Trend Report: Picks for a bookish new year

If your holiday wish list included some quiet time with a good book, you're in luck -- at least as far as the books are concerned. The latest style and design tomes offer up a visual feast of color, creativity and inspiration. Here are our picks for six stylish titles; as for the quiet time, well ... maybe in the new year.



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From the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "100 Dresses" features page after page of swoon-worthy concoctions from bold-faced names including Elsa Schiaparelli, Hubert de Givenchy and Cristobal Balenciaga. The real treat, however, is the glimpse of early 20th-century designs by Paul Poiret, Jeanne Lanvin and Madame Gres. $24.95 at bookstores; also available from online booksellers.

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