QUICK REVIEWS: Fashion books
Well-dressed people translate fashion shows into street fashion, and the streets inspire designers in a never-ending cycle. Three books capture this symbiotic relationship.
THE SARTORIALIST: CLOSER BY SCOTT SCHUMAN (PENGUIN, R302)
THE second book from one of the world's finest street-style bloggers features portraits of stylish people. Schuman has a sharp eye for fashion as well as photographic composition. Want a fashion-flavoured coffee table book? This is a good choice. - Pearl Boshomane
SHARP SHARP, SOUTH AFRICA BY ED SUTER (QUIVERTREE, R282)
THIS is a visual depiction of South African streets through the decorated walls that adorn them and the people who walk them. Its pages are peppered with portraits, street art (on the side of a taxi, outside a hair salon or on a wall) and quotes from artists and fashionistas. If the book ''captures the essence of Mzansi style", then for the most part, we South Africans are a badly dressed bunch. - Pearl Boshomane
CYCLE CHIC BY MIKAEL COLVILLE-ANDERSON (THAMES & HUDSON, R302)
CREATOR of the Cycle Chic Manifesto, Colville-Anderson decrees that fashionable riders should ensure that the value of their clothes exceeds that of the bicycle, and refrain from wearing any form of "cycle wear". He has scoured the streets of Copenhagen and other cycle cities, documenting "bicycle advocacy in high heels".
- Get your dose of style at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa which takes place at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, October 24 to 28