Beauty & Fashion
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From elaborate "up-dos" to more casual braids, beautiful buns and traditional twists, Braids, Buns and Twists! is the ultimate guide to creating over 80 classic and modern hairstyles at home.
Full of luscious photographs, step-by-step diagrams and top knot(ch) tips for success, the book takes the guesswork out of best-loved hairstyles and provides readers with a wealth of information for creating showstopping hairstyles: from trend-setting styles for teens to styles for professionals, parties, casual beach days and much, much more...
Written by global hairstyle blog Hair Romance's Christina Butcher, Brains, Buns and Twists! is a comprehensive and inspirational guide to taking your hairdressing skill to a more professional level.
Let beauty expert Charlotte Knight help you look after your nails and achieve stunning results with this fantastic book.
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From high-end to the high street, the book will take you through all the basics and essential prep work needed to deliver incredible looks - including stripes, spots and Ciate's famous caviar look.
With different shapes, golden rules for the perfect paint job and an FAQ section, The Ciate Book of Nail Styling is a must-have for anyone who loves their nails to look spectacular.
If you have - or know anyone who has - a wedding coming up in the near future, How to Style Your Perfect Wedding will help them with all the planning to ensure the day is as spectacular and unforgettable as all weddings should be! Even if you're just helping to plan the day with a friend or family member, it will become an invaluable resource...
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Written by the experts at DK, the book covers everything from themes to ideas for a bridal shower and even how to add hand-made touches like bespoke bouquets to the occasion. The book also provides in-depth information on dress shapes and how you can incorporate traditions from different cultures around the world into the big day.
There are also step-by-step projects to help you tailor a wedding to a couple's personalities and variations on the projects make sure it can be unique!
Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney, presenters of hit RTE show Off the Rails will help you to resolve all your wardrobe conundrums in Your Best You: How to Work What You've Got to Look Great Every Day.
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A self-assessment guide that shows you how you can work what you've got every single day, the book is about you and the steps that you can take towards looking your best. It will help you have a clear and defined picture of what you feel you should be wearing and doing in terms of your body shape and lifestyle.
The book reveals that if you are clear and honest about these two things, you will then be able to build your wardrobe around them.
Using traditional methods that incorporate both moisturising oils and butters, How to Make Your Own Soap presents readers with a wealth of soap recipes - in traditional bars, liquid or cream form.
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Including step-by-step instructions, stunning photographs and even packaging ideas for gifting your new creations to friends and family, the book teaches how to make soaps from scratch using natural products rather than purchasing commercial alternatives.
A creative and health-promoting hobby, soap making is a hot new trend amongst hobbyists that shows no signs of slowing.
Many beauty consumers now opt for natural products and The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible is the must-have guide to the best available cosmetics and treatments.
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Written by beauty experts Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey, the book brings together everything a woman needs to know about feeling great, looking gorgeous and being naturally fabulous.
Many health and beauty products have been reliably tested by over 2,000 women and there are even recipes to create your own organic cosmetics, along with the benefits these will provide.
Millions of women throughout the world wear make-up, but few of them have been taught how to apply it.' This is what inspired leading international make-up artist Jemma Kidd's vision for her make-up school, product line and now book, which aims to teach a new generation of women how to use the latest and best formulations and techniques. Jemma Kidd Make-up is a glamorous, contemporary yet timeless make-up book that demystifies the art of make-up and shows every woman how to enhance her best features and feel confident in her appearance, whatever her age or lifestyle. Beautifully photographed and designed, it offers expert advice in an accessible and digestible way: informative text is broken down into bite-size chunks, with quotes, top tips, insider secrets and practical step-by-step instructions. With more than 10 years' experience of working in the beauty industry, Jemma Kidd shares her professional know-how and explains her fail-safe techniques for maximizing natural beauty. While sharing insights into her life as a make-up artist, with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the preparation that goes on before a catwalk show or a magazine shoot, Jemma explains how she works with the latest fashion trends to creates new looks and colour schemes, and shows how these sometimes extreme looks can be adapted and toned down for everyday wear. About the Author A former model and fashion stylist, Jemma Kidd has been a leading international make-up artist since 1999 and was nominated for make-up artist of the year at the Pantene awards in 2000. She has a weekly column in You magazine (Mail on Sunday).
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Vintage styles have never been more popular, with everyone from Madonna and Scarlett Johansson to Dita Von Teese indulging in retro glamour. Whether you want to a look you can wear day-to-day or one for a special outing or occasion, this must-have book has all you'll need to recreate the decadence and fun of vintage styles. Filled with step-by-step instructions, tips and techniques, and detailed photographs for make-up from the 1920s to the 1980s, Style Me Vintage Make Up provides everything you'll need to create authentic looks - whether you want to look like Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe or Madonna.
