Before spring blooms beckon us outdoors, prep for the new season with one new and two not-as-new titles on fashion and beauty.
Photographer Kevin Davies paints a portrait of a fanciful milliner, fashion historian Elyssa Dimant analyzes the to-dos of women famous for their signature style, and Good Housekeeping editors offer ground rules about aging well.
Top fashion designers such as Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen have tapped the singular creations of British hatmaker Philip Treacy, for whom greenhouses filled with exotic tropical plants are inspiration.
In Philip Treacy by Kevin Davies (Phaidon), the author accompanies the almost 200 photographs with anecdotes about this mad hatters imagination and craftsmanship. $37.77 at www.amazon.com.
From the editors of Good Housekeeping, 7 Years Younger: The Revolutionary 7-Week Anti-Aging Plan is a book chock-a-block with tips for improving skin texture, nutrition and state of mind.
Some suggestions are familiar, but the impact of too much sugar in your diet and the ill effects of sitting more than six hours per day bear repeating. $17.13 at www.amazon.com.
In The Style Mentors (Harper Design), Dimant dissects the dress of trendsetters past and present, including Marie Antoinette and Diana Vreeland. Particularly helpful is the way she points out ways readers can incorporate elements of their spirit or looks into theirs.
Study up. $19.80 at www.amazon.com.
Why diminish the good looks of your fashionable reading material with undistinguished bookends when you can support it with Leaning Ladies? Made of sturdy stone resin, they illustrate the wisdom of the old saw about form and function. Set of two, $45 at National Museum of Women in the Arts shop in Washington, NMWA.org.