Monday, June 14, 2010

Fashion 101: Chic Read For Fashionistas!

By Dayana Sobri
Style Parlour Writer
15 June 2010

Since it's summer time and most of us are in holiday/sabbatical/hiatus mode,why not pick up a book or 2 off the bookstore's shelves and spend some time reading chic books about fashion&lifestyle?Not only will you gain knowledge,you'll also have the tendency to be more stylish and articulate when mingling at social events!So start reading!Here are the list of (recommended)chic fashion&lifestyle book to read:

1. Influence (Authors: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen)

This book is more like a compilation of mini autobiography of the main icons in our modern times who has a very big influence in the world of fashion,entertainment,and photography(to name but a few).In this coffee table book,MKA will be the ones interviewing the selected icons,so expect to see more of them and less of MKA(though they do have their own pages as well).Among the people interviewed are Diane Von Furstenberg,Karl Lagerfeld,Lauren Hutton,Lazaro Hernandez&Jack McCollough(of Proenza Schouler),Francisco Costa(of Calvin Klein),and Margherita Missoni(to name a few).Expect to see a lot of cool and inspiring photos and be prepared to be influenced! Who knows,maybe you're next to influence the world!?

2.Style A To Zoe (Author Rachel Zoe)

No fashion lovers should claim themselves a true fashionista if they don't know the very talented celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe.In this lifestyle book Zoe talks about what glamour is all about and how to live glamorously,style tips(as expected for a stylist),tips on how to buy a vintage,and even about decorating your little own home sweet home.The book also features Rachel Zoe's life from the moment she was a teen fashion queen until she's the huge stylist that she is now.

3.Who What Wear (Authors Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power)

Anyone who's in tune with the fashion industry will most likely to read the Who What Wear Daily news religiously.This book is pretty much the same and as similar as the WWWD online.The awesome part is that it features a lot of photos and tips that you might need.A must-have for the fashion-challenged,as using this book as a style guide is pretty easy(just refer to the photos).

4.The Fashion Designer Survival Guide (Author Mary Gehlhar)

Mary Gehlhar, author, industry authority, and consultant to hundreds of designers, including Zac Posen, Twinkle by Wenlan, Rebecca Taylor, and Cloak, gives readers behind-the-scenes insights and essential business information on creating and sustaining a successful career as an independent designer.

With advice from fashion luminaries including Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Richard Tyler, and top executives from Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, this fully updated and revised edition of The Fashion Designer Survival Guide addresses the latest trends in apparel and accessories, the newest designers, an updated introduction, and a new foreword by Diane von Furstenberg, Designer and President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

5.Sex And The City 2: The Stories.The Fashion.The Adventure. (Author Eric Cyphers)

Your bookshelf is about to get a whole lot sexier. As the highly anticipated Sex and the City 2 hits theaters, Running Press presents the official companion book, available both in paperback and as a deluxe hardcover edition.

With style emulated by millions of women, Carrie Bradshaw has become the fashion icon of our day. Nearly half of this book is devoted to showcasing and detailing the wardrobe and accessories worn by the women in the movie. As a complete guide to Sex and the City 2, the book is also filled with exclusive plot details, interviews with cast and crew, and never-before-told stories about the making of the film. The fashions, the friendship, and the fun are all gorgeously illustrated by more than 500 downright fabulous photos of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte, and the rest of the stellar cast.

Fans just can’t get enough of Sex and the City. This book will be a must-have for the millions who made the show the highest-rated on cable TV; who bought $400 million worth of tickets to the first movie; and who made the book that tied in with that film a New York Times bestseller!

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