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    Fashion Friday

    02.09.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    Not just fashion… HIGH fashion. (Such a beautiful book, btw.)

    Syndetics book coverHigh fashion : the 20th century decade by decade / Emmanuelle Dirix.
    “From the Golden Age of Haute Couture in the 1900s to the lifestyle brands of the 1990s, this book looks, decade-by-decade, at the high fashion of the 20th century. Each chapter examines the significant stylistic changes that occurred in the decade in question, and places these in their cultural and political context. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings of the clothes and the people who wore them. Alongside the individual chapters, three designers that made their mark on fashion are discussed, as well as three key looks per decade. Many of the designers are household names; some are lesser known. But all these individuals, whether through their designs or their business practices, are exemplars of their age.” – Syndetics summary


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    Fashion Friday

    26.08.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    Good news for good fashion! Brand new app Good On You launched this week, and is a shiny new app which rates fashion brands on their “impact on people, the planet and animals”. The results are all easy to read and, most importantly, easy to access when you’re out shopping. It also groups all brands with a Good or Great rating in the same place (so if you’re wanting some new kicks for example, you can easily see which brands to go for), and there are even some discounts and specials to be had. Huzzah!!

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    The app also enables you to hassle get in contact with brands that could be doing better. Australia and New Zealand are the first countries to get the app, with more international releases planned for the near future. It’s available for Apple and android, so get to it!

     

     


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    Fashion Friday

    29.07.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    Amazinger Face! So, this isn’t exactly a fashion book. It’s a beauty book. But it’s hard to look chic and fashiony if your hair and makeup aren’t en pointe, so that’s where this book comes in!

    I am a dedicated devotee of the author Zoë Foster-Blake; this book is a follow up to her earlier publication Amazing Face and is also fabulous. It gives really straight-up and helpful advice on eeeeeverything you need to know in the grooming department, and also recommends specific brands and products for particular skin types. Think of this as the kind of book you would refer to before you make any kind of beauty-type purchase. (Zoë also writes fiction, which we have, but I can’t vouch for as I haven’t read any. Just thought it was interesting and you might wanna know.)

    Syndetics book coverAmazinger face : clever beauty tricks, should-own products and spectacularly useful how-to-do-its / Zoë Foster Blake.
    “Fully revised and updated! Over 60 new pages! New longer title! Sometimes a lady just needs to know the most flattering lipstick for her skin tone, or how to correctly use sunscreen, or a very quick hairstyle to conceal her unwashed hair. And there’s no reason she shouldn’t know which foundation or mascara is best for her, either. All the answers are here, in this top-to-toe beauty extravaganza. Former Cosmopolitan and Harper’s BAZAAR beauty director, and the founder of Go-To skin care, Zoe Foster (Blake) suggests makeup colours and brands for every occasion; useful, practical skin care routines and products for every age; and step-by-step instructions for winged eyeliner, arresting red lips, foolproof tanning, simple updos, sexy-second-day hair, and much, much more . . .” (Syndetics summary)


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    Fashion Friday

    22.07.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    I can never resist a bit of Audrey (or Givenchy).

    Syndetics book coverAudrey and Givenchy : a fashion love affair / Cindy De La Hoz.
    “The words “Audrey style” conjure images of ballet flats, little black dresses, bateau necklines, capri pants, and countless stunning fashions.

    Audrey Hepburn, the fashion icon, got her start in the early 1950s, just as a young French designer, Hubert de Givenchy, was beginning his legendary career. Together Audrey and Givenchy were a brilliant meeting of minds. Over the course of their forty-year friendship and professional partnership, both became fashion icons whose collaborations influenced trends for generations to come.

    Audrey and Givenchy is a celebration of their work both onscreen and off, featuring fashion profiles on such classics as Sabrina , Breakfast at Tiffany’s , Charade , How to Steal a Million , and perhaps greatest of all, Funny Face (who could forget the many looks of Audrey’s transformation from dowdy librarian to high-fashion model?). Also covering their greatest off-screen fashion hits for awards shows and events and featuring photos throughout, Audrey and Givenchy is a stunning showcase of the most influential teaming of star and designer in fashion history.” (Syndetics summary)


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    Fashion Friday

    15.07.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    If your over-flowing wardrobe is making you feel guilty, read this book (even if it’s not making you feel guilty, you should read this book). Aussie fashion writer Clare Press explores the real cost of our modern-day addiction to cheap clothing and I have to tell you, it’s pretty morbid. But the solution to the problem lies with us, as shoppers, and this book is the perfect way to kick-start some smarter (and kinder) shopping habits. The tone of this book is really great as well and will immediately draw you in. Read it.

    Syndetics book coverWardrobe crisis : how we went from Sunday best to fast fashion / Clare Press.
    “”Who makes your clothes? This used to be an easy question to answer: it was the seamstress next door, or the tailor on the high street or you made them yourself. Today we rarely know the origins of the clothes hanging in our closets. The local shoemaker, dressmaker and milliner are long gone, replaced by a globalised fashion industry worth $1.5 trillion a year. In Wardrobe Crisis , fashion journalist Clare Press explores the history and ethics behind what we wear. Putting her insider status to good use, Press examines the entire fashion ecosystem, from sweatshops to haute couture, unearthing the roots of today’s buy-and-discard culture. She traces the origins of icons like Chanel, Dior and Hermes; charts the rise and fall of the department store; and follows the thread that led us from Marie Antoinette to Carrie Bradshaw. Wardrobe Crisis is a witty and persuasive argument for a fashion revolution that will empower you to feel good about your wardrobe again.”” (Syndetics summary)

     


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    Fashion Friday

    08.07.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    The Cool Factor. What it is. Why you want it. How to get it. All explained in this book.

