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Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You Paperback – April 14, 2009
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Entertaining and bitingly witty, Doonan (Confessions of a Window Dresser) calls upon the women of America to embrace their inner potential for dressing idiosyncratically, conventions be damned. But in making clear his fondness for vulgarity and bits of bad taste, he is clear about the downright hideous: fannypacks, for instance, are close to blasphemy. Doonan is uninhibited in revealing certain truths many outside the fashion industry tend to throw in its face: yes, there is more to life than clothing, and yes, the world of high style is often "depressing." Before one praises him for single-handedly unveiling the dirty underbelly of Fashion Week, it's worth noting his reliance on heavyweight figures such as Iman, Isabel Toledo, Lucy Liu and Hamish Bowels to provide their own insights via mini-surveys. Entertaining anecdotes from Doonan's life pepper the text, though his own style can at times be flippant or offensive (as when musing on how he would dress were he a butch lesbian).
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"Who better than Simon to write about glamour and eccentricity? He is both!!!!"
--Diane von Fürstenberg
"Simon Doonan is a modern Noel Coward with a dash of Auntie Mame and Liberace thrown in for good measure!"
--Michael Kors, Project Runway
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nut.I talk to the cats I meet on my morning walk,
I still play records on a record player,and I find
it much easier to shop in thrift stores vs. regular
retail.I still gravitate towards the same kind of
pieces I went for in my younger days.I usually wear an
effortless "uniform" of a black blazer jacket,black jeans or pants,
Black t-shirts or sweaters, & Converse lowtops.( I do a lot of walking, I need comfy shoes.)
I love this book because it's not the usual bourgeois style guide.
It's given me the guts to be okay with myself, goofy quirks & all.
I'm "a dyed in the wool Existentialist".I like to get a lot of value for what I spend on clothing
so I'm not into overly expensive clothes.I only own two purses-one black, one brown, bought at
The Thrift.I'm "50 plus" I gave up on being "sophisticated" years ago.I'm into accepting myself as
"immature" as I'll always be and will eternally stay. :)
If you do own this book hang onto it and refer back to it from time to time, especially
in times your self esteem takes a bit of a knock.There will always be people
out there who can't quite grasp the concept of "just being yourself", they can't leave well
enough alone, and they are just itching to get at you and tear you into little bits. Don't listen
to them. If you can stay true to "yourself" you are on the right track.
Just follow your own path and be the interesting, quirky person you were
meant to be,and always keep "a young spirit" no matter what!
As I read the book, I came to understand that I was already a "Glamourous Eccentric" and this book only validated my reasoning for being so. I just thought I was quirky & had a weird fashion style (according to friends and family). I now fully embrace my eccentric fashion sense & advise everyone to go out & grab this book...sit down with a notebook as there are great ideas & quotes throughout and be on your merry way to being YOU. An eccentric YOU of course.