Gifts for… The Literate Fashionista
Nina Garcia’s Look Book – Some events are easy to dress for. A black tie event requires an evening dress, while a cocktail party allows for something shorter. Your job probably gives you a dress code or a uniform. Other events can be a little trickier. That is where Project Runway‘s Nina Garcia comes in. Her Look Book gives dressing advice for every conceivable event. From job interview to casual Friday; from the first date to a breakup; from errands to shopping, it is all covered in here. New Years, Christmas (both as host or attendee), Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Passover. Baby showers, graduations, funerals. A complete wedding section covers everything from engagement party to honeymoon (except for what to wear as the bride – hopefully you can guess that one). More unusual sections cover jury duty, school dance chaperone, and what to wear when meeting a potential surrogate. Loaded with illustrations, famous quotes, “rule breakers we love,” and more, this is the perfect gift for every girl.
Knitting it Old School by Caro Sheridan – I love vintage, but I hate paying vintage prices, and I am not a fan of pre-worn clothes. This book of vintage-inspired knitting patterns is a perfect way to add to a vintage wardrobe – without the vintage sweat stains. Over 40 patterns cover looks from the 1940s through the 1970s. Favorite patterns include a nautical sweater; unisex sweaters with checkerboard trim; mod 1960s dress; a snug 1940s sweater; and a couple of men’s sweaters that look awfully similar to the original Star Trek tunics. Give it to someone crafty, and make notes of what you would like for next Christmas.
British Fashion Designers by Hywel Davies – This big, beautiful coffee table book is loaded with beautiful photos from, well, British designers. Big names and lesser-known designers fill the pages of this tome: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Philip Treacy, Paul Smith, Cassette Playa, Nathan Jenden, Luella, John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan, Emma Cook, and Gareth Pugh are just a few of the designers who have a half-dozen pages of photos and interviews devoted to them.
Bag by Sue Huey and Susie Draffan – Bag Hags rejoice! This immense volume is crammed full of photos and interviews with some of the world’s most amazing designers. Naturally, the focus is on handbags. Purses. Totes. Clutches. Some of the designers featured include Moschino, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Chanel, Botkier, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Liberty of London, Halston, Loewe, Versace, Zagliani, Chloe, Isaac Reina, and Hermes – just to name a few. Warning: this book will likely cause indecent thoughts and expensive yearnings.
Rebel Rebel: Anti-Style by Keanan Duffty with Paul Gorman – Neither purely couture or street style, Rebel Rebel focuses on all manner of alternative dressing, from rock n roll style to new twists on old styles, from stylin’ trainers to designer denim. The photos are fun, and the centerpiece of this trade paperback.
Color Me Trendy by Rada, Ljubica, and Jasmina Radmanovic – Coloring books aren’t just for kids any more. This fun-for-all-ages fashion coloring book features page after page of models in “blank” clothes, ready for the magic touch of your crayon or marker. Some drawings have details like ruffles or flowers; others are completely blank, waiting for your own patterns and accessories.