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Denim s sexiness, whether it is being dressed up or dressed down, has made it the ultimate fashion statement as well as the ultimate anti-fashion statement. This book is an ode to the enduring cool of denim and the creative ways it can be worn, showcasing unique and inspirational stylish looks from denim lovers across the United States, the U.K., Europe, Japan, and Australia. Presenting street style at its best, Denim is also a veritable who s who of the denim style world, featuring the personal looks of trendsetters, stylists, vintage dealers, as well as shop owners of renowned favorites such as Lot, Stock and Barrel in Los Angeles and Goodhood in London, and designers from cult brands such as Rollas and Lorod. A tribute to blue jeans and denim style around the world, this stylish volume is full of ideas for how to wear and style your denim, imparting inspiration not only for fashionistas, but for all who love blue jeans.
This is the first self help book that looks seriously into the psychology behind why women wear black. In certain cultures it is expected that women hide themselves behind black, however women worldwide choose to wear it for their own reasons. They believe it to be slimming, smart, chic and easy to co-ordinate. A colour to be melancholic in during times of trauma, illness and depression. All women want to look and feel great - how would they react if they knew that black could age their faces by years, drain their energy fields and make them feel tired. This book is a guide for women to find out whether black suits their temperament and their genetic colouring. Whether it truly enhances their looks and personality or drains them physically and energetically? A self help book that will be a must have purchase for all women. Foreword written by BBC Radio 2's Janey Lee Grace.
This essential travel guide distils a decade of style expert Simon Crompton's experiences travelling the world to meet and advise the finest menswear producers and artisans, providing everything the modern man needs to know to travel in style, explaining what to buy and where to buy it. Offering the lowdown on ten of the world's most stylish cities, including Florence, New York, Stockholm and Hong Kong - with a further ten cities full of emerging talents presented more briefly in a reference section at the end of the book - each chapter includes listings of the finest local shops and producers. In-depth profiles of standout tailors, clothiers and shoemakers offer insights into the craftsmanship behind the trademark style of each city, from a traditional kimono maker in Japan to a bespoke opticians in Paris. A central section offers travel advice from leading style aficionados, including Mark Cho of The Armoury and Mats Klingberg of Trunk Clothiers, providing travel tips from those in the know. With locator maps to assist the planning of your trip and practical advice on how and what to pack, you will be prepared for any occasion. Whether you are on a luxurious city break or looking to fill a few spare hours on a business trip, this is the ideal vade mecum for any sartorial adventure.
Follow Wendy Ward's tutorials to make a capsule wardrobe of 20 classic garments, suitable for any body regardless of gender, age or body shape. Wendy's style is functional but beautiful basics, and you will learn the skills to make clothes out of both woven and knitted fabrics that are a joy to wear. There are five styles of button-down shirts, sweatshirts and t-shirts, and three different styles of trousers, jackets and jumpsuits, all made in versatile fabrics that can be dressed up or down. These are core basics that you'll turn to time and again and all these garments can be worn by any body, regardless of gender, age and body shape. Suitable for both beginners and those more experienced in dressmaking, each project has multiple versions from easy to more technically challenging. Plus, there is a comprehensive techniques section covering everything from sewing a fly zip to making a traditional shirt collar, alongside the fundamentals such as different seam and hem finishes. Patterns for the five basic garments and all the variations to make 20 different designs are included in the book on three pull-out, full-scale, multi-sized pattern sheets. Each pattern covers 10 sizes and there's no need for downloading or scaling-up patterns, just trace off the pieces that you need and off you go!
This exquisite volume presents the best vintage exotic skin handbags by the most renowned designers of the past century and a half. Intended particularly for fashionable women, design students, collectors, dealers, and clothing historians, it outlines the fascinating history of alligator and crocodile handbags, the ultimate status symbol since the 19th century. Many prestigious designers are featured, like Coblentz, Evans, Gucci, Hermes, Judith Leiber, Lucille de Paris, Koret, Martin Van Schaak, Rosenfeld, Nettie Rosenstein, and Vassar. Illustrated with 522 color photographs show beautiful examples of the handbags as well as international fashion ads and journals. Learn how to distinguish alligator and crocodile from turtle, ostrich, lizard, and snake. Includes tips on finding, evaluating condition, proper care, and the wearability of these special fashion accessories. Especially useful is the chapter on how to wear vintage with a modern wardrobe. Over ten years in the making, this rare study is destined to become an important guide to the luxuries market and a useful reference for smart-dressing shoppers everywhere.
