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April 21 2014

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The Final Countdown

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It might be too late to order that YSL gold-plated ring on Net-a-Porter that your sister really wanted for Christmas, or that leopard-print 3.1 Phillip Lim iPad case you meant to get your mom, but don’t give up hope of finding the perfect gift for your fashion-minded friends and family just yet. Throughout the year, a host of fashion-centric books have been released, from Christian Louboutin’s tome ($150) celebrating the art and history of his sexy stilettos to the more recently released retrospective book from Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Pretty Much Everything ($700). (To preview the book, check out images and an interview with the husband-and-wife photography team on Style.com). I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite good reads and coffee table-worthy books from the year (below). You can pick them up at a bookstore near you (click the links to locate a local retailer) or even easier, buy the Nook Book gift version (select books) on Barnesandnoble.com.

Chanel, Her Life, $58, www.steidlville.com

Christian Louboutin, $150, www.rizzoliusa.com

Deborah Turbeville: The Fashion Pictures, $85, www.rizzoliusa.com

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, $55, www.abramsbooks.com

Dior Couture, $115, www.rizzoliusa.com

How to Be a Man by Glenn O'Brien, $24.95, www.rizzoliusa.com

Marisa Berenson, $60, www.rizzoliusa.com

Pretty Much Everything, $700, www.taschen.com

Rick Owens, $135, www.rizzoliusa.com

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

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