Second City Style’s 12 Days of Christmas (Shopping) ’10. Amanda Wishes To Expand Her Sartorial Library

December 16, 2010 • Shopping


With the release of so many great fashion books in 2010, this year all I want for Christmas is to expand my sartorial library. Your home is the one of the truest reflections of yourself, and what fashion aficionado wouldn’t covet a house saturated with over-sized fashion books? Perhaps I’m a complete nerd. But, regardless, I still maintain that these five books are a must have on the Christmas wish list of any fashion lover.



Isabella Blow, by Martina Rink and Philip Treacy (, $30.12) — this is one of the most anticipated, and important, books to hit the fashion stacks this year. Prior to her untimely death in 2007, Blow was most commonly known for her work as the fashion director of Tatler, as well as for being a whirlwind presence in the fashion world. In a book that celebrates both her life, and extraordinary career, Isabella Blow (edited by Rink, Blow’s former assistant, and the couture milliner Treacy, for whom Blow was a muse) is an unbelievable tribute to one of fashion’s most outrageous, and beloved, personalities.


Food Fashion Friends: Recipes and Styling for Unforgettable Parties, by Fleur Wood (, $49.99) — Who doesn’t love entertaining? And even better, who doesn’t love entertaining under the styling guidance of Australian fashion designer Fleur Wood? This book is every hostess’ dream: a gorgeous, step-by-step fusion of cookbook/style guide/party planner. With this guide at your side, you’ll definitely be hosting the most fabulous of holiday fetes this season.


Louis Vuitton: Art Fashion and Architecture, by Jill Gasparina, Glenn O’Brien, Taro Igarashi, Ian Luna, and Valerie Steele (, $53.55) — One of fashion’s most iconic brands, Louis Vuitton corners the market on the ultimate luxury lifestyle. Not only with their clothing, but with the scores of incredible designers and artists with which the brand has collaborated since its inception. With over 400 pages of incredible photography, featuring some of history’s best fashion moments, Louis Vuitton fuses the best of the best in art and fashion to create one of the most memorable fashion books of our time.


Fashion Designers’ Sketchbooks, by Hywel Davies (, $40.00) — with this book, you’re getting inspiration straight from the stars. Filled with the sketches, mood boards and illustrations of fashion’s most important designers, this is a rare insight into the back story of your favorite looks and collections.


The Ellements of Personal Style, by Elle Fashion Editors Joe Zee and Maggie Bullock (, $16.50) — Every woman has her own sense of personal style, and every woman could stand to use a little inspiration now and again. With this book, Elle Fashion Editors Zee and Bullock interview and chronicle the 25 top current style setters, photographing their closets, different outfits, and the pieces they just can’t live without. Everyone loves a good personal style blog — who wouldn’t love the best of the best all in one book?

Amanda Aldinger, Second City Style Columnist: Pret Reporteur

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