These New Coffee Table Fashion Books Were Made for Instagram
Much like investing in a matching set of towels or hanging properly-framed art on your walls, owning a solid stack of coffee-table books goes a long way toward making your apartment feel like it belongs to a grown-up (even if you are still using your oven for storage). Fashion titles are among the best of the bunch: they're naturally visual, bridge the fields of photography, pop culture, and design, and, yes, look great on Instagram. Sorry, Kindle, that's one area in which you can't compete.
Whether you're just starting your collection, are in the market for something new, or need a foolproof gift for the fashion girl in your life, keep scrolling to shop the best new tomes about clothing, style, and design for 2017.
This incisive look at literary greats through the lens of their personal style has already received rave reviews. Covering writers from Zadie Smith and Joan Didion to Oscar Wilde and T.S. Eliot, it offers bibliophiles and fashion lovers alike fascinating reading material.
See France through the eyes of one of the most legendary photographers of the 21st century. Expect Audrey Hepburn, Jean Moreau, and, bien sûr, plenty of unmissable fashion.
Whether or not you make it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute exhibition this year, the accompanying catalog never disappoints. The Comme des Garçons volume features gorgeous images of the clothing on display, plus insights from the curator and a deeper look into Rei Kawakubo's creative mind.
We're forever in awe of the mother-daughter duo behind StyleLikeU and the warm, welcoming spaces they've managed to carve out on the internet. In their second title, they go deep with a diverse group of artists, models, designers, and more to show the myriad forms beauty and style can take.
Film buffs will love this exploration of behind-the-scenes photos from the 21th Century Fox archives—especially as it's led by two authors who themselves got their start on the silver screen. See continuity shots and backstage candids that document iconic costumes worn by Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, and more.
As one of the most elusive and influential figures in fashion, most writing on Martin Margiela is shrouded in mystery. This catalog, which accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp, manages to lift the veil just enough to satisfy some curiosities about the designer's tenure at Hermès.
American fashion history is bound up in the pages of Harper's Bazaar's weighty new tome, which commemorates the magazine's sesquicentennial anniversary and draws from its rich archives, not just of photography, but of articles, fiction, and poetry, too.
Even if you don't know her by name, you've surely seen Le-Tan's bound-cloth "book" clutches in the hands of street style stars. Here, we get a peek into the designer's imaginative mind and creative world, one populated with some of Paris' most fascinating figures.