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Everyone who’s into fashion knows the real story is what’s behind it. From revealing memoirs, to brilliant biographies and behind the scenes scoops, there’s a title on this list that’s sure to be just what you’re looking for.
Giorgio Armani Per Amore
This is the only autobiographical text written by designer Giorgio Armani, in which he speaks about himself, his youth, his early career, and the people close to him, and shares his ideas about creativity and what fascinates him in today’s world. Based on the official illustrated book released by Rizzoli in 2015, this unfiltered text has been revised and updated by the author and is accompanied by personal photos.
The Kingdom of Prep: The Inside Story of the Rise and (Near) Fall of J.Crew
In The Kingdom of Prep, seasoned fashion journalist Maggie Bullock tells J.Crew’s epic story for the first time, bringing to life the deliciously idiosyncratic people who built a beloved brand, unpacking the complex legacy of prep—a subculture born on the 1920s campuses of the Ivy League—and how one brand rose to epitomize “American” style in two very different golden eras, and also eventually embodied the “retail apocalypse” that rocked the global fashion industry and left hollowed-out malls across the country.
Paradise Now: The Extraordinary Life of Karl Lagerfeld
In February 2019, the world lost one of its most enduring cultural icons, Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director for the storied House of Chanel for thirty-five years. Larger than life, Lagerfeld was legendary not only for reinventing Chanel; and creating constant fashion excitement at Chloé, Fendi, and his eponymous brand; but also for his vivid personal style, including his signature uniform of dark sunglasses and a powdered white ponytail. And then there was his utter devotion to his cat, Choupette.
Journalist and author William Middleton spent years working in Paris for Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Harper’s Bazaar. During his time in Paris, he interviewed and socialized with Lagerfeld, coming to see a side of the designer that he kept private from the world.
Wildflower: A Memoir
Empowering and full of heart, Wildflower is the riveting story of how Aurora James made an indelible mark on the American economic system, and a rallying cry for those eager to make change. A slew of fashion-related jobs led James to discover the real power in creating for the runway, and she started her own business in a flea market: a sustainable fashion line showcasing traditional African designs that would become an award-winning international brand. But none of this came from a drive to “succeed.” It came from a desire to forge a new creative path—and to lift others up alongside her.
Chanel High Jewelry
Based on extensive research and exploring CHANEL’s inspirations and art through some of the most precious of all her creations and the eternally modern ideas they have inspired, the book features superb photographs by Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, François Kollar, Roger Schall, George Hoyningen-Huene, André Kertész, Sarah Moon, Koto Bolofo, Karim Sadli, Dominique Issermann, and many others. It is also illustrated with images from CHANEL’s archive and sketches that express the creativity and joie de vivre of the world’s finest High Jewelry collection.
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