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Invasion of the Interwebs! Terrifying Tales of When Books and Social Media Mix!

It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you’re inside because the sun is scary. You’re in the library peacefully searching for your next read. You’ve managed to break your phone’s hold over your mind, banishing it into some far away dark place, somewhere where it can’t hurt you any more. All thoughts of tockticking, of metubing, of teetering, of bookfacing, all gone, freeing your brain to be a real human being. But then you see something that chills you to the very bone. It’s following you. Even the library, this sacred place of safety and education can not protect you. There is no escape. Sometime, somehow the internet has invaded the hallowed ground and seeped into the books and mind of the public.

So let’s explore this eldritch abomination and see how exactly the dreaded s̵̙̝̥͓͊̋̿ȏ̴̲͚̺̻̊͝c̸̭̟͖̩̑̈́i̸̗͒̐͝͠ȧ̴̱̘̙̜̽ĺ̴̠̟̗̋͗̆ ̶̙̙̊̓̚m̶̰̱̌ẻ̸̹͇̥̈d̶̻͗̊́̕į̷͕̠̟̈́͊̌́a̷͙͂͛ has amalgamated into book form.

Become a _____ Pro!

Welcome to the section I like to call “people who have no authority to tell you how to be good at thing tells you how to be good at thing.” So! Do you want the hundred percent accurate works every time definitely no trust me way to becoming an instant success on any particular social media? Yes? Well sucks to suck, you better spin that roulette wheel and pray to be lucky, because there is no sure fire way. That doesn’t stop these books from being published, and by your favourite social media sensation: random non-fiction author! Now to be fair these guides are probably at least somewhat useful to the inspiring instagrammer or tiktoker, but it’s funny when these books are called “expert’s guide” and then written by a no-name. For my fine selection I have been diligent in having approximately one guide for each format, but be assured there are many many more. Of particular note are the “For Dummies” books, which has a wide selection of internet based guides, which should be a laugh seeing these ridiculous things explained so blandly.


The quick expert’s guide to being a YouTuber / Sutherland, Adam

“This series offers a shortcut to instant expertise! Quick Expert’s Guides are aimed at teens and ‘tweens who are keen to know more about a popular topic, but who may be put off by the idea of having to read wordy or technical guides. Each title includes features that break down technical/scientific/complex aspects of the subject, inspirational case studies, activities and a final project to test the reader’s new skills. Chapter round-ups also offer tips on key words and phrases, as well as boosting self-esteem and confidence, in order to walk the walk and talk the talk of a true expert. Become a successful YouTuber! From setting up your account to creating a viral video, we show you how to master this popular platform and have your creative output seen around the globe!” (Catalogue)


The rough guide to social media for beginners : getting started with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ / Mahoney, Sean

“If you haven’t joined the social media revolution yet, don’t fret: There’s still time! But with so much out there, where to start? Something more than a text message, something less than a phone call… Not engaging in these new types of online social messaging could mean you are missing out on the action.” (Catalogue)


The ultimate guide to Tiktok

“This is the ultimate guide to TikTok, just #foryou! Packed with profiles, quizzes, fill-in fun and loads of top tips for creating your own videos” (Catalogue)

 

 


Blogging for dummies / Gardner, Susannah

“This proven bestseller is fully updated and better than ever!Now in its fourth edition, Blogging For Dummies is fully updated and more practical than ever for today’s bloggers. Whether you’re just beginning or are already a full-tilt blogging maven, you’ll find the up-to-date information you need in these friendly pages. Want to integrate your blog with social media? Jump into the fast-moving world of microblogging on Twitter or Tumblr? Choose which blogging software to use? Optimize your current blog for search? This detailed book guide covers it all, and then some. Buy the book, build a better blog, and blog about it!” (Catalogue)


Twitter power 3.0 : how to dominate your market one tweet at a time / Comm, Joel

“Tweet your company to the top of the market with a tailored approach to Twitter. This book is the best business leader’s guide to Twitter, with the most up to date information on trends in social media, branding, and competitive research. Readers will learn that viral content doesn’t happen by accident, why videos and photos are crucial to engagement, and how to measure the success of a Twitter strategy using specific and accurate metrics. This new edition contains brand new case studies, user profiles, features, and images, helping readers create a stronger overall Twitter strategy whether they’re already engaged or just wondering if Twitter’s important for their business future. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)


InstaStyle : curate your life, create stunning photos, elevate your Instagram influence / Tezza

