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21 Fashion Reads That Prove Books Are The New Black

It’s New York Fashion Week, a time for runway shows, commuting around the city, and très chic soirées. Read to impress with books, the most stylish accessory.
  1. The Sartorialist: X Book Cover Picture
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    The Sartorialist

    Renowned photographer, Scott Schuman pays homage to stunning street style in the 3rd installment of The Sartorialist.

  2. The Asylum Book Cover Picture
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    The Asylum

    The hilarious memoir The Asylum by Simon Doonan reveals a glamorous madness and stylish insanity behind the fashion industry.

  3. My Paris Dream Book Cover Picture
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    My Paris Dream

    Former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Kate Betts brings us a delightful memoir about coming of age as a fashion journalist in 1980’s Paris. She also wrote Everyday Icon, see #21.

  4. How to Tie a Tie Book Cover Picture
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    How to Tie a Tie

    Dress to impress during NYFW with step-by-step instructions on how to tie the perfect windsor knot and more guidelines on looking your best. “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”  -Oscar Wilde.

  5. Gods and Kings Book Cover Picture
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    Gods and Kings

    Dana Thomas’ Gods and Kings is a harrowing biography about the most coveted names in fashion, Alexandra McQueen and John Galliano and their tragic, emotional demise.

  6. Women in Clothes Book Cover Picture
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    Women in Clothes

    Women in Clothes is the insightful, authentic discussion of clothing and how it shapes our lives, from hundreds of voices including the famous, anonymous, religious, married, single, young, and old.

  7. Bright Lights Paris Book Cover Picture
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    Bright Lights Paris

    Fashion publicist and brand consultant, Angie Niles, takes us on a journey through local Paris in Bright Lights Paris. The book features tips from celebrities, bloggers, and chefs as well as hundreds of stunning photographs.

  8. The Knockoff Book Cover Picture
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    The Knockoff

    If fashion in fiction is what you want, The Knockoff is what you’ll get! The stylish and funny story of fashion in the digital age features Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, whose career is in jeopardy when a twentysomething former assistant becomes a threat.

  9. Mademoiselle Book Cover Picture
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    Mademoiselle

    Reading Mademoiselle, you’ll learn about the fascinating life of Coco Chanel whose historical influence forever transformed the way women dressed.

  10. Always Pack a Party Dress Book Cover Picture
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    Always Pack a Party Dress

    Style expert and former Barney’s fashion director, Amanda Brooks recalls career aspirations, successes and failures, offers fashion and beauty tips, and showcases inspiring photographs throughout Always Pack a Party Dress.

  11. #GIRLBOSS Book Cover Picture
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    #GIRLBOSS

    Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso reveals how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest growing retailers around the world.

  12. The Devil Wears Prada Book Cover Picture
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    The Devil Wears Prada is a staple in the fashion world, a hilarious tale  that exposes the shocking truth behind working in this grueling and competitive industry.

  13. In Fashion Book Cover Picture
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    In Fashion

    Whether you want to work at Vogue, photograph models, or style celebrities, find out how to get In Fashion with this guide to the fashion industry.

  14. A Vintage Affair Book Cover Picture
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    A Vintage Affair

    A Vintage Affair is an elegant, romantic story of the history behind dresses and the women that wore them.

  15. Coco Chanel Book Cover Picture
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    Coco Chanel

    Because why have one book about the life of Coco Chanel on a fashion list when you can have two? Explore her controversial and eclectic life in this biography by Lisa Chaney.

  16. It Book Cover Picture
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    It

    Alexa Chung is a fashion symbol and her collection of drawings, musings, and photographs is the perfect accessory for any design lover.

  17. Designer Nails Book Cover Picture
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    Designer Nails

    Don’t forget about nails during NYFW! Ami Vega shows you how to turn your nails into miniature works of art.

  18. The Glitter Plan Book Cover Picture
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    The Glitter Plan

    This book takes you inside the story of Juice Couture. Part memoir, part business manual, explain how they built an empire from the ground up.

  19. Cheap Chic Book Cover Picture
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    Cheap Chic

    Love high fashion but you’re on a tight budget? This inexpensive guide to dressing has a foreword by Tim Gunn and was named “terrific” by Diane von Furstenberg.

  20. How to Get Dressed Book Cover Picture
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    How to Get Dressed

    Costumer designer Alison Freer tells you how to style the many clothes you have in your closet like a fashion expert while providing tips on fitting, organization, and thrifting.

  21. Everyday Icon Book Cover Picture
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    Everyday Icon

    Kate Betts’ second title on the list, Everyday Icon, covers the influence of fashion in politics and the media and that style and substance are not mutually exclusive.

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