Beach reads for fashionistas
Diana Vreeland: An Illustrated Biography
by Eleanor Dwight (Harper Design, $29.99)
For the pinnacle years of 1962-1971, when the "youthquake" movement dominated its pages, Diana Vreeland helmed one of the most powerful voices in fashion, Vogue. In addition, she was a writer and then the fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar (1937-1962), mentored Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on how to dress and crossed paths with the fashion elite. In this new biography, with more than 300 photographs, author Eleanor Dwight dives headfirst into this woman's interesting life.
Summer and the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel
by Candace Bushnell (Balzer and Bray, $18.99)
Candace Bushnell follows up her prequel The Carrie Diaries with Summer and the City, which follows Carrie as she moves to New York after high school to take a writing workshop. Readers find out how Carrie met all of her best friends. It's filled with '80s style, when Lycra was chic and Fiorucci boots were all the rage.
by Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum (PowerHouse Books, $29.95)
This beautiful photo book came out of an online magazine created by mother and daughter Goodkind and Mandelbaum. In the introduction, the authors write that they began the project because they had "a fervent passion -- bordering on obsession -- for people who express themselves through their clothing." The photos are a mix of close-ups of shoes, accessories and tattoos, and full-page spreads on a given fashionista in different outfits. The best part is that you could actually dress like these people.
-- Chicago Tribune