Chic Lit

Anna Sui knows so much about culture and style— she’s always exposing me to great things. Here are her favorite books in the spirit of this issue.

Anna Sui books

The Amazing Shoemaker: Fairy Tales and Legends About Shoes and ShoemakersFerragamo shoes! Shoemaker to the stars. Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe!”

Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years “This is Alexander Vreeland’s book. Diana’s personal correspondence with Beaton, Horst, Veruschka, Balenciaga.”

Chloé: Attitudes “I love the Karl Lagerfeld ’70s Chloé— and the Guy Bourdin ads!”

Rose Cumming “She is my favorite decorator. My living room is inspired by hers.”

David Webb, The Quintessential American Jeweler “Love his jewelry from the 1960s and ’70s. Lee Radziwill, Elizabeth Taylor, and Barbra Streisand.”

Private, Giancarlo Giammetti “Giammetti’s personal photos… of the original jet set.”

Bulgari Serpenti “I tried on Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond Bulgari snake watch that was in the Christie’s auction. I want a black enamel one!”

Renzo Mongiardino, Renaissance Master of Style “It’s funny that until now, there wasn’t a good book about this illustrious decorator.”

Swans, Legends of the Jet Society “Babe Paley! Marella Agnelli! Jackie O!”