REDMILK PREVIEW FIVE OF THE BEST FASHION BOOKS OUT THIS FALL PERFECT TO BE ENJOYED FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR COFFEE TABLE.
Robert Fairer has photographed Alexander McQueen’s runway shows since the late designer’s early days, when only a porn magazine was interested in the snapshots. But he stuck with the designer, capturing almost every single looks of his collections from his first in 1993 to his death in 2010, during which time he bore witness to everything from robots to snow machines to rain on the catwalk. Alexander McQueen: Unseen, present a collection of unpublished photos out on November 15th 2016, gathering those moments, along with all the madness backstage.
Alix Browne, a writer, editor, and now W‘s features director who’s attended hundreds of runway presentations over the last 20 years published last week her new book Runway: The Spectacle of Fashion (Rizzoli), that chronicles the stand-outs moments, from models floating down a Milanese canal during a 2004 show, to the Daniel Buren’s moving escalators at Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2013.
Coach turns 75 this year, and while the New York brand’s seen plenty of change in that arc of time, the most marked might have come in the last few years: Since British designer Stuart Vevers took over as creative director, the brand’s been putting on runway shows and rolling out risk-taking designs favored by everyone, from Tavi Gevinson to Debbie Harry whom also wrote the foreword to Coach: A History of New York Cool (Rizzoli). The book traces the house’s origins from a leather goods house to a commercial powerhouse, and will be out next tuesday.
Though Sam McKnight works almost exclusively behind the scenes, the legendary hairstylist has made a name for himself working on the manes of many celebrities, from Björk to Princess Diana to Tilda Swinton to Kate Moss. The latter even gets her own chapter, “Kate”, in Hair by Sam McKnight (Rizzoli), which begins with an intro by Karl Lagerfeld: “There are few artists (‘hairdresser’ is the worst word I can imagine) as gifted as Sam in the worlds of Hair and Fashion”, he says. The book, out on October 25, features hundreds of signature styles – from ’80s poof-balls to Linda Evangelista’s pixie cut and Lady Gaga’s silver locks.
Few can say they have a personal brand as strong as Donatella Versace, who appears on the very first page of her book completely stripped down, save her trademark bleached hair and a cigarette, ready to chronicle her family’s namesake label. Dedicated to Prince, and compiled with Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, Versace, out on November 1st, also features contributions from Tim Blanks and Ingrid Sischy; photos from Irving Penn and Richard Avedon; and eye-catching, fleshy campaigns from the ’80s to nowadays.