I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out. I love Simon Doonan!! As the Creative Director for Barneys New York, he is an expert on personal style. For years people would go to Barneys just to see the innovative, smart, and sometimes controversial window displays he created. Especially at Christmas.
It seems that after seeing the crotch of one too many starlets as they get in and out of vehicles, he has had enough of the style direction this country is headed in. He is tired of the “ho chic” looks and wants to help all of us stand out from the crowd while still maintaining a sense of decorum.
The best part of any Simon Doonan book is his intelligent wit. Sometimes while reading him you feel like you are sitting right next to him during New York Fashion Week, ragging on all the people around you.
Two stand-outs from the book:
- Interviews with people who Doonan feels best exemplify Eccentric Glamour, including Iman, Tilda Swinton, and, surprisingly, author Malcolm Gladwell.
- Doonan addresses the distinct style of African-American women and what we bring to the table fashion wise.