Jewellery Guide: The Ultimate Compendium by Fabienne Reybaud, published by ASSOULINE

A comprehensive guide to fine jewellery, including the world’s most iconic stones and exquisite pieces. This book, filled with illustrations from Ateliers, original sketches and colourful photography, covers everything jewellery enthusiasts need to know. Available on assouline.com

70s Surf Photographs by Tom Adler and Evan Backes, published by T. Adler Books

Surfers during the ’70s may find Jeff Divine’s archive of images nostalgic; those who weren’t will gain a deeper understanding of the pre-commercialized era of surfing and hippie culture on the Californian coast. Available on amazon.ae

Ice Cold: A Hip Hop Jewelry Story by Vikki Tobak, published by TASCHEN

Featuring hip-hop jewellery from the 1980s to today, Ice Cold shows how “ice” evolved into an art form and a symbol of individuality for rappers. Also, it spotlights jewellers, giving you an insider’s perspective on their work. Available on taschen.com

Chinatown Pretty by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu, published by Chronicle Books

What started as a fashion project evolved into a documentation of the joyous senior citizens of Chinatown, illustrating how their looks give insight into the American-Asian culture at large. Available on amazon.ae

Alaïa: Livre de Collection, published by ASSOULINE

To celebrate more than 35 years of friendship, Assouline republished 1992 “Collector’s Book” on Azzedine Alaïa’s Spring/Summer 1992 show, offering an unparalleled insight into the world of creating a runway show. Available on Assouline.com

The New Black Vanguard by Antwaun Sargent, published by Aperture

With striking photography and gripping essays, this critically acclaimed book explores the Black body within the creative industry – highlighting Black photographers within the context of current changes. Available on amazon.ae

Football: Designing the Beautiful Game by multiple editors, published by Design Museum

Your love for football doesn’t have to end with the World Cup. This catalogue illustrates the meticulous design that goes into every element of football from the cleats and kits to the stadiums. Available on amazon.ae

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg by multiple editors, published by Rizzoli

As Murakami’s first serious exploration as a painter rather than a commercial artist, this book provides a comprehensive overview of his career from his early training to his current studio work. Available on amazon.ae

Pools from Above by Brad Walls, published by Smith Street Books

Featuring 89 aerial shots of swimming pools from Mexico to Australia to Bali, Walls captures his unusually tranquil compositions and invites you to contemplate their serene depths. Available on amazon.com

Yves Saint Laurent at Home by Jacques Grange, published by ASSOULINE

This beautifully photographed book explores the interiors and gardens of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, including Yves’ Villa Majorelle in Marrakech and his Maison de Couture on Avenue Marceau. Available on Assouline.com

Bob Willoughby: A Cinematic Life by Bob and Christopher Willoughby, published by Chronicle Books

Throughout the 1950s and 1970s, Bob Willoughby captured many of the most significant movie stars of the era in rare, candid moments. This book is a comprehensive monograph celebrating Willoughby’s extraordinary cinematic life and career. Available on amazon.ae

Studio 54 by Ian Schrager, published by Rizzoli

This illustrated memoir by Studio 54’s co-founder takes you behind the scenes of the most extravagant and spectacular club in history as it flourished in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Available on amazon.ae

Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at rand@khamsa5.com or follow her on social media @rundoozz.
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