    Syndetics book coverThe cool factor : a guide to achieving effortless style, with secrets from the women who have it / Andrea Linett ; photographs by Michael Waring.
    “In a culture where trends are born and die every minute, maintaining style and effortlessness at every age requires that little extra something–the cool factor. Being “cool” isn’t about chasing trends or defying age but about following a few key guidelines. Yes, the cool factor is a skill that can be learned! In this photo-packed guide, Andrea Linett offers easy-to-implement, actionable tips that will change the way women dress. The tips are modeled by real-life style icons as Andrea highlights the ingenious ways in which they skillfully pile on layers, or dress up denim for work or a party. The book is organized into chapters that include wardrobe classics, denim, leather, suits, dressing up, and accessories, and features style hacks that turn an outfit into a masterpiece (choosing shoes that instantly slim you, combining tough and feminine pieces, and accessorizing a day-to-night look). Packed with useful lists and examples, this guide is the would-be stylish woman’s best friend.” (Syndetics summary)


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    Fashion Friday

    01.07.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    This ground-breaking new edition will answer all of your innermost questions about men’s socks, including the greatest sock question of all: is it okay to wear with sandals?? (NO. Def not imo, but you’ll have to read the book for confirmation).

    Syndetics book coverSocks : the rule book : 10 essential rules for the wearing and appreciation of men’s hosiery / Sock Club London.
    “Socks. They are a serious business. Socks are the glue that binds an outfit together, the telling detail that shows that a man understands what it is to be stylish. But they are also a minefield of potential fashion disasters and style pitfalls. What style of socks should you wear with a brogue? Are patterned socks permissible with sneakers? How high should you roll-up your trouser leg? Are socks and sandals ever acceptable?* But fear no more – Socks: The Rule Book will solve your hosiery dilemmas. Laying out the ten fundamental rules of sock wearing with fashion-conscious advice and a knowing sense of humour, this book answers hitherto unanswered questions and establishes clear guidelines for every aspect of the sock world.
    *No.” (Syndetics summary)


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    Fashion Friday

    24.06.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    New fashion book! About scandalous Gucci gossip! Get it here!

    Syndetics book coverIn the name of Gucci : a memoir / Patricia Gucci ; with Wendy Holden.
    “The gripping family drama–and never-before-told love story–surrounding the rise and fall of the late Aldo Gucci, the man who is responsible for making the Italian fashion label the powerhouse it is today, told by his daughter. Patricia Gucci was born a secret: the love child whose birth could have spelled ruination for her father, Aldo Gucci. It was 1963, and the halcyon days for the “must-have” brand of Hollywood and European royalty. Patricia’s mother gave birth in secret in London before she was smuggled back to Vatican City and hidden from the fashion world, the media, and the rest of the Gucci family. Aldo couldn’t afford a public scandal, but he could not resist his feelings for Patricia’s mother, Bruna, the paramour he first met when she worked for him as a shopgirl in Rome. In In the Name of Gucci, Patricia Gucci charts her parents’ untold love story, relying on her own childhood memories as well as an archive of love letters and interviews with her mother. She interweaves her parents’ story with that of her own relationship with her father–from a little girl who remained a secret for eighteen months and wasn’t publicly acknowledged for her first decade, through her rise to become Gucci’s ambassador and Aldo’s protégé, to the moment when his three sons, who betrayed him in a famous palace coup, were disinherited and Patricia–once considered the shame of Gucci–was made sole universal heir. It is an epic tale of love and loss, betrayal and loyalty, sweeping among Italy, England, and America throughout the tumultuous years during the rise and fall of the House of Gucci”– Provided by publisher.


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    Fashion Friday

    17.06.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    Megan Hess, one of my fave fashion artists, is back with a brand new book about Chanel (if you like Megan’s work as well, we have two other stunning books by her; here and here). This one is just as glorious as her previous publications and I strongly encourage you to take this book out! The illustrations are chic and so beautiful (this clip is très charming and gives you a great preview).

    Syndetics book coverCoco Chanel : the illustrated world of a fashion icon / Megan Hess.
    “Fashion is ever-changing, influenced by the key designers that capture a moment in history; and Coco Chanel is arguably the most significant influence on women’s fashion in the twentieth century. Coco Chanel is a compilation of Megan Hess’ stunning illustrations of the 100 most quintessential moments through Chanel’s history, from Coco’s incredible life, to the impact of Karl Lagerfeld on the company and the incredible items that have become iconic of the brand – the little black dress, the luxurious bags and accessories, glamorous jewellery and of course the renowned Chanel No 5 perfume. Interspersed with historical anecdotes and famous quotes from Coco herself, Karl Lagerfeld and other key fashion icons of the era, this book is an elegant and immersive introduction to the moments that shaped Coco and the iconic Chanel brand – and how fashion, in turn, shaped their lives.” (Syndetics summary)


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    Fashion Friday

    10.06.16 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

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    Be like Bowie!!!

    Syndetics book coverDavid Bowie Style / Danny Lewis.
    “The first book in more than ten years to focus on Bowie’s unique style, this volume pays homage to the man of Ziggy Stardust fame in a fashion retrospective.” (Syndetics summary)


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