Coffee table books for fashion lovers Ⓒ Louis Vuitton

Coffee table books for fashion lovers

With a stylish serving of gorgeous new fashion books to lust over, it is time to put down your Tablet and get your hands on these glossy fashion filled pages

by 31 October 2014

LOUIS VUITTON FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY

For a brand steeped in such fashion heritage whose signature style has changed the way we dress, live and travel, it comes as no surprise that Louis Vuitton has published a book bringing together nearly 200 images capturing its glorious fashion history. The images, which include magazine editorials from titles such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and L'Officiel and iconic advertising campaigns, shot by leading photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino and Peter Lindbergh, are a stunning visual account chronicling the history of fashion, women and photography. A limited deluxe edition is available exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores and online at www.louisvuitton.com featuring a white canvas binding with a choice of three different cover photographs by Patrick Demarchelier Craig McDean or Bert Stern. (Available in English and French).  www.louisvuitton.com

LANVIN: I LOVE YOU

Lanvin, I Love You
Make space on your coffee table for this lustrous piece of literature bursting at the bind with Lanvin chic. Ok so it is more photographic than fiction, but if you ask Alber Elbaz, Lanvin's artistic director and the book's creator, he would disagree. "Lanvin: I Love You is is a collection of stories. A Collection of people I love," explains Alber. To you and I, the pages are full of images of Lanvin windows each with hand written notes on the characters he has imagined. "The shop windows are a portrait of a collection... zooming into the Lanvin world, into our world," adds the designer. "It was only when we spread out all our favorite photos, that I didn't see windows anymore, I only saw women, individuals. People that I love, people that I know and people that I want to know. Each had a story, a secret and this book is a tale of these women." www.lanvin.com

VOGUE: THE GOWN

Vogue: The Gown
As the author of Vogue: The Gown, Jo Ellison puts it, "Girls wear dresses: grown-ups wear gowns." In the same ethos you could say girls read stories and grown-ups read books, so for us girly grown ups, a book full of gorgeous gowns is pure bliss and this is just that. Jo Ellison, former features director at British Vogue for nearly 10 years, has curated 300 stunning images celebrating a century of fashion and photography and most importantly the gown. Divided into five chapters, Classical, Fantasy, Drama, Decorative and Modernist, these are some of the most beautiful fashion photographs as well as gowns, ever witnessed. Available on all Vogue sites

MONSIEUR DIOR: ONCE UPON A TIME

Monsieur Dior: Once Upon a TimeThis truly is what fairytales are made of, celebrating the life of one of fashion's most revered icons and Prince Charming himself, Christian Dior. Monsieur Dior: Once Upon A Time is an intimate behind-the scenes look into the ten years the designer was at the helm of his eponymous label and includes 150 photographs from legends including Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Lord Snowdon. Author Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni also spoke to friends, colleagues, stars, models and muses of the designer including Jacqueline de Ribes, Olivia de Havilland, Lauren Bacall and Pierre Cardin to delve deep into the true workings of the house and the man himself. Available from PointedLeafPress.