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5 New Style and Design Books Perfect for Your Coffee Table

The season’s most anticipated style monographs.
IMAGE RIZZOLI/ THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART/ PHAIDON/ LANNOO
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1. A.P.C. Transmission (Phaidon)


Founded by Jean Touitou in 1987, fashion brand A.P.C. embodies its French roots to a T. Always understated and quietly chic, never too bold or dramatic, its ready-to-wear collections have earned an enthusiastic following through the years. Coinciding with its 30th anniversary is the launch of a visual diary featuring never-before-seen designs and photographs of memorabilia. To order at National Book Store.

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2. Margiela: The Hermès Years (Lannoo)


A tribute to Martin Margiela’s sixyear stint as Hermès creative director (from 1997 to 2003), the book revisits the reclusive designer’s beloved past collections, which continue to inspire and influence fashion design movements within and beyond Hermès. To order at National Book Store.

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3. London Uprising: Fifty Fashion Designers, One City (Phaidon)


An insider’s guide to the evolution of London’s fashion scene over the last 15 years, the book profiles 50 of the city’s most celebrated designers, from Paul Smith and J.W. Anderson to Simone Rocha and Stella McCartney, and provides an intimate glimpse of their workspaces. Available at National Book Store.

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4. Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between (The Metropolitan Museum Of Art)


Accompanying “Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garcons,” the theme of the Met Gala and subject of the Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017, this collector’s edition coffee-table book comes with a slipcase and includes a foldout poster. Here, Andrew Bolton, head curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Costume Institute, reveals what he can about the notoriously enigmatic fashion designer’s life and aesthetic. To order at National Book Store.

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5. Rick Owens: Furniture (Rizzoli)


Published on the occasion of the stark and sophisticated furniture line’s 10th anniversary, Rick Owens: Furniture chronicles the American fashion designer’s foray into industrial design as well as his creative collaboration with his wife and muse, Michéle Lamy, who takes a rare step into the limelight in this volume. To order at National Book Store.

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This story was originally published in the September 2017 issue of Town&Country.

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