Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t they? We’re not quite sure where writers’ sartorial choices might fit in with that epithet… From Maya Angelou and Zadie Smith to James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, each of the 50 writers featured in Terry Newman’s intriguing work has their own relationship with fashion. After all, cover star Joan Didion’s style is almost as celebrated as her writing, ditto Patti Smith. Newman celebrates a signature wardrobe moment for each writer, delving into their work and influence on fashion today, showcasing images, quotes and anecdotes to please fashion fans and booky people alike. Donna Tartt, Oscar Wilde, T.S. Eliot and Simone de Beauvoir – they’re all here! Buy Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Work.

Vogue Living: Country, City, Coast

Let’s take a tour of a few pals’ houses, shall we? From Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney to Aerin Lauder and Dries van Noten, we take in everywhere from Montauk and Marrakesh to Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Vogue Living is a show-stopping tour of beautiful homes of the good, the great and the glamorous, captured in all their glory by celebrated snappers such as Mario Testino and Bruce Weber, alongside text from the likes of Hamish Bowles and Plum Sykes. Basically? This will act as instant interiors #inspo, give you hours of delightful page-turning – and make you more than a little jealous! Buy Vogue Living: Country, City, Coast.


Pretty-as-picture cover aside (yes, this will look GREAT on your coffee table), Stephen Bayley’s exploration of what we understand by taste is an intriguing book to dip into. Taste was first published in 1991, and has since become a classic, with this brand new updated edition sure to interest a whole new generation. Fashion, architecture, shopping, food, art and design, Taste considers societal changes and shifting attitudes, and how we judge ‘good’ or ‘bad’ taste. A far-ranging, carefully-considered read – and one to make you think, not to mention question your own taste… Buy Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things.

New Views

From Google Maps to StreetView, we know the world better than ever before – the distorted myths of colonial maps have long been left behind. New Views features 50 specially-commissioned maps resulting in a truly fascinating look at our beautiful planet. Human migration, Twitter use, air traffic, religion and endangered languages – this is a riveting journey across land and sea, through the air and underground. Humans, animals, forests and even asteroids – New Views really reveals what a magical, wonderful place our earth is. A book to gift to everyone and anyone to pore over for hours. Buy New Views.

Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl

Is there any Hollywood star whose grace, elegance and poise begins to compare with that of Grace Kelly? A coffee table tome to return over and again, Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl features no less than 400 photographs – some previously unseen – of the glamorous Ms Kelly. Long after her untimely death, her innate sense of style continues to inspire, and there’s no doubt that this book will make you long for days when full skirts were de rigueur. From early roles on TV to winning an Academy Award and becoming a princess, Grace Kelly was nothing short of a Hollywood Dream Girl. Buy Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl.

Seeing Slowly

Ever walked into an art gallery and felt confused? Wandered around the latest modern art show everyone’s talking about and thought “I just don’t get it”. Michael Findlay’s Seeing Slowly is the book for you. Why don’t we understand modern art? Generally it’s because of what we’ve been taught and fixed ideas of how we should understand art. Seeing Slowly helps deconstruct those ideas and shows us how to form new ones – trusting our instincts, and thinking carefully about our reactions to visual culture. Not only will this book help you understand modern art better, it will imbue you with the confidence to talk about it, think about it and see more of it. Intellectual, inspiring, liberating.  Buy Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art.

Frida Kahlo: The Story of Her Life

You might not be a fan of Frida Kahlo, or of graphic novels, but Frida Kahlo: The Story of Her Life is an absolute delight. Vanna Vinci’s stunning, detailed illustrations tell Frida’s story in bold, beautiful colour – capturing its drama, romance and tragedy. The sense of surrealism and magical realism which imbues Kahlo’s paintings is celebrated here too, although there’s no skimping on facts or details. A glorious, charming, deeply moving read for all ages – filled with the same passion as the brushstrokes on Kahlo’s canvases. Buy Frida Kahlo: The Story of Her Life.

The Atlas of Beauty

The notion of traditional Caucasian beauty is one that has dominated fashion magazines and ad campaigns since their beginnings. Four years ago, Mihaela Noroc left her native Romania to travel the world capturing women’s incredible, diverse beauty across the globe. The result is nothing short of fascinating – the Atlas of Beauty will make you reconsider what you find beautiful and why. Mihaela Noroc’s book is true celebration of women – and a gorgeous gift for women of any age. Buy The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits.

The Gown

Wow, just wow. Fulfilling those Cinderella fantasies? Oh yes. Fashion journalist Jo Ellison’s marvellous book celebrates almost 100 years of style, and trust us – The Gown is going to make you feel like you should be going to more balls, more often. There are instantly recognisable images from the likes of Tim Walker, Nick Knight, David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, and too many famous faces to bother naming – spanning models, actresses, musicians, society beauties. Ditto the designers featured, but suffice to say that The Gown is everything you might hope it would be and more. There’s no such thing as just a dress. Hours and hours of page-turning loveliness. Buy The Gown here.

Elements: The Art of Makeup

A million miles away from YouTube’s beauty bloggers, Yasmin Heinz is a true artist when it comes to makeup – as evidenced in sumptuous coffee table tome, Elements: The Art of Makeup. A renowned makeup artist working across music videos, ad campaigns, fashion shows and editorial shoots, Heinz has selected images from her expansive archive showcasing just how incredible – and exciting – makeup can be. With advanced skills and a deft touch, cosmetics can be completely empowering, transforming the everyday into extraordinary. Buy Elements: The Art of Makeup.