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Summer Reading List

Culture Watch

By Jessica Michault

Is there anything better than going on a holiday to a far flung location, slipping into a swimsuit and staking your claim on the beach with a good book and an abundance of sunscreen? We figure by now you have got the bathing suit and sunscreen situation under control, but if you are still looking for that perfect book to while away your vacation hours, we have a few very fashionable suggestions for you.

The follow up to her best-selling book “Happy Times,” Lee Radziwill—who is one of the chicest women on the planet and the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—reflects on her glamorous life in words and lots of candid family photos. In this book, she focuses on the many friends she has made over the last 83 years and how the likes of Truman Capote and Rudolf Nureyev played a role in shaping her worldview.

Couture Confessions: Fashion Legends in Their Own Words
This is a delightful book by Pamela Golbin, the highly respected chief curator of twentieth-century fashion and textiles at Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs, has found an original way to bring the words of the worlds most influential designers to life. She uses real quotes from the designers that she has culled from years of research to create conversations and recount the stories behind major fashion “moments.” In their own words, designers like Cristóbal Balenciaga, Madame Grès, Alexander McQueen, Gabrielle Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeanne Lanvin and Christian Dior answer some of fashion’s most burning questions. And all of it brought to life by the sketches of illustrator Yann Legendre.


#Carlos's Places
If there is one person who knows how to live la dolce vita it is former editor, Valentino brand ambassador Carlos Souza. For decades the Brazilian socialite has lived the high life and traveled the globe with the world’s most beautiful people. So, who better to ask for advice when it comes to where to go, what to eat, where to stay—that is if you want to do it all with the utmost glamorous style? In this book, Souza’s playful spirit and infinite curiosity can be felt in his handwritten notes and guileless photos that focus on his favorite destinations in the world.


My Paris Dream
Ever dream of being a fashion journalist covering the shows in Paris? Well author Kate Betts lived that dream during the 1980s and 90s when she moved to the City of Light and worked at Women’s Wear Daily. This is a poignant coming of age autobiography that really gives you a feel for what it is like to work in the exciting and magical world of fashion.


The title says it all with this coffee table book. Written by renowned stylist John Barrett, the tome traces the power tresses have to help define a person’s identity or evoke a particular era. Barrett has culled together in the pages of this book images of some of history’s most unforgettable hairstyles. What would the Beatles be without those expressive mop-tops? Grace Jones without her flattop? The punk movement without its mohawks? Locks have a larger role to play in the cultural zeitgeists then you might imagine, and this book beautifully explains just how important a head of hair can be.


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