Minimalism And Fashion by Elyssa Dimant
What it’s about: Bulky and intimidating, this solid volume touches on the influence of minimalist art and architecture in fashion. Splendid creations by prominent figures like Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Helmut Lang and Madeleine Vionnet (just to name a few) also make appearances in the book.
Highlights: This heavy hard‑cover will leave you marveling over breathtaking photographs in its pages.
For: Photography aficionados and art enthusiasts with that fashionable slant.
The Tote Bag by Jitesh Patel
What it’s about: This one’s a feast for the eyes. Every single page is delightfully jam‑packed with eye‑catching tote bag design illustrations submitted by artists worldwide to Jitesh Patel’s “Tote Prints” blog.
Highlights: The intriguing backgrounds of the artists are mentioned in small columns beside their designs. Also, this book comes with an adorable tote bag (what else?).
For: Tote bag fanatics (obviously) and those with an eye for graphic design.
The Poetry of Fashion Design by Paz Diman
What it’s about: Look behind the lackluster cover and you will discover that this book is quite the bible for some of the most cutting‑age designers now, including Maison Martin Margiela and Ksubi. These are up‑and‑coming names you ought to acquaint yourself with.
Highlights: The good‑looking images used coupled with straight‑to‑the‑point text makes for a pleasurable and unfussy read.
For: Anyone who wants to be in the loop on the latest in fashion and skill up on fashion talk.
Style Diaries by Simon Werle
What it’s about: Fashion bloggers are on the rise and they now have a say in the sartorial world. Style Diaries engages some of the best bloggers in the scene with bangin’ style and puts them in print.
Highlights: Apart from pictures of outfits, the bloggers reveal interesting random facts as an introduction of themselves.
For: Fans of fashion bloggers who can’t get enough of their cyber-idols.
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