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Picture Books for Grown-ups

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The largest book fair in the world will once again open its doors today in Frankfurt, showcasing the books of next season. In the meantime, we take a look at what books will find a home on our coffee tables this autumn. We have picked publications that fans of fashion and lifestyle enthusiasts are bound to find aesthetically pleasing.
Frank Horvat: Please Don't Smile Photos by Frank Horvat always reveal a very unique point of view. Successful in so many genres, Horvat (*1928 in Opatija, Croatia) likes to push boundaries; even in his fashion photography, he cares little about the “comme il faut”: as early as the 1950s, he went out onto the street, brazenly posing a model in the middle of a vegetable market for Jours de France (1959) and experimenting only a short while later with audacious motifs or amusing film quotes. His respect and tangible affection for the women he photographed set Horvat’s sensually elegant images apart from works by any other fashion photographer. Hardback, German/English/French, 24.5 x 32 cm, 291 illustrations, 256 pages, Hatje Cantz, €48. Publication date: October 2015. Dior. New Looks In the fashion world’s Olympus: haute couture à la française? The unmistakeable Dior style has inspired generations of designers. This volume affords readers an opulent insight into eight decades of timeless fashion design from the house of Dior. Fashion expert Jérôme Gautier reveals fascinating photographs of historical fashion creations from the age of Christian Dior, as well as high-quality contemporary designs by Dior’s Creative Director, Raf Simons. Hardback, 24 x 32 cm, 80 colour, 90 b/w illustrations, 304 pages, Thames & Hudson, £65. Publication date: October 2015. For the Love of Bags Women love bags because they are the perfect means to carry not only keys, credit cards and lipsticks – but also their longings and desires. Which is why handbags became a billion-dollar business for luxury labels over the course of the 20th century. But a handbag is much more than just a status symbol. It is always being reinvented – and has influenced everyday fashion more than the silhouette of any dress. For the Love of Bags is a homage to the power of the handbag: from iconic styles like the Kelly bag, the first “must-have” ever, to popular Parisian couture labels and the new stars of Instagram, this book not only tells the history of the It bag, but also decodes the messages they communicate. Hardcover, English/German/French, 25 x 32 cm, c. 200 colour photographs, c. 220 pages, teNeues, €59.90. Grace. 30 Years of Fashion at Vogue A reissue of the 2002 monograph on the work of legendary stylist Grace Coddington, who transformed static studio portraits into tantalizing tableaus and location shoots into stirring stories, setting new benchmarks in the depiction of fashion in the process. Which means this publication is simultaneously a collection of the best fashion photographs from British and American Vogue. Complete with anecdotes and inside stories from Cecil Beaton to Mario Testino, from Naomi Campbell and Jerry Hall to Manolo Blahnik. Hardback, English, 35.3 x 27.3 cm, 408 pages, 310 colour illustrations, Phaidon, €125. Available from November 2015. London. Portrait of a City. Paul Smith Edition „Picadilly“ Samuel Johnson once said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Hundreds of photos from archives around the world illustrate the history of this unique city, its architecture, its landmarks, its style, its flair – and of course its stalwart residents. Alongside sublime photographs (many of which are published here for the first time), the history of London is also told by lively essays, myriad quotes and references to films, music albums and literary works in which or for which London had a role to play. British fashion designer Paul Smith designed the cover and clamshell case for this picture book (an edition of 500 copies), which comes with a signed and numbered print by Elmar Ludwig. English/German/French, 25 x 35 cm, 552 pages, Taschen, €600. Fantastic Man The men’s lifestyle magazine Fantastic Man treated itself to a coffee table book to celebrate its ten-year anniversary. The publication collects together 70 of the most influential and creative men who have appeared in the cult style bible, such as Christoph Waltz, Ewan McGregor, Tom Ford, Helmut Lang and David Beckham. With photographs by Jürgen Teller, Bruce Weber and Wolfgang Tilmanns. Hardback, 496 pages, Phaidon, €39.90.
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