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1. Upper Cut: Highlights of My Hollywood Life by Carrie White
This book is written by a former step mom of one of our friends, and a lady who has been very influential to a lot of people in LA — just ask around. One of the most fascinating things in contemporary LA history has been the salon scene in Beverly Hills of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. As one of the only women hairstylists in this competitive era, Carrie has a wealth of knowledge to tell! #TruffleMust!!
2. The Maybelline Story
Throughout the twentieth century, the Maybelline company inflated, collapsed, endured, and thrived in tandem with the nation’s upheavals—as did the family that nurtured it. Tom Lyle Williams—to avoid unwanted scrutiny of his private life—cloistered himself behind the gates of his Rudolph Valentino Villa and ran his empire from the shadows. Now, after nearly a century of silence, this true story celebrates the life of an American entrepreneur, a man forced to remain behind a mask—using his sister-in-law Evelyn Boecher—to be his front.
3. Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles by Michael Gross
From the man that brought you ‘740 Park’ comes the LA version with 10 LA estates detailed — including the families, scandal and history that lived there …
4. Fred Hayman bio by Rose Apodaca
This book details the Beverly Hills legend that is Fred Hayman as well as his first marriage, Rodeo Drive store Giorgio, the yellow and white stripes and the most famous perfume ever made. Rose also wrote a style book for Rachel Zoe called “Rachel Zoe A to Z …” READ THE TRUFFLE!
5. CHANEL: HER LIFE with illustrations from Karl Lagerfeld by Justine Picardie
We were at the launch party for this one that included a lecture between the author of the book and the granddaughter of Samuel Goldwyn who famously imported Coco in her early days to design costumes for his MGM movies. — READ THE TRUFFLE!
6. The Christian Louboutin pop-up book
Pumps and red soles pop out of the pages of this book that has lined the Barney’s store front windows in Beverly Hills since his book signing in the store earlier this fall.
7. White Girl Problems — @whitegirlproblems
A twitter sensation has finally gone to print — this book is not available until January 2012 but you can order it now and give someone a written promise as a gift — it will be worth the wait to hear Babe bitch about chicken in her cobb salad — it’s suppose to come with turkey, dammit.
8. Very Classy — Derek Blasberg
Round 2 of Derek’s first book “Classy” — we particularly love the ‘how-to’ and ‘how-not-to’ diagrams in here. We also love that he had his LA book party at the Hotel Bel Air!! How classy!
9. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: The Making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s — Sam Wasson *(Harvard-Westlake)
A fellow Harvard-Westlake alum repped by CAA came up with this no-brainer #TruffleMust … a book all about the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s … Sam interviewed people from the film project and others to tell the tale of life on the set with Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in one of the best movies ever made.
Late additions that didn’t make the collage …
10. Van Cleef Bals: Legendary Bals of the 20th Centry — by Nick Foulkes
Tome from Assouline highlighting the world’s most famous balls — gorgeous photos, parties, locations and history.
12. 100 Years of Fashion Illustration — $29.99
This all-you-can-eat buffet of fashion illustration surveys the last hundred years of style in sketch form. Featuring everything from the bold Erté prints of the early 1900’s to the superhappy advertisements of the 50’s to Warhol of the 60’s to 80’s power babes to today’s Toledo. So much fashion and art to devour and be inspired by! By Cally Blackman who teaches fashion history at Central Saint Martins. 384 pages!
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