How to Have Style

Isaac Mizrahi, Author Gotham Books $30 (221p) ISBN 978-1-59240-392-9
Clothing designer Mizrahi, current creative director for Liz Claiborne and a semi-regular television personality, presents a complete style guide in 12 case studies, meant to address attitudes and budgets as well as size, shape and age. Looking at twelve women stuck in a fashion rut, Mizrahi tailors his approach to the specific needs of each (""When Traveling on Business,"" ""Reinvent Yourself,"" ""Be Funny and Sexy,"" ""Wake up from a Jeans Coma"") while drawing out universal lessons and inspiration for readers. While some of his bon mots are quite simple (""A girl can do and say anything she wants when she looks like a lady""), the makeovers themselves, captured in numerous photographs and laid out in clear, clutter-free spreads, are the real testament to his wizardry. A process that includes crafting an inspiration board and filling out Mizrahi's questionnaire, making the investment of time and energy (""you have to try on lots and lots of clothes""), and gaining the confidence:. ""Know when a particular style doesn't work for you and pass on it. Confidence and knowing what's right for you is 95 percent of style."" This chic, easy-to-use guide should make readers more knowing and confident.
Reviewed on: 10/06/2008
Release date: 10/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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