Stylebook: Check out these books for fashion conscious on gift list

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Searching for style inspiration? How about a gift for that fashion savvy someone on your gift list?

There is a slew of new coffee-table books available, chock-full of photos and stories about fashion history, beauty tips and street style sightings.

"Jemma Kidd Make-Up Secrets" ($24.99, St. Martin's Press): Learn how to illuminate natural beauty and mask imperfections in this guide to all things cosmetics by makeup artist and former model Jemma Kidd. In 200-plus pages, readers will unlock industry secrets for picking the perfect foundation, adapting high-fashion trends to daily life, contouring and eating to keep skin looking young and healthy.

"Shoe Innovations: A Visual Celebration of 60 Styles" by Caroline Cox ($29.95, Firefly Books): Discover the evolution of footwear from the pre-16th-century sandal to the designer shoes of today through more than 200 pages of colorful depictions. But it's more than just a picture book. The author gives a snapshot of society at the time the shoe was popular, as well as reasons it remains a staple of women's closets or went out of style.

"W: The First 40 Years" edited by Stefano Tonchi ($75, Abrams Books): In its first four decades, W has been there, shot that. See standout fashion spreads, from sophisticated to sultry, spotlighting public figures including Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld, Jackie Kennedy and Beyonce photographed by such greats as Steven Klein, Marcus Piggott, Mario Sorrenti and Greensburg native Bruce Weber. It also includes essays that delve into some of the magazine's most memorable interviews.

"Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible" by Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun ($28, Gallery Books): "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the Earth," reads the Bible. But in "Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn's version, it all started with a fig leaf and the toga. If you've ever wondered how the clothes you wear came to be, Mr. Gunn has the answers in this historical look at Western fashion.

"The Sartorialist: Closer" by Scott Schuman ($30, Penguin Books): Sitting on a bench and watching people parade by like an impromptu runway show can be a source of style education and entertainment. Scott Schuman compiles hours of street style observations in fashion meccas, such as New York, Paris, London, Barcelona and Tokyo, in his latest book, an extension of his blog www.thesartorialist.com.

Pittsburgh fashion and beauty front ...

Moonlight Madness at Tanger Outlets: From turkey stuffing to stocking stuffers, Tanger Outlet Center Washington will help with the transition at its holiday shopping kickoff at 10 p.m. Thursday. Through Black Friday weekend, retailers will boast bargain after bargain. View the offers in advance at www.tangeroutlet.com/washington.

KRISTI Boutique open house: Start the holiday shopping season at a Black Friday weekend event featuring food, fashion and savings. It's 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. Information: 412-782-2033 or www.kristiboutique.com.

Shadyside shops to offer creative specials on Small Business Saturday: This weekend, several dozen shops throughout Shadyside will hold one-day specials. Examples include champagne, goodies and free gift wrapping at Dina Ellen boutique on South Aiken Avenue, 10 percent off purchases of $30 or more at Eureka! Chocolates & Gifts on Copeland Street and many opportunities to receive savings or a special gift for spending $100 or more at a number of stores. Check out the full list of deals at www.thinkshadyside.com.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive project: Support the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's 13th annual clothing drive with a new or gently worn sweater for an adult or child. Now through Dec. 16, sweaters will be accepted at receptacles in the museum lobby. They will be distributed to families throughout the region.

Also in the news ...

Ralph Lauren launches online vintage boutique: Get better acquainted with apparel from Ralph Lauren at www.rlvintage.com, which aggregates highlights from the designer's past collections. Style enthusiasts also can shop, learn about other collection collectors and vote for pieces they think Ralph Lauren should create again. The vintage looks the site features will be updated seasonally, with Western-inspired clothes and accessories the focus for now.

Missoni rumored to create lower-priced line: The last time Missoni went mainstream with a capsule collection at Target, fashion pandemonium broke out, evidenced by a flood of foot and Web traffic to the retailer's brick-and-mortar stores and website. Now, the Italian fashion house is thinking about sticking a patterned stiletto into the moderately priced apparel pool again. But for now, details are still incomplete, and the label declined to comment on the name of the new collection or when it would be available, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Chanel shares unseen Marilyn Monroe photos, film: Before Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Laura Hutton and other stars served as spokespeople for Chanel No. 5, Marilyn Monroe was the face associated with the famous fragrance. Chanel recently released photos and footage from the era as part of its Inside Chanel videos series. At http://inside.chanel.com, people can see the blond bombshell photographed with the perfume bottle and hear her say that she wears a few drops of the perfume to bed.

Shopbop to start selling menswear: Come next year, the women's wear website owned by Amazon is expected to get a men's counterpart. The menswear will be sold on its own website that will have a similar aesthetic to www.shopbop.com. The name of the venture and more specifics on what brands it will carry are still to come.

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