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Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You Paperback – Bargain Price, 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 Reprint edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416535446
  • ASIN: B003H4RBRQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,506,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Simon Doonan is clearly dealing with a minor bat infestation in his flawlessly-haberdashered belfry, but the man can write. I don't think there's one clunky sentence in this book. It's also hysterically funny and subversive, and the brilliance of the writing elevates the material to no end. I'm indifferent to fashion and I'm still buying this thing in hardcover -- and now that I am armed with my diagnosis of Existentialist with Gypsy overtones, shopping has even become more enjoyable.
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I adored this book and was sad when I read the very last page that my time in the company of the wonderful Simon Doonan was coming to a close. Rarely have I literally burst into laughter while reading a book (causing quite a commotion on the airplane!). This is not the book to pick up if you're looking for a list of must-haves for your wardrobe. Instead, it celebrates those glorious creatures who throw fashion advice to the wind and unabashedly embrace their own unique, personal style--whether Vogue agrees or not. A true delight!
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I'm going to flat out admit it, I'm an eccentric
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!
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Format: Hardcover
I love this book! Simon Doonan captivated me with his witty, sly and pithy writing style. I didn't want to put it down! The way in which Simon distills fashion into three styles - Gypsies, Existentialists and Socialites is fascinating. I'm now seeing examples of those distinct looks in ads and fashion magazine layouts. Few and far between are people who love fashion and aren't afraid to express their individuality and really "dress up". What we now take for eccentricity in dress would have hardly seemed out of the ordinary in the 60's and 70's. I believe the poor grooming habits and lack of style in the majority of Americans is the result of the jeans and tee shirt culture we're living in now. As music has become dumbed down so has fashion. People have lost their sense of fun and creativity in getting dressed - they have a fear of standing out from the crowd. Here in San Diego where I live I'm always non-plused at how sloppy and down right dull folks like to look! It isn't uncommon to go to some ones home for a beautiful sit down dinner and find your dinner partner in jeans and a plaid shirt!! I'm talking about VIP's in the county! "Eccentric Glamour" in a way fulfills my longing for real style. For me the book gets 5 stars.
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I love this book simply for Simon Doonan's writing! He is sharp, witty and provocative and I found myself laughing out loud at some of his observations. Not so much about fashion but more about attitude, this book is a fun read.
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I don't know if you'll take the advice in this book, but you should read it. How can you not read a book buy a gay British guy who both impersonates Queen Elizabeth and quotes Flava Flav?

Okay, some of the advice you shouldn't take. Ignore the permission to wear "a gold leotard with your lesbian aunt Sylvia's mauve nylon fanny pack." Unless you live in NYC, people will talk about you and not in a good way. At least they will if you live in Southwest Michigan.

Still, Doonan is hilarious. I laughed out loud several times and that's not normally true of fashion books. Okay, not true of any books, but most fashion books take themselves so seriously.

Interspersed with stories and interviews with Glamorous Eccentrics is bits of advice, some of which I might actually take. For example: I collect handbags, totebags, etc as I'm always in search of the perfect bag. Doonan thinks that a woman - at least a Glamour Eccentric, one of which I think I am not, should only have one great bag that she takes everywhere. He encourages a person to buy the Hermes Birkin bag they are coveting. That is advice I might take! Of course, chances are good I'll buy a knock off first and see if I really like that style, etc before I save up TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS to buy one of the damned things. Still, I covet that bag.

Doonan is kind to his reader. He reminds the reader that you are a work in progress and to be patient with oneself.

An example of the things that made me laugh:
These are some of the things that made me laugh: (they are all direct quotes from the book.)

* I am pro-pot dealer: the arrival of a mysterious and attractive criminal adds a memorable frisson of excitement to any occasion.
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