If you’ve already finished our last reading list and were wondering; “What do I read now?”. I’ve got you covered. Or if you simply just want a new list of books to buy and forget to read, I’ve also got you covered.
1. DV by Diana Vreeland
‘DV’ is a fun, elegant book to read on a casual Sunday with a face mask on. Vreeland tells stories of her ‘bizarre’ childhood in Paris, married life, and her time working for Harper’s Bazaar and then Vogue. The book is incredibly witty with lines such as, “Naturally, I’ve always been crazy about clothes. You don’t get born in Paris and forget about clothes for a minute.”
2. Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood
Everyone knows, or should know, that Vivienne Westwood is an incredibly talented fashion designer. In this memoir, Westwood tells us her story of becoming a fashion designer, co-creator of punk, and activist. She tells stories of her career that has lasted more than four decades and the events, people, and ideas that have entered her life.
3. The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake
The Beautiful Fall tells the story of two famous designers, Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld — their childhoods, their eventual rise in the fashion industry, their inevitable feud with each other — all while being in the crazy partying world of 1970s Paris, France. If you love Karl Lagefeld and/or Yves Saint Laurent, this is the book for you.
4. Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion by Lauren Goldstein
Isabella Blow, fashion editor and stylist, passed away in 2007. The book is all about iconic editorials Blow created, her immensive talent, her childhood as a daughter of a noble British man, her discovery of Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy, and the extravagant lifestyle.
5. Edie by Jean Stein
In the 1960s, Edie Sedwick was the ultimate it girl. She was young, beautiful, and most famously Andy Warhol’s muse. Stein takes an inside look into her life outside of the pop art and parties, and what lead Sedwick to dying at 29. ‘Edie‘ completely diminishes the myths of the 60s experience in America.
6. Kate Spade: New York: All In Good Taste by Kate Spade
This isn’t necessarily a biography but its so cute I had to include it. Written by the late Kate Spade, this adorable coffee-table book is filled with how-to’s, personal essays, recipes, and anecdotes. Did you ever want to throw a perfect dinner party? Perfect, this book includes how-to’s on creating a vibrant guest list and guiding a dinner table discussion.
7. Chronicles of a Fashion Buyer: The Mostly True Adventures of an International Fashion Buyer by Mercedes Gonzales
Mercedes tackles the tough business of fashion and being a New York City-based fashion buyer, strategist, and consultant. She tells funny and interesting stories of ‘politicking with blood diamond dealers and Russian Kingpins to living in indigenous villages.’ This charming book is also filled with great business and life advice, if you’re into that.
8. The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden
In 1995, Patrizia Reggiani murdered her husband, Maurizio Gucci, which lead to the eventual downfall of the Gucci empire. This book details the behind the scenes of the murder and the resurrection of Gucci. If you’re interested in true crime AND fashion, this literally the perfect combination.
9. The Vogue Factor: The Inside Story of Fashion’s Most Illustrious Magazine by Kristie Clements
A complete tell-all about how Kristie Clements went from a desk job answering phones to being an editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia. I personally love this book because it’s an inside look into a job that many of us would love to have. Clements describes her rise to the top and all that came with it: photo shoots in the jungles of Africa, getting a spot at fashion week, betrayals, etc.
10. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
For the past fourty years, Grace Coddington has been the creative director of Vogue. The book discusses her start as a model, her experiences with working with legendary photographers, such as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, and becoming a fashion editor in the late 60s. Her dreamy fashion features are also in this book. If thats not enough of a reason to read this book, then it also discusses a brutal car accident that could have ended her modeling career, her two marriages, the death of her sister, her friendship with Anna Wintour, and what she has “come to define the height of fashion.”