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About the Author

David Zyla is the Emmy-nominated head costume designer of All My Children. He has worked on feature films and Broadway productions, and has his own fashion label. Zyla writes an online column for the ABC called ABC Style with David Zyla. He lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1st edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emmy Award® winning stylist and author David Zyla has been a pioneer of authentic style on the runway, television, and Broadway for twenty years. Zyla is the author of The Color of Style (Dutton), Color Your Style (Plume) and How to Win at Shopping (Workman). His belief that the key to one's personal style comes from the "style DNA" of the individual stands alone in a fashion world that follows trends and one-size-fits-all dos and don'ts. "When I was only five, my parents would ask for my opinion on what to wear whenever they had a special event." This later developed into a philosophy that has given him the opportunity to help thousands of people discover their authentic style and make a mark in all areas of the fashion and design world. His design credits include Lifetime's Devious Maids as well as ABC's General Hospital, Port Charles and All My Children for which he received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Emmy Award® as well as five prior nominations.

David Zyla's unique platform on style makes him a frequently quoted authority on fashion and color in the media. He has been featured in a variety of broadcast media including The View, The Nate Berkus Show, Marie, Martha Stewart Living Radio, The Jane Pauley Show, Playboy Radio, CNN Style and appears regularly on Jewelry Television. He has been profiled in People and The New Yorker, and his work has been featured in publications including Life & Style, USA Today, Traditional Home, Cosmopolitan, Women's Wear Daily, Brides Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times.







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I bought this book because it was advertised as Zyla's new book....and when it arrived imagine my surprise when it said down on the bottom of the front cover 'previously published as The Color of Style' which I have read. I thought it looked familiar. I got my old copy and compared it to the 'new' book and they are identical...just one is hardcover and a different publisher. Both published in 2010. I'd like to know how they can get away with that? Sorry I'd like to let Amazon know directly but couldn't find a place to do that....
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If you haven't read the original book, this one is basically the same information. I thought it was going to go into more explanation about the archetype system (height, build, bone structure, basic colors for the archetype, etc.), but it just repeated the same stuff.

I still don't understand how he came up with some of the combinations of celebrities in the archetypes and I have a lot of problems with many of his seasonal assignments for the celebrities. For instance, he has Kristin Davis, Eva Longoria, Susan Lucci, and Rachael Ray in the same archetype - Vital Spring. Every other system refers to all four of them as Winters. Other than coloring, they don't look similar or act similar or play similar roles. I'm confused.

The information about how to find your "true" colors is good. That was easy - took about ten minutes. In Color Me Beautiful, I'm a Cool Summer and my "true" colors all happen to be among the most flattering in the Cool Summer palette. Other than the "true" colors and some information about shopping and closet arrangement, though, the system really doesn't make a great deal of sense. And how can there be a color and style book with no photos or drawings or color samples?

I might be able to find yarn in some of my "true" colors for sweaters, but it's hard enough finding any Cool Summer colors at Macys, let alone a formal dress in Blue Charcoal or Spruce Green.

I think I'll stick with Color Me Beautiful and David Kibbe's Metamorphosis for my style questions (why someone doesn't publish a book combining the two, I don't know), and Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45 by Christopher Hopkins for what to do as I grow older.
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I was a little worried when I read some of the other reviews listed here, but intrigue over the archetypes in this book led me to buy the Kindle version. And I'm glad I did! At first I thought wearing colors derived from my coloring would be too drab, but they actually do bring my appearance to life. Using paint chips (I just took a really good shot of myself in natural, indirect lighting and searched for paint colors online for comparisons on my laptop. This way you can place them in a word document, search for clothes and other items, and hold them up for comparison, too! Very helpful if you have some free time), I saw that my "true colors" really look amazing on me, and they do bring my real personality out in a strange way I had not expected. I am so excited to start buying things in them, and he made great recommendations. It takes a bit of effort, but it's worth the investment. Now I don't have to waste time and money shopping for clothes that don't really do anything for me; I'll know just what to look for. Oh, and the archetypes are freakily accurate too, for me and a lot of people I know. That is definitely going to be helpful, as well. It's really amazing. I know this sounds gushy, but I guess I'm happy to find colors that make me look great after being stuck in unflattering shades for so long. I've wasted a lot of money on style books that ultimately did not help me improve my image, but all of the advice in this book really works well for me! Definitely enjoyed this a lot, and I'd recommend it for anyone who has difficulty finding the right colors or clothes to wear or is just looking for tips to enhance their appearance.
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I realize it's expensive to publish a book with color photos, but why even bother writing about color if you're not going to show any examples? The only color in this book is on the cover -- the interior is entirely made up of black and white type and simplistic illustrations. Zyla's color system is too complicated to grasp without any examples of what he's writing about. It would have been better just to publish a digital edition with color photos. As is, it's a waste of time and effort.
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Most colour analysis systems are quite generalized; Zyla's system is completely personalized, based on natural, individual combinations of colours. His focus is on using clothing and colours to express oneself, and to feel great doing it. Using real life stories and experiences, Zyla shares his knowledge of how to create a personal style based on colour and personality. Explanations are offered for how the colours in a person's skin, eyes, and hair can impact her mood, as well, Zyla walks the reader through how to discover her own 'true' colours. There are no pictures in this book, which some may find disconcerting, however, it means there is no need to question 'off ' ink tones, as well, it allows for a much more personal approach to the system. No visual examples means a person must put her own interpretation on the advice - which is the point, after all; to learn to express oneself. Zyla suggests using paint chip samples to get the closest match in colour, this was very useful, especially in conjunction with the archetypes for each season, where colour palettes can be matched to a painting to help determine which type a person is.
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