Gifts for bookworms with passion for fashion
By Sharon Mosley Tuesday, December 05, 2006, 12:40 AM EST
It's the perfect time of year - maybe after the hectic holidays - to curl up in front of a fire and imagine you're in a fashion fairyland or laugh at all those Glamour dos and don'ts.
So if you've got a stylish bookworm on your holiday list, then read on; here are my best bets for some of the latest fashion pages:
"Chic in Paris" (Grafiche Milani, $27.50) One of the most chic gifts you can give to any fashion-savvy trendsetter on your list. The red faux crocodile embossed cover is enough to make you want to board the next plane to the French fashion capital and take in the style secrets shared by author Susan Tabak, the original Paris personal shopper. For more information check out www.chicinparis.com.
"Trinny and Susannah Take on America" (HarperCollins, $20) - This famous British duo, authors of the famous "What Not to Wear," take the challenge of helping American women identify their fashion crises and, as they say, "get over it." No matter what your "type," you'll find a ton of fashion wisdom in this witty book.
"Glamour's Big Book of Dos & Don'ts (Gotham Books, $25) - Loaded with more than 700 on-the-street photos and illustrations, this book is a guidebook for any woman on your list. The editors of Glamour have combined 67 years of those "cringing" moments we've all experienced and put them into a top-notch manual filled with practical advice to go with all those don'ts.
"Shoes: A History From Sandals to Sneakers" (Berg, $50) Who doesn't have a shoe fanatic on their holiday gift list? He or she will love this stunning book spanning a colorful global history through highly entertaining essays and 140 illustrations. Where else can you read about the medieval panic about long-toed shoes, the infamous chopine with its 23-inch heel, or the birth of the "gay" shoe.
"Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand" (Candlewick Press, $20) One of my favorite fantasy fashion books, filled with gorgeous illustrations of miniature fairy fashions designed for impish comet-counting parties or swimming on a moonbeam, this book will be an inspiration for countless flights of fancy.
"The Grown-Up Girl's Guide To Style (ReganMedia, $35) Author and fashion expert Christine Schwab homes in on the reality of a generation of baby boomers trying to make "style" decisions as they get older in an age of age phobia. This book is a quick fix to the frump factor and is a great gift for all those moms and grandmoms out there.
"Instant Style: Your Season by Season Guide for Work and Weekend" (Time Inc., $30) Got serious fashionistas on your list? They'll love this fashion guide from the editors of InStyle magazine, filled with 208 colorful pages of clothing and celebrities plus a great 10-page workbook and clever bookmark featuring checklists of fashion essentials for each season.
"Fashion Frenzy" (Btween Productions Inc., $8) Part of the Beacon Street Girls' series of books by Annie Bryant, this book is the perfect gift for that "tween" on your list who loves the adventurous world of high fashion starring a group of best friends in the seventh grade. The Web site is even better: www.beaconstreetgirls.com.
"Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution" (Henry Holt and Co., $27.50) Wouldn't you just love to know? This one's a real winner for the stylish historian.
"9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion" (Pearson Education, $52) A great book for the aspiring fashion designer - a step-by-step guide to fashion illustration for the beginner to the more advanced student.
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.