Editors’ Holiday Pick: Ten Coffee Tables Books for Fashionistas

It’s time for some last-minute holiday shopping. But it’s freezing, and you’re already backed with some many holiday duties. Get into your comfy jammies, brew yourself a nice cup of tea (or pour yourself a glass of wine) and check out these amazing fashion tabletop books that will have anyone squealing with joy.

Fashion Reverie will include an Amazon link to each item but Amazon is pretty slammed this time of year. Be sure to check delivery times and consider smaller independent outlets like powells.com or strandbooks.com. Can’t get it delivered by Christmas? These holiday treats are worth the wait.

Vogue: Living Country City Coast

Our first book is extravagantly illustrated with stunning photographs of breathtaking homes and gardens belonging to titans of the fashion, design, art, and society. Celebrated photographers including François Halard, Oberto Gili, Mario Testino, and others captured the images in this book. If this tome doesn’t inspire you to make redecoration your home your New Year’s resolution, I don’t know what will! 

Handbags: A Love Story: Legendary Designs from Azzedine Alaïa to Yves Saint Laurent

Fashion Reverie knows that handbags are vital, not just as a practical way to transport items but to display your taste and complete your outfit. This extravagant full-color anthology by renowned designer Monica Botkier celebrates 70 years of the most coveted handbags from world-famous designers and legendary international couture houses.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen was one of the most influential, provocative, controversial, and imaginative figures of the 20th century, using the lens of fashion to challenge notions of sexuality, gender, class, religion, and technology. Developed as a companion piece to Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition (compiled by the Costume Institute) on his work, Savage Beauty follows McQueen’s career from a struggling designer to his triumph as a leading London fashion house. Andrew Bolton examines McQueen’s groundbreaking work marrying the worlds of fashion, technology, and performance art.


 Grace: The American Vogue Years 

The legendary work of American Vogue editor Grace Coddington is showcased in this elegant publication that features the work of seventeen accomplished photographers who have worked with Coddington. This book is not inexpensive, but it is an investment that will bring beauty to your home for years.

Helmut Newton: SUMO, Revised by June Newton XL 

Measuring almost two feet long and weighing 65 pounds (in hardcover) this tribute to one of the fashion industry’s most intriguing, and influential artists of all time is a true work of art. You can find used copies online that will shave the price down on this book which some reviews have referred to as a “piece of history,” featuring 480 images.

Juergen Teller: Woo! 

This paperback is one of the more affordable options for the holidays.  The idea for this publication came about as an extension of the exhibition Juergen Teller: Woo! held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2013. This an assortment of images spanning a 20-year period, including family portraits, magazine assignments, ad campaigns, landscapes and various personal projects. Teller is notorious for his rejection of the ultra-slick glamorous images fashion prefers, embracing more unpolished gritty aesthetic.

Yves Saint Laurent 

Yves Saint Laurent’s instantly recognizable designs were some of the biggest influences on fashion for the second half of the 20th century. Published in hardcover in 2010, Yves Saint Laurent, the first comprehensive retrospective of his life’s work, was created as an accompaniment for an exhibition of some 250 garments from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent at the Petit Palais in Paris.

Tom Ford 

Tom Ford has emerged as a powerful voice in fashion and pop culture. In 2008, Ford compiled this book of designs himself showcasing his early years at Yves Saint Laurent to his move to Gucci. His designs increased sales at Gucci tenfold and have helped build the Gucci brand into the luxury goods conglomerate that it is today.

Elsa Schiaparelli’s Private Album 

It is downright criminal more people aren’t aware of the amazing Elsa Schiaparelli. Elsa Schiaparelli is one of the most important couturiers and taste-makers of the 20th century. She numbered among her collaborators the artists Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau, Christian Berard, and Marcel Vernet, resulting in such extraordinary couture collaborations as the lobster and parsley dress, based on a print by Salvador Dalí, and the Circus collection of gold-embroidered jackets, based on drawings by Cocteau. Marisa Berenson reveals her private archive of pictures of her much-loved grandmother’s house in all its wit and eccentricity.

