“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
As the temperatures drop and the layers in our outfit posts multiply, the need to be indoors and cozied up by the fire is all but overwhelming. All I seem to want to do lately is curl up on the couch with a good book. Ashe posted a few IFB contributor favorites in her list of essential blogging reads earlier this fall, but this list is all about fashion and fun. This season is high time for fashion book releases of every kind. From artful coffee tables chronicling years of fashion history to memoirs of some of fashion's most notable designers and starts, there's really something out there for every kind of fashion love.
Here are some of my picks for fall fashion reads. If you're looking for something to do on your next plane/train/car ride, or are in need of a fresh, new book to add to your collection, take a look at these:
Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. – Leandra Medine: The quirky force behind Man Repeller could not have written a more perfect first book. I'm a big fan of Leandra's writing style, and in this book, she weaves important chapters in her personal story with a string of her most favorite fashion choices throughout the years. I read this one in one weekend – such a fun read!
The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences…and hysteria – Simon Doonan: It's hard to imagine someone's experienced all of the outrageous and hilarious stories contained in The Asylum, but if were going to be anyone, it's definitely Simon Doonan.
In My Shoes – Tamara Mellon: I am always looking out for books by women CEOs and business owners, and loved Tamara's real, honest look at life at the helm of one of the most iconic shoe houses in the world – Jimmy Choo.
Fashion 2.0: Season of Change : A Forecast of Digital Trends Set to Disrupt the Fashion Industry – Yuli Ziv: I read Yuli's “Blogging Your Way to the Front Row” at least once a year as a good refresher on blogging as a business. It was a no-brainer I'd pick up her next book. Seasons of Change is the only book I know that analyzes the monumental shift that digital trends are forcing the fashion industry (and literally every other industry) to move in. Adapt to change or risk becoming obsolete. More of a blogging for business book, but a quick and informative read for me.
Rookie Yearbook Two – Even if you aren't a teenager anymore, Rookie Mag's second yearbook edition is a (thick and) fabulous read, chockfull of essays, photo collages and interviews. Contributors included Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Emma Watson, Morrissey, Molly Ringwald and so many more.
The Fashion Book: New and Expanded Edition – If you don't already have a copy of this classic coffee table book, now would be a good time to pick it up (or put on your holiday wish list.) The Fashion Book features all of the need-to-know designers and the most influential style icons of the moment, beautifully displayed in rich, full-page photography.
Beyond Chic – Ivan Terestchenko: Beyond Chic is the private home tour of our dreams, taking readers into the home sanctuaries of Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Armani and the like. Home decor inspiration from some of fashion's standout designers.
It – Alexa Chung: How could you not love Alexa Chung? It is a personal invite into her world: drawings, photographs and life musings from Alexa herself.
The World According to Karl – Because you can never have enough quote books for your coffee table, especially when they're quotes by one of the most beloved and well-known designers of all time.
Alexander McQueen: Working Process: Photographs by Nick Waplington: A hauntingly beautiful look behind the scenes of Alexander McQueen's last collection, photographed and documented by commissioned photographer Nick Waplington. Working Process is laid out exactly how the legendary designer placed said photographs on storyboards.
Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget – Clinton Kelly: Fun, frivolous and frugal is the name of the game in What Not to Wear host Clinton Kelly's how-to style guide.
Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years – Alexander Vreeland: Letters, memos, photographs and more documenting the Vogue fashion editor's prime years at the publication, where she transformed it into the premier fashion magazine in the U.S.
I'd love to hear your suggestions for fall fashion reads in the comments!
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