Our favorite haute holiday books of the year.
As the year comes to a close, we’ve gathered our favorite fashionable titles for gifting, reading or just to add a little bit of glamour to your season. If these titles are just too good to part with, and you’re still on the hunt for great gifts, make sure to check out our Ultimate Gift Guide.
Portrait photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank captures the young women that are currently taking Hollywood by storm. Each of the actresses, writers, directors, producers and stylists—including Cody Horn, Amber Heard, Olivia Thirlby, Lea Michele and Ireland Baldwin—is captured in a way that is reminiscent of Old Hollywood. (Assouline).
The Last Swan
Style icon Marella Agnelli shares her personal memoirs with this stunning publication that features the homes and gardens that she visited throughout her glamorous life as a high-society It Girl. The title is a nod to Truman Capote’s “swans,” the beautiful jet-set women whom he frequently cited as his muses. (Rizzoli).
Streisand: In the Camera Eye
Through a number of essays accompanied by 170 compelling photographs—many of which have never before been published—author James Spada documents the career of the legend that is Barbra Streisand. It also gives a more personalized look into the beloved performer’s life away from the set and stage. (Abrams).
Loulou de la Falaise
This polished tome documents the life of fashion icon Loulou de la Falaise in more than 400 images by acclaimed photographers. With a foreword by Pierre Bergé and interviews with her friends and mentors, this book establishes de la Falaise as part of the elite club of fashionistas from the 20th century whose legacy is still felt today. (Rizzoli).
Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
In 2001, photographer Nick Brandt embarked on a series of black-and-white photography books paying homage to the enchanting wildlife of East Africa—elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas and more. Here, he compiles 90 of the best images from his first two books with essays by Peter Singer, Jane Goodall, Alice Sebold and Vicki Goldberg. (Big Life Editions).
The Impossible Collection of Watches
Nicholas Foulkes pays tribute to the 100 breakthrough timepieces of the 20th century, hand-selected based on design, innovation, rarity, cost and historical relevance. Standout pieces include Omega’s 1915 Lawrence of Arabia aviator chronograph, Breitling’s 1962 Cosmonaute and the 1985 Ulysse Nardin Astrolabium. (Assouline)