Charles James: Designer in Detail 

Charles James (1906–1978) with his innovative ideas and huge personality was one of the most sought-after couturiers of his day.  Without formal training, he created some of the most ambitious and dramatic couture of the 20th century. This table top book by Timothy Long features illustrations, new garment photography, and archival material, as well as examining James’ geometric rigor and passion for materials.

Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People 

The first Monday in May is a legendary day in New York as it’s the day of the social event of the season, the ultra glamorous Met Gala. It serves as an opening day for the Costume Institute’s new exhitbit.   The show’s opening-night gala, produced in collaboration with Vogue magazine and attended by the likes of Beyoncé, George Clooney, and Hillary Clinton, is regularly referred to as the East Coast Party of the Year. Authored and edited by Hamish Bowles, Chloe Malle with an introduction by Anna Wintour, the book covers the Costume Institute’s history, providing behind the scenes access. This tome presents the Costume Institute’s exhibits alongside the Vogue photo shoots that inspired them.


—Cameron Rose Grey


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of December 11, 2017

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

BRAND: Jonathan Simkai Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/13–12/14, Wed.–Thurs. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at a discount

WHERE: Jonathan Simkhai Studio, 252 West 37th Street, 3rd Floor

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BRAND: Archivio Temporary Store Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/13–12/16, 10am–7pm

WHY: Discounts on Spring 2017 collections

WHERE: Piazza Tricolore 4, First Floor, Ring 48, Milan, Italy


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BRAND: Adam Lippes Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/15–12/19, Friday (8:30am–7pm), Sat. (11am–4pm), Mon. and Tues. (8:30am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing at a discount; including design stock and samples.

WHERE: Adam Lippes NoMad Showroom, 1133 Broadway, Suite 426

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BRAND: Desigual Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/19–12/21, Tues.–Thurs. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s and kids’ clothing and accessories at a discount. All sales are final.

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor




Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of December 4, 2017

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Alice & Olivia Sample SaleWHEN: 12/05–12/10, Tues. (8am–8pm), Wed. (9am–8pm), Thurs. (10am–8pm), Fri. (9am–8pm), Sat. (10am–7pm), and Sunday (10am­–4pm)

WHY: Florals, sequins, beading, velvet, leather and more from the beloved brand from up to 70% off.

WHERE: 260 5th Avenue

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BRAND: Gilded Age Holiday Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/08–12/09, Fri.–Sat. (10am–7pm)

WHY: Menswear at 60%–80% off retail prices. The sale will include gifts for men, home, cabin, and accessories. Shop jeans, pants, shirts, knits, winter jackets and coats, shoes, ties, and more.

WHERE: 580 Broadway, Suite 1204

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BRAND: Tory Burch 2017 Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/05–12/10, Tues, (1am–7pm), Wed.–Fri. (11am–7pm), Sat–Sun (11am–6pm)

WHY: Clothing, footwear and handbags at a discount; all sizes available.

WHERE: 261 West 36th Street, 2nd Floor

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BRAND: Domenico Vacca Women’s and Men’s 2017 Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/11–12/13, Mon.–Tues. (10am–7pm), Wed. (10am-1pm)

WHY: 60% off samples

WHERE: 15 West 55th Street

BRAND: Designer Secret Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/11–12/14, Mon.–Thurs. (9am–6pm)

WHY: Red Valentino, Marchesa, Alberta Ferreti M Missoni, and others we CAN’T mention—Everything 70%–80% Off sale event. All sizes will be available. Shop for men and women including eveningwear, sportswear, accessories, outerwear, handbags, shoes, wallets, and even small gift items such as couture tree ornaments and much more.

 WHERE: 49 W. 38th Street, (btw. 5th & 6th Ave.)




