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What to get the girl in your life that has everything…

It’s not too late just yet if you’ve still got one or two Christmas presents to get hold of; it’s always the same people every year who seem impossible to shop for. What do you buy for that person in your life that seems to have just about everything?

If that person happens to be a fashion lover then we have a couple of suggestions; how about a beautiful coffee table book? With so many stunning offerings from this year alone there is a wealth to choose from, and who doesn’t like to show off their sense of style with a gorgeous tome to fashion taking pride of place on their coffee table.

We’ve done the leg work for you; just to make life that little bit easier we’ve rounded up the top five fashion inspired coffee table books. So even if you’ve got all your Christmas shopping done you can always treat yourself to something special instead!

Irreverent – Carine Roitfeld

After resigning from her position at the helm of Vogue Paris the fashion world collectively wondered what Carine Roitfeld would do next? Well it is safe to say that she’s not been short of work, with a number of impressive creative projects including a collaboration with American store Barney’s under her belt.

Roitfeld’s latest endeavour is a behemoth tome to style that includes some of her most controversial shoots. Photos of models Crystal Renn and Lara Stone sit alongside personal shots of her partner Christian Reston and children Julia and Vladimir.

The huge 368 page book is a retrospective of her truly impressive 30 year career in the fashion industry.

Available from Amazon.

Dior Couture – Patrick Demarchelier

This stunning black and white book pays homage to one of the most influential and inspiring fashion houses in the industry.

Put together by the acclaimed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, it includes over 100 of Dior’s most impressive gowns from their archives.

The book stunningly maps the story of Dior from its birth in 1947 up until its more recent collections.

Demarchelier said of the Parisian fashion house; “when you’re a fashion photographer, you must inspire a dream. With Dior Haute Couture, the dream is already there.”

We couldn’t have put it better.

Available from Amazon.

It – Alexa Chung

Everyone’s favourite model turned presenter turned it-girl has turned her hand to writing and has come up with one of this year’s most anticipated fashion books.

Despite its pretty pink cover, Chung claims that the book is neither a style guide of a coffee table book but we’re sure you’ll agree that it would look great on any bookshelf!

Filled with musings, drawings and photos this really is a great insight into the mind of one of the industries most celebrated style icons.

Chung told Vogue “I’m writing, I’m drawing, and I’m definitely taking photographs, it’s definitely not an autobiography, but it’s me writing so in a way it probably will have that element’.

This chic tome has definitely made it onto the top of our wish list this Christmas.

Available from Amazon.

Rookie Yearbook Two – Edited by Tavi Gevinson

If you’ve not heard of Rookie Magazine then where have you been for the last two years?

The website, written for girls, aims to provide them with something other than mainstream fluff that is mass-produced and churned out for teens by the magazine industry.

2013’s Yearbook includes everything from kitsch stickers, homemade tarot cards, and a ‘cootie catcher’ (one of those fold up paper fortune tellers). The book also includes contributions from the likes of Judy Blume, Grimes and a hilarious article in which Mindy Kaling interviews Lena Dunham.

This is literally the perfect gift for your little sister or yourself if you can’t bear to give it away!

Available from Amazon.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

Jean Paul Gaultier is undisputedly one of the most important and influential designers of recent decades and this somewhat long-titled tome is the first ever retrospective of the designers imposing tenure.

The book includes the designer’s inspiration and influences and explores his ties to popular culture. You can expect to find over 50 interviews with some of Gaultier’s muses and peers. There are fantastic photos of a number of his most famous costumes designed for the likes of Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Dita Von Teese.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier isn’t just a collation of some of the designer’s stunning offerings but also a truly interesting exploration of how his creations aimed to blur boundaries between cultures and sexes.

So there are our top five coffee table books for the year, hopefully they’ve inspired you for those last minute Christmas presents. If not then you should definitely treat yourself to something for Christmas.

Available from Amazon.

Which one would you choose?

Guest blog post has been written by Lucinda Bounsall who works at Farfetch


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