Want to add polish and vibrancy to your home décor? Add fashion-based coffee-table books.
Much like investing in a matching set of towels or hanging art on your walls, owning a stack of coffee-table books goes a long way toward making your décor feel polished.
Fashion titles are an obvious choice: They’re visual, bridge the fields of photography, pop culture and design, and, yes, look great on Instagram.
Here are some of the best new tomes about clothing, style and design for 2017. All are available at major booksellers.
“Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look” ($40), by Robert M. Rubin. See France through the eyes of one of the most legendary photographers of the 21st century. Expect Audrey Hepburn, Jean Moreau and, of course, unmissable fashion.
“Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garcons: Art of the In-Between” ($50), by Andrew Bolton. This volume features gorgeous images of the clothing on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition, plus insights from the curator and a look into Kawakubo’s creative mind.
“The World of Anna Sui” ($50), by Tim Blanks. You’ll lose yourself in the eclectic, bohemian and creative world of an icon of New York fashion.
“True Style Is What’s Underneath: The Self-Acceptance Revolution” ($45). Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, the mother-daughter duo behind fashion site StyleLikeU, have carved out a welcoming space on the internet. In their second title, they celebrate the myriad forms of beauty and style.
“Margiela: The Hermès Years” ($60), by Kaat Debo. This catalog, which accompanies an exhibition at the MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp, manages to lift the veil a bit on the elusive Martin Margiela and the designer’s tenure at Hermès.
“Harper’s Bazaar: 150 Years: The Greatest Moments” ($65), by Glenda Bailey. This tome commemorates the magazine’s anniversary and draws from its rich archives of photography, articles, fiction and poetry.
“Olympia Le-Tan: The Story of O.L.T.” ($75). You may have seen Le-Tan’s bound-cloth “book” clutches in the hands of street-style stars. Here, she gives a peek into her imaginative mind and creative world, one populated with some of Paris’ most fascinating figures.