Gift Guide: 12 Coffee Table Reads for Your Stylish Friends

By  December 11, 2012

Being book smart has never been as chic as it is this season. That’s because VOGUE, Mario Testino, and Kate Moss have become the subjects of some of the best reads of 2012, both in and out of the fashion world. From a sensational foray into street style courtesy of The Sartorialist to the savage beauty that defined Alexander McQueen‘s fearless fashions, we’ve rounded up the most polished publications of the year. And take our word for it: your flyest friends won’t relegate these page turners as mere tabletop accents. Instead, these books make the perfect gift for the style stars in your life who don’t just dress the part, but think the part, too. Who knows? There may be a tome worthy of your own cozy afternoon read in the mix — bookmarks sold separately.

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Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs by Pamela Golbin | $75 at SaksFifthAvenue.com
The Sartorialist: Closer
by Scott Schuman | $23.79 at BarnesandNoble.com
Marilyn in Fashion
by Christopher Nickens and George Zeno | $20 at Amazon.com
Mario Testino: In Your Face | $59.99 at Taschen.com
Terrywood | $60 at Oh-Wow.com
Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy
by Judith Watt | $35 at HarperCollins.com
Kate Moss
edited by Fabien Baron | $85 at Net-A-Porter.com
W: The First 40 Years
by Christopher Bagley | $38 at BarnesandNoble.com
365 Day-by-Day Fashion Ads of the 20th Century | $29.99 at Taschen.com
Grace: A Memoir
by Grace Coddington | $19.58 at BooksAMillion.com
VOGUE: The Editor’s Eye | $46.99 at Target.com

For more gift ideas, check out: 10 Gift Ideas for the Busy Woman and The Ultimate Gift Guide for Your Guy