While there are toughies on everyone’s list, usually there are others that graciously—and genuinely—love everything they receive. Booklovers comprise one such category. Their curiosity makes them agreeable to any pretty volume containing wisdom worth sharing.
Plus books make great gifts, so we couldn’t help but suggest several of our favorites this season. Even non-bibliophiles will relish judging these new releases by their winsome covers.
FENDI by Karl Lagerfeld
Fashion fans will love taking a peek into Maestro Lagerfeld’s personal sketches. Done during his tenure at Fendi, these colorful illustrations showcase his influences and stylish preoccupations—on everything from Eskimos to informatics. While the drawings conjure couture-clad fantasylands, the actual book is so neatly packaged (in an artful crate, with digital and paper versions) as to be a playful escape itself.
A Photographic Memory 1968-1989 by Peter Schlesinger
Photographer Peter Schlesinger moved to London with the painter David Hockney in 1966. There he was thrust into the stratosphere of burgeoning celebrity. Showing the full range of his work from this period, including intimate shots of Andy Warhol, Cecil Beaton, Grace Coddington and others, plus his still lifes, A Photographic Memory is an unparalleled look through the lens of this great cultural documenter.