One of the signs of adulting? When your coffee tablescape has graduated from serving as a catch-all space for remote controls, stacks of unanswered letters, and other random knickknacks to something that's subject to home-decor envy on Pinterest. It looks like a clean minimalist slate with a nicely curated and culturally diverse selection of coffee table books. And maybe a cool, modern vase to hold a bouquet of flowers or marbles—or something. But we digress.
The point is that we all reach that stage at some point, and that's when our appreciation for these spectacular tomes increases, like, tenfold. So we did you a solid and rounded up the 11 best fashion coffee table books released in 2015 that are substantial in both weight and in content, and that make the ultimate gifts. Shop our library of picks, below, and then put a ribbon on it.
1. Pradasphere by Prada
Immerse yourself in the world of Prada. This tome features a compilation of archival imagery arranged to shed light on the inner-workings and complexities of the century-old fashion house.
$102 (originally $150); amazon.com
2. Where's Karl? A Fashion-Forward Parody by Stacey Caldwell, Ajiri Aki, Michelle Baron
Karl Lagerfeld is arguably the most recognizable figure in fashion. In a stylish adaptation of the beloved childhood books Where's Waldo arrives this fashion-forward parody, featuring the man himself (if you can find him) with Choupette, of course, along with celebrity cameos, like Pharrell Williams and Miley Cyrus.
3. Dior: The New Look Revolution by Laurence Benaim, Foreword by Florence Muller, Contribution by Pierre Cardin and Raf Simons
This substantial title traces Dior's influential presence in fashion and its innovative spirit back to couturier Christian Dior's first-ever collection, in which he introduced a novel silhouette—the Bar suit featuring a waist-accentuating jacket with a voluminous skirt. Dior j'adore!
4. Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions by Manolo Blahnik, Contribution by Michael Roberts, Pedro Almodóvar, Mary Beard, Eric Boman
For the shoe enthusiast—this is the first comprehensive book of its kind to document the life work (more than 41 designs are featured) of the iconic shoe designer Manolo Blahnik.
5. Valentino: Mirabilia Romae by FRANCESCO BONAMI
When Valentino Garavani retired and handed the reigns over to designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, they were tasked with the mission to carry on the house's legacy—which they succeeded in doing, along with a contemporary-cool, fantastical outlook. In this coffee table tome, Italian art curator Francesco Bonami documents how each of Chiuri and Piccioli’s creations come to life, from start to finish.
6. Becoming by Cindy Crawford and Katherine O'Leary
This best-selling memoir chronicles international supermodel Cindy Crawford's decades-long career. Becoming boasts 150 images and it's punctuated with personal stories and lessons she's learned over the years.
$29 (originally $50); amazon.com
7. Louis Vuitton Windows BY VANESSA FRIEDMAN
Louis Vuitton's display windows have a history that's almost as illustrious as the brand itself. From golden dinosaurs to hot-air balloons, flip through the pages for a mesmerizing look at 35-plus LV windows.
8. Giorgio Armani by Giorgio Armani
It's Armani, unfiltered. To commemorate 40 years at the helm of his eponymous brand, Giorgio Armani penned a book that follows his fashion history through compelling photos and storytelling, complete with never-before-seen images and mementos.
9. Images of Women II by Peter Lindbergh
Eighteen years after revered German photographer Peter Lindbergh released Images of Women, a series of portraits of models in the '80s and '90s, arrives this sequel featuring his work (portraits, nudes, and more) of today's actresses and models, including Jessica Chastain, Tilda Swinton, and Milla Jovovich.
10. Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon by Megan Hess
Artist Megan Hess depicts Coco Chanel, aka one of the most influential fashion figures in history, and her hallmark moments through a compilation of illustrations.
11. Cartier Panthère by BÉRÉNICE GEOFFROY-SCHNEITER, VIVIENNE BECKER, JOANNA HARDY, ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY
The panther has led the pack of animals in Cartier's menagerie for more than a century. Cartier Panthère chronicles the panther's journey throughout art history and popular culture, along with the creative evolutionary process behind Cartier's Panther jewelry.