It's tough to believe that we are in the midst of the holiday season already, but here we are nonetheless. If you are looking for perfect gifts to delight your favorite fashionistas, check out the list of literary items below which either reference the Roitfeld family or were designated as a Roitfeld favorite. These gifts are guaranteed to make stylish folks smile upon receipt.
Vogue Paris subscription
Imagine your beloved singing your praises ten times a year due to just one gift...with a subscription to Vogue Paris, it is possible you'll be thanked ten times for the gift! Amazing return on one's investment, non ? Make someone very happy...times ten.
Vogue Hommes International subscription
May I suggest a subscription for him: Carine Roitfeld's other pet project, Vogue Hommes International. Makes nice eye candy for you, too, and it's written in English so you need not know French to enjoy it.
Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion
Carine Roitfeld's work as a stylist is honored in this beautifully designed and printed volume, Stylist, perfect for the minimalist coffee table. It's a pleasure to browse, especially because the different artists featured have quite distinctive styles; in many cases these are the creators responsible for the iconic fashion images of today.
New Paris Interiors
The book showcases the Parisian apartment of Carine Roitfeld and Christian Restoin, a glorious space as created by David Chipperfield. At once classical and modern, simple and elegant, it is the perfect backdrop to the living work of art that inhabits the space. Bonus: New Paris Interiors gives you access to the homes of many others with unique and amazing style throughout Paris, complete with photographs of their individual selections and collections.
Maison Martin Margiela
Carine Roitfeld contributed to the writing of this stylish book, it's a beauty. I so admire the cover treatment, it is perfectly suited to its subject matter. Does anyone know the book designer? I have yet to get a peek at it myself, but the reviews I've read are very positive.
Egon Schiele: Drawings and Watercolors
Carine Roitfeld's favorite artist is Egon Schiele, an Austrian Expressionist; I utterly concur. Schiele produced an astounding ouevre of hundreds of oil paintings and thousands of watercolors and drawings before his untimely death in 1918, he was only twenty-eight. This beautiful edition collects his work, with each chapter representing one year in Schiele's short life. Richard Avedon wrote the foreword.
Helmut Newton: Sumo
When dressing, Carine Roitfeld often imagines herself as the subject of a Helmut Newton photo, focusing on the strength of the black and white image. Check out Taschen's release of a new edition of the infamous and elusive Helmut Newton: Sumo, it is a substantial collection of the influential work of this seminal fashion photographer.
Raphael Mazzucco Collected Art
What makes Raphael Mazzucco Collected Art the perfect book for any of the style conscious on your list? The foreword is written by Carine Roitfeld, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld considers it among his favorite books, it is the first published work of the photographer and painter, only a thousand copies exist, what could be better? Good luck finding a copy...
Indochine: Stories, Shaken and Stirred
The fashion haunt Indochine in Manhattan celebrates 25 years of merrymaking and this beautiful book captures the beautiful people spending time making this the hallowed fashion hangout for over a quarter of a century...That statistic is truly impressive in terms of fashion years.
This book catalogs Tom Ford's work for Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci during the years 1994 to 2004. Carine Roitfeld keeps it on her coffee table and she is proud of the work featured in it that she did with Ford. It includes hundreds of photographs by Richard Avedon, Todd Eberle, Craig McDean, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Terry Richardson, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, and others; many of the images were previously unpublished.
Helmut Newton photograph of woman in saddle © 2008 Taschen. All Rights Reserved.
Vogue Paris cover image © 2009 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.
Book cover images courtesy of Amazon.