Editors’ Pick: Cargo x Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi Nail Polish

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We may be living in dark times, but there is still light at the end of tunnel. During a holiday season that can be stressful, as well as expensive, it is comforting to know that at those very special holiday celebrations you can be look chic and on-trend. Looking great can be your light at the end of busy tunnel of holiday hustle and bustle.Cargo Cosmetics’ light at the end of the tunnel is its new Cargo x Star Wars Episode VIII the Last Jedi Nail Polish. In this eighth “Star Wars” episode “The Last Jedi,” having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn, and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

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Inspired by the fierce division between the light and dark sides of the Force, Cargo x Star Wars Episode VIII the Last Jedi Nail polish delivers opaque coverage in just one to two coats. The colors offer a mix of richly pigmented, high shine lacquers and metallic chrome and shimmer finishes. The limited edition 4-piece kit of ultra luxurious nail lacquers offers a quick-drying, high gloss, chip resistant formula that is formaldehyde free.Nail polish shades are Restore the Republic (Silver Shimmer), Praetorian Guard (True Red), The Force (Cobalt Blue), and Rule the Galaxy (Metallic Gold). The 4-piece kit retails for $22. And for more information about other Cargo Cosmetics’ products, go to cargocosmetics.com.

“Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi” opens nationally in theatres on December 15. May the Force be with you!!


Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of November 27, 2017

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: J Crew Men’s 2017 Sample SaleWHEN: 11/27–12/03, Mon.–Sat. (10am–8pm), Sun. (10am-5pm)

WHY: Enjoy up to 60% off Fall and Winter collection 

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street


BRAND: Nancy Gonzalez Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/02–12/05, Sat.–Mon. (9am–6:30pm), Tues. (9am–5pm)

WHY: Luxury handbags at a discount

WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street

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BRAND: Marchesa Stock & Sample Sale

WHEN: 12/04–12/06, Mon.–Wed. (10am–6pm)

WHY: 33 East 33rd Street, bet. Madison & Park Avenues, 12th Floor

WHERE: Couture gowns and cocktail dresses up to 80% off.




Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of November 22, 2017

Wednesday Sample Sale: Week of November 12, 2017

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Also, some sample sales won’t let you try on garments, so know your size. Happy Shopping!! For information on Fashion Reverie’s Black Friday roundup go to:

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BRAND: HEIKE 2017 Sample SaleWHEN: 11/20–11/23; Monday–Friday (11am–7pm) after 6pm, call 212-764-0878, and the staff will open doors.

WHY: Fashion at a major discount, especially on Black Friday

WHERE: 306 West 38th Street, # 1502

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BRAND: Stepher F Black Friday Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/23–11/26

WHY: Trousers in wool and velvet in a diversity of colors up to 60% off

WHERE: Stephen F Flagship Store, 36 Little West 12th Street

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BRAND: Romona Keveza Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/24–11/28; By appointment only. Call 212-207-1080 or email onerocknyc@romonakeveza.com to set up an appointment.

WHY: 50%–90% off

WHERE: One Rockefeller Plaza, The Penthouse



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BRAND: Escada Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/25–11/30; Sat. (9am–6:30pm), Sun.–Thurs. (10am–6:30pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing and accessories at a discount

WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street, (just West of 8th Avenue)




Editors’ Pick: Katy Perry’s INDI Fragrance

Katy Perry is everywhere!! And that’s a good thing!! In addition to Katy’s music market saturation with a slew of hit singles and being the current host of “The Voice,” Katy has become a fashion icon. Katy Perry has the Katy Perry Collection with Covergirl. And there is also Katy Perry’s shoe collection.

For most celebrities, that would be more than enough market saturation; but not for Katy. You can now add to Katy Perry’s brand explosion her new fragrance from Coty Fragrances, INDI.

This is a brave move on the part of Coty Fragrances and Katy Perry. Celebrity fragrances traditionally have the shortest shelf life of all commercial fragrances. And though this fragrance statistic still holds true, depending on the celeb, the shelf life may be truncated, but there can be a lot of ka-ching in the short term. Katy and Coty Fragrance are betting on this!!

