Hot on the Manolo'd heels of Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People comes this rather glossy tome.
It's filled with some of society you've heard about, others of society you could care less about, the parties they attend, the ones you don't and the unrestrained lifestyles they lead. I have a love/hate thing going on with the book, as in many ways it expresses a rather tired theme built only really to set a benchmark too high for those who cannot afford/don't have the connections and to instill a sense of social jealousy perhaps, much like Vogue itself - yet I read Vogue!
It's co written by Plum Sykes I believe who's naturally decided to include her own wedding within its pages, and this sort of says it all to me really. I long to see a book which doesn't nod so obviously to those it wants to 'keep in with'; that said there are some rather lovely pictures, which have been very well researched, Hamish Bowles does a nice job with the text and it would look on any designer's coffee table. I was bought a copy of it, not sure I would have purchased it myself, and won't be too upset if a bit of coffee is spilled on it. My advice - take this lot with a pinch of fashionable salt, be vaguely content that you might be able to find happiness without living such extravagant, ostentatious lives as many of these, and count yourself mildly privileged that you're allowed to peek into such a hidden world from time to time, in search of a sort of glamour.