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Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self Hardcover – October 5, 2009

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In 2008, Christian Siriano made headlines as the youngest designer to win the hit reality series Project Runway. But the now twenty-three-year-old is bigger than a TV celebrity. From his prodigious fashion talent to his one-of-a-kind personality, Christian is the embodiment of fierce style.

Now in his first book, he helps readers discover how to look, feel, and act fierce in everyday life. With tips from some of fashion and Hollywood's biggest names -including Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Vanessa Williams -- along with gorgeous original sketches by Christian, never-before-heard stories, and behind-the-scenes photos, he tells his journey of developing his own fashion sense and overcoming obstacles to success.

Giving advice on creating personal style, sharing tips on building self-confidence, and revealing his own list of fashion dos and don'ts, Christian shows how to use one's unique strengths to get ahead - and go from tickity-tack to totally flawless.

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About the Author

Dubbed "America's next great fashion designer" by Tim Gunn, Christian Siriano is the youngest winner of reality television series Project Runway. He previously honed his fashion chops in London working for top fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. His first collection debuted at New York fashion week in fall 2008.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446546011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446546010
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was very skeptical of this book when I received it, as I'm a stay-at-home mom and not a fashionista at all. But I am desperately in need of fashion advice, so I thought I'd give it a chance. And I LOVE this book!

The book is divided into 4 sections, each with short, to-the-point chapters. It covers a huge variety of topics. Some of the ones that really spoke to me were the section on taking chances, at any age. Just because I'm a mom doesn't mean I don't deserve to try out some stylish clothes! I also really appreciated the section on how to easily "fab up" your outfit- complete with suggestions for people who wear jeans, t-shirts, vests, neutrals, suits or button-down shirts. Because, let's be honest, those are the fashion sinkholes that most of us get trapped in.

The book also has suggestions on clothing styles by body type. This is something that always baffles me- my friends are all taller than I am, or thinner, so I've never known who to ask about dressing for my short, curvy body type. But Christian covers that and SO much more.

And there's a great section of the book on looking fierce on a budge. We all need that these days!

This book is a fun, easy read for anyone, whether you're a mom like me, wanting to add a bit of fashion to the mom uniform, or a fashionista. In addition to the great advice, the book has lots of great pictures of fun and beautiful fashion, so it's a treat for the eyes as well.

I was not compensated for this review, but did receive a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
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If you don't know who Christian Siriano is, he was the 2008 (Season Four) Project Runway winner. Winning Project Runway is a big deal for those in the fashion world but the bigger feat is the fact he's only 21 years old.

The book is broken down into four sections chock full of useful tips for all women:

Lady, You Look Fabulous!!!! This section is helpful tips in finding your personal styles and what to do as well as what not to do! For example, he says to not wear UGG boots and I'm right there with him! He advised on how to find your own signature style. His tips are spot on such as if you are large breasted, you should try to elongate your top half. I was really surprised as he does know what looks good and what doesn't and he's not just catering to stick women.

Finding Your Inner Ferocia is a nice section on finding yourself. He explains how the clothes is only one aspect of what makes you fierce. It's really a great breakdown on confidence, self-esteem and just finding out how to love yourself. There is much more in this section that you have to read it to find out!

Every Day is a Runway...Work It is about taking chances, finding yourself, confronting change and again, much more is included in this section. There really is good, sensible tips throughout the entire book. For example, what you can do with five valuable minutes and he uses the example of knowing where you put the keys so you don't have to spend five minutes looking for them and missing a traffic light later thus throwing off your whole day. Every minute does count!

Inspire Me is the ending to a complete package of hints, tips and inspiration to get to the total fierce you.
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I am a huge fan of Project Runway and was rooting for Christian Siriano during season 4. He was so entertaining and added a spark to each episode. This spark has completely translated into sharing his knowledge of fashion.

Christian's new book Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self is for every woman. The book is not geared toward size 2 fashionistas but is full of relevant and doable advice. Are you in love with the latest look from a top designer? Christian not only takes a look at those dream garments but their affordable counter-parts and where to they can be found. There is a section finding your personal style including guidelines for dressing for your body type, how clothes are only one part of your fierceness as a whole, and an abundance of realistic tips, including those from celebrities such as Heidi Klum. The photographs are wonderful (there are even photos showcasing his own fashion mistakes) and the writing is....well Christian. There is even an official Christian Siriano glossary to help with his quirky phrases. This is a truly fun read!
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Christian Siriano, the 2008 Project Runway winner (when he was only 21!), in his new book Fierce Style gives real, attainable, advice for normal women (i.e. those of us who are not runaway models or heiresses). For example, in his "Top 10 Dream Pieces" he offers not only the "dream" piece such as a Burberry trench coat, but also the "reality piece" (affordable counterpart), in this case a Banana Republic trench. In another section, "Looking Fierce on a Budget" Siriano recommends where and what to shop for at national chain stores: H&M for basics and accessories, Target for designer lines, and Forever 21 for knockoffs etc. In a nod to non-model figures Siriano suggests flattering styles for various body shapes (e.g. large bust/small waist, small bust/large waist, curves, and few curves). Also sprinkled throughout the book are fashion tips from noted celebrities.

In addition, to the realistic fashion advice Siriano shares pieces from his life story. Growing up in Annapolis , Maryland Siriano formed his fashion sensibilities working in the Bubbles hair salon where his outrageous coworkers inspired him to try out various looks. During his time at the salon and after, he made a lot of fashion mistakes, but he eventually learned what worked for him. Siriano even includes photographic evidence of some of his fashion foibles (I don't think many other designers would do the same) to encourage women not to be afraid to experiment with different looks.

Stylistically, Fierce Style is fun to peruse. The book is beautifully photographed with lots of pictures. And the writing style is peppered with Siriano linguistics such as "hot tranny mess," "ferocia couture," and "tickity tack" with definitions provided in "The Official Christian Siriano Glossary.
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