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3 New Books Explore the Lives of Fashion's Elite

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Few things are simultaneously as tight-lipped and wildly ostentatious as the world of fashion. But if you're anything like us, one glimpse sends your voyeuristic tendencies spiraling.

This month, the plebeians will be able to peek into the beautiful madness through three new tomes:

1. Diana Vreeland Memos
The Vogue Years Never before have we fallen so hard for typewriter script. A collection of professional memos dictated by the imitable Ms. Vreeland during her tenure as editor of Vogue (1962 to 1971), this coffee-table stunner is beyond fascinating. From her obsession with freckles to her surprising notes on coifs ("We must never, ever copy the past"), the scope of her vision can be summed up in one word: brilliant.

2. The Asylum
We're gonna let you in on a little secret: Fashion folks are nuts. Like, nuts. Simon Doonan, the creative ambassador at Barneys New York, delves into the well-dressed loony bin with 25 sidesplitting autobiographical essays. The time a ceiling fell on Anna Wintour during Fashion Week? Gasp. Just wait until you hear the rest.

3. It
Can we just be Alexa Chung already? Funny, cute, stylish...did we mention funny? Chung's debut book is filled with a slew of street-style photos (natch), hand-drawn illustrations and quippy one-liners that have us wondering, OMG, should I be putting my Chanel nail polish in the fridge too?