The weather in Portland officially SUCKS. It's sunny one second and you think you might just get through this Fall/Winter/Spring yet, and then it starts pouring down rain and all you want to do is hide under the covers. The perfect companion under those covers (besides/in addition to a warm body) is a good book, and the following books are perfect gifts to give to your fashionable friends or your fashionable self.
Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy by Judith Watt
Just one of the many volumes that have been published/will be published about the visionary designer who left us too soon, this one touches on his childhood and features details and commentary on his collections and runway shows, starting with his breakthrough graduate collection at Central Saint Martins all the way to his final designs. Buy it.
Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen by Anne Deniau
Another book about the late, great McQueen, this one is by French photographer Anne Deniau, who first met McQueen when she was commissioned to shoot his January 1997 Givenchy debut. That gig turned into a 13-year working relationship with the designer, where she was backstage at every show. In that time she amassed 30,000 images, only 30 of them ever published. There were only two stipulations: McQueen did not like to pose for pictures, and she could only use film. Buy it.
Kate: The Kate Moss Book By Kate Moss
This tomb is almost 400 pages of images that Kate Moss selected herself, spanning the entirety of her career, and features 8 different covers. The notoriously private supermodel, who rarely if ever gives interviews, has been rather loose-lipped as of late. With a candid interview just published by Vanity Fair, she has been opening up about her life, scandals and all. I wonder if it was just a publicity stunt to help sales of her new book, but really I don't care, because Kate Moss has had a pretty fascinating life and it is great to finally learn some of the details. Word has it that there is a documentary coming out about her too, and that a film crew is following her on her book tour. Buy it.
Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco by Roger Padilha & Mauricio Padilha
Antonio Lopez was fashion's foremost illustrator in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. "At his peak, he was as famous as Marc Jacobs is now."* His illustrations were featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, the New York Times, and Interview, as well as used for campaigns for YSL, Norma Kamali, Valentino, Missoni, and Versace. He also was responsible for starting the careers of legendary models Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, and Jessica Lange, among others. This book features his drawings, illustrations, paintings, photographs, and mixed-media journals, as well as never-before-seen Instamatic photos, behind-the-scenes Polaroids, and letters. Buy it.
*Comment by Roger Padhilha, W September 2012
Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington
This book has been very much buzzed about among the fashion folk, and for good reason. I am about halfway through this book, and it is awesome. A full review will be coming your way next week. Until then I can tell you that Grace is incredibly thorough and touches on every aspect of her life, from growing up in Wales to that fateful documentary that propelled her into stardom. Buy it.