“Jewels of the Renaissance” by Yvonne Hackenbroch, with an introduction by Gonzague Saint Bris (Assouline; available Oct. 6). Renaissance jewels have a remarkable classical beauty, and that’s captured in this luxurious book. Paintings and details from the art of the time are juxtaposed with jewelry that’s similar in look or in feeling. Images include a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I as a girl by an unknown artist; a full-page picture of a dolphin pendant from about 1600 to a photo of a cameo ring with a profile of Alexander the Great circa 1550 to 1560; Raphael’s 1505-1506 portrait of a lady with a unicorn, wearing a necklace with a large pearl, and a Medici cross pendant detailed with precious stones, from the 16th century. Read an excerpt from the book.
“The Watch Book” by Gisbert L. Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli (teNeues; available Oct. 15). Although a wide variety of automatic watches have been launched since the end of the Second World War, the highest-quality mechanical watches have only increased in value in that time. This tome features an introduction about the history of the wristwatch and the stories of some of the top watchmakers in the world, including Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Breitling, Cartier, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. As the introduction puts it “every smartphone can show the time nowadays, so the role of a wristwatch must also be to attract admiring gazes as a piece of jewelry.” Read an excerpt from the book.
“Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York” by Judith Gura and Kate Wood; principal photography by Larry Lederman, with a foreward by Hugh Hardy and an afterward by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel (The New York School of Interior Design/The Monacelli Press). A survey in the late Seventies indicated that there were more than 700 interiors in New York City that deserved to be landmarked, yet, at the moment, there are only 117 that are. Forty-seven appear in this this book, among them the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Seventh Regimental Armory, the Barstow-Pell Mansion, the Old Merchant House, the Ford Foundation Building and the Seagram Building. The book tells the history of each building and its interior, and the way in which it was given landmark status, saved and restored. Read an excerpt from the book.
“Secret Tokyo: Color Your Way to Calm” by Zoe de Las Cases (Little, Brown; available Oct. 6). Adult coloring books are a big business now, with several of them proving to be bestsellers. Little, Brown weighs in with a new title, which features colorable scenes from the Japanese capital and Kyoto. There are pages featuring the outlines of multiple parasols, robots, zori sandals, waving cats, teapots, carp, Noh masks and fans, along with scenes of teahouses and busy city streets. A more rustic wooden house is represented, too, along with a pair of geishas — seen from behind.
“Badgley Mischka: American Glamour” by Mark Badgley and James Mischka, with a foreword by André Leon Talley; essay by Hal Rubenstein, and an introduction by Dennita Sewell (Rizzoli New York; available Oct. 20). For fans of their evening clothes, this 25th anniversary volume showcases the combination of Mischka’s background in tailoring with Badgley’s passion for embroidery, beading and ruffles, which result in streamlined entrance makers in sheer fabrics enlivened by beading and sequins. Closeups of the beaded details are shown, along with many photos of completed looks, on and off the red carpet and runway, including their surprisingly edgy bridal looks. Read an excerpt from the book.
“Portraits in Lace: Breton Women” by Charles Fréger with a foreword by Marie Darrieussecq and text by Yann Guesdon (Thames & Hudson). This book is exactly what the title suggests, showing women wearing traditional clothing, including the remarkable variety of caps worn by Breton women of different regions and classes, most from the 19th and early 20th centuries, but with some from special-occasion costumes from 1940, 1950 and later. The caps are almost all white, but feature everything from lace insets to double wing details of fabric to colorful ribbons or streamers that spill from the back. They’re photographed against gauzy backgrounds showing groups of other women in historic costume. Read an excerpt from the book.
“Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr and Philip Johnson” edited by David A. Hanks and essays by Donald Albrecht, Barry Bergdoll, Paul Galloway, David A. Hanks and Juliet Kinchin. (The Monacelli Press/The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design; available Oct. 27.) Barr and Johnson were a dynamic partnership; Barr the first head of MoMA, Johnson a philosophy student at Harvard. They met at a Wellesley College graduation, and, before long, Barr asked Johnson to be the first curator for modern architecture at MoMA. When he protested that he didn’t know anything about modern architecture, Barr said, “You will.” And he did learn. The two of them wanted to build a museum based around the idea of the modern as articulated by Bauhaus. This book is based on the important modern furniture and design collection assembled by Liliane and David M. Stewart. Read an excerpt from the book.
