October 22, 2010

Reading is Always in Fashion

A few fashion and beauty-related books that have come out in 2010, definitely worthy of your time!

WWD: 100 Years, 100 Designers with a forward by Bridget Foley ($65)

Attending the book launch party at Bergdorf Goodman’s last week, I was able to get a soundbite from Bridget Foley about the book’s overview, “The pinnacle is sort of when you look at 100 years…it’s so that we can appreciate where we are in fashion, and where we come from.”  Complete with stunning photos, designer and WWD quotes, and cultural references over the decades, the book is a perfect gift for those newly acquainted with the wold of fashion, and a great nostalgic refresher for those who have dedicated their entire lives to te industry.

Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys edited by Guillermo C Jimenez and Barbara Kolsun ($80)

Penned by Stuart Weitzman‘s general counsel and executive vice president Barbara Kolsun and Guillermo Jiminez, a fashion law professor at FIT give valuable information to those wanting to strike out on their own in the fashion industry. From questions regarding copyright, counterfeit, trademark, and marketing regulations to franchising and dealing with independent contractors, all the bases are pretty much covered. Although the book comes in at a little pricey, just compare that to a lawyer’s hourly fee, and it’s a bargain!

Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry by Geoffrey Jones ($32.40)

Geoffrey Jones, a Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Harvard Business School gives us the cultural implications and historical lowdown of the beauty industry, looking at innovations, marketing, and the effects of war and economics on the industry. From marketing new products to cultural acceptance and norms of ‘beauty,’ Jones thoroughly covers it all. A must read for the beauty junkie!

-Julia DiNardo

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