Fall’s Fashion Reads

The season's back-to-school spirit has us eyeing a slew of upcoming books on designers and their muses. Here, our top bookstore picks.

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Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent; October 2011
nWritten by Roitfeld, the former editor of French Vogue, this tome features with contributions from The New York Times' Cathy Horyn, the volume contains more than 250 magazine editorials, ad campaigns and, according to Rizzoli, an array of "visual ephemera" around Roitfeld's creative process.
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Christian Louboutin; October 2011
nThis comprehensive volume features pop-up pages and never-before-seen images from the Louboutin archives, as well as tours of his boutiques and private residences. Bonus: There's also a compete catalog of all 120 Christian Louboutin styles. As if that weren't enticing enough: actor John Malkovich is credited as a contributor.
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Elizabeth Taylor: Her Life in Style; August 1, 2011
nHaving been virtually canonized for her legendary glamour after her death earlier this year, the late screen goddess is remembered in this new paperback. The photo-heavy volume dropped today on Amazon, and is already on back-order.
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk; November 2011
nPublished in conjunction with the first-ever retrospective on Gaultier's work at the Montreal Museum of Art, the book examines the designer's cultural inspirations from music to dance. Along with an essay by Suzy Menkes, the book includes new interviews with Gaultier and his models, from Helen Mirren to Madonna.
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Gucci: The Making Of; October 2011
nConceived by fashion curator Maria Luisa Frisa and W editor Stefano Tonchi, the tome traces the house's history through a series of visuals edited by creative director Frida Giannini. To celebrate the book's launch, the brand is pledging $250,000 to UNICEF.
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Hussein Chalayan; September 2011
nTo capture a visionary such as Chalayan, whose garments don't necessarily fit into the category of "wearable" all the time, but can always stand to be closely studied, a rich, comprehensive monograph is a perfect medium.
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Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors; October 2011
nTaking a step back from the label's trademark monogram, this design book takes a look at the luxe boutiques that house the goods across the globe. Perhaps the tome will offer a sneak peek of the upcoming expansion plans for the 57th Street flagship, as well.
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Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures; October 2011
nFor this glossy glimpse into the life of a manor-born muse, the big names in fashion have turned out in force: Images from the likes of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe are accompanied by text by Berenson, Diane von Furstenberg and Vogue's Hamish Bowles.
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Ralph Lauren; October 2011
nThis sweeping autobiographical work contains intimate snapshots of Lauren and his family, as well as a hand-picked catalog of runway, editorial and campaign images. An introduction by Audrey Hepburn is excerpted from the late icon's presentation speech at the 1992 CFDA awards.
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Mulberry: The Book; Available Now.
nMulberry proves 40 is truly fabulous with its recent explosion of success on the heels of the Alexa bag in recent seasons. To celebrate its good fortune, the brand has compiled a book which it describes as a "fly-on-the-wall, warts and all journey" through the past two (extremely profitable) years.
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