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Holiday Reads For A Fashion Know-It-All

Holiday Reads For A Fashion Know-It-All

| On 18, Dec 2014

Christmas holidays are upon us, but alas, you don’t have your holiday reads sorted! Look no further, we have a tried and tested list of the most fashionable reads.

I love to read, it’s no secret. A love of written word coupled with a passion for anything fashion related culminates in a somewhat crazed obsession with what I like to call “fash-lit”. There is a whole library full of literature just for us fashion lovers, autobiographies of the fashion major players, coffee table perfect editorial photography hardcovers and dreamy New York fash-girl fiction. Unfortunately, a lot of “fash-lit” should really be called “crap-lit”, selling famous names or a fashionable cover but a boring story. I’ve read them all, or have them on my very well kept “to read” list, so choose from my favourites below to pack in your beach bag this holidays.


I’ll Drink To That, Betty Halbreich


A witty, humorous and insightful look at one of America’s fashion sweethearts, this page turner will leave you wishing for some of Betty’s wisdom for your own life… and wardrobe. Despite dressing Jackie O and selling furs to Yoko Ono as well as developing intimate relationships with some of New York’s elite through her personal shopper role at Bergdorf Goodman, Halbreich is grounded and lacks the air of importance someone of her experience, clientele and position could acquire. Rather than a novel dripping in pretentious fashion babble the novel includes as much of Halbreich’s own life, experiences and learnings as it does fashion insights. A fabulous read for lovers of an interesting life story, insight into dressing the rich and famous or anyone craving some good old fashioned life advice.


Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls, Leandra Medine


If you have ever taken a peek at Leandra’s website, Instagram or Twitter you will be fully aware of Medine’s uniquely hilarious and entertaining way with words. As much as Leandra is a natural fashionista she is a natural author. Well written and full of Leandra’s giggle worthy life and fashion experiences this autobiography gives great insight into Leandra’s professional and personal history. Open and unabashed you will turn the last page, wish it wasn’t over and have a strengthened sense that Leandra is your long lost best gal pal.


#GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso

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Calling all business fashionistas- this ones for you. More hustle than haute couture, Sophia has an inspirational story with a hilariously blunt mode of delivery. No fairy tale story, Amoruso worked long and hard to create her Nasty Gal empire, with as many wins as mistakes along the way. Formatted as an autobiography as well as a business “how to” plan this tough love novel has some very practical tips for aspiring business women, with all the entertaining back story which keeps you glued to the page.


The Fashion Book: New and Expanded Edition, Phaidon


Consider this your ultimate fashion reference book, quite literally a fashion A to Z. Including the most influential designers, photographers, models and creative, this huge fashion bible includes a small blurb with the essential details of everything you should know. Even if you don’t read it front to cover it makes a stunning coffee table book!


The Vogue Factor, Kristie Clements


Ever wanted to know what it’s like to work at Vogue? Well this ones for you. Clements, started from the bottom and climbed her way to the coveted position of editor of Vogue Australia, before being fired seemingly out of nowhere. From trips to Paris and Milan for fashion week and the model weight debate, Clements has seen it all. As well as a charming professional autobiography Clements comments on the changes she has witnessed in the last decade, namely the rise of bloggers and the spectacle of fashion week. A must read for any Australian fash-girls.


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