Category Archives: Book

Fourth & Main Journal

It’s a rarity (a first maybe?) but yes I’m writing about a menswear brand, I’m suprised I don’t do it more often considering I love whats happening in mens fashion at the moment. The clothing and contemporary lifestyle brand, Fourth & Main, make exquisite classic but versatile pieces, with hints of English and East Coast preppiness. However, I’m not actually going to write about their clothing now, but instead their journal.

I came across the Fourth & Main journal at work (incase you’ve ever wondered what my day job is *you probably haven’t* it sometimes involves coming up with ideas for branded content) and whilst I’ve seen lots of papers and magazines for fashion brands, this one just seemed to take it a step further, and not only because it looks more like a book than a Sunday rag insert.

The 125 page journal focuses on emerging talent in art, film, music, photography and journalism, creating compelling stories that you want to read rather than just dedicating it to pictures of their clothes, which have their own little section, The Collection. Although saying that, from what I’ve seen, the photography is pretty spectacular. Now I just need to get my hands on a paper copy!


Corinne Day – The Face

Another amazing fashion photography exhibition is in town, and it is perfect for losing yourself in on a wet September afternoon. Gimpel Fils are showcasing Corinne Day THE FACE, a collection of photos the self-taught photographer took for the boundary breaking magazine in 1991. The focal point of the exhibition is one of Day’s most famous sitters, Kate Moss, in what are some of her most iconic images to date.

Corinne Day THE FACE is being exhibited at Gimpel Fils from 1st September – 1st October 2011.

Stolen Girlfriends Club: One Night at the Museum

Don’t you just love it when two things you love come together? This time it’s fashion and a talented photographer, Stolen Girlfriends Club new collection and Derek Henderson to be exact.  The tailoring is defined and the prints are gorgeous, but what really stands out this season is their playfulness with patterns and the contrast of colours from piece to piece. The collection was shot one night at the Auckland Museum, with Henderson using the natural darkness to create exceptional fashion photography and showcase the designs perfectly.

New Shoes: Contemporary Footwear Design (mini edition)

As a follow up to their 2007 book New Shoes: Contemporary Footwear Design, Sue Huey and Rebecca Proctor are set to release a mini edition in April 2011. The new book will feature a new generation of exciting and innovative contemporary footwear designers from across the globe, and if the names in the last book are anything to go by, these ladies know what they’re talking about.

Fashion Designers Sketchbooks


If you look on my book shelf you will find several publications from Laurence King, and their latest future classic, Fashion Designers Sketchbooks by Hywel Davies, will be definitely joining the shelf when it is published on 4th October.

This book is a must for any budding designer or fashion enthusiast alike, exploring many major names working in the industry today, including John Galliano, Dries Van Noten and Vivienne Westwood, who are interviewed alongside their own sketchbooks.

The entire process is followed, showing how photographs, sketches, mood boards, line-ups, toiles, fabric swatches and so much more contribute to the final pieces we see strutting down the catwalk every season. Fashion Designers Sketchbooks is an up-to-date, cutting edge overview of fashion design as it is today.

Fifi Lapin: What Shall I Wear Today?

In the world of animals, there is only one known for her fashion sense, Fifi Lapin, the worlds most stylish bunny. After the phenomenal success her blog has had, despite having a slightly different body shape to most of us, Fifi is set to release a book, on 16th September, answering the question we all ask ourselves, What Shall I Wear Today? Sharing her secrets to perfecting everyday chic, being an irresistible date, looking casual without looking crumpled, getting a pay rise or going for hold-the-front-page glamour, Fifi Lapin can help you out with perfecting your (already fabulous) life.

Luella’s Guide to English Style

It’s no secret that I was in love with the clothes that Luella Bartley created season after season, amazingly tailored trousers, gorgeous dresses, statement coats, many pieces quintessentially English, with the devil in the details. Despite the label ceasing trading almost a year ago, Luella herself hasn’t exactly faded into the background, and is set to release a book called Luella’s Guide to English Style, on 14th October 2010.

Firstly the book looks at the clothes, which coming from a former Designer of the Year and Vogue editor is advice you know you can trust. This section observes what makes English girls the coolest on earth (let’s face it, we are) with our combined dress sense of scruffy, smart, classic and modern, exploding onto style blogs with our ingenious street style and cutting edge looks. Secondly, it looks at the icons, the girls we look up to, “the style tribes vying for the English girl’s allegiance” and how English girls get better with age. Delivered with a wink and a kiss on the cheek, you won’t want to put it down.


The decade that came to be known as the Noughties contained many significant events that changed or affected many peoples lives. From international terrorism to technological advances, natural disasters to fashion disasters and politics to popular culture, there was rarely a slow news day. Phaidon, the amazing publishing house behind some of the world’s most stylish books, have put together an extraordinary photographic history of this decade.

Decade comes in the form of 500 painstakingly selected photographs, put together chronologically, of the events the world shared, as well as some more personal moments. Along side each image is a short piece on the scene, as well as five essays which explore the environment, art, sport, science and politics. The hardback will be available in late October, and is available to pre order now at only £24.95.

J.W. Anderson

I have long admired J.W. Anderson, the Irish menswear designer who originally moved to Washington DC to study drama, before moving to London to follow his newly found love for fashion, which he discovered when working with stage costumes. He established his label before graduating in 2001, and made his debut at London Fashion week in 2007, keeping with his dramatic but exciting style ever since.

Earlier this year he finally produced a womenswear collection, called SAINT + ASSASIN for AW10, and like the menswear the pieces are gorgeously dramatic and right on trend. The collection, which is now available on ASOS, features soft camel cashmere with oversized knits and tassel heart tee’s, as well as sheer black tops and tartan biker jackets, so there are pieces to express all sides of you.

As well as checking out the new collection you should also look at their amazing blog, which not only keeps you up to date on J.W. Anderson news, but also showcases some gorgeous photography. There are some current photographs but the best are the old ones, many of which were found in ancient books or seem to be old family snaps.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Love Leluu

We all know that I am some what of a Carnaby Street fan, and one area in particular that I love is Kingly Court, filled full of amazing shops that stock unusual finds and gorgeous one off pieces. Unfortunately, with a whole host of large stores opening in Carnaby Street, Kingly Court has somewhat been over shadowed, lost between Henri Lloyd and Ben Sherman, which has seriously affected the small boutiques housed there.

One of my favourite Kingly Court boutique’s Love Leluu is closing down, and having a rather large sale in the process, with pieces down to £25!! Their range of gorgeously unique designs are not to be missed out on, and neither is their hand made jewellery, so I strongly advise you to pay them a visit before they close in September. Clothing, accessories, jewellery, shoes, gifts and tea, you’ll regret it if you don’t!