Garance Dore, the wunderkind woman of street style, celebrates the best of fashion in her new tome 'Love Style Life'. And she's not the only one. Here are five page-turners Stylizen simple can't put down long enough to gift wrap!
A summer break – whether it’s a few weeks or a long weekend – is the perfect time to escape into a book. Off Kindle, on paper, some of the most exhilarating fashion adventures begin, taking you on trips through the fashion capitals of Paris to New York City with an eponymous style stalker or hearing decades of decadent tales from a Brussels-born fashion legend – just as an inspiring example.
Escape mentally and creatively within some of these summer page-turners – or gift them to those who need a lift into a fashion fairytale land far, far away…
French blogger, photographer, illustrator and author, Garance Dore, is feted internationally for her exquisite style and keen eye, marrying the two together in a much-regaled blog and web series, ‘Pardon My French’. Garance says; “I love fashion because it’s one of the best ways to communicate and that its nature is the passing of time – which I find incredibly romantic. Fashion is ever-present everywhere on my blog,” and in her new book, it seems.
Love Style Life is a unique folio of life, love, style and career reaching from Paris to New York, gorgeously illustrated with candid wisdom drawn from a life spent on shooting street style streets and feasting on fashion, travel, style and, of course, love.
For a bite-sized taste of what Garance is all about, check out her meeting with the divine Diane von Furstenburg here.
Love Style Life by Garance Doré, $46.40 – available at Booktopia.
While we’re on the subject of this grand doyenne of design and real living treasure, in her book DVF chronicles everything from her childhood in Brussels to the game-changing dress that introduced a new wave of independent women to the world. The book also travels through the trials and triumphs of building a global brand while having a family and overcoming cancer, making the almost 70-year-old legend that is DVF one of the most arresting fashion designers, philanthropists – and grandmothers – around. “I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be.”
The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane von Furstenberg, $20 – available at Matches Fashion.
What is not to love about trailblazing Tilda? The chameleon of any red carpet and cinematic piece walks the runway in a selection of historically and culturally significant garments from the past 200 years throughout this lavish tri-book set. A truly intoxicating, off-centre point of view into fashion and its fingerprint on our lives, ‘Impossible Wardrobes’ is a glorious, elevated ode to fashion that is sure to be coveted by the truly passionate design set.
The Impossible Wardrobe by Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard, $173.50 – available at Booktopia.
From heroin addict to fashion MD isn’t a synopsis you often hear, which is what makes this candid memoir of Ed Burstell’s meteoric rise from addict to adored fashion nobleman at Liberty – one of Britain’s most iconic institutions – so arresting. Along the way, the reader is transported from the hedonism of the 1980’s disco daze, through to the horrific impact of AIDS, onto Ed’s battle with drugs and depression through to the jubilant ending that is this modern-day fashion fairytale. ‘At Liberty’ is a true roller-coaster view of the multiplicity of the fashion world and the means it takes to survive – and prosper.
At Liberty by Ed Burstell, $46.99 – available at Angus & Roberston Bookworld.
Thirteen years after its first publication, this 408-page reissue of work by iconic fashion stylist Grace Coddington is a must for the coffee table of any fashion fan. Housing some of the greatest photos ever published within the pages of British and American Vogue, ‘Grace’ is both a monograph and memoir tripping through the transformation of static studio portraiture into a time when fashion shoots became sweeping narratives in magical locations. A true chronicle of fashion history – starring the likes of Jerry Hall in Communist Russia and Naomi Campbell beaded and bikinied in Irving Penn’s studio – this is a fashion feast you will find hard to put down.
Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue by Grace Coddington, $146.25 – available at Booktopia.