Books etc

This is turning out to be quite the month for books. I have just opened my Ebay copy of Kate Spade’s ‘Contents’, a book I have wanted for years but is now out of print. The concept is simple; photos of the contents of people’s handbags follwed by the identity of the owner and a list of said contents at the back of the book. A voyeurs’s dream. Aside from the lovely unstyled quality of Dan Bibbs’ photos, it’s a telling historical study. These snaps were taken in the days before everyone had iPhones and BlackBerrys. Oh how things change – just look how many leather organsisers there are!

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Another visual treat is Audrey Hepburn, International Cover Girl. This was a review copy that I was sent on spec. Now I like Audrey as much as the next person but I’m not obsessed so I expected a pretty nice coffee table book of the ten-a-penny variety. But actually no, the book is stuffed full of cover shoots from 1951-1993, most I’ve not seen before. Not only is it a great insight into Audrey and her many styles of eyebrow (count ‘em) but it’s also a good opportunity to study magazine covers through the ages.

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12 Responses to Books etc

  1. Lady Smaggle says:

    Wow that book looks incredible! I'm searching for an Aussie friendly ebay copy right now.

  2. Make Do Style says:

    Two perfect books – love the contents of the bags.

  3. Fashion Wh0re says:

    Love the Post and Your Blog is Great!!!

  4. Phreshh Mentality says:

    That book sounds wonderful! I'm going to have a look for it online & add it to my Christmas list! It's the perfect book for a nosy person like me!

  5. fatgirlslikeniceclothestoo says:

    I LOVE the look of that first book. When I was a kid I used to look forward to articles in Jackie magazine where they looked through peoples bags. Now I'm an adult I'm just as nosey :O)

  6. Marta Represa says:

    You said it: a voyeur's dream. I love it.


  7. The Portmanteau says:

    Ooh I love peeking inside other people's handbags. What a simple but great idea for a book. Lx.

  8. Blogarella says:

    I want that book! Bx

  9. Style Mews says:

    omg i want the kate spade book! I love how the nurses bag is so incredibly chaotic, much like her work schedule I imagine, whilst the photographers is almost a minimal work of art in itself… LOL at the phones! x

  10. enc says:

    I know there's alot more here than just a pair of white wrap-around sunglasses, but that's what I keep returning to: Audrey Hepburn's white wrap-around sunglasses!

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Helen says:

    oooh, I'd never heard of Contents before, it's really interesting! May have to add it to the Christmas wishlist

  12. EIGHT LONDON says:

    Interesting how the artist's bag is the most sterile, don't you think?

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