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Why throw out your old clothes when they can be transformed for very little money? With an eye for all things 'stylishly vintage', Mary Jane takes throw-away items and illustrates how they can be used to create a host of covetable clothes and accessories. An old tie can be turned into a purse, knitting needle holder, cute corsage and a belt. Silk scarves can make a return as a sexy top or skirt, and T-shirts as funky 40s-style turbans. "Chic on a Shoestring" will take you through - step-by-step - all you need to know to create fabulous clothes and accessories you actually want to wear, and provide you with lots of variations and inspiration to foster your own style. And with advice on how to find useful treasures at markets, charity shops and vintage stores, you will be making your own creations in no time.
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Whatever the weather - be it blistering heat or shivering cold - the elements can take their toll on your complexion. But with the hints, tips and recipes contained here, you can keep yourself in the pink! The simple step-by-steps help you make delicious beauty aids at home!
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This title comes with 280 style ideas and step-by-step techniques. It shows you how to look salon-fabulous every day, with a complete practical guide to caring for and styling your hair, from simple styles and general haircare advice to braiding, curling and elegant up-do's. It features over 85 amazing easy-to-follow step-by-step projects reveal the secrets behind creating the perfect hairstyle, and the correct way to use wigs, accessories and hats. You can learn how to achieve fantastic smooth or textured blow-dries, ponytails, buns and plaits, as well as glamorous chignons and wedding-day hair. It includes top tips on choosing a style to suit both your face shape and your lifestyle, with a picture gallery of options for different lengths and types of hair. It features an invaluable guide to products and tools, what they are for and how to use them. Whether it's a sleek bob or a more elaborate evening do that you're after, this book shows you how to achieve perfect styling results every time. The introduction explains hair structure and biology, advises on technical services, such as perming, and how to find a style to suit your lifestyle and face shape. From tousled to silky-smooth, step-by-step projects offer a master-class on everyday finishes such as buns, backcombs and one-length sets. Quick ideas for office-to-party styles and special occasions are also covered. Packed with 280 style ideas, this guide to hair and hairstyles will have you looking gorgeous every time.
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Style Yourself is just like advice from a personal stylist - whispered right into your ear. With mix-and-match tips, trend reports, DIY tricks and creative styling guidance from the world's hottest fashion bloggers, this unique and resourceful volume will equip you to look your own personal best all the time. Join these up-and coming international style icons, which include Susannah Lau - who was named Britain's top fashion blogger by The Telegraph - as they explore the international concept of style. With expert advice and hundreds of illustrations that will help you tell a stiletto from a slingback or a trench coat from a duffle (plus tons of examples of how to wear them), Style Yourself puts the entire world of fashion at your feet, and then helps you choose the perfect heels to put those feet in. So...what are you going to wear?
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This new book by bestselling soapmaking author Melinda Coss focuses on natural ingredients and provides a wonderful range of recipes for bar and liquid soaps as well as creams, lotions and balms. The techniques section covers everything you need to know to create these wonderful soaps at home and all of the equipment needed is fully explained, so even a beginner could start making soap in no time. The recipes include fruit soaps, scrub bars, skin creams and flower waters, and there is even a section on special effects for a really special treat. With such a wide choice of design, colour and scent there's bound to be something here for everyone. Melinda also includes an invaluable section on running a soapmaking business, giving essential advice for anyone looking to profit from their newfound skills.
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This charming new guide to modern life reveals the secrets of the Princess of Hollywood and how to discover your inner Grace. Jackie O, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana ...move over, darlings! Icons one and all you might be, but to our minds Grace Kelly beats you, hands down, to the No. 1 spot in history's roll call of leading ladies. Sure, most of you have inspired generations of fashionistas, some of you have lit up the silver screen, and one among you married a prince, but only Grace - model, actress, socialite and princess - has done all three, and made it look effortless. Grace Kelly remains the unchallenged embodiment of refined glamour, style and poise. Through her well-chosen roles, some canny decision making, and of course her camera-wooing good looks, she shone out on celluloid, becoming one of cinema's most adored and unforgettable actresses. And there aren't many Hollywood stars whose on-screen characters so closely resemble their real life. Her faultless beauty and playful charm captured the hearts of a succession of male co-stars, while her role as Princess Alexandra in The Swan pre-empted (as Alfred Hitchcock put it) her most enduring 'last role' as wife to the Prince of Monaco. The essential blonde riposte to the bestselling What Would Audrey Do?, this beautifully designed guide to charting a course through modern life in style offers lessons from Tinseltown's very own princess on how to handle everything from careers and cashmere, to manners and men. Grace Kelly set a standard for elegance that has inspired women ever since, What Would Grace Kelly Do? reveals her secrets.
