Must-Read Fashion Books Winter.0 Must-Read Fashion Books Winter.0

Vixen Bookworm: The Top 5 Must-Read Fashion Books Of The Winter Season

We step into our designer shoes, spray on Chanel No.5, and indulge in the latest issues of Vogue, but have you ever wondered about the stories behind these and other iconic brands?

VV presents you with an all-purpose guide to the hottest fashion books of the winter season! Whether you're already an avid reader or looking to do a little research, we’ve got what you need. Featuring historical glances from world renowned fashion experts such as Tamara Mellon, Jérôme Gautier, and plenty more, get ready to bundle up with some good reads! Check out our top five picks plus one special honorable mention...

Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry
By: Geoffrey Jones

For those who are interested in the business side of fashion, this is the right book for you. Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry examines the history of fashion from the 19th century to today, and its correlation with the business world on its impact on society. With the rising popularity of globalization in the Far East, the fashion business may be changing more rapidly than we think.

"There are plenty of lessons for entrepreneurs and industry executives"--Womens Wear Daily

Jimmy Choo
By: Tamara Mellon, Colin McDowell

“Carrie Bradshaw adored them; Beyoncé sang about them; princesses wear them. From the first time a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes graced the red carpet, the brand has been favored by Hollywood stars, British royalty, and the world’s most fashionable women—as well as highly coveted by millions around the world. Founded in 1996 by Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo is known for its glamorous, creative, and whimsical designs that have inspired legions of fans worldwide.” – Book Description via

GUCCI: The Making Of
By: Frida Giannini (Editor), Katie Grand (Contributor), Peter Arnell (Contributor), Rula Jebreal (Contributor), Christopher Breward(Contributor)

Published in conjunction with the Gucci Museum in Florence, Italy, GUCCI: The Making Of offers essays, archival photographs, commentaries and authoritative anecdotes, making it the perfect book for the All-Gucci-Everything fashionista.

"This is a busy year for the Italian brand: celebrating 90 years, a new museum in Florence, Italy and this book, which shows inspirations. The piece reflects the label's roots, showing pictures of the Guccio and Rodolfo Gucci store, and more." -InStyle

Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
By: Jérôme Gautier

A photographic novel, Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style chronicles the key elements in Coco’s designs. Well-known for her use of jersey and tweed which did away with the idea of male-definitive fabrics, these 11 chapters will touch on Coco’s earlier uses and their development over the years, perfect for the fashion historian!

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
By: Thierry-Maxime Loriot & Suzy Menkes

Jean Paul Gaultier has wowed audiences with his wild designs since the 1970s and now it’s time for the public to discover the story behind this dubbed “L'Enfant terrible of fashion”. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk includes unpublished illustrations, a look back to his costumes for Madonna and others, as well as over fifty interviews with Gaultier’s colleagues and muses.




A New Lanvin Coffee Table Book 

Lanvin Paris is coming out with their newest coffee table book early next year! Mum's the word on details, but the Los Angeles Times has confirmed artistic director of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz, is working on a 700-page chronicle about the design of  his line for the European brand. Having yet to begin production,  Elbaz feels it's fitting to begin with blank pages, "That is how I start every day," he stated to the Times.

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SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

READ MORE: Anderson .Paak, Tierra Whack And More Praise Female Artists At 2018 Billboard Women In Music

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)


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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

READ MORE: Kelly Rowland Debuts Smoke x Mirrors Eyewear Collection At Barneys New York

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