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How to Have Style Paperback – October 7, 2008
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Mizrahi's book is candy for the eyes. There are so many pictures - full color, not just sketches, on glossy pages. Plus, this book is both fun and informative. There is a certain richness, breadth and depth to the information, unlike a lot of the style books out there. Mizrahi's writing is a love letter to women. His approach is different from many stylists, who seem to only provide guidelines for dressing like themselves.
In this book, Mizrahi takes 12 women of varying ages - 20's to 50's - and body types, and transforms them into better versions of themselves. It's amazing how the women all seem to become more vivid and alive. Mizrahi does not dilute their personalities, either. Instead, he enhances them, e.g. the quirky woman wears a thick Russian fur hat; the shopaholic learns how to combine all her prints; the plus-size woman becomes an alluring femme fatale; the socialite stops playing it safe and dons couture.
What I really love is that because Mizrahi has the credentials and the expertise, he doesn't limit himself to the same tried-and-true fashion rules. He's sort of a Picasso of fashion. One blonde professional in the book comes to him with the safe, appropriate honey-blonde hair, and he transforms her with color - both by lightening her hair to a bold platinum (she then looks like Kim Novak) and moving her away from safe black to colors that enhance her features.
Mizrahi instructs the reader as to how she can be true to herself and yet break out of her own rut through the use of an inspiration board, a broad list of resources, and a helpful style workbook.
This truly is a guide to personal style. (The pictures of Mizrahi throughout the book are really cute, too!)
As I said it is an essential book on your way to becoming your quintessential self!
I've already had my hair cut and my make-up redone, but even after reading this entire book I have no better idea what would flatter me and my figure.
I do like the concept of creating your own personal style board to see what resonates for you, but how to apply that was missing for me.
While I've seen his designs and usually like them. I have to agree with the reviewer that criticized some of his style choices (I did like the bleach blonde she hated, though). I was hard pressed at times to pick what he thought were good outfits from the bad.
I'd suggest that you look through this book before you decide to buy it. It seems to have hit a chord with some women, but it sure didn't for me.
Thus, I had reservations about looking through this book in the bookstore, since I figured it too would be all about boring laundry-lists of "must-have" styles in dull colors. But I decided to look through it anyway, mainly because of Isaac Mizrahi, whose show on the Style Network was one of my favorites.
I was blown away by the creativity and inspiration in this book! It features real women of ALL different sizes, ages and ethnic backgrounds, made-over by Isaac and his style team in amazingly beautiful ways using many of the same, basic, classic pieces that made my eyes glaze over in other fashion books. Thus, Isaac uses styles that flatter most women, but changed around to suit different body types using different kinds of shoes, accessories, jewelry, scarves, etc. I ended up marveling at Isaac's extraordinary creativity even more than I did before.
One of the great things about this book is that it inspires the reader to go through her own wardrobe and see how to wear the clothes she already owns in new and different ways, instead of going out and buying more and more clothes. THAT in itself is something to celebrate! Especially during these days of economic hardship that affect so many of us.
I love this book so much I bought it here on Amazon, which I think has the best deals on it. It's a book you can give to pretty much any woman, of any age and body type. It's a book that celebrates women!
Which is pretty much why I adore Isaac Mizrahi. He has an obvious love and appreciation for women. I think this book is a showcase for that. :o)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Isaac Mizrahi has added to his ability to design gals' clothing with this book ! Style is an attribute one can be born with OR it can also be learned. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laurie Wynn Golden
I adore Isaac Mizrahi so this book -for me- is a fun trip through the fashion suggestions for "real people. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bella Plume
It's Isaac. Isaac understands fashion and what the modern woman needs in her wardrobe to be stylist. There isn't anything crazy and outlandish, just good, sound advice. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Spunky Redhead
Love it, I was a little wary because of other reviews, but I just loved it! I'm really glad that Amazon is able to still offer this full-of-tips, fabulous, motivating book! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Music Maverick
Bought for my daughter after buying one of his dresses for her. She loves this guy Isaac. I looked through the book myself and wished I'd had more time to go through it. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by PamFabulous Hobbs