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Top 10: Must-read fashion books

Whether you’re after a coffee table book or an inspirational page-turner, there’s a hardback here that’s sure to take your fashionable fancy.


How To Be Parisian

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits, $39.99
Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
These four successful, iconic French women have been friends for years and work across the worlds of music, fashion, publishing and film. Their book shares secrets about how to look natural, be mysterious and make your boyfriend jealous – as well as addressing the myths about what it is to be a French woman. They discuss style, beauty, culture and also share their favourite spots in Paris.


Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso spent her teenage years committing petty theft, hitch hiking and living rough until she started selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, creative director and CEO of online clothing store Nasty Gal – now one of the largest online retailers in America. #GIRLBOSS is her inspirational story.


IT, $39.99
Alexa Chung
As a muse to Marc Jacobs and Karl Largerfeld as well as a television personality, Alex Chung is one of Britain’s most celebrated style icons. In her first book, Chung presents a collection of her thoughts, drawings, feelings and photographs providing the icon’s fans with an insight into her world. From how she decides what to wear in the morning to who her own muses are, ‘It’ uncovers the fabulous life of Alexa Chung.

Chloe Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny, $49.99
Chloe Sevigny
The ultimate cool girl of the ’90s, Chloe Sevigny is famous for her effortless and eclectic style. From modelling for i-D magazine and Terry Richardson to starring in the 1995 independent film ‘Kids’, Sevigny has been a muse of the downtown creative scene for over two decades. Her self-titled book is a style bible for all Sevigny fans and includes personal photos, film stills and modelling appearances for brands such as Miu Miu and Chloe.

The Woman I Wanted to Be

The Woman I Wanted To Be, $35
Diane von Furstenberg
In ‘The Woman I Wanted To Be’ von Furstenberg reflects on her life from the early days in Brussel where she grew up, to designing the iconic wrap-dress that symbolised power and independence for a generation of women. Von Furstenberg talks of overcoming cancer, building her brand and also opens up about her family and how she devoted herself to empowering women. Wife, mother, philanthropist and successful business woman, von Furstenberg wants every woman to know “she can be the woman she wants to be.”


Grace: A Memoir, $69.99
Grace Coddington
The bright, bubbly and enormously talented Grace Coddington is Vogue’s creative director and an icon since the release of insider film The September Issue in 2009. Coddington has worked at Vogue for countless years and her book describes the details of what it was like as a Vogue model in the 1960s, working behind the scenes at British Vogue and her move to American Vogue in 1988. With wit, charm and a mane of fiery red hair, Coddington leads her readers through a narrative of her life and also gives insight on her relationship with fashion power house and editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour.

Champagne Supernovas

Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ’90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion, $39.99           Maureen Callahan
Champagne Supernovas is your front row seat to the glamour and glitz of fashion in the 1990’s. Told through the lives of three of the most influential and iconic figures of the era – Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen, pop culture and style journalist Maureen Callahan take us back to the age of heroin chic. From stylists, editors and photographers to It girls and It boys, this book has the inside scoop on it all. A celebration of the era when fashion reigned supreme, ‘Champagne Supernovas’ recounts the lives of the creative geniuses who changed the industry and the world.

The World According to Karl

The World According to Karl, $39.99
Karl Lagerfeld
A collection of the most surprising, bold and wise statements from the man who has dictated international fashion trends for over half a century. ‘The World According To Karl’ celebrates the man who has simultaneously run Chanel and Fendi as well as his own self-titled label and also managed to established himself as the King of Couture. From his iconic attire to fame, fashion, women and Chanel, Karl discusses all in this sometimes shocking but hard to ignore book.

The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements

The Vogue Factor
Kirstie Clements

When the former magazine editor released her tell-all book in 2013, it sent international shock waves and made global headlines. Clements revealed what it is like to be in the hot seat at Vogue Australia and recounted not only the glamorous parties, exotic photo shoots and extravagant fashion shows she was lucky enough to attend, but also the more sordid side of the industry, where she claims girls as young as 12 years old are starving themselves and other weight-obsessed models are eating orange juice-soaked tissues to keep their stomachs feeling full. A good read for those who have ever wondered what happens behind closed doors at Vogue…

The :Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia

The Little Black Book of Style
Nina Garcia

Perhaps best known for her role as a judge on fashion reality show Project Runway, Nina Garcia is also a prolific fashion journalist who spent her formative years at Mirabella and  Elle US before taking up her current position as Fashion Director at Marie Claire. With an impressive CV that also includes PR-ing for the likes of Marc Jacobs, it’s no wonder women around the world snapped up Garcia’s guide and sent The Little Black Book of Style straight to the New York Times bestseller list.