LITERARY PURSUITS

LITERARY PURSUITS

The best holiday books are ready to be given and received. We think our inveterate bibliophile Jake Gaines recommends the perfect ones for you or anyone on your holiday gift list.

ADRIAN: A LIFETIME OF MOVIE GLAMOUR, ART AND HIGH FASHION

By Leonard Stanley, Robin Adrian and Mark A. Vieira

Legendary MGM studio fashion designer Adrian is profiled in this visual celebration of the life and work of the man behind some of the most memorable fashions of Hollywood’s golden age. $65. At Rizzoli USA

GREAT ESCAPES: ITALY. THE HOTEL BOOK

By Angelika Taschen

In Italy, art and life are entwined. This visual journey offers glimpses of rural landscapes, high culture, and divine food; all spied through the doorways and windows of the country’s most stunning hotels. $60. At Taschen.

AXELVERVOORDT:PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS

By Michael Gardner

Axel Vervoordt incorporates nature, art, and timeless interiors to create living spaces that encourage self-reflection, inspiration, and happiness in 17 homes that will inspire your own spaces. $75. At Rizzoli USA.

DIOR: MOMENTS OF JOY

By Muriel Teodori

This elegant volume explores Dior’s long history of creativity, beauty and success through a celebration of one of our most profound emotions, joy. $85. At Rizzoli USA.

HENRY POOLE & CO. THE FIRST TAILOR OF SAVILE ROW

By James Sherwood

Known as the founding tailor of Savile Row, Henry Poole & Co. has dressed the world’s most important men and women for over two centuries. This book offers a unique window into an establishment at the very heart of nineteenth and twentieth-century public life. $50. At Thames & Hudson USA.

VILLAS AND GARDENS OF THE RENAISSANCE

By Lucia Impelluso

This stunning collection of photographs celebrates the excellence of the Italian Renaissance period through palaces and gardens built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries…in nine extraordinary locations. $49.95. At Rizzoli USA.

THE DIOR SESSIONS

Portraits by Nikolai von Bismarck. Tailored by Kim Jones

Known for slim silhouettes and precise tailoring, Dior Homme has long been a leading menswear label. In this new volume of exquisite portraits of celebrities and style influencers, the thoroughly contemporary style of the revered French fashion house has never looked cooler. $125. At Rizzoli USA

SKREBNESKI DOCUMENTED: 1948-2018

By Victor Skrebneski

This exquisite volume showcases a collection of raw, provocative portraits, nudes, and snapshots of quotidian life shot over the past seventy-years by one of photography’s greatest image-makers of all time. $150. At Rizzoli USA.com

MEXICAN STYLE

By Susana M. Vidal

With the most vibrant and original curation of images ever to be assembled and clever descriptions of the concepts that define its soul, this is a 360-degree exploration of this mythical and colorful country. $85. At Assouline.

MISSONI

By Missoni Archives

Lavishly designed, this comprehensive volume features reproductions of Missoni patterns printed on special material and stitched into the binding between signatures along with other unique features. $175. At Rizzoli USA.

AUTOFOCUS. THE CAR IN PHOTOGRAPHY

By Marta Weiss

This gorgeous volume spotlights today’s greatest dancers–from ballet to modern—dressed in clothing by today’s and yesterday’s most celebrated designers. Included are Dior, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Bill Blass, to name a few $75. At Rizzoli USA.

MAGNUM STREETWISE

By Magnum Photos and Stephen McLauren

This is the definitive collection of street photography from Magnum Photos and an unparalleled opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the true greats of the genre. An essential addition to the street photography canon, this volume showcases hidden gems alongside many of street photography’s most famous images. $39.95. At Thames & Hudson USA.

STYLE GAZING

STYLE GAZING

Early fall’s best books to have? They’re right here, according to our resident bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan, who selects his favorites for saturating yourself in style as the weather gets cooler.

HUNKS & HEROES

By Jim Moore

This is the must-have style bible for all readers interested in men’s fashion, style, culture, and celebrity from the former editor-in-chief at GQ magazine. $75. At Rizzoli USA

SUPREME GLAMOUR

By Mary Wilson

It showcases the magnificent Mary Wilson Gown Collection that includes iconic outfits created for and worn by The Supremes, photographed especially for this book on the stage of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. $40. At Thames And Hudson USA.

A GREAT PARTY: DESIGNING THE PERFECT CELEBRATION

By Bryan Rafanelli

Farrow & Ball are world-renowned for their high-end paint and luxury wallpaper. Here is the wisdom for creating harmonious interiors and beautiful rooms. This is a practical guide filled with endless inspiration. $50. At Rizzoli USA.

