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American Beauty
Photographed and styled by Vogue alumnus, Claiborne Swanson Frank, this beautiful volume of portrait photography captures the quintessential beauty of 100 inspiring women. The featured beauties, such as Solange Knowles, Jenna Lyons and Elettra Wiedemann, represent a vast array of industries and talents. The powerful women photographed in this volume are undeniably unique, yet as a collective whole they remind us that beauty far from one-dimensional. Accompany the stunning portraiture is impressive text by Genevieve Bahrenburg and a preface by Vogue Photography Director, Ivan Shaw. (Assouline)

Impact: 50 Years of the CFDA
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Impact is a visual time capsule of fashion history. This accolade to the most influential names in fashion features many never-before seen photographs as well as personal Impact statements from over 300 designers, including Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Alexander Wang.  The rich volume includes a history of the CDFA written by Patricia Mears as well as a foreword by Diane Von Furstenberg and introduction by Cathy Horyn. This text is a stylish commemoration of fashion greatness. (Abrams)

Mark Abrahams
This expansive collection of photography displays page after page of Mark Abrahams’ A-list portraits. A personal introductory text by Abraham’s close friend, James Frey, relays the story of the strong-willed truck driver turned photographer. Some credit the self-taught lensman with bringing celebrity portraiture into the world of fashion.  From Phillip Roth to the Olsen Twins, Abraham’s black and white portraits capture an intimate moment in time with Hollywood’s icons. Abraham’s is donating all his proceeds from the book to Hope for Haiti Now.  (Damiani)

Bob Willoughby, Audrey Hepburn. Photographs 1953–1966
Bob Willoughby, friend and photographer of Audrey Hepburn, captured Hepburn’s progression from a young starlet to a classic Hollywood icon. Known as the first ever unit-photographer, Willoughby photographed Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe yet was unequivocally enamored by Hepburn’s beauty and charm. Willoughby became a trusted confidant and photographed Hepburn both on-screen and off, as she returned to her private life. This complete collection is an unparalleled record of one of Hollywood’s most admired stars. (Taschen)

Escape Hotel Stories:
Retreat and Refuge in Nature
Francisca Mattéoli takes readers on a visual journey to the some of the world’s most spectacular hotels. The sixth installment in Assouline’s “Hotel Stories” series emphasizes hotels that have formed a symbiotic relationship with their natural surroundings. This beautiful travel narrative emphasizes the importance of environmental preservation and references the inspirational impact these exotic locations have had upon many famous artists and writers. From Tibet’s Banyan Tree Ringha resort to the remote Posada de Mike Rapu eco-lodge of Easter Island, readers can escape to more than 20 exotic destinations without ever having to step on a plane.  (Assouline)

Jimmy Choo XV
With a foreword by Colin McDowell and a preface by Tamara Mellon, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Jimmy Choo, this ode to high-heel royalty chronicles 15 years of Jimmy Choo. The volume recounts Jimmy Choo’s path to success and details the founding principles and hallmarks of style that to this day define the brand’s iconic status. This story is brought to life through a collection of studio sketches, paparazzi shots and editorials. In collaboration with the brand’s anniversary, Jimmy Choo will donate 100% of the proceeds from this book to the Jimmy Choo Foundation. (Rizzoli)

The Impossible Collection of Cars
Presented within a unique black rubber case with a cutout metal plate, this handsome volume showcases 100 of the 20th Century’s most extraordinary luxury vehicles. Car aficionados will swoon over the rich images of coveted automobiles like the 1909 Blitzen Benz and the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Accompanying the outstanding visuals is text by Dan Neil, a Pulitzer Prize winner and automotive columnist for the Wall Street Journal. This stunning volume is a form automotive art and may be the closet many of us will ever get to these dream cars. (Assouline)

Gary Cooper: Enduring Style
On screen Gary Cooper was one of Hollywood’s greatest legends, but he was also known off-screen as a fashion icon.  This first-ever monograph captures Cooper’s debonair spirit and contains rare, unpublished photographs of Cooper’s personal life, the majority taken by his wife Roxy. Written by Bruce Boyer with an afterword by daughter, Maria Cooper Janis and a forward by Ralph Lauren, this personal compilation pays tribute to Cooper’s timeless sense of style.  (powerHouse Books)

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