Around here, we love a good fashion book. 2012 brought us winners like Grace Coddington's memoir, the Sartorialist's second venture Closer, and the massive Kate Moss Book. Whether you're looking for a good read to help pass the long days spent inside waiting for spring, or just something pretty to go on your coffee table, we've compiled a list of the best style books being released in 2013, plus where to get them. And the releases start now. Mary Blume's hotly anticipated biography of Balenciaga hits bookstores today.
Which ones do you plan on buying?
The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World by Mary Blume Release Date: February 5, $25.00
This legendary Spanish couturier was known for being mysterious and avoiding the public eye, so this book is kind of a big deal. If you love reading about fashion history or are simply curious to get an inside look into such an extraordinary life, you'll want to pick up this biography. Plus, with the recent appointment of Alexander Wang at the fashion house, you can impress all your friends by judging whether Cristóbal himself would have approved of each upcoming collection.
Jean Patou: A Fashionable Life by Emmanuelle Polle Release Date: September 24, $95.00
Now this book sounds like it actually will elucidate the life of a famous designer. Jean Patou was a legendary French couturier who died in the mid-1930s, and the list of past designers for the house of Patou reads like a who's who of the fashion world, including Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Today the Jean Patou brand only makes fragrances, but it's important for all budding and current fashionistas to know and understand his legacy.