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Decorating with Books

For every fashion enthusiast, keeping abreast of the industry tastemakers and influences both past and present is key for your fashion IQ – and to decorate your apartment. We’re talking fashion coffee table books and their duality as beautiful objets d’art (and conversation starters!) to adorn your shelves and as lessons in fashion from the greats. Here you have our hand-picked top 10 list, ranging from the beginner’s guide to fashion, Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels, to the new print magazine, Rookie Yearbook One, by the youngest member accepted into the fashion industry, Tavi. And, let’s not forget the color bible, Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color, which breaks down every color by name.

Though these didn’t make the cut, Carine Roitfeld’s Irreverent and Opening Ceremony’s self-titled 10-year anniversary book, Opening Ceremony, are both new, notable and deserve a spot on your coffee table.

1. FASHION: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels

2. Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style

3. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

4. Christian Louboutin

5. Yves Saint Laurent

6. Rookie Yearbook One

7. What On Earth Are You Wearing: An Encyclopedia of Fashion

8. Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color

9. Annie Leibovitz at Work

10. In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine