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Women of Color Paperback – April 1, 1999

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"Former Color Me Beautiful consultant Darlene Mathis gives an old idea a new twist: <I>Women of color</I> receive fashion advice just for them." -- Chicago Sun-Times<br /><br />"Someone has finally written the book on beauty and ethnic skin." -- Self<br /><br /><I>Women of Color</I> picks up where most other beauty books leave off. For one thing, it's about us, what works with our own unique skin colorings and hair, and what helps us look our most radiant. You'll never grab another dress off the rack without first thinking about the lessons in this book. It'll change your approach to fashion forever--and improve the way you look. Absolutely. This book is an investment." --Janice M. Armstrong, Philadelphia Daily News

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Image consultant Darlene Matthews draws on her fifteen years of color theory to create a foolproof, easy-to-follow system for fashion fitness that will help all women of color look great and feel terrific.
So, whether you are blue-black with green eyes, warm coffee brown with brown eyes, golden with hazel eyes, or black on black,, WOMEN OF COLOR will direct you towards an all-new color palette that perfectly reflects your season.
A contemporary COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL for the non-Caucasian woman, WOMEN OF COLOR is fully illustrated, with 32 pages of full color inserts, and line illustrations throughout. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Books; 1 edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892123053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892123053
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book a great add-on to Carole Jackson's Color Me Beautiful. The photographs are beautiful and the techniques are presented logically. However, I didn't like that she seems to advertise certain clothing designers like Donna Karran/DKNY and Liz Claiborne. Also, she seems to push the idea that in order to be beautiful you need to spend a lot of money on things like manicures & pedicures every 7 days seeing a skin care specialist often. HELLO! Not everyone has a budget for these sort of things! I also didn't like the fact that she seems to think that your season dictates your personality and what fragrance you choose.
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This book has great basic information on color coordination. It is based on the concept of seasons...summer,winter, spring, and fall. It is directed toward women of color(black,hispanic, oriental, etc). For anyone familiar with the season's concept most other books will inaccurately blanket type all black women as "winters". This book does not. It takes in to consideration all our shades and hues. For anyone who has studied fashion or color application the information may be too basic. For the average woman or someone who is dissatisfied with the effect of the shades they wear this book has a lot of information and shows you how find colors to compliment your skin tone and undertones. This is also great for anyone needing to plan a wardrobe and needs to know how to mix and match colors to get the most mileage. I first read this book about 5 years ago. There wasn't a picture of the book cover so I thought it was a different book because of the copyright date. It is the same as the original from 1994. It's an excellent book and the information is still relevant but keep in mind to wear what feels good to you and that as people of color we come in every shade of the rainbow so there will always be exceptions to the rules.
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I have read many books on style but this one must be the most disappointing. There is some good information on choosing the right colors and building a wardrobe but nothing that you could not find in a good women's magazine. Most of the book consists in anecdotes illustrating Ms. Mathis's skills as a fashion counselor-at times it sounds like an advertisement or a biography. My main complaint is that the author assumes that a woman's personality is predetermined by her coloring; for instance, all summer women are catalogued as soft and romantic. As a woman of color, I expected to learn how to bring out my true personality with the help of the right clothes, accessories and makeup. I did not want any fashion guru to dictate what I should be like and how I should behave. Mary Spillane wrote a far better book based on the Color me Beautiful system. She even included references to women of color without making a big fuss about it.
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One would think that a CMB book about women of color would atleast focus on all women of color. This advice speaks of african american women, Asian women (as in Chinese, Korean, not Pakistani or Indian) and Hispanic women, and if you are from the middle east, the mediteranean, or SriLanka you pretty much have one picture of an east Indian woman, and some white women to look at and assume you must be an autumn. She offers much conflicting advice - that you could look golden but be olive, and there is no way you can color type your skin using this book unless you are very blue black or very golden. The author herself looks warm toned in her picture but says she is winter, and a family picture of a very good looking African American family is even more confusing than ever, because the mother and daughters are all of the same skin tone and undertones, hair and eye color, but are dubbed autumn and springs respectively. Her book is full of written examples of her clients, but without pictures don't make much sense except in selling her skills and her suggestions are way over the top (Top Management should have fur coats as part of their work wardrobe any body?). Honestly, I bought this book from a reseller for 2 bucks and that was a waste for the shoddy advice this book provides. You are much better off reading the core CMB books which includes advice for women of color, but does not claim a focus it does not deliver on. Unless you really liked 80's fashion and wouldn't mind reading antiquated, conflicting advice, I would advice against buying this book.
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This book takes the theory of Seasonal Color to a new level. As a woman of color and a Certified Image Consultant trained in Seasonal Color draping, I very much appreciated the detail and thought given to seasonal color as applied to women of color.
Too often, women of color were tagged with one particular season, with no allowance for the rainbow of skin tones and coloring combinations that we are born with. This book explains not only the different possibilities for coloring, but teaches through gorgeous photography and color charts that women of color can fit into any of the traditional seasons.
Wonderful information is also contained within this book on dressing figure challenges, accessories, and drawing the eye to where you want it. For anyone in the Image Consulting industry who works with women, this book is a great reference. Our world is becoming more multi-cultural every day, and this book will help Consultants work effectively within that world.
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