“Gain Instagram followers, grow your personal brand, and influence others with your authentic personality, beautiful photography, and stunningly curated grid. Instagram is the place where trends break, tastes are made, and brands are launched. Plus it’s packed with insightful analytics and handy business tools to help you elevate your social media presence to the next level. Create, connect with others, and share the way you see the world! InstaStyle is a must-have guide for a booming industry, full of beautiful imagery and easily understood guides to help you achieve your Instagram goals. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Create your own podcast / Anniss, Matt

“Want to make your own podcast but don’t know where to start? Think you could be the next podcaster to get millions of downloads? This book is packed with practical tips on how to make your own podcast, from planning and preparing to actually recording, editing and launching your work. It even offers advice on the next step – vodcasting! Success stories of how famous podcasters made their mark on the industry are sure to motivate you. Go on, be a media genius!. Ages 9+” (Catalogue)


I’m Popular Online, Surely That Means I’m Destined to Write a Book, Right?

Now for the feast of this blog post, books written by ï̸̦̱n̶̗͙̥̈́̂f̵͔̈̊͐̾ͅl̶͍͛͂̆u̶̧̹̻͌͆͘͠ȅ̶̥n̵̗̝̓̀̇c̷̡̺̝͊e̴̪̼̮̜͐͠r̶̦̯̠̍s̴̙̃͒. For some reason, whenever anyone becomes famous, they all suddenly realise they dream of being authors. Could it be because it’s a relatively easy way to make money off their fame? No surely not. It’s just one of those things. That’s not to say these do not have literary merit, but it is a funny thing to point out. One of my favourites is the TikTok cookbook, the thing that set me on this journey to explore the corruption of our grand institution. It’s just fun to see such a modern and ephemeral thing locked down into print form. But it makes perfect sense, TikTok is full of food videos (or so I hear, of course, you wouldn’t see me dead on TikTok (I watch it all on Youtube Shorts, like a dork)). Most of these are memoir style, gods among mere mortals stepping down from their ivory thrones to tell you how to live. Others however mimic their content, such as Thug Notes or DanTDM’s book.


As cooked on TikTok : fan favorites and recipe exclusives from more than 40 TikTok creators / Stephenson, Emily

“Featuring both viral and brand-new recipes from many of the community’s most beloved TikTok food creators, find tried-and-tested #simplerecipes for the hottest dishes, from THE FLUFFIEST #cloudbread to THE MOST DELICIOUS #fetapasta recipe to THE BEST #bakedoats. Published in partnership with TikTok, a curated list of 45 TikTok Creators (based on highest trending food content and largest platforms) contributed recipes and food hacks to this unique cookbook as well as ‘remember that?!?’ food-adjacent content.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Make your own magic : discover the secret tricks of a TikTok magician / M, Joel

“My name is Joel Mawhinney, though I go by the name Joel M. You might know me from TikTok as @joelmagician.” (Catalogue)

 


Ninja : get good : my ultimate guide to gaming / Blevins, Tyler

“From one of the leading Fortnite players in the world comes your game plan for outclassing the rest at playing video games. This complete compendium includes everything Tyler “Ninja” Blevins wishes he had known before he got serious about gaming. Video games come and go, but Ninja’s lessons are timeless. Pay attention to them and you’ll find that you’re never really starting over when the next big game launches. Who knows– you may even beat him one day. As he says, that’s up to you.” (Catalogue)


Thug notes : a street-smart guide to classic literature / Sweets, Sparky

“Remember your high school and college literature classes. Not really? Too boring? Well, why did literature have to be analyzed so blandly? Professors are clearly intelligent, but sometimes literature needs to be translated, especially classic works, to speak to today’s audiences. Enter the one and only Sparky Sweets, PhD. Based on the hit YouTube series, Thug Notes: The Book will celebrate the most widely read (and widely assigned) works of literature. Each title will get the classic Thug Notes treatment: razor-sharp analysis, hilarious summary, and eye-catching illustrations. Readers of all stripes will be eager to see their favorite books like never before”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Ryan Higa’s How to write good / Higa, Ryan

“An unconventional, irreverent, yet heartfelt memoir by Ryan Higa, one of the top creators on YouTube.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

 

 


The odd 1s out : how to be cool and other things I definitely learned from growing up / Rallison, James

