The summer reading list is certainly a popular notion, but how about winter? To me, it's even more of an ideal time to curl up under a blanked with a thick stack of shiny new books piled in front of you (or stored in your digital library; however you prefer), with the only issue being the inability to decide which of them you'll read first! Below I've compiled a stealthy, varied list of recently published books that can both inspired and educate- enjoy!
A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself
Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman are the sisters behind the DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess who bring a strong sense of whimsy, fun, and creativity to all that they do, and their latest book that focuses on photography is no exception. Including everything from backdrop and props ideas (and how to make them yourself) to lighting recommendations and how to take photos will jumping or getting blown around by the wind are super helpful, with the addition of new ways to challenge yourself if you feel like you've fallen into a rut of taking the same old kind of photos.
The world is changing, especially from a print and digital standpoint, so being a part of that shift, I found this book to be a great insight into gaining perspective on the history and sociological changes taking shape as a result of these mediums. The author, Brooke Erin Duffy, naturally includes a chapter that reflects and analyzes magazines bringing bloggers into the fold through networks, and a prediction of what the future may hold for “blogging culture.”
I'm spent my entire career working in fashion, and without a doubt, can vouch for this book as being a refreshing guide to the business that breaks it down into categories such as “designers.” “editors,” “digital,” “stylists,” and “photographers,” in a manner that is down to earth, approachable, and realistically positive. I think the biggest value of it is not only getting to read first-hand about the functioning of the job itself, and what each person went through to get it (like a 25-page edit test), but learning more about the individuals who possess them — where they are from, what school they went to, how old they are, and the part of the job that inspires them most.
Both of these books came out toward the middle to end of 2014 and were written by Halston's niece, Lesley Frowick, with the latter being an accompaniment to the exhibit of the same title at the Andy Warhol Museum. One of the best ways to get an insight into fashion and learn from it is through a biography of someone who was deeply immersed in it, and the story of Halston brings to the forefront glamour, glitz, and celebrity culture of the 1970s and 1980s. I found his story to unveil a unique look into his incredible collaborations, as well as a study in consumer behavior via the launch of the Halston III line in 1983, one of the first budget lines created for J.C.Penney that proved to be way ahead of its time, resulting in a harmful effect on his career.
As fashion bloggers, I feel that part of our job can be to find the new, the unusual, the innovative, and share that with our readership. I must admit that I'm a bit biased because I LOVE jewelry, but this book brings together a collection of images of jewelry that can inspire and elevate the appreciation for modern baubles. Non-traditional shapes and materials for jewelry abound in this book, accompanied by descriptions, explanations, and quotes from the artists, such as this one from Jacqueline L. Lillie, “The ultimate test with any piece of art is the impact that the piece has on the person looking at it, or in my case on the person wearing it. My work is very much a labor of love in which I have tried to meet the client's urge for self-adornment and satisfy my own desire for poetry and elegance.”
Is there any recently published fashion and/or blogging books you've read and would like to add to the list?