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Model, Photographer and Designer Picks

Throughout our many conversations with models, photographers, designers and those within our world, we’ve gathered their picks on the books they are reading and in many cases, re-reading. Now, it’s your turn to see what all of the excitement is about. Be on the lookout for these book, in the below sections.

Seasonal Picks

The latest reads from the MalenDyer Team that are perfect pairings with the beach, a coffee, a spring or summer day and so many other options.

The Annotated Lolita
By Vladimir Nabokov and Alfred Appel Jr.

Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. It’s also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love – love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

Alfred Appel Jr. appends to the text of LOLITA an exhaustive network of notes, definitions, clarifications, translations, and variations, as well as a general introduction to the novel.

Book Pick by Model Magdalene Groves.

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Beautiful Day: A Novel
by Elin Hilderbrand

Two families have gathered on Nantucket for a happy occasion: a wedding that will unite them. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event — but in reality, things are falling apart…

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Clean
By Alejandro Junger

Clean is an M.D.’s program designed to be easily incorporated into our busy schedule while providing all the practical tools necessary to support and rejuvenate our bodies. The effect is transformative: nagging health problems will suddenly disappear, extra weight will drop away, and for the first time in our lives, we will experience what it truly means to feel healthy…

Book Pick by Bianca Coletti of Bianca Coletti Swim.

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High-Rise
By J. G. Ballard

When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on “enemy” floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle…

Book Pick by Fiona Ryn of Bower Swimwear.

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Hundred Summers
by Beatriz Williams

Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer….

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The Miracle Girl
By Andrew Roe

The crowds keep coming. More and more every day, drawn by rumor and whisper and desperate wish. They come to Shaker Street to see eight-year-old Anabelle Vincent, who lies in a coma-like state–unable to move or speak. They come because a visitor experienced what seemed like a miracle and believed it happened because of Anabelle. But is this the divine at work or something else?…

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The Picture of Dorian Gray
By Oscar Wilde

In this celebrated work, his only novel, Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity…

Book Pick by Model Natalie Buchanan.

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Shantaram: A Novel
By Gregory David Roberts

This epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas – this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author.

 

Book Pick by Makeup Artist Maria Rivera and Snowboarder Olya Smeshlivaya.

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Sea Creatures: A Novel
by Susanna Daniel

When Georgia Qullian returns to her hometown of Miami, her toddler and husband in tow, she is hoping for a fresh start. They have left Illinois trailing scandal and disappointment in their wake, fallout from her husband’s severe sleep disorder. For months, their three-year-old son has refused to speak a word. Sea Creatures is a mesmerizing exploration of the high stakes of marriage and parenthood…

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A Spool of Blue Thread
By Anne Tyler

The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories reveal only part of the picture: Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets…

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Sweet Caress
By William Boyd

When Amory Clay was born, in the decade before the Great War, her disappointed father gave her an androgynous name and announced the birth of a son. But this daughter was not one to let others define her; Amory became a woman who accepted no limits to what that could mean, and from the time she picked up her first camera, one who would record her own version of events.

Moving freely between London and New York, between photojournalism and fashion photography, and between the men who love her on complicated terms, Amory establishes her reputation as a risk taker and a passionate life traveler…

Book Pick by Fleur Turner of Fleur of England.

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel
By Haruki Murakami

In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria…

Book Pick by Model Tessa Maye.

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MD Living

We love our coffee and beaches, traveling, culture, sailing and the arts. Here, you’ll find books that inspire us, outside of models and fashion.

Be in a Treehouse: Design / Construction / Inspiration
By Pete Nelson

[This book is] a comprehensive source of inspiration and practical information about treehouse design and construction. To ignite the imagination, Nelson presents 27 treehouses in the United States, Europe, and Africa. The book will be indispensable to anyone who aspires to have a treehouse, from the armchair dreamer, to the amateur builder, to the professional contractor…

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Beaches
By Gray Malin

Gray Malin’s awe-inspiring aerial photographs of beaches around the world are shot from doorless helicopters, creating playful and stunning celebrations of light, shape and perspective, as well as summer bliss. Combining the spirit of travel, adventure, luxury and artistry, Malin built his eponymous lifestyle brand from a deep passion for photography and interior design…

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Breaking Stones: 1963-1965 A Band on the Brink of Superstardom
By Terry O’Neill and Gered Mankowitz

A book that captures the youth, the times and the spirit of The Rolling Stones’ formative early years. Featuring many rare and unseen photos, contact sheets and original articles from the Record Mirror (1963), Evening Standard (1964) and Detroit Free Press (1965) and includes quotes from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman…

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Coffee Obsession
By DK

More than 150 million Americans drink coffee each day. We’re not the only nation obsessed: More than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world each day.

