September 2018 Favorites

Thursday, September 27, 2018

          September 2018 marked a new chapter in my life, and I wanted to start anew with an abundance of inspiration.  My favorite store has been Barnes and Noble.  I've been there almost every single week this month looking through their endless selection of books and magazines.  After all, the September issue is one of the most important, if not THE most, important issue of the year.  I stocked up on a good handful of fashion magazines, but today I wanted to share with you all the selection of fashion books I've added to my collection.  Here we go! 

          Since Barnes and Noble offered a member double discount a few days this month, I decided to take advantage of it and purchase the books I've kept on my wishlist since last year.  This Manolo Blahnik book was the first one that came to mind.  I remember first seeing this at Neiman Marcus, but I wasn't serious about reading it until I purchased my first pair of Manolo Blahnik heels last year.  It was an investment piece that came with a steep price tag, but they are my favorite pair of heels that I own.  To be honest, I still haven't worn them out, but every now and again I'll try them on and strut down the hallway as if I were walking down a runway.  Isn't it wonderful how a pair of heels can totally transform the way you walk and carry yourself?     

          What I love most about this book is that there is always a photo of a shoe next to a photo of what inspired the design.  I find it fascinating to be able to take a peek at the inner workings of a designer's mind.  Sometimes I find the sketches and/or inspiration board just as captivating as the actual product itself.  For those of you who are shoe-a-holics like me, this book will definitely tickle your fancy.  

         Now, this colorful book was one I had never seen before.   John Galliano is one of my favorite designers, and I was over-the-moon thrilled to see him in person and hear him speak at the Vogue Forces of Fashion conference last year.  I've seen his innovative designs in countless photos online, but I had never seen a compehensive book containing most of his collections.  Although the book was bound in shrink wrap and I couldn't view the pages on the inside, I purchased it anyway.  Let me tell you, that was one of the best decisions I made that day. 

         This book is a masterpiece and it's filled with photos of his designs from 1996-2011.  If you have a flair for the dramatic arts and fashion, you NEED to add this to your bookshelf!  It's truly a masterpiece!

         Allure by Christopher Hemphill and Diana Vreeland originally came out in 1980, but it was printed again in 2010 with a forward by Marc Jacobs.  This little red book was gifted to me a while ago, but I recently began to read it.  It is filled with stunning vintage photos and is an endless well of inspiration.  
        Diana Vreeland was a highly-regarded columnist, fashion editor, and style maven with impeccable taste.  This book is a goldmine of her quotes, inspirations, and wisdom, and it's nothing short of fabulous!

       Keeping with the red theme, I've been loving this petite red purse from Forever 21.  The color and the faux crocodile texture is striking.  Like a bold red lip, I think one can never go wrong with adding a red purse for a pop of color.   

           Iris Apfel is a unique fashionista whose love for life, bright colors, and prints is remarkable and awe-inspiring.  Her eccentric and "extra" style has garnered her as a superstar in the fashion industry.  Personally, she's one of my favorite style icons!  Just seeing her at 97 all dolled up with ten plus bracelets clanking on her arms and her signature round glasses always puts a smile on my face.  
         In this book, she shares her views on style, anecdotes, and shows a handful of carefully selected pieces from her extraordinary closet.  Iris makes you believe that the point of fashion is just to have fun, play dress-up, and wear whatever makes your heart sing!

         This last book tells the story of Olympia Le-Tan in a beautifully presented package.  Although she is no longer affiliated with her brand, her stories will continue on in her clutches that were handstitched with love.  She is known for her striking embroidered book clutches and I remember falling in love with her purses years ago because they combined my love for fashion and literature.  

        Although I still don't own an Olympia Le-Tan clutch, I can indulge myself in this creative book filled with her inspirations behind her designs, and her personal stories and photos.  Just like her purses, the packaging is so pretty and it carries through with her cutesy vintage theme.  
         Those were all the books I loved this month and will continue to read and refer back to in the upcoming months.  I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and maybe even added a book or two to your own reading list.  Let me know in the comments below if you own any of the books I've mentioned above.  I would love to know your take on them!  As always, I am sending you lots of love from my heart to yours!

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