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Books December 20th, 2012


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On the hunt for a gift your loved ones will cherish long after the tinsel and baubles have been taken down? These coffee table books will furnish their living room and occupy their languid afternoons for years to come…

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For the Fashion-Obsessed

There’s never a shortage of new hardbacks for fashion fans. This winter’s hottest picture-laden options include Vogue: The Editor’s Eye – a look at the work of eight of the publication’s most renowned editors; Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited – Lagerfeld’s ode to one of Coco’s most iconic and versatile designs; and American Beauty – portraits of 100 of the country’s most interesting and striking women including Lily Aldridge, Solange Knowles, and Jenna Lyons.

1. American Beauty, $65; 2. Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited, $98; 3. Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, $75

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For the Design Obsessed

Help hone their eye for immaculate design with these three innovative interiors books. Charismatic TV personality and star designer Thom Filicia takes readers inside his long-term renovation project and beloved country home in American Beauty; classic purveyors of fine fabrics Fortuny Interiors are the focus of a tome by the same name; and the work of one of the most influential US designers of the last 25 years is celebrated in Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits.

1. Fortuny Interiors, $75; 2. American Beauty, Thom Filicia, $45; 3. Rizzoli Victoria Hagan Book, $50

For the Society Obsessed

Know a bona fide social butterfly? When they’re not out painting the town red they’ll be poring over these three: High Society provides a flash of insight into one of the most notoriously exclusive social circles in history – New York’s upper-classes; Rivera Cocktail offers a vicarious glimpse of the celebrity scene in the 50s and 60s on the Rivera coast; and The World of Gloria Vanderbilt chronicles the life of an iconic heiress, painter, muse, designer, model, writer, entrepreneur, actor and irrepressible socialite.

4. The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, $40; 5. Riviera Cocktail, $39.95; 6, High Society, $65



About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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