In Coffee Obsession, we take a journey through the coffee-producing nations around the world, presenting the different styles, flavors, and techniques used to brew the perfect cup. We explore how coffee gets from bean to cup in each region, and what that means for the final product…

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In the Hamptons: My Fifty Years with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, and Celebrities
By Dan Rattiner

Long before the Hamptons became famous for its posh parties, paparazzi, and glitterati, it was a sleepy backwater of fishing villages and potato farms, literary luminaries and local eccentrics. As the editor and publisher of the area’s popular free newspaper, Dan’s Papers, Dan Rattiner, has been covering the daily triumphs, community intrigues, and larger-than-life personalities for nearly fifty years.

A colorful insider’s account of life, love, scandal, and celebrity, In the Hamptons is an intimate portrait of a place and the people who formed and transformed it, from former residents like Andy Warhol and Willem de Kooning, colorful locals like bar owner Bobby Van and shark fisherman Frank Mundus (who the character Quinn from Jaws was based on), and literary figures like John Steinbeck and Truman Capote, to present-day stars like Bianca Jagger and Billy Joel…

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Island Home: A Landscape Memoir
By Tim Winton

“I grew up on the world’s largest island.” This apparently simple fact is the starting point for Tim Winton’s beautiful, evocative and sometimes provocative memoir of how this unique landscape has shaped him and his writing. Island Home is the story of how that relationship with the Australian landscape came to be and how it has determined his ideas, his writing and his life. It is also a passionate exhortation for all of us to feel the ground beneath our feet.

Book Pick by First Base Founder, Alison Cotton.

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Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs
By Michael Blann

The mountains of Europe have many different meanings for different people. For the locals they are a way of life; for visitors they represent breathtaking beauty, active holidays, and peaceful moments. For cyclists, however, the dramatic landscapes mean something quite different: suffering, pain, agony―and glory. From the Ardennes to the Alps, for over a century the mountains have provided the setting for the greatest cycling contests, where human determination and willpower can triumph over nature and opponents.

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Pool Party
By Johnny Pigozzi

Who wouldn’t want to see or be seen frolicking poolside with Mick Jagger, Naomi Campbell, and Uma Thurman on the Côte d’Azur? Pool Party celebrates the parties and poolside social scene at bon vivant Johnny Pigozzi’s swimming pool in Antibes, France. Royals, captains of industry, supermodels, rock stars, artists, movie stars, politicians, and everyone who is anyone has gathered around the famous blue pool at Villa Dorane. This book contains more than 100 iconic and unpublished photos from the personal archives of Johnny Pigozzi, spanning six decades, from the 1950s to the present day…

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Sailing
By Onne van der Wal

From the eye of a world-class sailor through the lens of a world-class photographer, this grand-scale book takes the reader on a voyage around the world, capturing the joy, excitement, and serenity of sailing. As a professional sailor, Onne van der Wal has skippered boats of many kinds, raced yachts in every climate, and crossed the Atlantic more than ten times. When Olympus Cameras gave him a camera to document his Dutch team’s Whitbread Round the World Race in 1981, he discovered his second passion: photography. Over a lifetime devoted to sailing, van der Wal has accrued an unparalleled archive of the most evocative and beautiful photography of the pursuit in all its varied forms, from classic yacht racing around Newport, R.I., to beautiful schooners drifting outside St. Tropez, and from peaceful catamaran expeditions through the silent Antarctic to intense Grand Prix races around the coast of Australia…

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Silver Springs: The Underwater Photography of Bruce Mozert
By Gary Monroe

During the heyday of Florida theme parks, Bruce Mozert created some of the most memorable kitsch photography of the era. His underwater shots of beautiful models in crystal-clear waters were sent out on wire services and helped establish Silver Springs as Florida’s premier tourist attraction. In the 1950s, his work helped lure the postwar generation to a land of fantastic, tropical and mass-produced amusement.

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Models & Muses

We find inspiration in many ways, from nature to our travels and of course, from models. Here, you will find books centered around models and in some cases, our muses, and that have inspired us.

Angels
By Russell James

Russell James has spent 15 years being the primary photographer for the lovely and fascinating women who have been featured by Victoria’s Secret over the years, including Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, and Alessandra Ambrosio, to name a few. This ample volume showcases these heavenly representations of womanhood in all their splendor…

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Ballet for Life
By Mary Helen Bowers (Author) Inez and Vinoodh (Photography)

After a career with the New York City Ballet, Mary Helen Bowers created Ballet Beautiful, a fitness and lifestyle program inspired by ballet’s artistry and athleticism. Designed to give anyone a ballerina body, Bowers’s targeted exercises tone and lengthen muscles, develop good posture, and teach grace in movement. Since launching in 2008, Bowers and her training have been sought after by celebrities and models (Alexa Chung, Liv Tyler, and Miranda Kerr, to name a few), as well as thousands of women across the globe through their streaming service…

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Birds of Britain
By John d Green

Birds of Britain 1967 Book By John d Green features Patti Boyd, Jane Asher, Chrissie Shrimpton, Marianne Faithfull, among others. These portraits were taken by by John d Green with help of art director David Tree. Printed in 1967…

Read more about John d Green and his “Birds” in our interview with the photographer, John d Green On His First-Ever ‘Birds of Britain’ Exhibit and On Photographing the Birds.

