I will be the first to admit that I am not exactly awesome at home decor. Yeah I have throw pillows, and sure I have some knick-knacks. But I don’t know how to “style” my bookcase, and I just throw owls and pink stuff everywhere. But there is one thing that I really love; fashion coffee table books.
I could never figure out what to put on a coffee table that doesn’t look fake or staged. One day, I was at someone’s house (no idea who) and I saw that they have some cool coffee table books. I loved it! But I am not a fancy artsy person; what books could I proudly display? Duh, fashion! Here are my picks for favorite fashion coffee table books.
1. Tom Ford by Tom Ford, Bridget Foley, Graydon Carter, and Anna Wintour (foreword)
If it’s Tom Ford, it’s magic. He transformed Gucci, created a stellar solo line, and even directed an amazing (and amazingly stylish) film. Plus, he’s from Texas. So that just further proves how amazing he is.
2. Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin
Kevyn’s makeup talent was truly astounding. This is his second book and my personal favorite. Not only is it full of makeup tips, but it has pictures of his amazing transformations. Sadly, he passed away in 2002, but his books are a testament to his passion and talent.
3. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton, Solve Sundsbo (photographer), Tim Blanks and Susannah Frankel
This book is currently on my coffee table, and not a day goes by that I don’t stop to admire it. I still get choked up when I talk about Lee McQueen. There is no designer that moves me the way he does. His pieces, his shows…. they told a story. A story of pain, of passion, and of incredible depth and artistry. After his passing in 2010, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (in conjuction with Berdorf Goodman’s) put together an exhibit of Lee’s work. It ran for a limited time, and this book was produced to accompany the exhibit. I couldn’t get to NYC, but I do have the book. It’s amazing, and it’s moving, and it is an excellent representation of Lee’s talent.
4. Yves Saint Laurent by Florence Chenoune and Farid Muller
We won’t get started on the unfortunate renaming of the YSL brand to Saint Laurent. This book is a testament not only to the brand, but to the man. The beautiful, brilliant, artistic, designer Yves Saint Laurent. This book was also created in conjunction with an exhibit in Paris of 250 YSL pieces in 2010.
5. Chanel Set of 3 by Francois Baudot
Like all things Chanel, this set is an investment. With three volumes in one, this set includes a book for each of Coco Chanel’s passions: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Jewelry, and Chanel Perfume. Spanning the life of the Chanel brand from the grand lady Coco herself, to Karl Lagerfeld’s present incarnation, this set explores the meaning of luxury and Coco Chanel’s hand in creating that meaning.
What is on your coffee table? And how do you feel about fashion coffee table books?