Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Five Minutes with Maggie...

A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style by Tim Gunn

For those of us who never miss an episode of Project Runway, this book provides a further look into Tim Gunn's style genius. For those who haven't watched the show, his expertise comes through within the first few paragraphs of this delightful book. This guide is full of useful information about style, fashion, and shopping. His overall message seems to be that style doesn't necessarily mean the latest trend, and, most importantly, it's important to know and understand yourself before you go shopping – otherwise you end up with a closet full of overpriced, ill-fitting garments. Rather, you should strive to create your own unique signature look and shop with that style in mind.

The book is a very quick read – dedicate one afternoon to read it from cover to cover. However, the lessons and insights provide an invaluable resource that can be referenced often, like the chapter on decided what to wear to an event based on the invitation. On Project Runway, Gunn's intelligence shines through in each critical review of the designers' garments. In the book, he uses cultural and literary references to illustrate points or French phrases to convey an emotion. One note, though: Read the book with a dictionary on hand to really understand the full depth of meaning. -Maggie Marton

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