Fashion & Accessories

By Alexandra Taylor

As Paris Fashion Week commences and the flare of New York, London and Milan subsides, style mavens are looking for the next fashion fix. What better way to fulfill your haute-cravings, than a little light reading? In the spirit of all things fashion, we take a glimpse at two inspiring books full of lust-worthy photographs, essentially the perfect antidote to our fashion week withdrawal.

The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele explores the work of masters from Poiret to Pucci and Vionnet to Valentino, highlighting the 100 most influential dresses of the twentieth century. While, the view is indeed subjective, we cannot argue with the ingenuity and craftsmanship of each dress. The iconic collection of garments is accompanied by inspiring quotes from each designer, solidifying the impact of their work. The set showcases renowned pieces including an evening robe by Jeanne Lanvin crafted in 1924, followed by a pink crepe chiffon gown by Gabrielle Chanel, constructed in 1925 and finishing with an Alexander McQueen red and black ostrich feathered creation. The book sparks interest in dissecting the pieces in our own wardrobe; as quoted by Gabrielle Chanel, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” The book does not disappoint in stimulating ones creative senses. Available for purchase at http://www.assouline.com and http://www.amazon.com.

American Beauty is a stunning photographic compilation showcasing classic American women. The beautiful women gracing the pages represent American living from artists, mothers and fashion industry namesakes to philanthropists and musicians. Claiborne Swanson Frank, a previous Vogue associate, photographs the likes of modern muses including Lily Aldridge, Erin Fetherston, Solange Knowles, and Jenna Lyons. The book is an empowering look at internal and external beauty, which are the quintessential qualities of American women. Available for purchase at http://www.assouline.com.

Originally published March 2012
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