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Book review: Who What Wear

Book: Who What Wear – Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

Who What Wear - Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

The book is broken out into 10 chapters that cover a variety of fashion-related topics.

Some highlights:

Style by Inspiration: Creating and interpreting you own Inspiration Boards. Designers do it every season; we should, too!

Not Every Trend is for Every Body: They encourage readers to find a “celebrity doppelganger” with a similar build and stature and see what fits look good on them (let the celebrities do all the work!)

Runway to Real way:  Provides a framework for interpreting runway shows and how to take elements from a show and apply to to an everyday wardrobe. Looking at a collection holistically and listing out the elements in each of the 5 checklist points (Colour, Fabrics, Prints & Patterns, Accessories and Themes) is a easy way to pick up the vibe and work it into your wardrobe.

Investing in Trends: Lists off basic staples and focuses on tips on which trends to splurge on and which to buy in a thrifty version.

Cycle + Celeb = Trend: This talks to how celebirites influence trends and vice versa. The trickle up-the trickle down. Short answer: inspriation comes from everyone, everywhere.

The Time-out Corner: When a trend is overly saturated they recommend shelving the quality (designer) pieces until it’s fresh again (cycles can run ever 15-20 years or more frequently)

In the Beauty Closet: As with fashion they recommend trying new beauty looks each season to look current.

What to Wear Where: Specific outfit examples for different occasions: On a Plane, Casual date, Meeting the Parents, etc.

Inspiration boards

As a fan of their site: I was excited to see what the book had in store for readers.

The book was a quick read with lots of pictures to help show thier ideas.

I found the styling somewhat simplicstic (not a lot of wow – that’s so creative – I can’t wait to try that!) and they didn’t tell the reader where they got the pieces (this is often found in other styling books and on styling blogs). This was really frustrating as some of the pieces were really cute but without a “where to buy section” the reader is left in the dark.

The font was really small at times, making it challenging to read. I would have enjoyed larger type face (and I have 20-20 vision!)

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Book Review: You Know You Want It

The book: You Know You Want It: Style – Inspiration – Confidence by Eric Daman, Costume Designer for Gossip Girl

You Know You Want It: Style-Inspiration-Confidence by Eric Daman

As a fan of the fashions on both the shows Gossip Girl and Sex and the City (where Eric was an assistant costume designer), I was excited to see what insider secrets he’d share in his first book.

The book is split into 4 sections: Basics, Inspirations, Style and Maintenance.

In section 1: Basics, Eric explain the different cuts that work for different body styles: tops, skirts, pants and jeans. He listed 4 women’s body types: Carrot, Stringbean, Pear and Apple. Oddly enough that meant he left out mine (hourglass – where hips and shoulders are the same and waist goes in)

Here he also mentions his key pieces, which he calls “Totally Basic Essentials”: white t-shirt, sweaters and cardigans, a perfect little dress (not necessarily black), suits (and how to break up and use the pieces) and a chemise (A button-up oxford shirt).

This section also provides a cursory glance of accessories for different occasions: weekend, office, black tie and date.

Eric suggests finding or signature piece (or rather, letting one find you). An example of this is the “Carrie” necklace from Sex and the City… I wonder if he helped Patricia find that….

The expensive basics: coat, sunglasses, bag. Not all need to be investment purchases but he recommends having a good one of each and then supplementing with cheaper options.

For the trends he suggests getting the looks for less. When something is popular enough, a low-cost version had been made (think H&M).

This section also takes on closet organization. Eric suggests doing this seasonally (and I do too!)

Good friends to have: a cobbler and a tailor. These skilled people can save your soles (literally) and take something that sort-of fits and turn it into something that fits like a glove.

Section 2: Inspirations. In this section the reader is encouraged to look everywhere for inspiration and to not wish to look like anyone else but be their ultimate self!

Eric Daman - You Know You Want It

The readers are encouraged to look to our own pasts, our travels and our own experiences to forge our own individual style.

This section talks about colour. Namely the 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. I think I’m Spring but I liked the colours for all the seasons so I don’t think I’ll follow these rules (some rules are meant to be broken!)

He also suggested 5 different types of looks: Classic, Eclectic, Natural, Dramatic and Romantic. I couldn’t see myself in any of the looks, I liked some of the pieces but not the overall look – too costume-y for me (but hey, he is a costume designer, after all).

Section 3: Style. This section talks about layering, varieties of skirts, tops and pants.

Eric encourages readers to break traditional rules: winter white and summer black. He also tells readers to think creatively with accessories. Gone are the days of matching shoes and bags.

This line made me laugh: “Don’t apologize, accessorize!”

In the final section: Maintenance, it’s about the foundation: bras and underwear.

Eric also gives an inside peak into a stylist’s emergency kit: safety pins, top stick tape, lint roller, dryer sheets, wet ones (used as a gentle makeup remover), etc. Most of these I have already on standby but the wet ones is something I’m curious to try.

To sum it up, style is 20% fashion and 80% confidence so know who you are and what you like and you’ll live happily ever after (doesn’t everyone just love a happy ending?)

A resources section at the back let the reader know where to buy. Like the adorable hot pink pump with a heart-shaped peep toe from Alexandar McQeen on page 94… hey, a girl can dream.

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