Searching for style inspiration? How about a gift for that fashion-savvy someone on your gift list?
There is a slew of new coffee-table books available, full of photos and stories about fashion history, beauty tips and street style sightings.
• “Jemma Kidd Make-Up Secrets” ($24.99, St. Martin’s Press): Learn how to illuminate natural beauty and mask imperfections in this guide to all things cosmetics by makeup artist and former model Jemma Kidd. In 200-plus pages, readers will unlock industry secrets for picking the perfect foundation, adapting high-fashion trends to daily life, contouring and eating to keep skin looking young and healthy.
• “Shoe Innovations: A Visual Celebration of 60 Styles,” by Caroline Cox ($29.95, Firefly Books): Discover the evolution of footwear from the pre-16th-century sandal to the designer shoes of today through more than 200 pages of colorful depictions. But it’s more than just a picture book. The author gives a snapshot of society at the time the shoe was popular, as well as reasons it remains a staple of women’s closets or went out of style.
• “W: The First 40 Years,” edited by Stefano Tonchi ($75, Abrams): In its first four decades, W has been there, shot that. See standout fashion spreads, from sophisticated to sultry, spotlighting public figures including Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld, Jackie Kennedy and Beyonce photographed by such greats as Steven Klein, Marcus Piggott, Mario Sorrenti and Bruce Weber. It also includes essays that delve into some of the magazine’s most memorable interviews.
• “Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible,” by Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun ($28, Gallery): “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the Earth,” reads the Bible. But in “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn’s version, it all started with a fig leaf and a toga. If you’ve ever wondered how the clothes you wear came to be, Gunn has the answers in this look at Western fashion history.
• “The Sartorialist: Closer,” by Scott Schuman ($30, Penguin): Sitting on a bench and watching people parade by like an impromptu runway show can be a source of style education and entertainment. Schuman compiles hours of street style observations in fashion meccas including New York, Paris, London, Barcelona and Tokyo. The book is an extension of his blog www.thesartorialist.com.