Fun Summer Fashion Reads

Posted: Jul 27 2015

You have your lounge chair by the pool and your fruity drink in hand, now all you need is a stylish book to complete your escape.  Here are five fun, fashion books to indulge in this summer.

 

I'll Drink To That:  A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich

 

Betty Halbreich was the first personal shopper for Bergdorf Goodman, where she has held the position for nearly 40 years.  Her frank advice and discriminating taste help socialites, Hollywood stars and politicians look their best at top events.  But, her own personal transformation is the greatest makeover of her career.  In this book, Betty takes you on her emotional journey from a sheltered, Chicago schoolgirl, to a troubled, Manhattan wife, and finally to her own trailblazing career in fashion.  She is a force to reckon with and her story will delight and inspire you.

 

Chanel:  A Woman of Her Own by Axel Madsen

 

The life of Coco Chanel is just as fascinating as the couture she created.  From her humble beginnings in an orphanage to her climb to become the queen of fashion, her story and her legacy endures forever.

 

 Fashion Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones

 

Fashion Babylon follows an anonymous A-list British fashion designer through three of the annual "must" fashion industry events.  Packed with witty and naughty insider stories, you will find out how a collection is put together from start to finish, who goes to the shows, where they sit and whose backside they have to kiss to get there.  It is a fun read that will leave you wanting more.

 

In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon

 

 

The story of how Tamara Mellon built the billon dollar brand Jimmy Choo is fraught with turmoil, victory, loss and redemption.  Her unwavering determination to make it to the top of the fashion world and survive the brutal world of hostile takeovers, as well as her inner demons, is a testament to her true grit and creative genius.  This book will take you on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs as you journey with Tamara to design the perfect shoe and build a fashion empire.

 

 Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello

 

We loved this book!  If you have ever coveted a Hermès Birkin, you will delight in Michael Tonello's memoir of his cross-continent quest to bring the Birkin to the privileged masses.  After an impulsive move to Barcelona, and subsequent disappointing job loss, Tonello was desperate to stay abroad.  Hence he drew on what he knew best, a knowledge of fashion and a love for shopping.  Follow Tonello across Europe as he finds and sells the most coveted luxury bag in the world and builds a surprising business beyond his wildest dreams.

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