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Coffee Table Books for your Salon

Natasha The Blog

Are in-salon magazines becoming a thing of the past?
If you’d like to upgrade your salon experience we totally recommend trying out coffee table books instead. They give your salon a classic, timeless feel while also providing stunning images for your clients to peruse while they wait.
If this sounds up your street, we’ve got a list of books which we think would provide a great talking point in your salon: 

Dior: The Art of Color, Rizzoli 
Can you ever go wrong with Dior? We think not, but if you don’t need convincing here’s a little more about the book. It’s divided into twelve chapters, each named after a different colour: White, Silver, Nude, Pink, Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Gray, and Black. Dior also explores iconic makeup looks over the last 50 years through photography and previous advertising campaigns. Buy from Amazon for here. RRP £48.75

 

 

Hair by Sam McKnight, Rizzoli
Legendary stylist Sam McKnight has worked on close to 200 Vogue covers and even styled Princess Diana. We think this is reason enough to invest in the book but if not, read on. The book covers looks from so many campaigns and explores his use of platinum and red styles. McKnight is also the stylist for Chanel fashion shows as well as Balmain and Vivienne Westwood. We think your clients will get plenty of hair-spiraiton here. Get the book here. RRP £35

 

 

François Nars, Rizzoli 
We’re all familiar with the brand Nars, but what of the man behind the line? This book, published by Rizzoli, explores Nars’ vision over the last 30 years. Readers are treated to a history behind the founder and over 500 photos capturing creativity and inspiration. Buy it here. RRP £55

 

 

20th-Century Fashion: 100 Years of Apparel Ads, Taschen 
Fashion is always changing thanks to the social media era we live in. But how many people can recall looks from 100 years ago? The Jim Heimann Collection have a record of 400 fashion advertisments spanning a century which sounds like exciting viewing. There’s looks from Dior gowns and Frankie B.’s invention of the low-rise jeans. Plus a glimpse at menswear before the days of skinny jeans. Buy it here. RRP £15

 

Chanel: Collections and Creations, Thames and Hudson
As one of the most iconic names in fashion, Chanel have been setting the way for looks long before other fashion houses even thought of them. So, this book explores the House of Chanel’s private archives to show off looks from Coco Chanel in 1920 up until present day. The book explores five themes: the suit, the camellia, jewellery, makeup and perfume, the little black dress. Buy it here. RRP £18.99

 

 

Great Escapes Asia, Taschen 
We’re sure so many of your clients come to you before a big trip away so why not display a travel book for them to be inspired by? The Asia book from Taschen’s Great Escapes range looks at the best Asian getaways from India to Bali. There are stunning hotel pictures as well as all the contact information. Get it here. RRP £30

 

 

Fashion: The Ultimate Body of Costume and Style, DK
Tracing 3,000 years from the early draped fabrics of ancient times to today’s catwalk sensations this book is a complete history of everything in fashion. This coffee table book features over 1,500 costumes from around the globe and contains stunning illustrations of original fashion plates, archive images and commissioned photography. Get it here. RRP £30

 

 

Bvlgari: Treasures of Rome, ACC Art Books
Bulgari believe that jewellery is more than a piece of stone; it is a story. So, here comes a book filled with the faces who have  worn the jewels and stories behind the gems themselves. On of our favourite stories is from Count Cini of Monselice who was held for ransom by the SS and released in exchange for Bulgari jewels. Gripping! Get it here. RRP £35

 

 

Vogue: The Shoe
If Cinderella is proof that a shoe can change your life, then this book explores just how many have been produced over the years. Over 300 images of shoes range from the humble clog to exquisite hand-embroidered haute couture stilettos. There are five chapters on: Cinderella heels; Town & Country classics; Cult Style inspiration; the escapism of Summer Dreaming and the extreme heels of Fetish & Fantasia. RRP £48.75

 

Kevyn Aucoin: Face Forward
Make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin’s faces appear in editorial features, fashion shows, music videos and advertising campaigns as well as on the covers of virtually every major magazine. In this book he gets his hands on Celine Dion, Julianne Moore, Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Lopez and many others turning them into their most beautiful, glamorous, and intriguing selves. Get it here. RRP £16.99

 


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