INDI is a one-of-a-kind seductive musk fragrance that elevates the senses. The fragrance is artfully crafted with 11 different musks that blend beautifully with open notes of oriental plum and Italian bergamot. The combination of fresh muguet and white cedar wood mingle with the velvety warmth of amber and vanilla in the background. Katy Perry’s INDI fragrance is as unique as the consumers that will wear the fragrance.

“The amber and musk combination in Katy Perry’s INDI gives off instant gratification of softness and comfort that I think a lot of people car relate to. I think that’s way it’s a fragrance that can be perfect for anyone. There is a softness to it that is so pleasant when you when you wear it, it makes you feel warm and cozy, perfect for the holiday season,” Caroline Sabas Givaudon, creator of Katy Peri’s INDI.

In this upcoming 2017 season of giving, remember, fragrances can conjure up memories of home, warmth, and familiarity; all great holiday emotions that are trending for 2017. Firmenich perfumer, Frank Voelkl, agrees, “each scent you experience becomes mixed with emotions. When you experience that same scent, it not only sparks a memory, but emotions as well. Our memories feel so much stronger in that moment because we almost get to relive them—feeling the same joy, or excitement, or comfort as the very first time.”

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Let INDI with fragrance notes that evoke emotions of comfort and softness be your choice for the holidays! Katy Perry’s INDI is available exclusively on walgreens.com and retail for $24.99–$45.00.—Staff

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of November 15, 2017

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

Also, some sample sales won’t let you try on garments, so know your size. Happy Shopping!!

BRAND: Mahna Mahna Designer 2017 Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/14–11/21 (closed 11/18 and 11/19); Mon.–Fri. 11am–6pm)

WHY: Save up to 95% off retail prices on the following items and many more: Chanel, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Lanvin, and Tom Ford

WHERE: 134 Spring Street, #304

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BRAND: Gant 2017 Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/14–11/22; Tue (10am–8pm), other days (10am–7pm)

 WHY: Discounts on men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories

WHERE: 151 Wooster Street

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BRAND: Marc Jacobs Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/15–11/19; Wed.­–Sat. (9am–8pm), Sunday(10am–5pm)

WHY: Up to 85% off men’s and women’s RTW & accessories

WHERE: 150 Greene Street



BRAND: Elizabeth Gillett fall/winter 2017 Sample Sale

WHEN: 11/16–11/17; Thurs.–Fri. (10am–5pm)

WHY: Scarves, wraps, kimonos, and cover-ups at a discount 

WHERE: 260 West 36th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue, Suite #802


Editors’ Pick: NICOPANDA x UO

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For those who have wondered what Nicola Formichetti has been doing since his departure from MUGLER in 2013 and his exit as creative directorship at Vogue Hommes Japan in 2012, you only have to take notice of NICOPANDA, the clothing brand Nicola created with his brother Andrea in 2015. Based on the panda cartoon, the New York–based street wear brand is known for its whimsical and playful approach to ready-to-wear and accessories.Since its inception, NICOPANDA has become a favorite brand of celebrities, social media influencers, and youth culture enthusiasts. And the brand has also set itself apart because of its collaborations that are as varied and wide as the fashion industry has ever experienced. “NICOPANDA is a world I’ve created around my alter ego, which began as a simple character named after my nickname growing up, but has since evolved into a fully developed lifestyle brand. Beyond being an idea, which represents universality and individuality, NICOPANDA is a fashion brand fusing eastern and western aesthetics through clothing and accessories,” explained Formichetti in a models.com interview.NICOPANDA’s latest collaboration with Urban Outfitters (UO) consists of favorites from NICOPANDA’s current offering, as well as some exclusive items only available at UO. The NICOPANDA x UO became available on November 13 on urbanoutfitters.com and within select Urban Outfitters stores across North America and Europe, and will live across all UO social and web platforms.“I am so excited to launch with UO! Their stores and website are so much fun to visit and shop—it is a perfect home for NICOPANDA. I wanted to develop an exclusive collection for our launch with UO men’s and women’s—something fun and easy to wear. For this collection specifically—we took the classic idea of camouflage and shook it up with vivid colors—red, purple, pink, blue, yellow. The idea is to stand out—not blend in! I suggest layering them all together for a full-on look,” detailed Formichetti.The 8-piece women’s wear assortment includes a maxi puffer jacket in white camo, a playful mini-dress with cold shoulder detailing, a sheer maxi dress in red, a pink camo hoodie and matching joggers, a sheer ruffle dress in black, a puffer jacket in pastel camo, and a maxi puffer scarf. The men’s collection consists of a long-sleeve tee, an oversized hoodie, a double layer tee, a camo sweatpant, a puffer scarf, and camo hat. Prices range from $40 to $350.

