Ah fall. There are so many visceral pleasures associated with the season, forgive us for reminding you of another: sitting down with a good book. We support the reading of novels and important non-fiction as much as the next gal, but really, there are a whole mess of great fashion books coming out this fall that you need to know about. Can you make a little room on your reading list? We hope so.
It-Girl Book Club
It by Alexa Chung
A sneak peek into the mind of one of our most influential It-girls of today, It is a collection of Alexa Chung's drawings, photographs and doodles. Chung's first book, expect to find plenty of style tips inscribed in its pages.
$30 at Powell's.
Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls by Leandra Medine
Leandra Medine—everyone's favorite "man-repelling" blogger—already has a wonderful writing style, it's a surprise it's taken this long for her to get a book deal. Expect plenty of affirmation that dressing for yourself (or other fashion-forward women) is the way to go in this tome.
$25 at St. Mark's Bookshop.
Not Just for Rookies
Rookie Yearbook Two Edited by Tavi Gevinson
Ok, so Rookie is supposed to be for teen girls, but we can't help but be drawn to it (even though we've not been considered 'teens' for a long while). This is the second edition of the site's "Yearbook"—the first was published last September—and is promising to be every bit as rad as the first.
$29.95 at Politics and Prose.
In My Shoes: A Memoir by Tamara Mellon
Tamara Mellon didn't just create now-renowned shoe brand Jimmy Choo—which she left in 2011—she's also challenging the accepted timelines of fashion with her coming-soon label devoted to in-season clothing. This memoir delves into the mogul's troubled past (and time at Choo) as Mellon readies for her bright future.
$29.95 at Powell's.
A Secret Powerhouse
Lee Miller in Fashion by Becky E. Conekin
Lee Miller is perhaps best recognized as a frequent model for (and lover of) surrealist 1920s photographer Man Ray—but she had an impressive photographic eye herself, shooting both art and war documentary photography. This book explores Miller's contributions to fashion editorial in the early 20th century, first as a model and then as a photographer.
$45 at The Book Cellar.
Dressing Dangerously: Dysfunctional Fashion in Film by Jonathan Faiers
Always too focused on wardrobe to focus on plot while watching films? Here's a book for you. This tome focuses on "cinematic negative wardrobe" and how that affects narrative. Expect tons of beautiful illustrations.
$60 at Yale University Press.
For Cool History Buffs
1963: The Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion by Ariel Leve and Robin Morgan
We're obsessed with all things 60s fashion (and judging by collection after collection, so are plenty of modern designers) so we're ready to dive into this book, which chronicles the start of the Youth Quake movement. Interviewees include Norma Kamali and Mary Quaint.
$25.99 at Book People.