It’s all about the little things for Bottega Veneta’s Fall-Winter Collection. The luxury brand is rolling out shoes and handbags with a focus on minute, ornate details. Their women’s collection is brightly colored and fiercely feminine. Expect to see lots of embroidery, fabric overlays and elaborate prints, as well as accessories made of decadent materials like hand-painted python skin or washed ostrich. In contrast, the men’s collection features more of an austere, industrial-chic aesthetic. The clothes play with texture more than prints, and feature dark, urban tones like espresso, rust and slate, interspersed with small bursts of color. Available at LUXE Galerie, 1/F, Central Department Store Chidlom, 02-610-9808. www.bottegaveneta.com.
With a few changes from the original fragrance by Narciso Rodriguez, the shocking pink edition of, For Her in Color focuses on floral scents with notes of rose, peach pulp, vanilla and amber; while the purple edition, Essence in Color, enhances the feeling of intimate sensuality with notes of amber, iris powder and a hint of tiara blossom. This autumn collection is inspired by paper dolls. The main message is to combine both Narciso’s fashion sensibility and fragrance all in one bottle. Both editions available from October at B4,700. Try 1/F, Central Chidlom, 02-793-7777.
Thailand-born, USA-educated fashion designer Tawanna Thara launched her brand, Thara, and her first collection in Spring 2010. Characterized by a very feminine silhouette and sartorial cuts, the line is available in New York and LA. She now returns home with a new brand, Thea by Thara, for the local market. The latest collection, featuring basic pieces that pack some fun details (trim, twist and drape) in pastel colors and prints, is perfect for girly ladies. Find Thea by Thara at The Emporium (1/F) as well as online stores like www.mods.co.th and on Facebook. www.tharanyc.com
Rebel Rebel: Anti Style
by Keanan Duffty & Paul Gorman. B795 from Asia Books
Two fashion experts study the personal styles of rebel icons like David Bowie, The Sex Pistols and Gwen Stefani and see how they have inspired today’s fashion, from the classic black leather jacket, to mini-skirts and jeans.
Parisian Chic: A Style Guide
by Ines de la Fressange & Sophie Gachet. B986 from Kinokuniya
The French celeb model Ines de La Fressange, who was the first to sign a contract with Karl Lagerfeld in the 80s, reveals the top style secrets of Parisian women. The book contains tips on how to add stylish touches and charm to your life, as well as how to dress like a Parisian by mixing and matching without blowing your budget. There are also pages on Do’s and Don’ts, along with hand-drawn fashion images, some by the author herself.
Balenciaga and spain
by Hamish Bowles. B1,995 from Asia Books
If you’re into more than just their chic shopping bag, this book tells you the story of how Spanish culture, history and art have influenced the legendary Christobal Balenciaga’s perspective towards fashion and his work. Filled with lots of beautiful photo illustrations, this book is for aspiring fashion designers and hi-so ladies who want to accessorize their B90,000 coffee tables.
by Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum. B850 from Asia Books
Starting out as an online fashion blog a la The Sartorialist, Stylelikeu focuses more on digging into the homes and closets of cool and fashionable people in major cities like New York, Los Angeles and London. So, rather than shots of people posing on the streets, the book demonstrates how individual lifestyles and fashion are related. Fortunately, the book keeps unreal celebs, models and pro stylists out of the pages, so what you’ll get is something you can really aspire to.
Food, Fashion, Friends
by Fleur Wood. B1,750 from Asia Books
Style isn’t just about what you put on your back; it’s also about how you drink and dine. Passionate about styles, parties and home-cooked meals, fashion designer Fleur Wood shows us ways to put together chic events, like wild birthday parties, sophisticated fondue dinners and afternoon teas in the conservatory with the girls.
Style Book: Fashionable Inspirations
by Elizabeth Walker. B995 from Bookazine
This collection of 472 images, handpicked and edited by long-time fashion editor Elizabeth Walker, and categorized into a dozen themes, will motivate and inspire your individual style. You’ll be browsing through iconic looks from famous stars like Diana Ross, Marilyn Monroe and Louis Armstrong to no-name fashionistas.
Icons of Men’s Style
by Josh Sims. B986 from Kinokuniya
They tend to get overshadowed by women’s fashion, but the backbone pieces of men’s wardrobes each have intricate histories of their own. In this book, Josh Sims, a famous freelance fashion writer and contributor, shares the history of men’s staple pieces, from sharp suits to biker jackets.