“Like any shy teen turned young adult, YouTube star James Rallison is used to being on the outside looking in. He wasn’t partying in high school or winning football games like his older brother. Instead, he posted comics on the Internet. Now, he’s ready to share his hard-earned advice. In this illustrated collection, Rallison tells his own stories of growing up as the “odd one out”: in art class with his twin sister (she was more talented) and what it was like in the middle scholl locker room, all the way up to one strange year of college. Filled with fan-favorite comics and never-before-seen material, this tongue-in-cheek take on some of the weirdest, funniest parts of life is perfect for anyone who’s also felt like an odd one.”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)


The odd 1s out : the first sequel / Rallison, James

“The sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Odd 1s Out, with all new and never-before-seen content featuring opinions, stories, and signature characters from YouTube phenomenon James Rallison. James Rallison has always felt like he was on the outside looking in. His YouTube videos are all about his “odd” behavior, and with over 13 million subscribers and millions more followers on social media, these animations have found their way into the hearts of fans who also feel like a bit of an odd one”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)


Dan and Phil go outside / Howell, Dan

“YouTube sensations Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) were just two awkward guys who shared their lives on the Internet…until now. Dan Howell and Phil Lester, avoiders of human contact and direct sunlight, actually went outside. Traveling around the world on tour, they have collected hundreds of exclusive, intimate, and funny photos, as well as revealing and candid side notes, to show the behind-the-scenes story of their adventure.”– From publisher.” (Catalogue)


The hidden power of f*cking up

“The Try Guys deliver their first book-an inspirational self-improvement guide that teaches you that the path to success is littered with humiliating detours, embarrassing mistakes, and unexpected failures. To be our best selves, we must become secure in our insecurities. In The Hidden Power of F*cking Up, The Try Guys reveal their philosophy of trying: how to fully embrace fear, foolishness, and embarrassment in an effort to understand how we all get paralyzed by a fear of failure. They’ll share how four shy, nerdy kids have dealt with their most poignant life struggles by attacking them head-on and reveal their – ahem – sure-fail strategies for achieving success. Through their insightful, emotional journeys and surprising, hilarious anecdotes, they’ll help you overcome your own self-doubt to become the best, most f*cked up version of yourself you can be!” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Trayaurus and the enchanted crystal / DanTDM

“From the mind of one of the most popular YouTubers of all time, DanTDM, comes a graphic novel adventure that reimagines the Minecraft-style worlds and characters he’s created like you’ve never seen them before.”–Publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Fin…

 

 

 

Or is it!?

Fashion Friday

Syndetics book coverWorn stories / Emily Spivack.
Have you ever thought about what your clothes say about you?  Or rather what stories your clothes could tell?  That’s, kind of, the idea behind this book, each piece of clothing, especially your very favourites, are a mini memoir of you.  Spivak has chosen people to talk about their favourite item of clothing to create an intimate, highly personal telling of individual style or fashion.  I think it fits with the evolution of fashion that’s happening – from catwalk and magazine to street style and personal style blogs, from models to real people.  Spivak has also created the Smithsonian’s fashion history blog Threaded, so her book fits the intellectual-fashion movement that’s going on too (more on that in Women in Clothes and Why Fashion Matters).

Also, if you want some real (librarian) person style, check out the library’s tumblr.  Every week (well, hopefully) you’ll find a librarian wardrobe post (and other Fashion Friday stuff too).  Here’s the lovely Francoise.

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Fashion tag is a website I’m currently obsessed with.  It was created by Dana Christina Straut, a fashion journalism graduate and writer, and it covers all things fashiony, high and low, street or runway.  And she’s not afraid to ask the big questions, like do we still like overalls, are birkenstocks ugly (THE question for summer) and are high-waisted jeans the best thing ever (personally, I’m undecided).

Syndetics book coverA denim story : inspirations from boyfriends to bellbottoms…
Keeping on with the denim theme I just discovered this new (old) book at the library, by Emily Current, Merritt Eliott and Hilary Walsh, of Current Eliott denim fame (they ‘invented’ the current incarnation of the boyfriend jean).  It covers their denim inspirations and features denim icons Marilyn Monroe, Jane Birkin, Kate Moss and Patti Smith, amongst others. It’s a visual, moodboard type book.  Really cool!

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Do you like sewing?  Most fashion lovers worth their salt can find their way around a sewing machine.  Did you know that the library has been amassing a small collection of Japanese – English translated – pattern books?  They are a bit of a thing.  Stylistically they have a very Japanese aesthetic and tie into the whole Mori girl thing.  But the books themselves offer patterns for quite simple, wearable clothes.   The designs are quirky, but not over the top, with enough little details to be interesting.  And although you have to draft the patterns yourself, they are totally doable for a modest sewer.