FIONA BARRATT-CAMPBELL: ELEMENTAL

By Fiona Barratt-Campbell

From  a chic, historic townhouse in Somerset, to a beach villa in Mallorca…then to a riverside development in London and beyond, this presents the definitive master class in home design. $65. At Rizzoli USA.

CINDY SHERMAN

By Paul Moorhouse

The famous chameleon photographer has over 230 key works celebrated here and addresses her talents through the lens of portraiture and style in the era of today’s social media and selfies. $45. At Rizzoli USA.

CREATIVE PARIS: URBAN INTERIORS, INSPIRING INNOVATORS

By My Little Paris

Here is a guidebook for the city’s best-kept secrets in fashion, interiors, and lifestyle inside thirty-four homes and creative spaces that reflects Paris’s freshest interior inspiration. $35. At Rizzoli USA.

ENTERTAINING AT HOME

By Ronda Carman

This offers an insider’s view of gatherings in the homes of leading tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, architecture, culinary arts, and high societ­y–­­including Lynn Wyatt, of course. $45. At Rizzoli USA.

1950s In VOGUE

By Rebecca C. Tulte

You’ll love how this reveals a fascinating and up to now little-explored era in the history of American Vogue magazine under the 1952-1962 editorship of Jessica Daves. It features photographs, illustrations, spreads from the Vogue archives, and letters from Daves’s personal archives. $95. At Thames & Hudson.

HOLIDAY: THE BEST TRAVEL MAGAZINE THAT EVER WAS

By Pamela Fiori

It was the most glamorous travel magazine in mid-century America. Highlighted is the publication’s golden era with a blend of sparkling writing, stunning photographs, and an eclectic assortment of ephemera. $85. At Rizzoli USA.

ON STYLE

By Carl Dellatore

This sleek tome features a freshman class of 50 that hail from all over the country and are leading the charge in what’s new and next in the future of decorating. $45. At Rizzoli USA.

THE STYLE OF MOVEMENT: FASHION AND DANCE

By Ken Browar and Deborah Ory

This gorgeous volume spotlights today’s greatest dancers–from ballet to modern—dressed in clothing by today’s and yesterday’s most celebrated designers. Included are Dior, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Bill Blass, to name a few $75. At Rizzoli USA.

JOHN GALLIANO FOR DIOR

By Robert Fairer

This elegantly captures the designer’s extraordinary fashions created for the House of Dior with never-before-seen images of show-stopping designs. It’s a must-own for any fashion connoisseur. $150. At Thames & Hudson USA.

SOME LIKE IT HAUTE

SOME LIKE IT HAUTE

With summer upon us and a lull in the social season ahead, we turning to reading more, aren’t you? Our resident bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan has a few recommendations up his sleeve that are perfect for both surf and poolside.

DISCTINCTLY MODERN INTERIORS

BY EMILY SUMMERS

This chic treat of a book delves into the Dallas-based designer Emily Summers’ world with a revealing glimpse into her style, inspiration, design projects, and even her own home. $50. At Rizzoli USA.

THIERRY MUGLER: COUTURISSIME

BY THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Thierry Mugler has, since the creation of his label in 1974, continuously revolutionized contemporary fashion with his singular, imaginative vision. This bool reflects a range of his iconic ready-to-wear and haute couture garments. $150. At Phaidon Press.

FARROW & BALL: RECIPES FOR DECORATING

BY JOA STUDHOLME

Farrow & Ball are world-renowned for their high-end paint and luxury wallpaper. Here is the wisdom for creating harmonious interiors and beautiful rooms. This is a practical guide filled with endless inspiration. $50. At Rizzoli USA.

LIVES OF THE RENAISSANCE

BY ROBERT C. DAVIS AND BETH LINDSMITH

This is an engaging, witty, and wonderfully illustrated compendium of one hundred notable men and women throughout Italy, Germany, France, Iberia, Scandinavia, Russia, and eastern Europe, who shaped and experienced one of the most creative and inventive periods in human civilization. $16.95. At Thames & Hudson USA.

DRAG

BY FRANK DECARO

Through informative and witty essays chronicling over 100 years of drag, readers will embark on a Priscilla-like journey through pop culture, from television shows to Broadway and film. $35. At Rizzoli USA.

