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Although it seems less likely every time it snows in April, soon we’ll have to unpeel our beigy layers and bust out whatever fabulousness lies underneath. For inspiration come see the staggering number of fashion photography books that have lately bloomed (forgive me) on our shelves.
Along with David Bailey, Oliver Theyskens, Ellen von Unwerth, Patrick Demarchelier, Jeanloup Sieff and Guy Bourdin, there are also compilations of Vogue covers, Marvin Sokolsky’s 60s bubbles, the drawings of Kenneth Paul Block and Maddalena Sisto, Mario Testino’s well-oiled seductions, Helmut Newton’s Amazons and of course, all those wonderful Vreeland memos: “I repeat again the importance of white knee socks …”; “The coat people are very frightened.”; “[W]ould you write us everything you know about the Queen of Bhutan.”
But in the end, as Mrs. V reminds us, “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste — it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I