This is a top that my friend made using Stylish Dress BookThere are heaps more options, check out the titles below.

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Syndetics book coverI am cute dresses : 25 simple designs to sew / Sato Watanabe ; [translated by Asako Ohashi].
“Including tunics, halters, sundresses, and more, these … dresses are created from basic, one-size-fits-many shapes and designed to be flattering on everyone”

 

 

Syndetics book coverSimple modern sewing : 8 basic patterns to create 25 favorite garments / Shufu To Seikatsu Sha ; [English-language editor: Deborah Cannarella ; translated by Atsuko Imanishi].
“With this book, you’ll be able to make 25 new garments by working with only the 8 basic full-size patterns included. Each pattern shows you which folds and cutting lines to use for each unique garment. Almost all of the garments are sized as extra small (XS), small (S), medium (M), and large (L). Pattern 8 is sized S, M, and L”–P. 6.

Syndetics book coverShape shape 2 : sewing for minimalist style / Natsuno Hiraiwa.
“Interweave’s latest Japanese translation is this follow-up to 2012’s Shape Shape, which continues Hiraiwa’s focus on modern, minimalist fashion. As the title implies, the focus here is on shape, whether billowy or spiral or vertical, and the garments include an A-line skirt that can be transformed into harem pants, a puff-sleeved bolero jacket, and a seamless wrap skirt that is flattering to most figures. Don’t mistake “minimalist” for easy-to-sew, though-despite their simple appearance, there’s a lot that goes into the creation of these garments.” (Library Journal)

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Fashiony films continue to be a feature of the New Zealand International Film Festival.  This year two awesome films have been selected.  I will definitely be going to both.

First up is Yves Saint Laurent, a fictionalised telling of the great designer’s life.  It was released in 2014 by French director Jalil Lespert and is considered the ‘official’ biopic of YSL, having been given the blessing of YSL’s partner Pierre Bergé.  Jalil was given free range with the YSL archives and the film covers all aspects of Saint Laurent’s life – his designs, talent, depression and drug use.

The second film is Dior and I.  It is a documentary about the House of Christian Dior’s current designer (the much acclaimed) Raf Simons as he prepares his debut collection for Dior.  The film looks at the nitty gritty of the creative process and all the hard work and planning that goes into presenting a collection.  It was written and directed by Frédéric Tcheng, who also made the fashion documentaries Vreeland: The eye has to travel (EXCELLENT) and Valentino: The Last Emperor.

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Marie photographed by James K Lowe
for Katherine is Awesome

Syndetics book coverSneakers : the complete limited editions guide / written and designed by U-Dox.
Sneakers, I guess you either love them or hate, wear them or don’t.  But either way you can’t deny their practicality and ubiquity.  Their popularity in ‘fashion’ comes and goes.  Right now I would say they’re having a moment – 90s revival Stan Smiths, high-fashion Celine / Vans rip-offs, ever-present Converse, high-tech mimimalist Nikes.  The library has some new sneaker books for you to enjoy and obsess over.  This lovely, glossy Thames and Hudson pictorial above and the newly reprinted classic tome below.

Syndetics book coverWhere’d you get those? : New York City’s sneaker culture, 1960-1987 / Bobbito Garcia.
Documenting more than 400 pairs of sneakers in a highly illustrated, chronological format, this expanded edition includes new sneakers.

 

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(Michele Quellet – photographed by Taylor Jewell for Jean Stories)

Syndetics book coverDenim : from cowboys to catwalks : a visual history of the world’s most legendary fabric / Graham Marsh and Paul Trynka ; fashion editor, June Marsh.
My friend said the other day it was time to pack away the jorts.  Winter has started I guess.  Let the real jeans season begin. 
What is more fashion AND anti-fashion than jeans.  Probably every person owns a pair and most people wear them, either to look cool, or fashionable or to look ordinary, as a type of uniform.  Denim has become a ubiquitous fashion feature and for such a basic wardrobe staple they are still subjected to the whims and trends of fashion (moving away from skinnies into a looser fit, at the moment I think).

