Summer! – time to absolutely forget about fashion, autumn’s trends (well, not quit – but it’s ok to keep it in the back of your head for your two to three weeks vacation) and just relax, enjoy the sun and read! Most of you almost certainly read more than one book over the summer.
It’s healthy (I think!) to get away from the whole fashion buzz once in a while – and as much as I dislike soft sex-and-the-city-wannabe / I-love-fashion books, just as much do I love books, which looks at fashion with either very analytical or humoristic and sarcastic eyes – and of course a books in beach-friendly sizes (coffee table books are for crawling up on the couch autumn and winter).
Here are three of my favourite fashion and anti-fashion books:
Like I give frock – fashion forecast and meaningless misguidance
This book doesn’t need much of an intro – let me just quote one page:
“Eyes up – You can say what you like about fashion – it’s frivolous, indulgent, fun – but it can also be downright evil. Take the playsuit for instance. Is the distance from shoulders to possum standard across all women? I think not. One girl’s comfort zone is another’s camel toe. So when faced with a friend in a changing room asking if the playsuit splitting a most valuable asset apart, keep your eyes up, take a deep breath and blame the designer.”
“Fact: A camel’s hump is full of fat and will shrink if the camel doesn’t eat. The same does not apply to the camel toe.”
…need I say more?
Fashion-ology. An introduction to Fashion Studies.
This book was an eye-opener for me. It takes fashion to a serious level, where history, communication, myths, structures etc. are discussed and explained in an easy-to-understand voice. You can both read it start t end or use it as an encyclopaedia for specific questions. A must have, must read book for those of you who want to argue your fashion interest.
Chanel – en kvinde I eget design / Coco Chanel – a biography
I’ve read, not all, but many many books about Coco Chanel – and this is by far the best. It’s written by the Danish author: Axel Madsen and is straight to the point and tells the raw, honest story abut this great designer and personality. This gives you the whole picture of Chanel – her life from birth to death.
Whatever you chose for your summer reading – enjoy!