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Tying-in to her new prime-time six-part Channel 4 show of the same name, journalist Dawn O'Porter is a woman on a mission - to ignite Britain's passion for vintage fashion! We're a nation obsessed with cheap, disposable clothing - but Dawn and her team of vintage style experts are here to show you why hunting for one-of-a-kind fashion gems is more exciting, better value for money, and a lot more fun. Are you fed up of the same old high street shops? Are you bored of your wardrobe? Do you fear arriving at a party and seeing someone wearing the same thing as you? Yes? Then it sounds like you're in need of a modern vintage makeover! This Old Thing is here to show you that vintage shopping doesn't have to mean rummaging through old cardigans at a car boot sale - instead, let Dawn introduce you to a world of beautiful and unique fashion treasures, and show you how to create a glamorous personal style that is all your own. Packed full of insider vintage fashion know-how, This Old Thing will take you through the history behind your fashion favourites (including the classic Little Black Dress...) advise you on how to find gorgeous vintage jewels of your own, and show you how a few simple tricks can turn an old item of clothing into a fabulous prized possession. Whether you're a vintage virgin or a retro clothing addict, This Old Thing is an indispensable style handbook offering even more of the vintage hints, history and how-tos shared by Dawn in the new Channel 4 series.
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An indispensable accessory as well as a key fashion statement, the handbag is portable boudoir, office, bank and emergency kit for women everywhere. With chapters on the history of the handbag, a Who's Who of style-shapers, a look at the contents women carry and an A-Z of international designers and brands, this book is the ultimate style guide for all handbag lovers. This newly updated book now includes include the 'it' bags of the twenty-first century, those on the arms of every celebrity about town and on every fashionista's wish list such as the Fendi B, Marc Jacob's Stam and Dior's Gaucho. From the classics - the Chanel quilted bag, the Hermes' Kelly, Gucci's bamboo-handled, snaffle designs and Louis Vuitton's Monogram - to artistic creations from Judith Leiber, Jamin Puech and Alexander McQueen, and celebrity favourites Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Anya Hidmarch, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga, the A-Z section profiles the most coveted and iconic designs ever. Discover, too, what your handbag says about your character and check the style dictionary to find out the varied range available and which one suits your personality - the tote, backpack, clutch, drawstring, duffel, Kelly, envelope, shoulder, minaudiere, and more. With useful hints and tips on how to accessorize and over 200 colour photos, "The Handbag" is a truly indispensable, inspirational book for the many women for whom the bag is the accessory.
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The first comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume to document the influences and life work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the most influential and talked-about icons in contemporary fashion. Featuring more than forty years of shoe design, this is the definitive monograph of the work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the titans of contemporary fashion. This book is a comprehensive survey of Blahnik's work and provides access to never-before-seen photography of his designs. Drawing inspiration from the worlds of architecture, art, film, and literature, Blahnik is a master of the art of the shoe. His exciting use of color, unprecedented designs, and exquisitely sculpted heels make his shoes some of the most coveted in the world. Featuring more than 250 iconic designs from his archive, the book reveals for the very first time the inspirations behind his singular artistic vision. With insightful chapters devoted to Blahnik's most powerful relationships and inspirations-including Marie Antoinette, Diana Vreeland, Cecil Beaton, Spanish and Italian film, the works of Goya and Velazquez and the Prado Museum-this book is a personal look into the man behind the shoes. Beautiful photography and thoughtful essays by fashion writers, curators, and colleagues give readers a unique opportunity to access Blahnik's vivid and creative-filled world.
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An exquisitely illustrated examination of the influence of fashion, as conceived by Olivier Saillard and interpreted by Tilda Swinton. The Impossible Wardrobe documents three groundbreaking exhibitions curated by Olivier Saillard and poetically brought to life by Tilda Swinton. Serving as part fashion object, part catalog, and part artist book, this work not only consists of the sole record of Swinton's critically acclaimed sold-out performances-that were by their very nature ephemeral artworks-but also serves as a unique survey of the Palais Galliera's extraordinary collection of iconic clothing. This lavish three-book set presents the three performance pieces that spanned a period of three years. In The Impossible Wardrobe (2012), Swinton walks down a runway with a selection of historically and culturally significant garments from the past 200 years. In Eternity Dress (2013), a garment is tailor-made for the actress in front of a live audience. And in the third performance in the series, Cloakroom (2014), Swinton examines the special relationship between an item of clothing and its owner. A glorious ode to fashion, The Impossible Wardrobe presents and elevates couture to a veritable art form.
