Still looking for holiday gifts for the stylish people in your life? Here are my favorite fashion books from the past year. Go ahead, buy yourself a copy too while you’re at it. You deserve it!
Shoe Love: In Pop-Up by Jessica Jones. It’s a pop-up, but don’t let the child-like premise lead you astray — this is most definitely a book for adults. Would children recognize the importance of a Manolo Blahnik high heel that sits up when the page is turned? Not so much. Someone with a shoe fetish? Of course. $19.95
If You Have to Cry, Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone. Refreshingly real advice about the fashion industry that is applicable to the rest of the world as well. Example: “The best way to fake it is to shut up,” and “You can never be too good for thing things that first made you successful.” $22.99
The Shopping Diet: Spend Less & Get More by Phillip Bloch. If you or someone you know struggles with the notion quantity versus quality, this book is calling your name. Celeb stylist Bloch expertly breaks down the hows, whens and whys of streamlining you closet, which should lead to more efficiency in other aspects of your life. $15
Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow by Detmar Blow. Just who was the enigmatic Isabella, best friend and muse of the equally tortured Alexander McQueen? This gossipy, behind-the-fashion-scenes book provides plenty of juicy insight. $23.99
Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work by Tim Gunn. This book (and the author) caused a bit of a stir when it first hit shelves for his honest talk about divas within in the fashion industry. Besides Gunn going rogue and talking dishing dirt on Vogue editor Anna Wintour (sacrilege!), it’s an entertaining peek inside Tim Gunn’s brain, with chapters entitled “The World Owes You Nothing,” “There’s Always Another Side to the Story” and “Never Underestimated Karma.” Yesssss! $23.99