Beautiful books for the beauty buff

The Best Fashion and Beauty Coffee-Table Books to Gift This Year

What do you get the artsy fashionistas and beauty buffs in your life? Consider one of these beautiful coffee-table books. There’s truly nothing like spending a rainy afternoon looking through a nice stack of hardcover tomes for your next style inspiration. Plus, not only does it spruce up your living room decor, it can also double as a great Instagram prop (add a vase of flowers and you’re in business). I narrowed it down to three personal choices below.

Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography

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Coinciding with photographer Peter Lindbergh’s exhibition at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, this book features more than 400 images including striking portraits of iconic figures like Kate Moss and Tina Turner. Best known as the man who “invented” supermodels, you’ll also find shots of ’90s “It” girls like Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Tatjana Patitz frolicking in the beach or strutting down the streets of New York.

$69.99 (taschen.com)

Diverse Beauty by Alexi Lubomirskibooks3

Fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski has shot multiple beautiful women in the world, including Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Natalie Portman. But it was after shooting actress Lupita Nyong’o that Lubomirski was struck by the homogeneity of the “looks” he’d been assigned to shoot professionally. “I realized how rare it was that I got to take pictures of beautiful African, Asian, Indian, or Latin women,” he writes in the introduction. In response, the photographer conceived Diverse Beauty (Damiani), which celebrates women including TSS survivor Lauren Wasser and transgender model Hari Nef. Even better, all proceeds from the book will be donated to Concern Worldwide, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing poverty in disaster-affected areas around the world.

$50 (amazon.com)

Grace: American Vogue Years by Grace Coddingtonbooks4

In January, the fashion world gasped in shock when Grace Coddington stepped down from her role as Vogue‘s creative director. The model-turned-editor has created some of the most memorable fashion shoots in collaboration with iconic photographers including Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, and David Sims. Following the success of Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue, this new release features nearly 300 photos from past 15 years, along with Coddington’s personal stories behind the shoots.

$175 (phaidon.com)

Source: Allure Magazine BY Seunghee Suh 

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