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Fashion books to get stuck into this summer

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Add to your library with books that bring fashion and style to life.

The Sartorialist: X, by Scott Schuman (Penguin), $50
The third title from street-style photographer Scott Schuman celebrates 10 years of his renowned blog The Sartorialist.

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Oscar de la Renta
, by André Leon Talley (Skira Rizzoli), $90
The legendary Oscar de la Renta has created some of the most exquisite and enduring designs of our age. As a close long-term friend of the designer’s, André Leon Talley was the perfect fit to curate this book. The book was published as a companion to a recent exhibition of de la Renta’s work and the foreword is written by Anna Wintour.

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Coco Chanel
, by Zena Alkayat & Nina Cosford (Frances Lincoln Limited), $23
The perfect gift for fashion lovers, this petite picture book brings the story of the fascinating Gabrielle Coco Chanel to life.

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Wildflower
, by Drew Barrymore (Virgin Books), $38
A collection of essays chronicling the struggles and successes of an unconventional life in the Hollywood spotlight. Drew’s signature kooky sweetness and humour shine through.

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Fantastic Man: Men of Great Style and Substance
, edited by Emily King (Phaidon), $70
Celebrating a decade of Fantastic Man magazine, this very cool book showcases 69 of the world’s most influential and creative men, from Tom Ford and Ai Weiwei to our very own Tim Blanks.

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The Flowers
, by Dr Lisa Cooper (Murdoch Books), $70
Our pick of this season’s coffee-table tomes, The Flowers is visually breathtaking but backs its style with substance in the form of anecdotes and instruction from one of Australia’s most creative and inspiring florists.

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Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion
at Vogue (Phaidon), $220
First published in 2002, this reissue celebrates Grace Coddington’s brilliance. With forewords by Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld, it’s a collector’s item for fashion fans.

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The Way You Wear Your Hat
, by Patricia Underwood (Rizzoli), $90
Renowned milliner Patricia Underwood presents the power of the hat as a style statement. Her creations have been documented by some of the most respected photographers in the world, from Irving Penn to Annie Leibovitz.

Words: Josie Steenhart

What else will the FQ team be reading this summer? See their recommendations here.

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