Anna Sui, Jil Sander, ‘SATC2’ & Williamson Spawn Fashion Reads
Fashion’s literary fetish is anything but waning these days. While street-style bloggers have released a slew of tomes in recent months (The Sartorialist, The Selby and the Facehunter included), so have the likes of unemployed sartorial icon Olivier Theyskens and former employees of both Miuccia Prada and Karl Lagerfeld. Now comes news that Anna Sui, Jil Sander and the Sex and the City engine will release their own publications in upcoming months. Notoriously shy Sui is about to go “very public about her 20-year career,” says Women’s Wear Daily. Come fall, Chronicle Books will release a retrospective that will “recount her working with practically every supermodel around, dressing rock sirens and bohemian chicks and giving the baby-doll dress a lease on life.” Although Sui herself can’t be credited for actually penning anything more than the book’s forward; contributors Jack White (hubby to longtime Sui muse Karen Elson), the Costume Institute’s Andrew Bolton and photog Steven Meisel take care of the rest.
Jil Sander, who recently returned from a fashion hiatus to team up with Uniqlo for a heralded ongoing collaboration, is following suit. “The reclusive German designer said she wants to produce a book … ‘some kind of resume of my work in the past and the ideals that stand behind it’,” Sander told Women’s Wear Daily. She has yet to decide on the publisher, but given her larger-than-life sartorial reputation, finding interested parties isn’t likely to be much of a struggle.
A significantly harder pill to swallow, however, is the latest extension of the Sex and the City empire. In anticipation of the sequel to the ongoing Carrie Bradshaw saga, SATC is releasing its own style guide. Slated to hit shelves May 18, the paperback is a “mammoth 500 page fashion-focused book” that breaks down outfits from the film as well as offers up behind-the-scenes, “making of” magic. Fortunately for designers whose garb is featured in the film, every outfit’s various components are labeled by brand. As for the looks themselves, let’s just say that whoever released the preview image above might have been better of opting for something slightly more understated.
Speaking of Sex and the City, Bradshaw favorite, Brit designer Matthew Williamson is also getting into the literary game. “Yes, I’m working on a book,” he divulged to Racked LA this past weekend, before adding, “it’s going to be written by Colin McDowell, with an introduction by Sienna Miller. With a few more contributors, maybe. Anna Wintour possibly.”