The 6 most fashionable novels for summer
This Summer the Assignment Fashion team rounded up the best fashion books just for you! We jotted down a little description, review and pointed you in the right direction of where to buy.
1) #GirlBoss - By: Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso has a great story. After spending years working retail jobs and having little money Sophia decided to turn her love of vintage clothes into a business. She began selling the goods she found at thrift shops and estate sales on eBay and Myspace. 18 months later Sophia was doing roughly $115,000 in sales. Now, Sophia is the founder, CEO and Creative Director of a little site called NastyGal.
"I've read many book about entrepreneurship, but this one is very complete and very funny + I love Sophia Amoruso and her company, so it was the best of both world. Highly recommand this book for every girl that needs a push in the but, or some motivation of any sort. The way Sophia approaches the subject is very stimulating and also very entertaining. I would read this book many many times just for the laugh and the tips."- Danielle, Assignment Fashion Toronto
2) The Glitter Plan: How We started Juicy Couture for $200 and turned It into a Global Brand - By: Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor with Booth Moore
While working together at a Los Angeles boutique, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor became fast and furious friends over the impossibility of finding the perfect T-shirt. Following their vision of comfortable, fitted T-shirts, they set up shop in Gela's one-bedroom Hollywood apartment with $200 and one rule: Whatever they did, they both had to be obsessed by it. The best friends' project became Juicy Couture. Pam and Gela eventually sold their company to Liz Claiborne for $50 million, but not before they created a whole new genre of casual clothing that came to define California cool.
"Excellent summer read. Gela and Pam are an amazing duo and an inspiration for everyone embarking on their own business. They make hard work sound fun!" -Assignment Fashion Team
3) Man Repeller - By: Leandra Medine
A born and bred Upper East Sider, Medine's fashion epiphany occurred while mourning multiple broken relationships in the dressing room of uber-trendy Topshop in Soho. As she slipped into drop-crotch shorts and a boxed sequin blazer, it hit her: she didn't have a boyfriend because of the way she dressed. The more she thought about it, she realized that such outfits, such items of clothing, could measure her whole life. These essays, written with the author's signature sass and blunt honesty, explore the deep connection between our memories and the sartorial choices associated with them. From The Bermuda Shorts to The Magical Harem Pants, Medine relates with wit how she navigated her way into the most unusual item of all: The Inconsequential Big White Dress (And Organza Jacket). That's right, even the MAN REPELLER found love. This book is a collection of awkwardly funny experiences, a sweet love story and, above all, a reminder to celebrate and embrace a world made for women, by women.
"Our favorite Blogger Leandra Medine from Man Repeller, Published a book back in September, 2013 and has been a must read ever since! We would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to work in the Fashion Industry." – Assignment Fashion Team
4) Front Row Anna wintour: What Lies Beneath The Chic Exterior of Vogue's Editor In Cheif - By: Jerry Oppenheimer
She's ambitious, driven, insecure, needy, a perfectionist–and she's considered the most powerful force in the more than $100 billion fashion industry. She's Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, the world's fashion bible. With her signature Louise Brooks bob, trademark sunglasses, and glamorous furs, she's a sexy international diva, gossiped about the world over. As famed designed Oscar de la Renta declares, "She's a star."
"Jerry Oppenheimer's book is a fabulous, well-reaserched piece about the most powerful woman of fashion, revealing eloquent examples of her icy, ruthless, gross careerism. As a frequent reader of French,Italian and American Vogue, I knew this would be a perfect read for myself." – Shawna Simpson, Assignment Fashion Toronto
5) Deluxe: How luxury lost its luster - By: Dana Thomas
Once luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty. It offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and a pampered buying experience. Today, however, luxury is simply a product packaged and sold by multibillion-dollar global corporations focused on growth, visibility, brand awareness, advertising, and, above all, profits. Award-winning journalist Dana Thomas digs deep into the dark side of the luxury industry to uncover all the secrets that Prada, Gucci, and Burberry don?t want us to know. Deluxe is an uncompromising look behind the glossy façade that will enthrall anyone interested in fashion, finance, or culture.
"Dana Thomas' book is vividly written and takes you on a ride through the luxury goods industry, and how it has changed significantly through the years. It is very informative for a fashion follower such as myself, and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to learn the Whos, Whys, Hows, Whens, Wheres of the business of luxury items." – Shawna Simpson, Assignment Fashion Toronto
6) Grace: A Memoir - By: Grace Coddington
Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt. Grace Coddington's extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion's best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace's palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine's most memorable shoots.
"Grace is a true icon, muse, artist and storyteller. A great back door peek at high fashion without the cattiness." – Assignment Fashion Team