THE NEW GLAMOUR: INTERIORS WITH STAR QUALITY

BY JEFF ANDREWS

These bold spaces reflect Andrews’ philosophy on design and explores topics such as creating a vision, keeping unexpected choices elegant and cohesive and how to cultivate cinematic style with sweeping staircases and a feeling of extravagance. $45. At Rizzoli USA.

MARC JACOBS ILLUSTRATED

ILLUSTRATED BY GRACE CODDINGTON

This unique monograph of over 50 collections created by the fashion designer Marc Jacobs in the past 25 years and illustrated by Grace Coddington will sit firmly on top of your tabletop. $59.95. At Phaidon Press.

INSPIRED BY NATURE

BY CHANTAK COLLEU-DUMOND

The Domaine of Château-sur-Loire, a fifteenth-century UNESCO World Heritage site, has for centuries been prided for its exquisite gardens. This in-depth presentation of the art of the garden, from historical styles to contemporary materials, is an essential reference for garden aficionados around the world. $115. At Rizzoli USA.

YVES SAINT LAURENT: A BIOGRAPHY

BY LAURENCE BENAÏM

This definitive portrait of the creative genius who transformed fashion features exclusive interviews of those who knew him best, by one of the most respected names in French fashion. $40. At Rizzoli USA.

THE ART OF OUTDOOR LIVING

BY SCOTT SHRADER

This covers the grounds, literally, of twelve beautiful properties, all designed to be lived in and enjoyed as extensions of the homes they surround, rich with creature comforts that are likely perfect for your home, too. $50. At Rizzoli USA.

GLAMOUR H.Q.

GLAMOUR H.Q.

This spring’s glamorous array of books has us edified with new ways of living an extremely stylish life. Here, our bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan recommends the best of the best for the warm months ahead.

SYMPHONY OF JEWELS: OPUS 2

By Davis Sarah

Designer Anna Hu’s has had an impressive career trajectory and her talents remain one of the brightest diamonds in the world of contemporary fine jewelry design. $75. At Vendome Press.

LIVING FORAL

By Margot Shaw

Today’s top stylemakers’ and designers’ innovative floral design ideas enliven this book that’s perfect for those who appreciate the beauty and everyday luxury of flowers. $45. At RizzoliUSA.com

VASES

By Agata Toromonoff

Simple and chic, this is an essential sourcebook for collectors, designers, and anyone with an interest in interior decoration. It book includes important mid-century to late twentieth-century vases to inspire. $29.95. At Thames & Hudson USA.

THEATER OF SHOPPING

By Alastair Gordon

This lavishly illustrated book celebrates one of the most influential and successful retail centers in the world, from its opening in 1965—when it changed the retail landscape by inviting European designers to open stores within a shopping mall—until the present day. $65. Rizzoli USA.

JULIA REED’S NEW ORLEANS

By Julia Reed

Held in a variety of venues, from courtyards to gracious interior spaces, Julia Reed’s gatherings are presented in luscious photographs and include tips on setting tables, arranging flowers, and crafting playlists to create a festive mood.
$50. At Rizzoli USA.

TRAVELLERS’ TALES: BAGS UNPACKED

By Bertil Scali and Louis Vuitton

From heiresses to aristocrats to pop stars and designers, this features the personalities who have traveled through the modern era, by plane, train, or car, accompanied by the iconic luggage that defines good taste: Louis Vuitton. $95. Thames & Hudson USA.

SPLASH: THE ART OF THE SWIMMING POOL

By Annie Kelly, Photographed by Tim Street-Porter

This celebration of the style, design, and joy that pools bring to us brims with over 200 glamorous photographs. It’s organized by swimming pool design—from glimmering infinity pools with a view of the ocean to dramatic cascading waterfall pools and those in lush garden settings. $55. At Rizzoli USA.

THE ART OF PLACE: ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS

By Lee Ledbetter and Mayer Rus

The first book from this celebrated American designer and architect known for creating spaces that balance historic detail and modern elegance. The work of architect and interior designer Lee Ledbetter represents a one-of-a-kind combination of traditional details and chic Modernism. $55. At Rizzoli USA

INTERIORS: THE GREATEST ROOMS OF THE CENTURY

By Phaidon Editors, William Norwich

This is the ultimate global celebration of residential interior design and decorating from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. It’s truly a design bible. $79.95. At Phaidon Press

ISSUES: A HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN FASHION MAGAZINES

By Vince Aletti

By showcasing and exploring the groundbreaking photography published in fashion magazines over the last century, you’ll surely be inspired at your closet every morning with what you see here. $150. At Phaidon Press.