“Fashion: A Timeline in Photographs: 1850 to Today” by Caroline Rennolds Milbank with a foreword by Harold Koda (Rizzoli New York; available Oct. 27). Milbank has literally selected looks for each year in her timeline, beginning with cartes de visites, which were created by French photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri in 1854 and including the styles popular in 1860 — princess-cut dresses and walking skirts. She shows a full page of “The Worth That Launched a Thousand Copies,” a dress by one of the first couturiers to become famous, Charles Frederick Worth, which came in gray silk trimmed with black velvet details and resembled piano keys. The book covers the Twenties, the Thirties and takes an affectionate look at the Sixties and Seventies. It goes all the way up to fashion’s Instagram stars of 2015. Read an excerpt from the book.
“Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens,” with photographs by Curtice Taylor and text by Caroline Seebohm (The Monacelli Press; available Oct. 6). This book covers a number of wonderful gardens, which, through mischance and neglect, fell into decrepitude but were rescued, often with funds from private philanthropy and with help from volunteers. They include Aspet, the house and gardens of the prominent American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, in the onetime artists’ colony of Cornish, N.H.; Blithewood Gardens, in Bristol, R.I., created for Augustus Van Wickle and his wife, Bessie, each members of a different coal dynasty; the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn., which had been the location of a summer artists’ colony, with remarkable gardens cultivated by Griswold herself, and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Fla., which were created by three wives of the family’s men. Read an excerpt from the book.
“For the Love of Bags” by Julia Werner & Dennis Braatz, with photographs by Sandra Semburg (teNeues; available Oct. 15). This book delights in a variety of handbags, including such classics as Chanel’s 2.55, Christian Dior’s Lady Dior bag and the Hermès Kelly, showing multiple photographs of each one, on and off the street. There are also “It” bags, such as Fendi’s Baguette, Chloé’s Paddington and Balenciaga’s City. There are pictures of the process of making bags in ateliers, too, at Tod’s, Hermès and Valextra. Then there are sections on “The Rise of the Clutch,” “Crossbody Mania” and “Evening Jewels & Conversation Pieces,” which showcases minaudiéres. Read an excerpt from the book.
“Lives of —The Great Photographers” by Juliet Hacking (Thames & Hudson; available Oct. 6). Thirty-eight of the most important photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries are profiled in this book, including Eadweard Muybridge, Eugène Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Nadar, Edward Weston, Man Ray, André Kertész, Margaret Bourke-White, Robert Capa, Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe. The cover is a self-portrait by the noted French photographer Robert Doisneau holding a camera in 1947. The histories of these remarkable lensmen and — women — are full of incident, from Muybridge’s acquittal of charges of murder by reason of insanity to Richard Avedon’s admission that his sister Louise’s great beauty destroyed her life. Read an excerpt from the book.
“Visionary Women” by Angella M. Nazarian (Assouline; available Oct. 6), tells the stories of a variety of women who fit the title. They include Katharine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post; artist Marina Abramovic; Miuccia Prada; Marie Curie, and less-well-known women as China’s billionaire construction magnate Zhang Xin; Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, and Rosario Perez, a business executive from Mexico, who is the chief executive officer and president of Pro Mujer (For Women), and says, “I am in the business of transforming lives.” Read an except from the book.
“Valentino: Mirabilia Romae” with an introduction by Francesco Bonami and photography by Laziz Hamani (Assouline). This book showcases the collections designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for the house of Valentino from the fall couture of 2009 to the fall men’s wear of 2015. It consists of photos of inspirations for the lines and shots of the looks in them, including some striking shoes and bags, shown solo. There are also a number of closeups of details. Everywhere, there’s a feeling of languid luxury created by rich materials and trimmings. Read an excerpt from the book.
“The Stylish Life: Skiing,” with text by Gabriella Le Breton (teNeues). The cover photo by Slim Aarons and the subtitle of the “Destinations & Events” section, “Where to Be and Be Seen,” sums up this book. This primer is for very stylish skiiers, in the present or past, and includes many terrific archival photos in both black-and-white and color. Images range from a shot of Lady Alexandra Curzon and the Honorable Alfred Duggan being pulled behind a sleigh in St. Moritz in 1925 to Jackie Kennedy and her daughter, Caroline, on the slopes in Gstaad in 1966 to a view of a modern gondola lift taken in Austria’s Tyrol in 2009. Read an excerpt from the book.
“Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon” by Megan Hess (Hardie Grant Books; available Oct. 6). Megan Hess created this whimsical, charming view of Chanel’s life, which she illustrated and wrote. What drove a woman who lost her mother at the age of 12 and was then abandoned by her father at an orphanage/convent to become the most important designer of the 20th century? According to Hess, it was a determination to stick to her guns and change her style for no one. Aside from the narrative of her life, there are pull quotes of her bon mots, which are sometimes featured on a double-page spread, as in, “It is always better to be underdressed,” or “My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.” Read an excerpt from the book.