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Make over your coffee table with 3 fashion-inspired books

Lisa Steinke, with Liz Fenton, is the co-author of the debut chick lit novel l'll Have Who She's Having and the popular Chick Lit blog chicklitisnotdead.com.

Celebrate Fashion Week, one book at a time

Consider your coffee table a blank canvas, and in the spirit of New York's Fashion Week, give it a makeover. Here are three gorgeous books to get you started.

Vogue: The Editor's Eye Vogue: The Editor's Eye

I was fortunate enough to be able to hear Anna Wintour speak recently. Not only was her insight into the world of magazine publishing fascinating, but she left us each with a copy of this gorgeous coffee table book. Filled with beautiful pictures of actresses, models and photo shoots, Vogue: The Editor's Eye focuses on the work of eight of the top editors who put together the world's top fashion magazine. This book celebrates the 120 years that Vogue has been in business and will take your breath away every time you open it (or a houseguest does) to take in the magnificent pictures.


Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style

This book looks at the evolution of fashion. From the draped fabrics of ancient times to today's high-fashion couture, Smithsonian's Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style is a gorgeous guide full of beautiful illustrations that cover 3,000 years. How was certain clothing developed? What is the history of a certain garmet? You'll be intrigued by the ever-changing world of fashion, from Egyptian dress to grunge, and the pictures are stunning. It's a perfect additon to your coffee table — a guide to more than three millennia of shifting trends and innovative developments in the world of clothing!

Love Looks Not With the Eyes: Thirteen Years With Lee Alexander McQueen Love Looks Not With the Eyes

The late Lee Alexander McQueen was a dominant force in the fashion world, so what better way to pay tribute to New York's Fashion Week than to absorb this book from cover to cover? Alexander McQueen's fashion shows are legendary because they weren't just about fashion — they were about art.

Anne Deniau was the only photographer allowed backstage by McQueen for 13 years, beginning in September 1997 and ending with the final show in March 2010. Her book is a true homage to McQueen told through the art of photography.


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