Christmas gift ideas: the 10 best and most fun fashion books of 2018

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  • Shoe lovers have no shortage of titles to choose from
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 November, 2018, 11:04pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 November, 2018, 10:52am

Whether you’re looking for a coffee table tome with stunning photography, a compendium of the history of sneakers, or a riotous novel sending up the world of glossy magazines, the fashion world released a book for you – or a friend – in 2018.

We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best and most fun to read. And if you thought you’d seen every possible photo of Kate Moss, think again.

AdR Book: Beyond Fashion

by Anna dello Russo


Anna dello Russo – the long-time fashion editor famous for her eccentric sense of style and a collection of designer clothing so extensive she kept a separate apartment just to store it – has created a “book” that’s as original as she is.

More like a three-dimensional cabinet of curiosities, the book includes dello Russo’s autobiographical diary (complete with photos and personal memorabilia), a sticker album of her most iconic looks, her “commandments” for navigating fashion week and other occasions, pop-up illustrations, and a scrapbook of her career highlights.

Not only that but there’s also a flip-book featuring her often-Instagrammed dog, Cucciolina. It’s an experience.

Stan Smith: Some People Think I’m a Shoe

by Stan Smith


The title of this book says it all. Adidas’ bestselling Stan Smith sneaker has been such a perennial hit since its debut in 1973 that many people forget that its namesake is a real person and two-time Grand Slam tennis singles champion.

Smith collaborated with fashion brand Colette, designers Yohji Yamamoto and Raf Simons, and rapper Pharrell Williams, who penned the book’s foreword. It is filled with street-style photos of the classic shoe from around the globe; anecdotes from Smith, designers and sports legends; and pop-culture references to the sneaker from rap lyrics to Hollywood movies.

Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes

by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto

Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends

This debut children’s book from Instagram director of fashion partnerships Eva Chen is a fairy tale in which heroine Juno Valentine loses her favourite shoes and embarks on a journey through time, stepping into the shoes of female icons throughout history.

In this guide to empowerment for girls, Juno literally finds out what it’s like to walk in the shoes of Frida Kahlo, Cleopatra, Yayoi Kusama, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and more. It’s also an Instagram fairy tale: Chen found the book’s illustrator Derek Desierto through the platform.

Validated: The Makeup of Val Garland

by Val Garland and Karl Plewka

Laurence King Publishing

After nearly 30 years as one of the fashion world’s most in-demand make-up artists, Val Garland has released her first book featuring dazzling imagery of her iconic, bold looks.

Garland talks about working with superstars like Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Kate Moss and Edward Enninful of British Vogue, where she is a contributing beauty editor. The book is packed with anecdotes from industry legends and photos from campaigns, runways, backstage and magazine covers.

Perfumes: The Guide 2018

by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez

Perfuumista OU

The fragrance landscape has changed dramatically in the 10 years since Turin and Sanchez released their game-changing guide to perfume in 2008. With the market since flooded with new products, it was time for a new assessment.

The couple sifted through over 1,200 perfumes from all over the world, both mainstream and obscure, and included guides for categories such as men’s, women’s, introverts, extroverts, retro and more. Their reviews are a treat to read, with The New Yorker calling their writing “ravishingly entertaining”.

Sneaker Freaker. The Ultimate Sneaker Book

by Simon Wood


Sneaker culture has exploded in popularity, with sneakerheads around the world regularly camping outside shops to nab limited editions and celebrities releasing more and more collaborations.

Simon Wood has documented every nuance in his cult magazine Sneaker Freaker. Now he’s complied his body of work into a book for the obsessed. More than 650 pages cover 100 years of sneaker history complete with funny insider observations, fresh photos, and chapters on everything from the arcane to mainstream icons like Michael Jordan, Kanye, Dapper Dan and Converse.

Why Australia is becoming a big player in the global sneaker market


by Amina Akhtar

Crooked Lane

As they say in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead. In this book, fashion editor Anya St. Clair, with her fabulous wardrobe and buzzy social media presence, is killing it, literally; her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. Anya is obsessed with befriending her beautiful, rich colleague Sarah Taft, until she becomes her top competitor for a promotion.

This darkly comic debut novel satirising the world of glossy New York magazines is from Amina Akhtar, a former editor at titles including The Cut and


by Mario Sorrenti and Dennis Freedman


Kate is a collection of previously unseen intimate portraits of pre-fame Kate Moss in the early 1990s by her then boyfriend Mario Sorrenti. In the book, Sorrenti reveals how the two met during a modelling job in London in 1991, saying, “I remember sitting next to her and feeling like my heart was going to stop; her beauty overwhelmed me.”

She became his muse, and the black-and-white photos show the young Moss in unguarded moments, at home, by the beach, and travelling.

The Missoni Family Cookbook

by Quincy Jones (forward) and Francesco Maccapani Missoni (introduction)


It should come as no surprise that members of the Missoni family live as colourfully and elegantly as their famously patterned knitwear would suggest. That is especially true for entertaining; invitations to their dinner parties are among the most coveted in the fashion world.

With this book, featuring a foreword by family friend Quincy Jones, the Missonis invite readers into their kitchen, sharing their well-guarded family recipes and showing us how to serve them with style. It’s like having your own, very chic, Italian nonna.

Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs

by Bill Cunningham

Penguin Random House

When beloved New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham passed away, he left behind this secret memoir. It details his early adult life: serving in the Korean war, his first years in New York, and his ascent in the fashion world from department store stock boy to milliner to journalist.

Along with the 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, the memoir sheds light on the life of the famously guarded man.

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