No fashionista’s (or fashionisto’s) coffee table is complete without a couple of hefty fashion tomes – here are some FAB reads to add to your collection.
Dolce and Gabbana ‘Uomini‘ by Mariano Vivanco (Rizzoli International Publications)
All photos are inspired by masculine archetypes, modern Adonis reminiscing of Greek and Roman traditions: the hero, the soldier and the sportsman. The volume, released as a complement to all publications printed as corollary to Dolce&Gabbana Men’s 20th anniversary, depicts the male body in yet another perspective; as a model worth of inspiration, a beauty ideal which transcends times, trends and cultures.
Harper’s Bazaar Greatest Hits (Abrams)
Harper’s Bazaar is America’s longest-running fashion magazine, revered for its style-setting contributions to fashion, photography and graphic design. Under the direction of Glenda Bailey in this decade, the magazine has maintained its position as a prominent cultural icon. Bailey is known for commissioning dazzling visual features that frame fashion in the context of contemporary pop culture and aesthetics. Shot by well-known photographers and featuring supermodels and supercelebrities, Bazaar’s fashion photography is always beautiful and entertaining. Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits is a collection of more than 300 photographs that chronicle the best fashion of our time.
Helmut Newton: Poraroids by Helmut Newton (Taschen GmbH)
Polaroids occupy a special place in the hearts of many photo enthusiasts who remember a time when “instant photography” meant one-of-a-kind prints that developed within minutes of clicking the shutter. What was once a crucial tool for photographers to test their shots before shooting on film has now become obsolete in the face of digital photography. Luckily for us, legendary photographer Helmut Newton saved his test polaroids, allowing a privileged and rare chance to see the tests from a selection of his greatest shoots over a period of decades.