While we've been obsessing over what designers are sending down the catwalks for spring 2013 while simultaneously covering all the chicest trends for fall 2012, publishers of another sort have been working just as hard on behalf of fashion. Two major publishers of gorgeous pictorial books have multiple offerings for Fall. What does that mean to you? While you may not be able to wear Bottega Veneta, Dior or Harry Winston, you can at least decorate your coffee table with them. Stunning pictures of them, that is. These conversation starters are just the thing to let your love of fashion shine and to hint to your visitors how you prefer to break the conversation ice. Lay them down as conversation starters, but not before you get a chance to read them too. The only thing sexier than a well-clad woman is a well-informed, well-clad woman. Here are some of the tomes we're most excited about getting our hands on!
You've heard the name Harry Winston associated with major red carpet baubles, but who's the guy behind the brand? Turns out Mr. Winston opened his doors in 1932 and what happened in the ensuing years was the creation of an icon that spans generations. Find out the details in this book, and get to see some of the insane gems displayed on some insanely chic celebs.
$55.55 at Barnes and Noble.
The Big Book of Chic
Never heard of Miles Redd? Into interior design? Love eclectic style? The Big Book of Chic is a collection of gorgeous photographs of interiors styled by one of interior design's brightest stars: Yep, it's Miles. Get beaucoup ideas for your own pad from this book and then share it with your besties.
$75 at Assouline.
American Fashion Designers at Home
American Fashion Designers at Home is exactly what you'd expect from the title: A glimpse into over 100 CFDA members' abodes. How do your favorite designers live? Who's into Louis XV style and who can't live without floor-to-ceiling mirrors and the color pink? Find out!
$65 at Assouline.
Stars in Dior
Long before John Galliano rocked the fashion world with some unwisely chosen words, the name Christian Dior was synonymous with Hollywood glamor. Mr. Dior built his name and reputation as a costume designer, dressing some of the silver screen's most beautiful women o thef past and present. This book shows pictures of stars, old school and new, as well as never-before-published behind-the-scenes shots from Dior's early days.
$50 at Barnes and Noble.
For lovers of high fashion as an art form, for those who appreciate handcrafted construction and want to know more about it in terms of fashion, this is going to be right up your alley. This book details the history of Bottega Veneta, as well as showcasing the arduous process of production that goes into making high-end style. From drafting and draping to cutting and weaving, this is a must-have for aspiring designers and fashionistas alike.
$59 at Barnes and Noble.