Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From a (Half) Life in Fashion

Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From a (Half) Life in Fashion

by Amanda Brooks


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399170836
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 860,803
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amanda Brooks is the author of I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style and Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From a (Half) Life in Fashion. She has written for the T: The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Men's Vogue, where she wrote the popular online column "In Her Eyes." The former fashion director of Barney’s New York and creative director of Tuleh, she has appeared as a fashion expert on Today, The Early Show, and NPR. She lives with her husband and their two children in Oxfordshire, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 17

Fashion Lesson No. 1: That's So You! 31

Fashion Lesson No. 2: Embrace Your History 32

Where I'm Coming From 35

Style Influence: My Mother 40

Style Influence: My Teenage Years: Boarding School, The Adirondacks, The Grateful Dead, and J. Crew 43

Always Pack a Party Dress 47

Style Influence: Palm Beach 62

A Long Walk is the Best Way to Clear Your Head 67

How Commitment to the Man of Mydreams Set Me Free to be a Fashion Chameleon 79

Style influence: Christian Louboutin 90

Style Influence: Isabella Blow 95

Take the Thing You Most Love to Do on Weekends and Turn That Into Your Career 97

Fashion Lesson No. 3: Bells and Whistles 102

Style Influence: Tracee Ellis Ross 105

Sidebar: Informational Interviews 106

When a Rock Star Asks for Your Phone Number, He Doesn't Just Want to Be Your Friend 109

Style Influence: Lauren Hutton 117

Try Anything That Grabs Your Attention-You Gotta Start Somewhere! 119

Style Influence: Sofia Coppola 129

Style Influence: Amy Astley 130

Mistakes Are Okay, as Long as You Learn From Them 133

Fashion Lesson No. 4: Packing Fashion 137

Fashion Lesson No. 5: The Brilliance of White Shoes 140

Fake It 'Til You Make It 143

Fashion Lesson No. 6: Learn How to Smile for a Photo (It Took Me Fifteen Years!) 152

Style Influence: David Hicks 154

Sidebar: Thoughts on Taste 156

The Met Ball Can Induce the Highest Highs (A "Wow" From Anna Wintour) and the Lowest Lows (Arriving in a Beat-Up Minivan) 159

Fashion Lesson No. 7: Matching My Lips to My Nails 183

Style Influence: Duro Olowu 184

Style Influence: Molly Milbank 186

When You Art Stuck, Ask Someone You Admire What They See for You 189

Sidebar: Rules for Consulting 198

I Have Always Spent Too Much Money On Clothes … and it has Always Been Worth It (Until It Wasn't) 203

Fashion Lesson No. 8: How to Recycle Trends and Make Iconic Pieces Lust a Lifetime 208

Style Influence: Camilla Nickerson 212

"All Women Need a Good Dose of Humility From Time to Time." -DVF 215

Fashion Lesson No. 9: Hair and Makeup Know-How 231

Rejection is a Mandatory Rest Stop Along the Road to Success 235

Fashion Lesson No. 10: The "Coat Over Your Shoulders" Look 241

Fashion Lesson No. 11: Mixing Denim 242

Style Influence: Updated Classic 245

Of All the Places in the World to Fall Apart, I Neverthought It Would Happen in Paris 247

Style Influence: Céline 265

Fashion Lesson No. 12: What Was I Thinking? 268

Sometimes You Just Have to Start from Scratch 271

Sidebar: Self-Nourishing 280

Style Influence: My Artist Friends 282

A Year on the Farm: Making Jam is the Best Revenge 285

Sidebar: My Greatest Hits 294

Acknowledgments 301

Image Credits 303

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