So October will mark the release of Luella’s style book, of which we can now see a cover so I don’t have to style one up in Paint.
I’ve been looking forward to this for a while as a I love a book about fashion and I’m quite intrigued to see what the layout is like, particularly how close to a magazine it is. I recently got hold of a copy of Victoria Beckham’s style BIBLE That Extra Half an Inch. I love VB for being the Jackie Collins of the noughties and although I wouldn’t say I love her style personally you cn’t deny the woman has standards, hence why she can feature in a gossip magazine just for wearing flat shoes.
OMG, it’s WAG VB. Don’t get me wrong, this is a pretty terrible book. It reads fine – VB is quite funny I understand and it comes across here in jolly, I’m-normal-me writing. But it’s just incredibly boring to look at. It’s neither magazine-like enough or straight book-like enough.
I have a few other fashion books, a “streetstyle” book from Nylon magazine and a book about fashion bloggers, which I think A gave me a while ago. Look who it is on the very first page. This bodes not well.
I think everyone misses the Jak and Jil blog. It did this better but is now defunct. The theme of this Nylon book is that it literally doesn’t matter what you wear as long as you are good-looking and refuse to smile when someone points a camera at you. Oh, look who it is:
The other book, “What I Wore Today” is more forgiving as to model good looks and is very vintage-themed and cuter.
This was a noble project and it’s interesting to look back at the Wild West of fashion blogging, which is what this feels like. Not that DiscoNap has a clue how to use a camera timer or rig lights but in the age of blogs like Sea of Shoes and Cherry Blossom Girl, whose outfit posts could be in a magazine, it’s asking a lot to charge for a book like this anymore. When you find a blog like those sampled below, you end up going through dozens of pages of posts and, now, videos, and you get to know the girl. I’m not sure a book of blogs can work.
Cherry Blossom Girl:
Sea of Shoes:
I’m sure Luella’s book is going to be beautifully designed and picture-heavy, plus as a professional designer (soz VB), her insights might actually be worth reading. I don’t want to see any pictures of her past collections though - it’s still too soon!