Our own stylish bibliophile Kallie Mitchener has scoured for the best and the brightest of this spring’s new haute reads to grace your coffee table and your personal library. Here, we present the most glamorous of the glamorous books to inspire every facet of your life.
THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN: THE PURSUIT OF TIMELESS ELEGANCE AND STYLE IN LONDON
Texts by Olivier Saillard, Virginie Mouzat, Colombe Pringle, Loïc Prigent, Elizabeth Sammelhack and Sophie Fontanel $75 April 2013. Rizzoli Books
This book will walk you through the streets of London, Mayfair, Piccadilly, and St. James’, and deliver a compilation the most bespoke goods for men. Each chapter contains a different classical theme and accurately illustrates the timelessness of men’s fashion. From hats to suits, perfumes and colognes, this book includes everything that comprises an impressively fashionable man.
PARIS HAUTE COUTURE
Edited by Olivier Saillard and Anne Zazzo $75 February 2013. Rizzoli Flammarion Books
Couture is all about detail, artistry, and exquisite design. This features couture from the birthplace of it all, Paris. Going back to the 1800’s and bringing you through the 1970’s, this book serves to give you full spectrum on this intricate craftsmanship. Expect lavish pages featuring embroiders, lace makers, crystal-makers, feather specialists, furriers, and more.
Texts by Olivier Saillard, Virginie Mouzat, Colombe Pringle, Loïc Prigent, Elizabeth Sammelhack and Sophie Fontanel. Conversations between Ines de la Fressange and Catherine Deneuve, Bruno Frisoni and Cate Blanchett $75 April 2013. Rizzoli Books.
This book features the incredible designs of Roger Vivier, the mastermind behind the first stiletto heel in 1955, which changes women’s fashion forever. Each of his shoes was a product of great craftsmanship and art and they were wore by some of the most influential style icons, like Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, and Sophia Loren. Celebrates the history of the house that portrays the evolution of the brand into a global phenomenon.
NEW FASHIONED WEDDING
By Paige Appel and Kelly Harris $45.00 January 2013. Rizzoli Books.
This book serves as a guide to anyone who is seeking to host an immaculately memorable and personal celebration. With years of experience in the wedding industry, the authors of this book have chronicled what they think is the best ways to throw an exquisite event. Their expertise in creative, artistic weddings have led them to the proclamation that there comes a time when old becomes new again. You’ll want to get married again after reading this.
HOW TO READ FASHION
By Fiona Ffoulkes $17.95 April 2012. Rizzoli Books.
“A Crash Course in Style, Designers, and Couture,” this book serves as a guide to portray how contemporary designs of today reflect designs from the past 200 years. The book also indulges in accessories and is explains/ interprets influential trends, styles, and techniques for any fashionista who wants to know more of the inside track of fashion.
DESIGNERS AT HOME: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS OF STYLISH LIVING.
By Ronda Rice Carman Foreword by Martha Stewart $45.00 April 2013. Rizzoli Books.
This book features the immaculate living spaces of today’s design leaders, like Ashley Hicks, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Rose Tarlow, and Bunny Williams. The spaces range from apartments, to estates, and everything in-between, and all across the county. Tips on how to make your how reflect your style by the experts are included and you’ll be inspired to redecorate upon impact.
By Susanna Salk $75.00 April 2013. Rizzoli Books.
Flip through the life and times of legendary style arbiter C.Z. Guest. The book chronicles her all-American look. Known for her immaculate beauty and style, Guest has influenced and continues to influence fashion, society, and interiors that continues to this day. Also included is her knack for gardening and some of the incredible gardens she created that speak to the soul of any Socialite.
MILES ALDRIDGE: ALL THE WOMEN
By Miles Aldridge $75.00 April 2013. Rizzoli Books.
Renowned fashion photographer, Miles Aldridge, has a cinematic approach to his work and presents images with complex characters. His bright, candy colored images create an appealing combination of sexuality and sweetness. With great detail, each photograph has a world within itself that bring appeal and interest to viewers and you’ll want to strike a pose shortly after reading.
By James Sherwood $29.95 April 2013. Rizzoli Books.
This book can teach you “How To Be The Perfect Host,” and more. With secrets from the staff of one of London’s most prestigious hotels, you will be sure to throw a fantastic event with this as your guide. From dinner parties to afternoon tea, specialty cocktails, the perfect hors d’oeuvres, and great decoration, this book is a fantastic guide to helping you live your most beautiful life ever.
THE WELCOMING HOUSE
By Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith $55.00 March 2013. Rizzoli Books.
The goal of the authors was to create fresh, yet classic rooms. Mission accomplished. They achieve this through the use of subtle color pallets, emphasizing of comfort and entertaining, and graceful furniture. An undeniable Southern charm is something that each of these homes posses and they highlight the importance of entryways and the setting of a beautiful table.
By Hollister Hovey $55.00 March 2013. Rizzoli Books.
Nostalgia, adventure, and history are some of the components this book emphasizes to include more zip and zing into your home. This features homes of individuals and couples who portray a great sense of history and autobiography in their décor. Model ships, antique book collections, and Vintage Vuitton cases are what you can expect to fill the pages as you chart your own home’s course in its spring sprucing.
ELIE SAAB MEMOIRE & LARGE FORMAT
By Janie Samet $175 Assouline Books.
Elie Saab was a self-taught designer and began dressmaking at the young age of nine. He eventually, through phenomenal designs, made himself a household name and a got-to for international stars and royalty. See how he hones in on intricate detail and attempts for fairy-like creations with his specialty being the capitalization of the female silhouette. Couture at its best.
FASHION JEWELRY: THE COLLECTION OF BARBARA BERGER
By Text by Harrice Simmons Miller, preface by Pamela Golbin, foreword by Iris Apfel, photography by Pablo Esteva $65 Assouline Books.
From a very young age Barbara Berger has been notorious for owning some of the most impressive and extensive fashion jewelry collections. This book highlights some of the most dazzling and intricate pieces in her collection of over 4,000 bejeweled objects. This book is noted to be a must have for both jewelry collectors and die-hard jewelry lovers.
By Text by Bérénice Vila $65 Assouline Books.
Ooh la la. This chronicles all of the best from France, including artists, intellectuals, music and screen legends, literature, and inventions. Noting the juxtaposition that emerges from the culture of couture clothing and scientific advancements. The book serves to be informative, fun, and to celebrate the sophistication of the French so that your next trip will seem so much more Parisian.
THE DIARY OF A NOSE: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A PARFUMEUR
By Jean-Claude Ellena $24.95 January 2013. Rizzoli Books
Perfume is the idea of visceral art. From where do the scent inspirations come? Smell is one of our strongest senses and has the power to trigger memories of decades ago. As a parfumeur for Hermes, Jean-Claude Ellena claims fragrance as an art form and here is a collection of his thoughts on the world of scents and what ignites his creation of some of the world’s most desired fragrances.
Text By Karen Howes $60 March 2013. Rizzoli Books
There is so much power that can be found in minimalism. The richness and importance of texture all play a major role in the creativity that inspires many designers to capitalize on minimalism. From modern to empire-style, no matter where the location or architectural style, the rooms in the book all share a minimalistic elegance you, too, will want your home to excude.