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Brigitte Bardot: My Life in Fashion
By Henry-Jean Servat (Author) and Brigitte Bardot (Contributor)

Legendary actress Brigitte Bardot led fashion revolutions throughout her career; this retrospective includes BB’s comments on her iconic style in a rare, intimate interview. Brigitte Bardot is a style icon whose legacy has undeniably shaped the face of fashion as we know it. She was discovered by a magazine editor at only 14 years old, her career blossomed as the world emerged from the ashes of World War II. She found fame and admiration on the big screen in the 1950s and then became the fiery sex symbol of the groovy and liberated 1960s. Over the course of her career, all of the great French designers—including Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain, and Pierre Cardin—outfitted Bardot on- and offscreen…

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A Healthy You: Boost Your Energy, Live Cleaner, and Look and Feel Younger Every Day
By Carol Alt

Carol Alt, model, actress, raw food expert, entrepreneur and host of the Fox News health and wellness show A Healthy You, offers her unique blend of alternative and practical diet, fitness, beauty and aging advice to help you live healthier everyday…

Book Pick by Beauty Professional Clémence von Mueffling.

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Heaven
By Frank De Mulder

Frank De Mulder is synonymous with erotic photography of the highest caliber. Known as a leader in his field, he endeavors to connect us with each model’s unique personality. All his images are both highly original and sensually compelling. This season marks the publication of the fourth book of his critically acclaimed and internationally renowned nude photography. Entitled Heaven, those who browse these pages will certainly enter a fantastical realm. Thoroughly charged with eroticism, these works have a sophistication few others approach. Each composition is complex, combining a daring spirit with a nuanced sensibility…

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Kate: The Kate Moss Book
By Kate Moss and editors Fabien Baron, Jess Hallett and Jefferson Hack

This book is a highly personal retrospective of Kate Moss’s career, tracing her evolution from “new girl with potential” to one of the most iconic models of all time.

Kate Moss began modeling as a teenager and achieved recognition when photographs of her shot by Corinne Day appeared in British magazine The Face. She made her so-called “waif” mark as a counterpoint in the 90s to then-dominant, Amazonian supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Linda Evangelista…

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Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women
By Michael Gross

The definitive story of the international modeling business—and its evil twin, legalized flesh peddling—Model is a tale of beautiful women empowered and subjugated; of vast sums of money; of sex and drugs, obsession and tragic death; and of the most unholy combination in commerce: stunning young women and rich, lascivious men.

Investigative journalist Michael Gross takes us into the private studios and hidden villas where models play and are preyed upon, and tears down modeling’s carefully constructed façade of glamour to reveal the untold truths of an ugly trade…

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Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion
By Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker—fashion authority, photographer, and host of Oxygen’s The Face—presents 50 of the most influential models from the 1940s to today through a wealth of full-color photographs from the world’s most renowned fashion photographers and an anecdotal text that reveals each woman’s indelible place in the pantheons of fashion and popular culture.

Interweaving 200 gorgeous photographs and informative and entertaining anecdotes, Models of Influence profiles 50 women who have made an unforgettable impression on fashion, the modeling industry, and our notions of beauty. Eight chronological chapters, each of which spotlight an era, feature the stories and images of women who made their mark…

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Monica Bellucci
By Monica Bellucci

An exquisite tribute to Italy’s most important contemporary model and actress. As a model, Monica Bellucci graced the covers of magazines such as Elle and Esquire before achieving success as an actress whose notable appearances include roles in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Matrix Reloaded, The Passion of the Christ, and The Matrix Revolutions. This glamorous volume features 150 of the most exquisite, sensual photographs of Bellucci throughout her twenty-year career taken by the world’s most important photographers, including Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton, Fabrizio Ferri, Richard Avedon, and Ellen von Unwerth…

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Snaps: Ellen Von Unwerth
By Ellen Von Unwerth and Ingrid Sischy

A former model, Ellen Von Unwerth has since become one of the foremost fashion photographers, shooting the Guess jeans campaign for years. This volume reproduces her gritty fashion, portraiture, and nudes with photos of Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Isabella Rossellini, and Madonna, among many others…

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Walking with the Muses: A Memoir
By Pat Cleveland

New York in the sixties and seventies was glamorous and gritty at the same time, a place where people like Warhol, Avedon, and Halston as well their muses came to pursue their wildest ambitions, and when the well began to run dry they darted off to Paris. Though born on the very fringes of this world, Patricia Cleveland, through a combination of luck, incandescent beauty, and enviable style, soon found herself in the center of all that was creative, bohemian, and elegant…

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Fashion

We are always on the lookout for new inspiration, as it relates to fashion. It is a mission of ours to ensure we bring you a blend of beach style with high fashion. And, here are some books that help us to make that happen.

Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin
By Andrew Wilson

Behind the confident facade and bad-boy image, lay a sensitive soul who struggled to survive in the ruthless world of fashion. As the pressures of work intensified, McQueen became increasingly dependent on the drugs that contributed to his tragic end. Meanwhile, in his private life, his failure to find lasting love in a string of boyfriends only added to his despair. And then there were the dark secrets that haunted his sleep. A modern-day fairy tale infused with the darkness of a Greek tragedy…

Book Pick by First Base Founder, Alison Cotton.

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Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco
By Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha

Best known for dazzling illustrations in Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, the New York Times, Interview, and for high fashion labels, Antonio Lopez (1943–1987) was a force majeur in the fashion world for three decades. In the ‘60s, Lopez’s vibrant illustrations helped usher youth culture into the pages of magazines, setting a new, free-flowing, sexually liberated standard for fashion imagery. Living in Paris during the 70s with his creative partner Juan Ramos, Lopez launched the modeling careers of Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, and Jessica Lange among others, worked with design royalty like Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, and cultivated a soigné nightlife persona in the blistering-hot underground clubs of Paris…

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Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent
By Carine Roitfeld

Karl Lagerfeld once said that if you close your eyes and imagine the ideal French woman, it would be Carine Roitfeld. She is a fashion visionary and a muse. Since the start of her career in the early 1990s, through her collaborations with the legendary photographer Mario Testino, Roitfeld has been credited with launching Tom Ford’s career at Gucci, as well as turning French Vogue into one of the industry’s most worshiped magazines…

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Helmut Newton: Polaroids
By Helmut Newton

Throughout his career, Helmut Newton used polaroids not just for their poetics but as a crucial tool for testing lighting and composition before a shoot began. Many photographers threw these tests away. Luckily for us, Newton kept his, allowing his widow June Newton to assemble this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at some of his greatest shoots, from the classic nudes in Milan to latex-clad shots in St. Tropez…

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Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
By Paul Martineau

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style traces the life and career of the iconic photographer through a compelling selection of renowned, as well as previously unpublished, photographs and two insightful essays. Herb Ritts (1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for distinctive images of fashion models, nudes, and celebrity portraits. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ritts was sought out by leading fashion designers such as Armani, Gianfranco Ferrè, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Valentino, and Versace, among others, to lend glamour to their products and layouts. Largely self-taught, Ritts developed his own style, one that often made use of the California light and landscape and helped to separate his work from his New York-based peers…

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La Perla: Lingerie and Desire
By Isabella Cardinali

La Perla is celebrated for its sophisticated, sexy and beautifully designed and crafted lingerie. The company was founded by Ada Masotti, an artisan skilled in the tradition of handcrafted Italian corsetry, in 1954 when she opened a small lingerie boutique in Bologna. She combined her impeccable craftsmanship and understanding of women’s bodies to fulfill their growing desire to possess undergarments that were not only functional but also beautiful and alluring… The book first pays homage to the Italian craftsmanship, including the use of fine Italian fabrics, that helped to establish La Perla as the maker of sophisticated couture lingerie, and that continues with today’s collections to set the company apart from other brands…

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Mario Testino: In Your Face
By Mario Testino

Mario Testino’s boundless talent with a camera must be maddening for other photographers working in a highly competitive field, but he remains one of the most revered stars in his profession. Often imitated and never equaled, Testino is graced with a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. When Testino gets “in your face” he captures you at your best—and that is what makes him the best…

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Ralph Lauren
By Ralph Lauren

Over the course of Ralph Lauren’s career, the images of luxury, adventure and beauty that he created have come to define American style. In part one, we get to know the designer through never-before-seen pictures of him in private life and with his family,. In the second part, he writes about his most important, most iconic and most beloved work [from his professional career]…

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A Third Decade of Guess Images
By Paul Marciano

Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of Guess, this volume traces the fashion house’s remarkable journey, combining art and the power of sensuality. Known for its sultry ad campaigns and clothes that fit the body as much as the imagination, Guess has navigated the past thirty years as a leading visionary company founded on a belief that small miracles can turn into infinite success… This book explores the sultry Guess girls, the groundbreaking designs, and startling bold images that define the Guess experience and continue to take the pulse of the heartbeat of fashion.

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