Contrary to what others may believe, fashion is all about being book smart, too. There's a wealth of knowledge to mine from shelves dedicated to tomes on fashion design, photography, and all things sartorial! Brush up on your references and check out the latest, most stylish reads released this last half of 2016.
1. Advanced Style: Older & Wiser by Ari Seth Cohen
Youth doesn't always mean instant brownie points. Ari Seth Cohen redefines timeless elegance by profiling the very women you want to be one day—epitomes of graceful (and achingly stylish) aging. Life begins at 50!
2. Brooklyn Hipsters by Vero Bielinski
Successor to the yuppie, the Williamsburg hipster is a phenomenon so undoubtedly iconic that it's become an adjective ("You're so hipster!"). Vero Bielinski pognantly captures this Internet-magnified subculture easily identified by its kitschy, ironic fashion choices.
3. Hair by Sam McKnight
Backstage is where the magic happens. Sam McKnight, legendary hairstylist to an endless list of famous manes (including Princess Diana and Kate Moss, among others), has made a name for himself creating crowning glories for countless Vogue editorials and couture runways.
4. Neville Jacobs: I'm Marc's Dog by Nicolas Newbold and Marc Jacobs
If you love Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette, this glamorous bull terrier with over 200,000 Instagram followers and a daily life rivaling that of a jet setter model is going to be your new canine obsession.
5. Runway: The Spectacle of Fashion by Alix Browne
A fashion show is what it is: a show designed to debut designers' creations and to please the viewers' senses via tricks of the stage. W's features director Alix Browne chronicles the industry's standout catwalks, from the Milanese canal at Carol Christian Poell's 2004 show to moving escalators at Louis Vuitton S/S 2013.