Ten coffee-table books for fashion fans – great for Christmas gifts

From portraits by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz, to a collection of classic watches worn by the rich and famous, to provocative photos from Calvin Klein, any of these trendy tomes would look good on a coffee table

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 7:33pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 November, 2017, 7:06pm

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Known in fashion circles simply as Mert and Marcus, Kate Moss’ favourite photographers specialise in highly saturated and heavily retouched pictures for magazines such as W and British Vogue. Conceived with Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco, this book features 300 photographs. Published by Taschen

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016

After the success of Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, 1970-1990 and A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005, the famed US photographer, who shoots for Vogue and Vanity Fair, has released an anthology focusing on her recent work, including portraits of David Beckham and Melania Trump.

Published by Phaidon

Bespoke: The Master Tailors of Savile Row

One of the most legendary fashion addresses in the city, London’s Savile Row is home to the finest men’s tailors in the world, from Huntsman to Hardy Amies.

Why Donald Trump, Shinzo Abe and Justin Trudeau ditched suits and ties at Asean gala dinner in Manila

Featuring an introduction by American designer Tom Ford, this illustrated book traces the development of the Row and profiles 26 master tailors.

Published by Thames & Hudson

Calvin Klein

The legendary American designer, who hasn’t been at the helm of his namesake label for more than 20 years, is responsible for some of the most iconic – and provocative – images of the last century. They’re all part of his first book, a visual memoir whose proceeds will go to the charity God’s Love We Deliver. Published by Rizzoli

Donald The Book

One of the fashion world’s most celebrated illustrators and creative directors, Donald Robertson is not afraid to poke some fun at the industry, as this humorous and colourful tome shows.

Hong Kong’s fur industry – how will Gucci ban affect it? A lot less than you may think

Featuring the best of his work and some original drawings, this book will delight Robertson’s many Instagram followers.

Published by Assouline

GingerNutz: The Jungle Memoir of a Model Orangutan

This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of GingerNutz, an orangutan who discovers a copy of Vogue and decides to pursue a career as a fashion model. Inspired by legendary fashion editor Grace Coddington, this children’s book is the brainchild of Coddington’s friend Michael Roberts, formerly of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Published by Distributed Art Publishers


Italian fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia dispenses some precious style advice in this glamorous guide to all things fabulous. Known for her extravagant outfits and fun-loving personality, Battaglia shares tips on fashion, beauty, travel, and work while also revealing some of the lessons she learned from fellow trendsetters such as Anna Dello Russo and Carolina Herrera.

Published by Rizzoli

See every outfit Melania Trump has worn on Donald Trump’s Asia tour so far

Legendary Authors and the Clothes They Wore

From perennial style icon Joan Didion to Zadie Smith and Truman Capote, this anthology looks at the personal styles of 50 famous writers. Through the telling of anecdotes, first-person quotes and the use of archival photos, author Terry Newman shows how the oeuvre of these writers is closely linked to their sartorial choices.

Published by Harpers Collins

Ultimate Toys For Men

This richly illustrated book is a great gift for those who love the finest things in life. From super yachts to sports cars and hi-tech gadgets, this gift guide on steroids features the most extravagant objects of desire a man could own, including more “pedestrian” items such as Cuban cigars and Scotch whisky. Published by teNeues

A Man & His Watch

We all know about Paul Newman and his Rolex Daytona and JFK and his Omega, which he wore at his inauguration. This book sheds some light on those and other iconic timepieces worn, and treasured, by pop-culture greats such as Andy Warhol, Elvis Presley, Sylvester Stallone and Bill Murray. Published by Artisan Books