In an ever-growing sea of fashion and lifestyle bloggers, Garance Doré stands out with her distinctive mix of creativity, wit, and honesty. She has written online for years about everything from the runway shows’ fashion week to encountering the American dysfunction around body image when she moved from Paris to New York. In Love Style Life (Spiegel & Grau, $30) she brings her humility, humor, and wisdom to the printed page in a gorgeous package. The book is part memoir, part advice column, and part back-stage pass to the world of designer fashion—all interspersed with Doré’s signature street-style photography and illustrations. It is a delightful mix of fashion-based whimsy and thoughtful reflection on relationships, career, and the pursuit of a fulfilling life.
Hair is a dominating force in women’s lives. Our days are shaped by it or we are defined by ignoring it. Good hair. Yellow hair. Even talking about hair is political. The contributors of this collection are diverse in background and experience, their hair wild, tame, and everything in-between. These women work and play in our real world, their hair carrying tropes of motherhood and power. I loved the history behind hair explored in this book and by extension the holistic story of us.
The Sartorialist: Closer is an interesting book of photographs that "reads" like a study of self-expressions. Scott Schuman has chosen subjects who communicate clearly through the medium of dress and for this reason his pictures don't simply display fashionable people. For Schuman, "fashionable" is relative to the individual and it depends on one's confidence and creativity. This collection of street photographs is really about how people represent themselves (or messages) to others, to anyone watching.