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This breathtaking collection of Madeleine Vionnet's life and work has been the definitive volume on the legendary couturier for more than a decade. Now back in print with a fresh new cover, this reissue comes on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the House of Vionnet. Hailed as an 'architect among dressmakers,' Madeleine Vionnet introduced the revolutionary bias cut and created free-flowing, modern gowns that earned her an enduring spot in fashion history. This book collects over 400 photographs, sketches, and complete patterns for 30 of her most influential designs, in a gorgeous hardcover volume.
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Illustrated with fabulous images from VOGUE's archive of more than a million pictures, VOGUE: The Gown is destined to become the ultimate must-have visual sourcebook for all those who love fashion. Something about a gown's intricate construction, unashamed opulence and sheer feminine romance ignites in us the promise of fairy-tale adventure and unparalleled glamour. The magical gowns featured here give full reign to those fantasies, be they the sublime yet simple classical creations of Madame Gres, the heavenly bodies sculpted by Azzedine Alaia, the lean seductive lines of a Deco-inspired silhouette or huge tulle pouffs fit for a princess. In Vogue: The Gown Jo Ellison has curated a collection of more than 300 fabulous images and grouped them into five thematic chapters: Classical, Fantasy, Drama, Decorative and Modernist. The book provides both an evocative celebration of almost a century of fashion history while also showcasing the work of the very best photographers including Tim Walker, Mario Testino, Nick Knight, David Bailey, Herb Ritts, Norman Parkinson, Corinne Day, Cecil Beaton and Horst.
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Coco Chanel's passion for fabulous jewels, for exceptional stones, for improbable marvels, produced pieces were unparalleled in their insistence on luxury and refinement. Drawing inspiration from tradition, Chanel was never the slave of everyday formulas or mere market values. Yet she reinvented tradition in the most arresting and modern jewelry pieces, based on her love of colours, as well as her assured command of austere classical beauty. Chanel was a creature of contrasts: there was the Chanel of the most sumptuous baroque, of rococo mirrors and dazzling, playful, unrestrained jewelry; and there was the Chanel of the utmost restraint, of classicism a la francaise. Out of this dialogue between ostentation and austerity, the jewelry that Chanel created throughout her long career has been celebrated in many revivals of her exceptional taste. From the direct re-creations of the 1932 Collection to the newest interpretations of comets and stars, plumes and feathers, and Chanels signature flower, the camellia, this book is true to the spirit of her enterprise. Classic images from the archives combine with exciting new photography to bring old and new together.
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Gabrielle Coco Chanel was, without doubt, the most influential designer of the 20th century. This book honours her influence by celebrating the key elements that defined and still define her style through inspired pairings of classic and contemporary photographs. Juxtaposing fashion plates from Chanels own time with the most recent creations by Karl Lagerfeld, such as Cecil Beaton's portrait of Coco Chanel presented alongside one of Cate Blanchett by Lagerfeld himself, the resonance between archive and contemporary photographs becomes sharp, vibrant and telling. The vocabulary of Chanel's style the little black dress, baroque inspirations, androgynous chic is revealed in eleven chapters that compare original forms in the 1920s with the full range of their later expressions through every fashion era. Chanel's legendary fashion house continues to captivate a huge audience with an insatiable appetite for one of fashions undisputed style perennials.
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Designer Valentin Yudashkin has brought a contemporary Russian aesthetic to the wider world of fashion. Yudashkin is the only Russian designer to be honoured with membership in the exclusive Syndicate of High Fashion in Paris. Today he creates both luxurious haute couture and ready-to-wear lines that are shown at Fashion Week in New York, Milan and London as well as Paris. His fashions are in the collections of the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the California Museum of Fashion and other prominent public and private collections. Lavishly illustrated, this book presents the many facets of Yudashkin's beautiful work. Photographed with care and with many close-up details and also includes runway photographs and images from magazines.
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Jean Paul Gaultier celebrates the three-decade career of this provocative French fashion designer, who began as an assistant with no formal training and has risen to the rank of grand couturier. His risque and often irreverent styles-think Madonna's iconic cone bra from the 1990 Blonde Ambition tour-have earned him the designation of couture's enfant terrible. This stunning monograph explores the range of Gaultier's collections: his interpretation of modern Parisian life, play with gender roles, metropolitan style, and streetwear lines dubbed EurotrashA" and X-rated.A" Gaultier himself contributes a foreword and an extensive interview about his biography, his inspirations, and the themes of his collections, from his first in 1976 to his recent work for Kylie Minogue's international tour. Packed with images of the celebrities who have worn his bold styles, including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Marion Cotillard, and Helen Mirren, this luxurious volume is the perfect homage to a modern master.
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