Book Review Tuesdays: Eccentric Glamour

I picked up my copy of Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You at a cute little bookshop in the Village when I was in New York recently, and I'm so glad I did, because I would have Simon Doonan's babies. I mean, if he was so inclined, which he's not, and I don't really want any more babies anyway, but I love him.

Love him.

The entire theme to this book is this: "Say no to ho," and I think he's brilliant.

If you think about it, much of what women wear these days is kind of "porno culture," as Mr. Doonan puts it, and I think he's right. Instead of dressing in what they love, many women are dressing the same - like a ho. Examples? Bleached blond hair, ridiculous fake tans, fake fingernails, fake boobs, and lots and lots of "work" done. Low rise pants, halter type tank tops...can you think of other examples? I know I can.

Mr. Doonan encourages women to embrace their inner Socialite, Extentialist, or Gypsy and start dressing in what they love. With examples of eccentric glamour throughout the book, you get a real feel for dressing authentically, and not like a "ho."

It's fantastically funny, especially when he's discussing his own voyage through his fashion evolution. I love the fact that he's not scared of vulgarity, in fact, he considers it the spice of life. He truly thinks that thinking outside the fashion box is a necessity.

I also adore his thoughts on fashion week. Don't miss them.


eye4style said...

I need more Simon Doonan in my life, as does everyone.

February 24, 2009 at 9:29 PM

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