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(Jessica de Ruiter – photographed by Katrina Dickson for Jean Stories)

The jeans I’m really loving right now are my Acne skinnies (soooo comfortable) and ripped vintage jeans. But see, everyone has a very personal opinion on jeans and some are devoted to them.   A website I’ve been loving lately is Jean Stories.  Created by jeans lovers and former Vogue writers Jane Herman and Florence Kane, who talk to fellow jeans obsessives about their favourite styles, how to wear denim, what’s new, sneakpeeks into wardrobes.  Seriously love it.  (Particularly love the story of how a worn out pair of jeans, ripped and dirty,  from a guy from Christchurch ended up on an editor from Vogue, ha!  so FASHION)

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(Jennifer Fisher – photographed by Taylor Jewell for Jean Stories)

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Zinio is here!
What is Zinio you ask? weeelll…

Zinio is a magazine database that the library now has.  It’s not just any old magazine database though.  It has full story and image magazines (much like Press Display is for newspapers).  And there are popular magazines you’ll want to read too – fashion mags included are Australian Vogue, US Elle, Grazia (South African, so a bit different), Nylon, Harpers Bazaar, Peppermint, Yen, Esquire, I could go on.

The best thing about Zinio is that it’s free to take out the magazines (or rather download them to your account and then read on your computer, smartphone, tablet, ipod – there’s an app) and you can keep them forever.  YES, FOREVER.

All you need to start is your library card.  Then you can find Zinio on our website, on our Mygateway page (under Magazines).  From there you create an account on the library Zinio page.  After that you need to create a Zinio account (you can you the use the same details for both accounts; you must use the same email address for both accounts).  Finally, you’ll need to download the Zinio app if you’re using a tablet, ipad or smartphone. ( If you need any help take a look here for setting up and starting the app).

And away you go!

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Normcore, is it a thing?  A new ‘trend’, a joke, something you need to be wearing right now?!

According to The Cut, who broke this very important story yesterday, the latest trend for the youngsters in New York is to dress ‘normally’.  Not like a fashionista, hipster or an authentic individual, but with a sameness which means they blend into the crowd. (Or look like an extra from Seinfeld).  Plain mum-jeans are a feature, as are socks and sandals, New Balance sneakers, baseball caps and plain t-shirts and jumpers.  (Alexa Chung’s buddy Dev Hynes favours a turtleneck).

Is this real? Do you – or would you – dress like this?  I have been digging my trackpants lately…
However, not everyone belives.

Here’s an example of library normcore – a workmate wearing her totally normal, plain (and comfy) Nikes.  (Co-ordination with the carpet way too fashiony though).

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Fashion Friday – extra

(OOPS I missed my week, so you can have this extra post today!)

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(Vera Wang Fall/Winter 2014 – Fashion Gone Rogue)

As the high fashion treadmill trundles on, with New York fashion week kicking of the Fall/Winter Ready to Wear 2014 shows (what you will be wearing in 2015? Blah, who knows!) it all seems rather yawn-some.  The same big name designers putting out some interesting and knockout clothes (Karen Walker LOVE, Proenza Schouler COMPLICATED LOVE); the same old street style coverage (which Style.com and Tommy Ton do BEAUTIFULLY) its all a bit predicatable.  New York is currently suffering under an Polar Vortex, so this has shaken things up style-wise, but you may find yourself asking “what does it all mean”?!

Syndetics book coverWhy fashions matters.
Aha!  This wonderful new book by Frances Corner – the head of the London College of Fashion – might help.  Certainly a bit weighty in substance,  it looks at the social and economic impacts of fashion and it will help you understand fashion’s place in the world, putting it in a much wider context (than the internet ha ha!)  Sometimes you have to stop and assess, take it all in and learn why leather midi skirts/slogan tees/platform boots are SO important.

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Cindy – FOUREYES

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Candice – FOUREYES

Syndetics book coverFoureyes : New Zealand street style / Alex Blanco … [et al.].
Foureyes is a street style blog run by four fashion and photography loving guys, you’ve probably heard of them by now.  I guess they have one of teh most influential fashion blogs in New Zealand and one of the only blogs that focuses on street style photography. (Check it all out here).  NOW they have a book, which is actually pretty cool.  Therre’s some quirky stuff in there (do people really dress like that?  In Auckland apparently? Good for them I say).

I don’t read that many NZ street style blogs.  The most obvious one is good old Stuff’s Daily Street Style (in the Life and Style section).  Photographers from around NZ feed into that – such as Street and City Photos (which i don’t really like, too ernest) and Femmehysterique (which is from Dunedin, refreshingly different).  Do you have any good suggestions?

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I am back!!!!

Yes, Le Chic Librarian has returned. From a year of complete fashion fabulousness and oh my goodness, the things that happened while I was away – Kim K became the world’s most glamorous mother, J-Law had a haircut, the 1990s and grunge made their fashion comeback, an awesome Glassons flagship launched on Lambton Quay, Marc Jacobs left Louis Vuitton, Alexa Chung turned THIRTY (!) and continued to look awesome.
Meanwhile, I was travelling the globe searching for inspiration, following fashion weeks, stalking street style.

