Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour
In STYLE A TO ZOE, Hollywood's hottest celebrity stylist, Rachel Zoe, shares her insider tips in this essential guide to the art of a fashionable, behind-the velvet-rope lifestyle. With an eye toward living the luxe life, even if it's on a dime, Zoe zeroes in on the must-have accessories and wardrobe staples for all occasions, when to splurge and save on handbags and heels, how to decorate, entertain, and travel in style.
From award shows to advertising campaigns, Zoe is the go-to force among A-list actresses, fashion houses, beauty firms, and magazine editors. Now she offers full access to the style secrets that skyrocketed her famous clients to the top of best-dressed lists worldwide. With the help of some of fashion's biggest names-including Michael Kors, Donatella Versace, and Diane von Furstenberg-Zoe shares her invaluable insights on:
*Mastering red carpet moments in your own life
*Developing a style for work or play that's unstudied and glamorous
*Personalizing your own modern look by referencing your favorite style icons and vintage clothes
*The importance of the "wow" piece-and how to choose one right for you
*Throwing a chic dinner party and creating a luxuriously cozy living space
*Packing and traveling like a jet-setter
*Enjoying every day, living it up in style.
While glamour often receives a negative connotation in the media, Zoe emphasizes that there is nothing wrong with adding a little glamour to your life. Glamour is not conspicuous consumption but a luxuriant reality marked by charming, unexpected details. While sharing her expert advice on coordinating outfits with accessories, Zoe points out that big spending is not necessary for big style. With the right eye for style, it is possible to look totally chic without spending a lot of money. One of Zoes tips though, is to splurge a little on shoes and handbags, because they are worth the investment. Another piece of sage advice is that whenever there is doubt, stick to the classy pieces rather than falling victim to the latest trend. Trends come and go as quickly as the changing seasons, but true class and sophistication are timeless. With Zoes advice, once can hope to be effortlessly haute instead of lazily scruffy.
Along with many personal anecdotes, Zoe includes pictures of many of her clients all dressed up at red-carpet events, as well as pictures of herself with family and friends. Interspersed between her own opinions are glamour and style are words of wisdom from the revered Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, Margherita Missoni, and Zoes other friends in the fashion industry.
I liked the book, although I took it with a grain of salt. Some of Zoes advice is not all that practical for the ordinary woman, although she does try to adapt her style tips for everyday use. I think that Zoe makes some really good points, and I agree with her belief that adding a little luxury and indulgence to your life will only make you happier. However, after last years controversy surrounding Zoe and her super-thin clients, I am not so quick to believe everything she says. While glamour and style can be a fun part of life, I think its most important for girls to feel comfortable, beautiful, and happy in their own bodies.