When we think of 1995, we think of Chloë Sevigny in Kids. When we think of 2015, we can’t believe we’ve spent 20 years looking up to Chloë Sevigny, the style icon. The former model, award-winning film and television actress, and designer for progressive fashion brand Opening Ceremony now has her own book (Rizzoli, $35). She’s so cool, in fact, that Kim Gordon wrote the foreword, and Natasha Lyonne wrote the afterword. It’s only fitting that Sevigny has her own tome, since she did write the metaphorical book on how to look cool while putting forth zero you-know-whats. Within the 224 pages, enjoy snaps ranging from early modeling pictures to photos taken from her daily planner, plus oodles of personal ephemera. – Sam Mendoza
Gods and Kings
It’s been more than five years since fashion designer Alexander McQueen committed suicide, yet his legend and acclaim only continue to grow. A new folio of his work—the most comprehensive yet—was recently released by Abrams and accompanies a blockbuster exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Dana Thomas’ Gods and Kings (Penguin Press, $30) makes a wonderful introduction for those interested in learning more about McQueen’s work and about the last quarter century of fashion. Thomas chronicles both McQueen and John Galliano, linking the two seminal designers through the theme of downfall. The book is long (434 pages), but rich with delicious anecdotes and insights. It’s easy to recommend Gods and Kings to anyone who has been curious about fashion but unsure of where to begin. Recommended by Drew Cohen of the Writer’s Block Book Shop, 1020 Fremont St., 702-550-6399.
Legendary photographer Mario Testino examines the ever-evolving image of men in his new 300-page photo book (Taschen, $700), which also includes an extensive archive of unpublished images. The 1,000 copies of this limited-edition page-turner (each signed by Testino) come in Japanese cloth and are delivered in a metal slipcase. Testino travels the world shooting for A-list publications and is a darling of such celebrities as Brad Pitt, David Bowie and George Clooney, among many others. Included are an essay by author Pierre Borhan and an interview with editor Patrick Kinmonth. – Melinda Sheckells