Reading the Runway

April was a great month for the fashion lover in me.  I’m lusting over these books and can’t wait to amp up the Fashion and Style section of my bookshelf.

Pretty Page Turner Reading the Runway

Chic is Where You Find it


Bonnie Cashin: Chic is Where You Find it  

This is the book I’ve spent a year waiting for.  Bonnie Cashin is (in my opinion) an underappreciated American original.  Unconventionally “Auntie Mame”,  she brought true American style to the masses, producing functionally streamlined designs for women that led active American lives.  The foremost Cashin authority, jewelry designer Stephanie Lake, uncovers how her life and style influenced what we wear today.  Published by Rizzoli, you can count on beautifully photographed pages of fashion eye candy.




Pretty Page Turner Reading the Runway Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night  

The dress that every woman has in her closet was once the dress no woman wanted to wear. Originally used only for mourning, Shannon Meyer shows us how the LBD evolved into our fave closet staple.  If you’re a fashion historian, this in depth book should be on your bookshelf.




Pretty Page Turner Reading the Runway Vogue 100

Vogue 100: A Century of Style


 Vogue 100:  A Century of Fashion

England may be an island, but it hosts a world of ideas in music, culture and fashion.  Thank God British Vogue has been there to chronicle everything that is hip and happening for the last 100 years.  Published to coincide with the retrospective,Vogue editor Robin Muir gives us 300 plus pages of photos, essays and retrospective of the images that graced the pages of our favorite glossy.




Pretty Page Turner Reading the Runway Advanced Style

Advanced Style: Older & Wiser

Advanced Style: Older & Wiser

Ari Seth Cohen hit a fabulous fashion nerve capturing the sartorial styling of the septuagenarian set in his blog Advanced Style.  We have fallen in love with these rocking grandmas who prove that style sense only gets sharper with age.  His second book is a guaranteed best seller as we get a vision of our own style future with these avant garde style icons.




Reading the Runway Pretty Page Turner The Cool Factor

The Cool Factor


 The Cool Factor 

Effortless chic takes a lot of effort and prolific fashion editor Andrea Linett produces another great guide of how to dress our inner cool girl.  Teaching us when to ignore trends and how to correctly adopt the right ones, she will make sure you look like a fashion victor instead of a fashion victim.





Pretty Page Turner Reading the Runway The Art of Dressing Curves

The Art of Dressing Curves

The Art of Dressing Curves: The Best Kept Secrets of a Fashion Stylist  

Celebrity stylist Susan Moses is the go to girl for making realistically proportioned women look as stylish as any magazine waif.  Her well-written and accessible style guide is great for every woman who wants to look her best on the red carpet of life.  This is the kind of book that you buy for yourself and your bestie, as it is full of frank and honest advice delivered in a way that only your best girlfriend would share.  Meet your new bestie with this great interview from




Pretty Page Turner Reading the Runway Audrey & Givency Fashion Love Affair

Audrey and Givenchy


Audrey and Givenchy: A Fashion Love Affair 

A marriage of love is wonderful, but a marriage of fashion is heavenly.  The collaboration between the small Belgian actress and the tall French man produced images and fashion moments that are embroidered on our collective brains. Their friendship, on and off the screen, gave us style touchstones that have stood the test of time as we revisit them each season on the runway.





Reading the Runway Pretty Page Turner A Portrait of Fashion

A Portrait of Fashion


A Portrait of Fashion   

The perfect merger of art, fashion and history, this look at the portraits housed at the National Portrait Gallery is an entertaining walk through the symbolism of clothing.  In our Insta world, it’s difficult to grasp how important a portrait could be, considering one may have only one portrait in a lifetime.  The ensemble chosen speaks to the sitter and the time they lived in.  Find out what it all means with this intellectually and visually stimulating book.




Reading the Runway Pretty Page Turner Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Louise Dahl-Wolfe


Louise Dahl-Wolfe

The most unlikely fashion documentarian, Louise Dahl-Wolfe produced many of the images of the golden age of magazines.  Alongside the legendary Diana Vreeland, Louise was the photographer that most often captured the editor’s mercurial fashion visions.  At the forefront of fashion photography, she is the inspiration for well known names like Irving Penn and Richard Avedon.  Exploring her body of work is a trip into a perfect celluloid fashion fantasy.



Which book are you running to the bookstore to buy?

Photo Credit:  Dolce & Gabanna