Gift Guide 2017: The Best Fashion Coffee Table Books Under $65
Gifting a fashion coffee table book is a sure-fire win with any fashionista friend — they serve as both gorgeous décor and are full of fascinating fashion history. But like the couture pieces they profile, they’re not always budget-friendly. Check out our favorite chic editions.
DONALD: THE BOOK
Donald Robertson loves illustrating fashion's favorite people, items and brands - and the industry loves him right back. In this new book, see his work along with anecdotes from fashion's finest.
Buy It! Donald: The Book, $55.42; barnesandnoble.com
HANDBAGS, A LOVE STORY
If someone you're buying for has Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton handbags on their wish list, you can actually give them everything they asked for (under $65!) thanks to this stylish coffee table book. It features 70 of the most beloved handbag designs from the last 75 years along with interviews from designers, stylists and editors about the pieces.
Buy It! Handbags: A Love Story by Monica Botkier, $55.48; barnesandnoble.com
Dresses to Dream About
You've seen Christian Siriano gowns on just about every big-name star at every major red carpet event, but see how the look came together from start to finish in Siriano's new book. He takes readers through the entire design process with a behind-the-scene glimpse inside his Manhattan studio, leaving readers with a greater appreciation of his high-fashion concepts.
Buy It! Dresses to Dream About by Christian Siriano, $35.08; barnesandnoble.com
KATE MOSS BY MARIO TESTINO
She's one of the biggest models in the industry. He's a leading fashion photographer. And together, they've created amazing images for over two decades. Now you can see their most memorable collaborations, all in one place.
Buy It! Kate Moss by Mario Testino by Mario Testino, $39.99; barnesandnoble.com
Donatella Versace takes readers inside her design house by detailing the models, photographers and red carpet looks that have defined the brand since she took the helm from her late brother in 1997.
Buy It! Versace by Donatella Versace, $53.99; amazon.com
Relive Cindy Crawford's incredible modeling career by looking back at the images that made her famous. Her 2016 autobiography is filled with memories, personal stories and those indelible images that all cement her legend status.
Buy It! Becoming by Cindy Crawford and Katherine O'Leary, $27.49; amazon.com
SHE: MUSES, VISIONARIES AND MADCAP HEROINES
The fourth installment in the brand's coffee table series celebrates women who have bold personalities and one-of-a-kind styles including Dolly Parton, Gloria Steinem and even the fictional Carrie Bradshaw, to inspire readers to live their most stylish, fulfilling lives too.
Buy It! She: Muses, Visionaries and Madcap Heroines by Kate Spade New York, $25.47; amazon.com
With more than 300 photographs of the model by legends such as Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh and photography duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, plus personal stories from friends and fashion industry insiders, readers get a comprehensive understanding of why Gisele is one of the most successful models of all time.
Buy It!Gisele Bündchen by Steven Meisel, $54.90; amazon.com
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY
If your friend plans an annual trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art every May to catch the Costume Institute exhibit, then she'll love looking back at some of the museum's most talked-about curations, like 2011's record-breaking Savage Beauty.
Buy It! Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton, $34.76; barnesandnoble.com
LOUIS VUITTON FASHION EYE PARIS
The French design house produced a set of travel books on regions around the globe seen through the perspective of a fashion photographer's eye. Kick your fashion-obsessed friend’s collection off with Louis Vuitton’s incredibly-stylish hometown of Paris.
Buy It! Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye Paris by Jeanloup Sieff, $62; louisvuitton.com
Russell James has been photographing Victoria's Secret Angels for over 15 years and this book complies some of his best shots of the brand's OG Angels including Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and more.
Buy It! Angels by Russell James, $44.99; amazon.com