The Book List #47

The Book List #47

Why Fashion Matters by Frances Corner

year: 2014 | pages: 128 | rating: 4/5

Frances Corner discusses everything from technology, craft, style, fast fashion; the bespoke and the mass-market; along with consumption, sustainability, and creative expression in this book on Why Fashion Matters. It's pithy and easy to read with a gorgeous hardback cover and attractive format that encourages you to read through the pages in one sitting. Fashion matters to everyone; it's important for the economy, for society, and for each of us on a personal level and this book really gets to the heart of it all.

The Sartorialist: X by Scott Schuman

year: 2015 | pages: 512 | rating: 4/5

The Sartorialist is undoubtedly one of the best street style blogs around; cataloguing fashion from all over the world, Scott Schuman created the platform to express a "two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life." The Sartorialist: X is the third volume in a series of books that compiles an eclectic mix of styles and self-expression; a truly inspiring fashion book for anyone looking to enrich their personal style through learning from others.

The Little Black Book of Style by Nina GarcĂ­a

year: 160 | pages: 2015 | rating: 3/5

Although I'm not one for "fashion rules," The Little Black Book of Style is very much about encouraging you to develop your own personal style (within traditional fashion boundaries.) Although advice is given, it's given in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner. There is some great (although basic) advice in here and some rather terrible advice too (does anyone really think it's OK to wear fur anymore?) It's very much aimed at the "traditional fashion" crowd with lots of name dropping, praise for haute couture, and encouragement to follow traditional fashion norms. Although saying that there are some useful pieces of advice to be found within the pages so long as you take it all with a pinch of salt and put your own twist on it.

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Lustre by Dana Thomas

year: 2007 | pages: 375 | rating: 4/5

Dana Thomas explores the luxury goods market, exploring what "luxury" really means, what its true cost is, and whether the luxury brand clothing market has finally lost its appeal now the high street has taken over. Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Lustre reveals the dark side of the fashion industry by exploring the truth behind Chinese sweat shops, traditional ateliers, the counterfeit market of luxury goods, and the economics of fast fashion; the pages uncover what the true cost of "luxury" really is now the term has been inflated and devalued. A relevant book and interesting read with a message every shopper should hear.