Collections mania: the Gap PRESS
Something that I do twice every year: splurge on the ultimate collections book. You know those kinds of books that have almost every single image of the most important collections printed in cold hard pages? I like style.com and all, but clicking through the images one by one and wait for it to load can be really time consuming. I would prefer to see everything in one glance, and the best of it all, read through it whenever I can. It comes in really handy for trendspotting and absorbing the essence of each collection.
It is pretty costly ($35 for one book, if you want to have all four capitals, that’s $70) but it’s totally worth it— keep it as an archive or for future referencing. There are many types of books like this, from ELLE, VOGUE and WWD, but I usually go for L’Officiel’s or Gap Press. I have been buying Gap Press for a few seasons now:
I have to hunt down the latest Fall 09′ edition because it is really in demand here. I like that they zoom in on a few looks, and that the pictures really HQ, big enough for me to look at the texture/details of the looks and the colours are very real.
They have some features in between, designer profiles, articles etc— all translated to English from Japanese.
I should be writing some trend spotting posts soon…