I spy: favorites from the fashionable part of my little library…
Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining-by Lilly Pulitzer and Jay Mulvaney
From the moment that Jacqueline Kennedy dawned a Lilly Pulitzer dress in the mid 1960’s, the entire fashion world was suddenly swept away with Lilly’s sweet confectionery colors and bright splashy prints and Lilly instantly became an icon with the Bermuda and Bahama jet sets as well as seasoned Nantucketers. This book covers Lilly’s history as a fashion designer, and how Lilly chooses to entertain her guests for all occasions, highlighting yummy recipes as well as fashion, film and style favorites of Lilly along the way. Not surprisingly, the book is filled with beautiful Lilly patterns in some way on nearly every page and is also illustrated with beautiful watercolor illustrations of Lilly fashionistas.
In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine- Alberto Olivia (Author), Norberto Angeletti (Author), Anna Wintour (Contributor), Steven Klein (Contributor) and Grace Coddington (Contributor)
Another fashion Classic. Period. This book has so many amazing fashion images…my favorite one is the Alice and wonderland photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz. I blew my whole 75 dollar Christmas gift card at B&N on it and don’t regret it for a second. Check out here at Style.com for the photo shoot. The captions are half of what makes this shoot great…it is my favorite so far that I have seen to date. (And I’ve seen a lot!)
An Elegant Spirit-Sean Hepburn Ferrer
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Beautiful pictures and images, but more importantly, Audrey Hepburn’s son Sean tells his story of being raised by Hepburn in a beautiful and eloquent way that perfectly suits the actress’s graceful demeanor and charm. He shows the world the true Audrey, who is even more beautiful than the person on camera. I definitely recommend it for both the avid fashionista and Hepburn fan!
Gap: Individuals-by the Gap
A very unusual, interesting and large collection of amazing black and white portraits of many celebrities who have endorsed the Gap over the years, as well as many individuals (such as Dizzy Gillespie) on the cover who are a true staple to American culture. This book is beautiful if you want to use it as a reference for drawing portraits. Also includes many more Annie Leibovitz photos, as well as a photo of the great Leibovitz herself! The book comes with a Gap soundtrack as well. I got it for 35 something on Amazon.com and it is normally 50 in other places, so it was a pretty great deal.