ALL FOR YOU.

Or, perhaps not…..

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This is my final Fashion Friday forever…well, quite a while anyway.  I’m off on a fashion adventure for a WHOLE YEAR.

So au revoir to my fellow chic librarians, fashion fans, and readers!

Fashion Friday on Monday

Syndetics book coverLauren Conrad Beauty

Lauren Conrad’s back!  At the library, with a new book that is.  A companion book to her previous guide – Lauren Conrad: style – and filled with beauty tidbits from her blog. The book has just been ordered and isn’t on the shelves yet, but be the first to reserve it HERE.

Another fashion book,  just ordered for the Young Adults collection, you might want to check is Fashionable by Owen Weldon.  It covers the more outlandish trends of fashion history, such as the dandies of the Macaroni Club – and just whatever that is you can see here.

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New York fashion week’s biggest show – the one that WILL influence what you’ll be wearing in seasons to come – Marc Jacobs, brought to you by one of the world’s biggest fashion bloggers Garance Dore – someone who has made a successful million dollar career out of blogging.

The real skill of Dore’s is not so much the topics covered but the tone.  She really makes you feel like you’re her friend, having a sneak-peek at the hottest New York fashion parties, the front row fashionistas, coming across as human and humorous.  Check out her blog (or her youtube channel) for her Pardon my French series of clips that show you more about fashion week than just pretty models in clothes.

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It’s a little late of me to point this out, but New Zealand Fashion Week is just coming to an end in Auckland, as we speak. There’s been great coverage online, if you don’t already know, so everyone still has time to catch up on what their favourite New Zealand designers have created for the next season.

May I reccommend you check out excellent blogger Katherine is Awesome, who has all social media mediums covered for, um, coverage – twitter, instagram and tumblr (as well as her blog).

There’s also the good old Glassons blog Style Keeper and one I follow called Amber and Hilary – they have great pics of the catwalk shows and the glamourous show attendees. Of course there is the official Fashion Week website, and I’m sure a plethora of other sites to keep you updated. So you really have no excuse for not being an informed Kiwi fashionista!

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(Twenty Seven Names – Katherine is Awesome)

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Syndetics book coverAdvanced style / Ari Seth Cohen ; foreword by Maira Kalman ; interview by Dita von Teese.

Ages ago I did a post mentioning a site called Advanced Style, which is kind of like the Sartorialist for old people.  Well, here is the book of the blog!  And the library has it

  

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Also, this book is rather timely too, as one of fashion’s older and kookier icons has recently died.  Anna Piaggi was best known for her outrageous way of dressing – she had a look which was distinctly her own and certainly noticeable – and you’ve really got to admire that!  She was Italian and a former employee of Italian Vogue, she died on August the 7th at the grand old age of 81.

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Did you know that Miranda Kerr has been doing her best to raise the fashion quotient of Wellington?  While here with Orlando Bloom (who’s working on The Hobbit) she’s been shooting up storm with all types of fashiony pics of her in our city suddenly appearing.  (First was the Rag and Bone campaign shots).

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(T magazine – Fashion Gone Rogue)

Then last weekend this rather beautiful photoshoot for New York’s T magazine appeared all over the interwebs – including a pic of Miranda outside our very own Newtown Library!  (below).  Whilst I’m not a big Miranda fan, I think she looks great (and with some awesome shoes to boot!)

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(T magazine – Fashion Gone Rogue)

Fashion Friday on Wednesday

Hot or not – new and emerging trends for spring.  You decide!

Cute and frilly blouses with bow ties and such?  (As also seen at Karen Walker)

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(Asos – Fashion gone Rogue)

Studded collars and creamy pastels? (As also seen at Glassons)

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(Nasty Gal – Fashion gone Rogue)

Crochet knickers?!  (As seen….well, nowhere really)

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(Free People – Fashion gone Rogue)

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Boring old Kate Middleton has toppped Vanity Fair’s best dressed list for 2012, the third year in a row.  YAWN I say – but what do you think about Kate’s style?  Who’s your ‘best dressed’? 
(Super-mean Karl Lagerfeld – designer for Chanel – has some rather unkind things to say about Kate’s sister Pippa too!)

My pick for best dressed might be Azelia in this cool video for Alexander Wang’s T collection.

Crop-tops for summer! For everyone!

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