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May 18, 2024

7 fashion coffee table books for your living room

Arushi Sakhuja
The beauty of a coffee table is enhanced when one’s vision is captivated by books with glossy covers. But when it comes to fashion coffee table books, they’re a bit more special. These are books that can be read or pursued simply for pleasure, but they also double as beautiful decor pieces worthy of being collected and displayed.
Some might be bestsellers, others could be new additions that the world has not heard of, and having an exquisite collection of coffee table books is often an incomparable joy. However, there’s no denying that nothing elevates your living room quite like a robust, glossy coffee table book or bookshelf. While it might feel a little indulgent to be shelling out a hefty amount on a regular basis, these are definite keepsakes. From Chanel to Tom Ford and Gucci, these are the best coffee table books worth the splurge.  
The World Atlas of Street Fashion 
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Fashion isn’t always just about what’s happening on the runways, rather what happens on the streets also influences the industry, and athleisure is a great example. In The World Atlas of Street Fashion, you’ll find over 600 images of street fashion from around the globe; the book is divided by continent. International street style is viewed through the unique lens of how it mirrors and interplays with historical and political moments in time, showcasing how even sidewalk fashion can truly become a social movement—making this a must-have for budding designers and even those who want a change from haute couture.  
Yves Saint Laurent Catwalk   
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For those who adore the couture aspect of fashion, you know Yves Saint Laurent is a name synonymous with style, elegance and high fashion. With his label, he changed the way people regarded haute couture and the world of fashion itself. The designer revolutionized women’s evening wear with his Le Smoking attire – a woman’s tuxedoThe oversized (over 600 pages, to be exact) coffee table book beautifully captures a detailed chronology of Yves Saint Laurent’s haute couture collections over the years, starting in 1962 and ending in 2002, with contributions from YSL’s muses and admirers. A bright pink book this will stand out in a home with minimalistic interiors.   
Chanel Collections and Creations  
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There’s arguably no fashion house that is more correlated with luxury than Chanel. The iconic double Cs are a cult-classics for good reason. Inspired by the House’s signature fragrance, Chanel No 5, the book explores five central themes – the suit, the camellia, jewellery, fragrances and make-up, and the little black dress – from past to present to show how these key items have been rediscovered and reinvented by fashion designers. Supporting the text are visuals enhanced by previously unpublished archive photographs and original drawings by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as glorious images from some of the greatest names in fashion photography. Dazzling clothes, intricate accessories, beautiful models and timeless design, the book embodies everything that has come to symbolize the magic of Chanel in present day.  
Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh 
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The first book on the visionary designer since his passing on November 28, 2021, Louis Vuitton: Virgil Abloh shows how his relationship with fashion changed the course of history. An interesting fact is that the book has two covers (Balloon or Cartoon), one of which is taken from the Louis Vuitton’s SS22 spinoff show in Miami, with the other a sports cartoon artwork by cultural icon Reggieknow. The book is a 320-page homage to the house’s late artistic director and someone who changed the course of fashion. Featuring over 320 images and personal reflections from Virgil’s inner circle the book is split into eight chapters, one for each menswear collection and show he orchestrated. For all fashion mavericks, this is one of the fashion coffee table books, we’d encourage you to have. 
Dior: The Art of Colour  
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Looking for one fashion coffee table book that appreciates creativity? Then this one is for you. Fashion and beauty are inextricably linked, and Dior: The Art of Colour portrays the partnership of the two at Dior and how it’s panned out over the years. It’s divided into 12 chapters (White, Silver, Nude, Pink, Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Gray, and Black), each of which is named after a colour, and looks at the history of Dior cosmetics within the context of both fashion and art, as well as captures some of the most iconic makeup advertising campaigns. Anyone who loves beauty, fashion, and/or art is sure to appreciate this. 
Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows 
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The late designer Karl Lagerfeld is iconic in more ways than one. With the Met Gala’s recent homage to the designer, it’s no surprise that one of the fashion coffee table books you own should be about Lagerfeld. The book focuses on Chanel’s most influential fashion shows shot by English photographer Simon Procter which are monumental productions, requiring a level of sophistication and creativity on par with the clothes they present. In the book Procter visually re-creates the epic sets combining multiple photographs to illustrate in a single image the many perspectives of the intense but fleeting spectacle. Lagerfeld offers the reader an unparalleled look into the wide-ranging creativity of one of history’s most respected and iconic designers, making this an invaluable resource for all lovers of fashion and especially admirers of Chanel and Lagerfeld’s incomparable legacy. 
Tom Ford  
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Few designers are as iconic and classic as Tom Ford, so one of the top fashion coffee table books is the Tom Ford Book. The book showcases the connection between fashion and home decor, a homage to the fact that style is everywhere. This book is a complete catalogue of Ford’s design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. It focuses not only on Ford’s clothing and accessories designs for both houses, but also explores Ford’s grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design, and advertising.  
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Arushi Sakhuja

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