Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bombshell Book Review- Style by Kate Spade

Kate Spade, designer extraordinaire of handbags, shoes, stationery and more, has written a trilogy of quaint little books titled Style, Occasions and Manners. The premise of Style is to share those sources which most inspire Kate - people, movies, music, art. Her witty, conversational style of writing coupled with the most adorable watercolour illustrations deliver a glimpse into the wonderful, well-dressed world of Spade.

The most brilliant (and useful) sections of the book include overviews of Kate's favorite color palettes; full treatment of and attention to accessories; as well as insights into her own style quirks. For example, she never wears pantyhose, but frequently admires them on other women. Go figure. Kate shares her own ideas about style, but maintains that true style evolves when you follow your own rules.

The best part? On the bottom right hand of every other page is a nonsensical fun fact, such as, "A ten gallon hat holds less than a gallon of water." This book is pure fun to read - you'll come away with an appreciation for the inspiration in the world around you, as well as the desire to come up with a few fashion quirks of your own.

Style, by Kate Spade retails for $20 and is available in most bookstores.

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