Follow this unique programme to discover the joy of living with less items and discover how liberating and fulfilling life becomes when you learn to live with less. The premise of this book is simple: if you don't love it, lose it! Many people think that the more they own, the more contented and happy they will be - their lives become defined by their possessions. In fact, the opposite is often true: the more we have, the less happy and contented we are in mind, body and spirit. Decluttering expert Mary Lambert explains how having too much clutter can stop you moving forward in life, and how learning to let go of items we neither love or need is liberating and fulfilling. The challenge starts with an inventory of your personal possessions, then you begin the process of clearing out your items, addressing each area at a time, from clothes, to jewellery, to hobby items. Once you've tackled your personal items, you can get started on the rest of your household goods.
Fashion Wankers is a celebration of fashionistas and fashionistos. Being a #FashionWanker is a good thing. Own it! Whether you are one, know one, love one or want to be one, this is the book for you. It will help you decide which sort of #FashionWanker you want to be, and how to be a better one. Guided by unashamed #FashionWanker and style blogger, The Chic Geek, this is a crash course in the dos and don'ts of making your way in the confusing world of style. You will discover the fundamentals of fads and fashions while studying a spotter's guide to style tribes. Once you can recognize other #FashionWankers, you will discover the joy of creating a #FashionWanker look of your own.
'Not older - better! A blueprint for maturing with style.' Kirstie Clements, former Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Be who you always wanted to be when you grew up. What if experience always trumped youth? Or if there was more appreciation for the style and confidence that comes with age? Embrace your inner greatness, no matter what your vintage, and feel fabulous from the inside out by taking inspiration from the superstars and regular Jo(sephin)es who've nailed it. The Power Age is a celebration of growing older for women not willing to sit back and become invisible. Revel in your personal style, maximise your health and wellbeing, love what you do and find your favourite ways to connect and give back. Featuring dozens of interviews and words of wisdom from women working their power age, including former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, designer Leona Edmiston and food legend Maggie Beer, as well as exquisite illustrations and photographs of the most outstanding of older icons, The Power Age is your guide to navigating midlife and beyond with power and panache.
From four stunning and accomplished French women -- at last -- a
fresh and spirited take on what it really means to be a Parisienne:
how they dress, entertain, have fun and attempt to behave
The wildly popular phenomenon of hygge gets a warm American twist with this gifty, illustrated guide from bestselling Danish-American author Stephanie Pedersen. With their overscheduled lifestyles, Americans can't always find time for the people and things they love. Enter American Cozy, which uses the Danish phenomenon of hygge--comfort, togetherness, and well-being--to bring coziness and ease to readers' homes, work, and lives. Filled with charming four-color illustrations, it explores organization and home decor, entertaining, cooking, creating a happier, more productive work life, de-cluttering, and slowing down.
American-born fashion journalist Tish Jett, who has studied these women for years, shared their beauty secrets in her first book, Forever Chic. Now she explores why Frenchwomen of a certain age are master hostesses and homemakers, expert practioners of les bonnes manieres as well as everyday elegance, savoir-faire, and as a result, la joie de vivre. Jett explains how to entertain like a Frenchwoman, including a glimpse into the typical French larder from which a delicious meal can be thrown together with ease, to detailed instruction on laying a beautiful table and crafting a perfect cheese plate (did you know that when cutting from a wedge of cheese, slice from the back to the point, which is the heart of the cheese, and as such considered the best part and not to be lopped off so others cannot enjoy it). She explores everyday style and elegance, disclosing how to create that special bien dans sa peau (to feel good about oneself) sensation so coveted by Frenchwomen. Jett also shares the importance of discipline, which goes hand in hand with beauty a well-ordered closet, be it for clothes or linens, translates to easy everyday elegance. With tips on adjusting your beauty and style regimes seasonally, charmingly packaged with colour illustrations, Living Forever Chic is a delightful gift for the Francophile in your life.
Life Honestly is a complete guide to modern life from some of today's most talented and insightful writers including Bryony Gordon, Dolly Alderton, Natasha Devon, Lauren Laverne and Yomi Adegoke. Within these pages you'll find an un-airbrushed selection of advice, comment and opinion. These are intimate stories from bad sex to bad boys, from workplace inequality to the sheer joy of learning something new, that will spark hope, triumph and occasionally outrage. In Life Honestly you will find fresh perspectives on everything from age milestones and friendship, motherhood and weddings, and why you should always, always, tell someone when you like their earrings. This book will make you feel empowered, supported and more prepared than ever to take on anything life has to offer because, honestly, we're all in this together. Featuring an introduction by The Pool co-founder Sam Baker, this fabulous collection is full of articles to inspire you. The pieces vary in length, which makes this a perfect collection to dip into for a few minutes while you wait for the kettle to boil, or something meatier for your morning commute. Some are long and some are short but they all pack a punch. From Sali Hughes on blended families to Viv Groskop offering fresh perspectives on daily problems, Life Honestly is a collection of advice, comment and opinion that acts as a complete guide to modern life. These writers are empowering, engaging and unapologetic about their views: Life Honestly is full of lessons and observations on what it means to be a woman or non-binary person now.
