL PLAZA ATHÉNÉE: THE COUTURE ADDRESS IN PARIS
By François Simon, foreword by Pascal Payen-Appenzeller

Celebrating its first 100 years, the elegant hotel in the heart of Paris looking ahead toward another century of fashion and prestige. $85 at Assouline.com

A TOUCH OF STYLE
By Carlos Mota

The mastermind behind the amazing photos of top design magazines, Mota creates memorable interior designs with vibrant colors and elegant flower arrangements. $85 at Assouline.com

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
By Berenice Geoffroy-Schneiter

A stunning look at one of the most coveted names in haute joaillerie, Van Cleef and Arpels, whose designs fuse glamour with nature and sophistication with simplicity. $30 at Assouline.com

DRESSING FOR THE DARK: FROM THE SILVER SCREEN TO THE RED CARPET
By Kate Young

Celebrity stylist Kate Young presents the most iconic evening styles of all time, inspired by classic fashion moments in film. $45 at Assouline.com

CELEBRITY COCKTAILS
By Brian Van Flandern

Master mixologist Brian Van Flandern shares favorite cocktail recipes of the great Hollywood stars, from Humphrey Bogart to Elizabeth Taylor. This chic volume is a must-have for every sophisticated host. $50 at Assouline.com

DREAMHOUSE: INTERIORS BY PENNY DRUE BAIRD
By Penny Drue Baird, foreword by Mario Buatta

Slip into the serene, fantasy interiors by Penny Drue Baird: from luxury apartments in Manhattan to heritage homes in Connecticut and jewel-toned Parisian pieds-à-terre. $50 at Monacellipress.com

MAKER & MUSE: WOMEN AND EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY ART JEWELRY
By Elyse Zorn Karlin, foreword by Richard H. Driehaus, photography by John A. Faier

A celebration of the role of women in the creation of exquisite handcrafted jewelry at the turn of the century, both as inspiration and as designers and makers. $50 at Monacellipress.com

DINNER DIARIES
By Daniel Cappello

A spotlight of everything spectacular about dinner parties, from preferred seating arrangements to the best conversation topics. $50 at Assouline.com

THE NEW ARTISANS II
By Oliver Dupon

The ultimate reference to the vibrant, creative world of the handmade from some of the best designers on the planet. $50 at Thamesandhudsonusa.com

FASHION CHINA
By Gemma Williams
Like its economy and art scene, Chinese fashion is on the rise, with an increasingly prominent international presence. Spurred by a new generation of creative and ambitious designers, and championed by actresses, the country now has tremendous style. $35 at Thamesandhudsonusa.com

FURNITECTURE
By Anna Yudina

Exploring the furnishings, interior environments, this book features the work of a rising generation of designers. $30 at Thamesandhudsonusa.com

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