Stylish beach reads

Five fash­ion books to catch up on this sum­mer.

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FROM a vis­ual trib­ute to the hum­ble T-shirt and an ode to French chic past and present to the In­sta-glam realm of fash­ion-mak­ing mil­len­ni­als, we’ve put to­gether a se­lec­tion of re­cently pub­lished stylish hol­i­day page­turn­ers. 100 T-Shirts: That Make a State­ment by Raphaelle Orsini

An easy and in­spir­ing read, this ode to sum­mer’s most ver­sa­tile suit­case sta­ple in all its forms (con­cert tee, slo­gan tee, sou­venir tee, etc) from the 1950s to the present by Paris depart­ment store Ga­leries Lafayette’s on­line mag­a­zine ed­i­tor will give you the urge to shop for a new mes­sage tee.

Suave in Ev­ery Sit­u­a­tion: A Rak­ish

Style Guide for Men by Gon­zague Du­pleix and il­lus­trated by Jean Philppe Del­homme

There is no rea­son for men to be at sea about savvy dress­ing – you can al­ways take a leaf out of this book. New York Mag­a­zine rated the debonair duo’s men’s style bi­ble which of­fers tips on how to dress to im­press a la Fran­caise as “wry, highly spe­cific ad­vice.”

Marie-An­toinette, Queen of Style

& Taste by Françoise Ravelle If you’re in­ter­ested in his­tor­i­cal France, swot up on ir­rev­er­ent monarch Marie-An­toinette’s quin­tes­sen­tial French style. The vol­ume looks back at the defin­ing style of France’s only queen which she lent to ev­ery­thing from her ex­ten­sive wardrobe to chic apart­ments. The pocket-sized guide also sheds light on Rose Bertin, the power dresser be­hind the throne – whose dresses and gen­eral art of dress­ing in­spired so many. Dig­i­tal Girls: Fash­ion’s New Tribe – Risk Tak­ers, Rule Break­ers, Dis­rup­tors by fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Marko MacPher­son, and edited by Ni­cole Phelps

Give your smart­phone a break and open this book that will bring you up to speed with the mil­len­nial fe­male blog­gers, de­sign­ers, en­trepreneurs and ac­tivists who are shap­ing what’s hot and what’s not in fash­ion, beauty and per­sonal style. Tech titans Michelle Phan, Ni­cole Warne, An­dreja Pe­jic, Bar­bie Fer­rera and co will give you plenty of in­spi­ra­tion for your next In­sta­gram scroll. Traces – Fash­ion & Mi­gra­tion by Olga Blumhardt and An­tje Drinkuth

A top­i­cal and en­light­en­ing read about mi­grant in­flu­ences’ pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to con­tem­po­rary fash­ion. The pub­li­ca­tion is loaded with high-pro­file ex­am­ples trac­ing the ca­reers of de­sign­ers Haider Ack­er­mann, Azze­dine Alaïa, Yo­hji Ya­mamoto and oth­ers who hail from far-flung places. No mat­ter how you plan to spend your sum­mer, this book that is the re­sult of a re­search pro­ject at the AMD Academy of Fash­ion and De­sign in Berlin, will have you trav­el­ling with­out mov­ing.

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