Inspired by the colors and textures of her tropical roots, Alicia Rountree shares her carefree lifestyle in her paradisiacal home in Mauritius--from a picnic on a sandbank to a sunset dinner on the beach and quiet time at home sipping tisanes. Her refreshing entertaining style is shown at her family's beach retreat and colonial stone homes as well as on deserted beaches. Chic tabletops are dressed up with a mix of heirloom and contemporary tableware, palmiers are worked into table decor, and fresh herbs or flowers are tucked in napkin rings fashioned from twine. Throughout Alicia also offers advice to promote wellness in daily life, such as energizing recipes including a lemongrass tonic, avocado toast, and nourishing dal. Vases full of vibrant blooms, such as bird-of-paradise and palm fronds, are used to create a serene decor. For the style-conscious and health-minded, Alicia's outlook is uplifting.
The MR PORTER Guide To A Better Day covers all aspects of a man's daily life, from morning rituals, to flawless grooming to handy tips for taking the work out of your working and social life. Compiled by MR PORTER's Editors and featuring wisdom from Messrs Tom Ford, Laird Hamilton and more, this volume is packed with expert advice, helpful illustrations and full-colour photography that explores the habits and routines of the world's most stylish men. Of course, it's also got the wardrobe side of things covered: between each chapter, a dedicated section on 'How To Dress' offers a deep dive into the ins and outs of contemporary menswear, offering rules and guidelines on what to wear and how to wear it, whether you're heading out for a fancy dinner, or spending a weekend recovering from just such a thing. Drawing on MR PORTER's unparalleled experience of dressing discerning gentlemen across the globe, it is the definitive volume that every man of taste should have on his bookshelf this season.
When Jennifer Scott arrived at the doorstep of a grand Sixteenth
Arrondissement apartment in Paris as a foreign exchange student,
she was greeted by the woman who would become her mentor and the
inspiration for the way she lived long after her time abroad was
over. Madame Chic took the casual California teenager under her
wing, revealing the secrets of how the French elevate the little
things in life to the art of living.
Folds are currently on the rise at the moment and this book shows how to manipulate and finish them in order to obtain that personal touch so crucial in the world of fashion. Working from the simplest possible form, the book addresses all major dimensional techniques, shows how they are related and give examples of both traditional and modern variations. This book can be considered as an encyclopaedia of folding techniques, explaining step by step the world of folds and how to apply them in practice. The explanations and diagrams about the different types of pleating are very clear and easy to follow, showing the stages of construction and the finished garments. This title includes an analysis of the use of folds in fashion throughout history and also a helpful tutorial using 30 examples from some of the most innovative and avant- garde designers in fashion today.
The LBD - or 'little black dress' - debuted over 70 years ago by legend Coco Chanel and is still a perennial fashion staple. As most women know, it's impossible to have a 'nothing to wear' crisis with this trusty item in your wardrobe. The Art of the Black Dress celebrates this essential wardrobe item, offering ideas on how to maximise the wears of your best-loved piece, and cataloguing the most iconic black dresses throughout history. Dress it up with heels and jewellery, or dress it down with your favourite sneakers: the possibilities are endless. From sexy to timeless, bodycon to maxi and more, this book offers ideas on how to transform your dress from office-worthy to special occasion with a few simple accessory tweaks. As well as this, hear the stories behind some of the most iconic black dresses in history, from Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy number in Breakfast at Tiffany's, to Princess Diana's 1996 'revenge dress' and Elizabeth Hurley's game-changing Versace safety-pin piece, you will see why every woman should have one in their arsenal. Featuring stunning illustrations throughout by Libby VanderPloeg, this is the perfect read for anyone who loves fashion, and appreciates the power of the black dress.
The Theory Workbook contains chapter-by-chapter exercises on theory subjects. Included are fill-in-the-blank exercises and illustration labeling exercises. Each workbook chapter begins with a study tip and ends with a list of vocabulary words from the corresponding chapter.
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