FABULOUS AND SOMETIMES TRASHY MUST-READ FASHION BOOKS. (NOVELS & OTHERWISE)
Not the essential coffee table books (that's another list!), rather, these books are a fun feast for your brain, not your eyes.
- •Valley of the DollsTHE inspiration for like a zillion collections. It's a must-know fashion reference.
- •No Lifeguard On Duty'70s/'80s supermodel icon Janice Dickinson's JUICY autobiography. Good for the beach. Good for the bitch.
- •GraceA memoir from Vogue's legendary creative director, Grace Coddington.
- •Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its LusterWritten by The NYTimes's Dana Thomas, it's a smartly reported book about the luxury industry. Like, did you know that the first store Chanel opened outside of France was in Honolulu? You would if you'd read this!
- •The Beautiful Fall: Fashions, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s ParisDramatic telling of the above, focusing on the rivalry between Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld.
- •The Devil Wears PradaIt's real, guys. When this book came out, we could only read it on the subway going to our job at a fashion magazine, because we'd get anxiety if we read it at night. It's real.
- •Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the '90s Renegades Who Remade FashionGOSSIP GOSSIP. GOSSIP!
- •Thing of BeautyAll about '70s supermodel Gia Carangi, this book is the inspiration for the HBO movie, GIA (starring a young Angelina Jolie).
- •Bergdorf BlondesVogue writer Plum Sikes wrote this one back in 2004, and it has appeal for the SATC lover, for sure. Plum is British, which makes the writing more charming.
- •ScruplesFABULOUS fashion descriptions and a MAJORLY stylish heroine.