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Wednesday, December 15th 2010

Fashion Books: Great Gifts for the Hard-to-Please on Your List

A few hard-to-shop-for folks left on your holiday list? No need to resort to the go-to gift card (unless you’re looking to offer a Shopbop gift certificate, of course). These three fashion books will surely please even the most difficult to shop for.

Jacques Helleu & Chanel by Jacques Helleu
For forty years, Jacques Helleu was in charge of promoting iconic label Chanel, and in this tome, he shares the stories behind his work.
Why it’s cool: In a word: Chanel. In some more words: the book itself is a work of decorative art—a substantial weight and an elegant, simple design.
Who would love it: Fashion die-hards, lovers of design in its purest form, Chanel fans (basically everyone).



From Where I Stand by Mary McCartney
Daughter of Paul and Linda, sister of Stella, Mary McCartney has compiled the best of her photographic work from the mid-1990s to the present in this first book.
Why it’s cool: McCartney has a way of opening her subjects up, creating deeply personal, approachable portraits. And, she’s got access to boldface names like Madonna, Bono, Debbie Harry, and Kate Moss.
Who would love it: Photographers, art lovers, the serene, those searching for a little serenity.


The Selby is in Your Place by Todd Selby
Todd Selby, the man behind TheSelby.com, takes you inside the homes of Karl Lagerfeld, Helena Christensen, Erin Wasson, Christian Louboutin, and loads of other cool folks.
Why it’s cool: Beautiful photos of hip people and their abodes, punctuated with doodles and handwritten Q&As.
Who would love it: Interior decorators, wannabe interior decorators, aspiring voyeurs, hipsters, subscribers to the This American Life podcast.
Bonus! Page of doodle stickers at the front of the book. Who doesn’t love stickers?


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