The Ellements of Personal Style

The Ellements of Personal Style

25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop, and Live

Book - 2010
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Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781592405671
Branch Call Number: 391 Zee
Characteristics: 255 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm


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Aug 23, 2016

More of a glorified magazine than a book with substance. The choice of women is questionable as well--while several are total icons (Charlotte Rampling, Padma Lakshmi, Dita Von Teese and Angelica Huston), others are now forgotten starlets from sitcoms or random entertainment executives. The inconsistency of what kind of woman to include was distracting.

While the book is beautifully photographed, it does not instruct or summarize for the reader what each woman's personal elements are nor how you can incorporate them yourself (isnt that what these books are for--aspirational application?). It reads more like a brag sheet for each woman profiled. They come off as though none of them want to give away their secrets, though I think that was the author's fault more than any of the participants. It's too bad, because Joe Zee is capable of drawing out instruction and inspiration from fashion icons--he does so every month in Elle--but it is as if he forgot to do so for this book.

Check it out for the pretty pictures and hit or miss fashion favorites, but do not expect to learn anything from this book.

Oct 11, 2011

Picture book for grown up girls. Lovely dress-up pictures. Though no guide in how I can improve my style and wardrobe.

Sep 10, 2011

I found this book very boring. When I read a book about style or fashion I want to know what clothes I should wear or what colours will look best on me, not what other people wear and why.

May 03, 2011

This is the best book ever, sooo inspiring and very interesting!!!


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