And unless your major involves fashion or style in Gallatin, then fashion and art memoirs and coffee table books are the least expected educational-yet-enjoyable indulgences this holiday season.
If your brain still needs more time to process more reading, however, these style books are also fantastic gifts for close friends and family – especially since you can borrow the books for yourself!
Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been by Pharrell Williams
Although Pharrell already epitomizes the definition of cool, he just became infinitely cooler this holiday season. His new coffee table book, which Jay-Z and Kanye West have also contributed to, reveals Pharrell’s accomplishments as a rapper, designer, recording artist, producer and now an author. Photos of ad campaigns, magazine spreads and music tours are pared with essays by designers, artists and Pharrell himself, which covers much of his work from the last fifteen years.
This new memoir digs deeper into Grace Coddington’s early and personal life, which continued as a mystery even after The September Issue – the documentary behind American Vogue’s production. The creative director at Vogue has written a memoir that reflects on her early career as a model, the car accident that almost ruined her career, her two marriages, the untimely death of her sister Rosemary, her friendship with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her renown relationship with Anna Wintour. The New York Times described the text as “light and glossy” yet “charmingly forthright,” which is perfect for a winter break read.
Edible Selby by Todd Selby
Todd Selby is renown for photography website The Selby, where he posts his photos of creative individuals’ personal spaces. In collaboration with the New York Times and T Magazine, Selby published this book, where he photographed the most creative and interesting people in the food industry around the world, including Manhattan favorites like Danny Bowien. From Copenhagen to Tokyo, the book profiles individuals using watercolor illustrations and a handwritten questionnaire, in addition to photos.
I Want to Be Her!: How Friends & Strangers Helped Shape My Style by Andrea Linett
The co-founder of Lucky magazine wrote this part-memoir, part-illustrated fashion guide. Andrea Linett introduces readers to 50 women across five eras of her life – whether they be strangers, acquaintances or close friends – who have influenced her fashion sense. Using short descriptions of her memories with the women, Linett exposes each one’s contribution to her personal style.
Kate: The Kate Moss Book by Kate Moss
Although she admits to having not written the book (“I didn’t actually have to write anything,” she told Women’s Wear Daily), Kate Moss’s book is one of the most highly anticipated of the season. The British model rarely opens up, so this book acts as a rare window into her epic modeling career, albeit through the lens of a ghostwriter. This coffee table, picture-based book even features many never-before-seen photographs from her lengthy career.
These stylish books may make you eager to return to New York City — the most fashionable city in the country. But for further fashion and music insight online, you can watch The September Issue on Netflix, listen to Pharrell and The Neptunes, read Todd Selby’s design blog or even stalk Tumblr for street style and more Kate Moss photos. Either way, have a happy and fashionable holiday season!