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And remember, the 2018 Winter Olympics are a little over two months away. If you happen to be attending the Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, you really be garner attention in NICOPANDA x UO’s pastel camo puffer jacket. This season nothing says 2018 Winter Olympics better than NICOPANDA x UO.

—William S. Gooch

Fashion Reverie Beauty Feature: Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness Spa

At 635 Madison Avenue, there is a best-kept secret that can improve your health and turn back the hands of time for your skin. Enter Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness Spa, which has had a Manhattan location for over 17 years, recently moving their medical spa to a more spacious digs on Madison Avenue.

The likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell, and David Geffen have frequented Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness Spa, thanks to their incredible group of doctors, in particular, Dr. Natalya Fazylova. Specializing in everything from vitamin drips to laser treatments and anti-aging, Dr. Fazylova prides herself in holistic medicine.

Dr. Fazylova often has patients come in for a particular treatment, and discover that patients have other challenges like hormonal imbalances and vitamin deficiencies. Before she treats any of her patients, Dr. Fazylova checks everything from hormone levels to blood work. “I am very thorough,” she says. “I come from a foundation of treating the person as a whole. I check everything from hormone levels to the diet. I can handle hormone imbalances, whether male or female, thyroid problems and pre-menopause. It’s all about life optimization here.”

In a city of socialites, fashionistas, and entertainers, anti-aging services has become one of her most sought after specialties. “The perfect environment for humans is the rainforest,” said Kim Schmidt, PR director for Radiance. “The average lifespan for a human is really supposed to be 120 years. However, we’re surrounded by all this pollution and different environmental factors and that takes away from our lives.” To that extent, Radiance has created IV ‘cocktails’ and vitamin drips that provide patients with necessary electrolytes, B vitamins, and glutathione boosters to improve the health of the whole body from the lungs to the liver.


Dr. Fazylova spent several years in conventional medicine before she realized regular testing wasn’t giving her the results she should be getting to improve her patients’ health. She went on to do a certification in holistic medicine, giving her the answers she had been searching or that traditional medicine was not addressing for her patients. She happened into skincare and beauty treatments because people started asking for those specialities.“There are many patients who seek us out at Radiance because they hear about the work we do,” Dr. Fazylova says. “After 17 years in the medical practice doing holistic medicine, I can recognize things other people don’t.”

Since moving her practice to Midtown East, Dr. Fazylova not only has been able to attract a more upscale clientele, but by partnering with Madison Bid and the New York Concierge Association she’s able to reach out to the community on the Upper East Side. Radiance has also been working with hospitals that have visitor divisions, and has partnered with prestigious organizations such as Memorial Sloan Kettering and hospitals including Mount Sinai and New York Presbyterian to provide holistic wellness treatments to cancer survivors.

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One of Radiance’s biggest philanthropic causes is mental health. To that end, Radiance has partnered with Fountain House, an organization that supports both art and mental illness. Since the 1940s, Fountain House has dedicated itself to the recovery of men and women with mental illness by providing affordable living services and work opportunities.Radiance’s professional staff hopes to add weight loss and body contouring services in the near future. As Schmidt explains, “It’s all [about] the beautiful people in here.”

—Kristopher Fraser

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