Millennial Pink, iD & YSL

Photo-Illustration: El Corte. Photos: Rizolli; HarperCollins

Here, three coffee table books we recommend this month.

By Alastair McKim

“I think it was important to show people how ID it was always relevant,” says Alastair McKimm, editor-in-chief of the publication. “ID It was always an underground-style bible.” Create iD: Wink and Smile!: The First Forty Years, McKimm spent two years reviewing the magazine’s 40-year archive. The book, published this month by Rizzoli, is broken down by decades and definitely demonstrates ID has always had its finger on the pulse of culture. She features profiles of an 18-year-old Gisele Bündchen, a young Björk in 1996, and Chloë Sevigny in 1995, before being in Kids, as well as British fashion editorials FashionEdward Enninful’s current editor-in-chief, when he was the magazine’s fashion director in the early years.

Choosing the material to include could not have been easy. “I just follow my instincts,” says McKimm. “If I was really excited about it, I would keep it for the next round of edits. I really wanted it to be the bangers. The most important thing for me was to be as far away from the archive as possible,” he says. “I wanted to be archival-friendly and feel the texture of a print magazine.” —Joanna Nick

By Veronique Hyland

Surely you have heard (and seen) the phrase millennial pink for now, but did you know it was coined by fashion writer Véronique Hyland right here in court in 2016? During her time as a fashion writer and editor at New Yorkhe wrote countless stories that sparked conversation about what people wear and why they wear it, a topic he has expanded on in essays for his new book, Dress codeAvailable from March 15. There’s a chapter on millennial pink, of course, but also one on the rise of “haute couture body” about which he first wrote in 2015, when celebrities started wearing “naked dresses” on the red carpet. “What struck me was that usually people were competing to see who could use the most capital.F fashion look, and instead I was seeing more people showing off their bodies,” Hyland said recently. “The designer was a little off the mark.” In the book, she traces historical trends, illuminating how clothing has served as a way to manipulate a woman’s silhouette, from corsets to Dior’s New Look.

Now we have Facetune and Photoshop and plastic surgery techniques that allow us to get the same effects IRL. “Obviously we’ve seen more body positivity in campaigns, on the runway and in editorials, possibly not enough. But the interesting thing is that at the same time, as these standards expand, this ideal that we see shrinks and becomes more and more difficult to achieve,” added Hyland. “In some ways, it becomes more difficult to keep up with fashion trends.” Between the current ubiquity of miu miu miniskirt and the return of the body-con bandage dressthe subject continues to evolve, and Hyland’s book provides a clever, funny, and impressively comprehensive breakdown. -Emilia Petrarca

Edited by Martina Mondadori and Stephan Janson. Contributions from Claude Arnaud, Hamish Bowles, and Amy Fine Collins.

This tome celebrating YSL’s 60th anniversary explores the many inspirations the fashion designer drew from his career. The references are varied and diverse, from art—Christian Dior, his boss, encouraged him to go to museums, attend the theater, and assimilate many other forms of artistic expression—to flowers, ballet costumes, travel (especially to Morocco, where he had a house and fostered the beautiful Jardin Majorelle which is still there). —JN

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