Top Coffee Table Tomes
While the rise of mobile apps and e-readers has made newspapers and novels easily accessible with the swipe of a finger, nothing yet comes close to capturing and recreating the visual, sensory pleasure of the classic coffee table book. These glossy tomes work double duty as uber-chic home décor as well as collectible artworks, and this month we’ve picked our top five most covetable volumes from the fabulous world of fashion. Vogue: The Editor’s Eye
Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the magazine dubbed the Fashion Bible, Vogue: The Editor’s Eye takes us inside the minds of eight legendary Vogue fashion editors including Babs Simpson and Grace Coddington, and behind the lenses of renowned fashion photographers from Richard Avedon to Annie Leibovitz. If ever you wanted to see the complete process of the magazine’s iconic editorials, from inspiration to execution, this exceptional archive is one not to be missed.
Abrams / September 2012 / http://abramsbooks.com Kate: The Kate Moss Book / Rizzoli / November 2012
Few names are as synonymous with the word ‘supermodel’ as Kate Moss, and in her new book, created in collaboration with creative director Fabien Baron, she documents her catapult to fame. Beginning with Corinne Day’s first images of Moss at age 14, through her biggest campaigns and career moves, the book also includes many never-before-seen images from her personal archives. For Moss fans, this is the ultimate collector’s item.
Rizzoli / November 2012 / http://rizzoliusa.com World Tour: Vintage Hotel Labels from the Collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton
From the late C.19th until his death in 1970, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of the luxury luggage house founder Louis Vuitton, collected over 3,000 hotel labels while travelling the globe with chic monogrammed trunk in tow. Now, with the limited box set ‘World Tour’ travel tome, you can access his private collection and peruse 1,000+ beautiful vintage labels from 21 destinations far and wide.
Louis Vuitton / September 2012 / http://louisvuitton.com Love Looks Not With The Eyes: 13 Years With Lee Alexander McQueen
For thirteen years, Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage during late designer Alexander McQueen’s fashion shows, her camera the only one bestowed with the rare chance to capture McQueen behind the scenes. Deniau’s exclusive status makes her new book, featuring over 400 previously unseen images of McQueen’s life and work, a unique and personal insight into one of the fashion world’s greatest legends.
Abrams / September 2012 / http://abramsbooks.com Fashion Designers A-Z, Missoni Edition
The zig zag-printed Missoni Edition is our pick of the six limited ‘Designer Editions’ of fashion encyclopedia Fashion Designers A-Z, detailing the who’s who of C.20-21st fashion design, from Azzedine Alaia to Coco Chanel to Vivienne Westwood. Curated by discerning editors Valerie Steele and Suzy Menkes, the tome features over 500 garments selected from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s permanent collection, with each piece representing a significant era or defining moment in modern day style. Building a fashion library? Then consider this the Bible - but note there are only 2,000 copies per edition, so best place your pre-order quicksticks!
Taschen / March 2013 / pre-order at http://taschen.com