One of the things that I love most about the weekend is the blissful notion of two days that I am free to shape and turn into whatever I like them to be. Whether it’s a spontaneous weekend trip, meeting up with friends or just cuddling up and catching up with a good read. Which actually sounds perfect for the cold winter weekend ahead. And it doesn’t always have to be a long novel – take the time to get lost in some of the excellent coffee table books. Here are seven gorgeous books that I recently discovered and simply can’t get enough of.
HALSTON: INVENTING AMERICAN FASHION
by Lesley Frowick (Rizzoli)
Halston is synonymous with the modern, glamorous look of American fashion in the 70s & 80s. The ultrachic style and the life and work of Roy Halston Frowick, aka Halston, come to life in this monograph, written by the designer’s niece and confidante. The book features a wealth of private photographs and sketches from his personal archive.
To AUDREY WITH LOVE
by Hubert de Givenchy (Imagine Editions)
This lavishly illustrated volume is like a love letter to Audrey Hepburn. Created as a gift by Hubert de Givenchy for his muse and friend, this book includes more than 150 fashion sketches, many of which were inspired by the actress herself.
by Sandra Nunnerley (powerHouse Books)
Architectural Digest and W magazine have called Sandra Nunnerley one of the most influential interior decorators. Born in New Zealand and based in New York, she is known for her cosmopolitan flair and elegant interiors that incorporate everything from her travels all over the world to her love for fashion and old Hollywood. A great source of inspiration!
by Rose Hartman (ACC Editions)
Over the decades, photographer Rose Hartman has captured some of the world’s most famous celebrity duos: from lovers like the late David Bowie and his beautiful wife Iman to designers and muses, mothers and children, friends and even pets and their owners. It’s a fun pop culture tribute with some unexpected couples, like Jean Paul Gaultier and Lauren Bacall or Jerry Hall and Annie Leibovitz.
by Jan Showers (Abrams Books)
If you liked Glamorous Rooms, you will love the follow-up volume dedicated to stunning vacation homes across North America and the Caribbean. Interior designer Jan Showers translates her eclectic style into the most diverse locales, from a mountain hideaway to a tropical villa. I feel like being on holiday when leafing through this book.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF PARIS
by Dominique Fouaille (Editions du Chêne)
This book may be little in size (11 x 16 cm), but it’s big in style and Paris history. On 176 pages, it contains a wealth of Paris history, from famous landmarks to the city’s 20 arrondissements. With gilded pages and period engravings, it’s like a beautiful book from days gone by.
DIOR, THE NEW LOOK REVOLUTION
by Laurence Benaim (Rizzoli)
This is a must-read for anyone interested in fashion and fashion history. In 1947 Christian Dior first presented his bar suit – a voluminous skirt combined with a wasp-waisted jacket. The American press immediately dubbed it the “New Look.” The design reigns as the most influential silhouette of the 20th century, and the book chronicles it up to contemporary interpretations by Raf Simons.