Favourite Fashion Books
The fashion in books is very different to the fashion that appears in magazines & in ad campaigns simply because of the nature of the medium. The fashion in book form is more...timeless? simply because otherwise it wouldn't sell & it is also more abstract...it's not selling the idea of a specific outfit but the idea of a way of dressing & - in the case of the books I prefer - a place & a way of life.
So, I think my favourite favourite book is 'Parisian Chic' by Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet. I swear that in reality I am a Parisian & my mum just forgot to tell me....regardless, in the depths of my fashion soul I am Parisian & this fashion book appeals to me. The concept of the book is that a Parisian's wardrobe is comprised of basics worn with humour & a quirky, edgy sense of style.
My next favourite fashion book is also a Parisian fashion book; 'Paris Street Style' by Isabelle Thomas & Frederique Veysset. 'Paris Street Style' is very similar to the last book but, perhaps, a little more edgy, modern & a little younger.
What this one does particularly well is talk you through fun, original ways to wear things that we all have, or have access to.
My final fashion book is actually not about fashion...sounds weird but hear me out. 'Magic Flutes' by Eva Ibbotson is a romance novel about an impoverished Austrian princess & a foundling from Newcastle....sounds awful but the Eva Ibbotson romances are brilliantly written.
So, what are your favourite fashion books? Do you have a character who inspires the way you dress or the way you think about clothes?