Beach Reading: Summer’s Style Books For The Fashion Obsessed

April 13, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

For those of us who still like to read about fashion and not just watch it on TV, today’s WSJ reviewed five new books on the topic:

1. “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth L. Cline (Publication date: June 14)

Love fast  fashion? Author, Elizabeth Cline takes a journey after realizing she has run out of room in her New York apartment to store her cheap-fashion wardrobe. “I was buying clothes,” she writes, “like a cow grazes on grass.” She is annoyingly on target: Our addiction to fast, inexpensive fashion is killing people and wreaking havoc on the environment in nations whose cheap labor and environmental laws let companies produce dresses that sell for a $14.99. Her research took her around the world, into textile and clothing factories and through clothing recyclers.

2. “Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution” by Safia Minney (Available now)

If sustainable goods are your thing, this is an enticing guide to the growing fair-trade fashion movement. Author Safia Minney is the founder and chief executive of People Tree, a British fair-trade and sustainable fashion label, and she shares her contacts in the field. With cameos from Emma Watson, Vivienne Westwood and others, the fair-trade fashion movement becomes more attainable as Ms. Minney includes a substantial list of labels while discussing what fair trade is—fair wages for labor and environmentally sustainable operations are a big part of it.

3. “By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop” by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson (Available now)

Gilt Groupe has accomplished enough since launching in 2007, that its “co-founders” Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson ought to be full of insights about building a leading U.S. sample-sale website. Instead, this tale is as affected as the “e” on the end of the company’s name. It’s difficult to wholly swallow parts of this narrative, given the many self-serving claims, not to mention snide swipes at unnamed—but obvious—competitors (the article’s author Christina Binkley’s views, not mine. I am halfway through the book myself).

4. “Kate Moss: The Making of an Icon” by Christian Salmon (Available now)

Why is Kate Moss a phenomenon? Author, Christian Salmon is more interested in the social phenomenon than the model herself.

5. “How to Look Expensive” by Andrea Pomerantz Lustig (Publication date: Aug. 7)

Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, a longtime beauty editor, shares her secrets to guide the reader in looking well-heeled without breaking the bank. The philosophy behind this book is both wise and doable: Maintenance is important, but you can go overboard. This book gets a rave review and I can’t wait to read it!


Source & Photo: WSJ

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