The Best Gift To Give And Receive

Shopping for your most fashion-forward friends can be a difficult task, but there’s one gift that they’re sure to love every time: a stylish book. Luckily, this year offered an impressive spread of coffee table books that can’t be passed up. So whether you’re curating your own collection or contributing to another, go ahead and file these seven titles under “must own.”


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  • Whether you’re an aspiring stylist, love a great fashion quote, or are a vintage connoisseur, today's story has a book for everyone. Click through now to see all of our picks.

  • We know what you’re thinking, another model book? Yes! But trust us, this isn’t your run of the mill model book, mostly because the subjects are three of fashion’s biggest muses—that would be Amber Valetta, Guinevere van Seenus, and Kate Moss, of course. Photographer Craig McDean shares 150 never-been-published images and outtakes from shoots spanning 1993 to 2005, so in a nutshell: it’s a reflection of one of the greatest fashion eras.   

  • For The Feminine Free Spirit

    Chloe: Attitudes ($53) by Sarah Mower

  • You don’t have to be a Chloe loyalist to enjoy this one—we promise. Not only will you discover the influence of the brand’s many designers (Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, and Phoebe Philo are among those on the roster), but the book packs in plenty of interesting facts, too (did you know Chloe was the first high-end Paris fashion house to sell exclusively ready-to-wear clothing?).

  • For The Witty Dreamer

    The World According To Karl ($19) by Sandrine Gulbenkian

  • Karl Lagerfeld may seem like a serious man behind the dark sunglasses, but in actuality, the storied designer has an incredible sense of humor and unique outlook on life and style. Filled with one outrageous and brilliant quote after another, this book will have you on the floor laughing in no time at all.

  • For The History Buff

    Vanity Fair 100 Years: From The Jazz Age To Our Age ($33) by Graydon Carter

  • Much like what you’d expect from the magazine, this book covers everything from politics to the arts to Hollywood news from 1913 'til now. But what we really love are the original celebrity editorials, like Tina Fey’s red-white-and-blue portrait and Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley’s now infamous cover with Tom Ford. In other words: it’s 446 pages of awe-inspiring imagery and amusing narratives.

  • For The Stylist-In-Training

    Lori Goldstein: Style Is Instinct ($53) by Lori Goldstein

  • Stylist Lori Goldstein is the creative force behind some of fashion’s most influential images. You might recall the iconic Versace ads shot by Steven Meisel in 2000 or the ethereal Elle and Dakota Fanning W cover—that was Goldstein. Here, she revisits her iconic work spanning almost thirty years. Inside you’ll find breathtaking editorials accompanied by anecdotes from Goldstein herself. Note to anyone aspiring to be a stylist: read this first!

  • For The Stylish Artist

    Illustrate Now! Fashion ($60) by Julius Wiedemann

  • Before a beautiful design hits the runway or streets, it starts as a sketch. Taschen’s latest fashion book celebrates the art of illustration with a series of inspirational drawings from 90 artists across the globe featured alongside quotes from the studios of Valentino, Christian Dior, and more. 

  • For The Vintage Collector

    Icons Of Vintage Fashion: Definitive Designer Classics At Auction 1900-1990 ($37) by Penelope Blanckaert and Angele Rincheval Hernu

  • Do you ever wonder how curators and museums across the globe get access to the greatest vintage fashions of all time? It’s all thanks to prestigious auction houses. This book tells the story of the incredible items sold on the resale market, like Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking suit and the Chanel black jacket, and 20th century style depicted in over 900 photographs. Even better: it includes a list of the best addresses for vintage shopping around the world!


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