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About the Author

Katherine Power is the co-founder and creative director of WhoWhatWear.com and was formerly the West Coast Editor of Elle.
   

Hillary Kerr is the co-founder and editorial director of WhoWhatWear.com. Kerr previously was a Lifestyle Editor at Elle and has written for Teen Vogue, Maxim, and Nylon. Both authors live in Los Angeles.
  
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810980452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810980457
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Soliman on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Over the past few months I have been into buying fashion books including Influence by Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, Fashion Inside Out: Daniel V's Guide to How Style Happens from Inspiration to Runway and Beyond, and most recently The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman. What I appreciated from these books were the different styles portrayed and how it inspired me to try different things and not focus on being so "matchy-matchy."

Since this book was promoted by Nicole Richie, I thought she had great style, so why not check it out? When the book arrived, I was disappointed on how little content there was, how few pictures it had and overall the advice it gave about fashion. I appreciated the "From Runway" to "Real life" section, but it's not anything new. Maybe my expectations were higher or different. I was looking for photos of celebrities and different styles they had, which I could incorporate in my own wardrobe, but I didn't get that from this book.

Bottom line is that if you want to be influenced by fashion check out other books or read their site. If you don't buy it, you won't be missing much.

Also, what's the purpose of the red ribbon glued in the book? At first I thought it was a bookmark but after ripping it out, it tore up the book, so I stopped.
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First, I find it interesting that many of the people raving about how this is the best book ever have never rated anything else...could authors Kerr and Power be up to no good and reviewing their own product to boost the ratings. Tsk tsk!

Second, I am a huge fan of the WWW blog; I've been a subscriber for over 2 years. When the blog first came out is was great. Lately things have become a little boring, and this book echos the more boring blogs of late rather than the interesting and fashion-forward blogs from when they started. The runway to real way is a common feature in many fashion magazines; many of them do this monthly so to purchase a book version of a trend that changes so rapidly is kind of useless.

The model looks messy and the looks are geared toward a young audience, which is possibly what they were going for (I'm 26 and felt the looks in the book were not easily translated to my job or even my social life). With the wealth of GREAT fashion blogs out here, this book is a waste and offers nothing new or insightful that can't be found on their blog or someone else's.
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I am an avid reader of the WWW site, but was extremely disappointed with this book. As a mature woman, it was geared to twenty-somethings. The part on interpreting runway views to the real world was OK, but only three examples were given. In reviewing the "looks" for different occasions, they were for a very young crowd and very casual, bordering on messy in some cases. The model's hair and makeup were not done and she is standing knock-kneed and looks way too thin for interpretation in the real world. In addition, most of the looks would work on the east or west coast, but would not play in the midwest unless you were working in fashion. Some of the looks, like the "on the plane" look were outright wrong. Never be sloppy when you are flying unless you are on a private plane -you never know who you may run into that can help your career. I doubt if a powerful person who could be a potential employer or mentor would take you seriously in ripped jeans and Chuck Taylor's. This book does a disservice to any young woman (and does not even apply to anyone over 30) who not only wants to look contemporary and fashion savvy, but wants to move forward in her career. If you want just a casual trendy look - head for the magazine rack or better yet - to the internet, at least it is free. I read every book, magazine and website there is devoted to fashion and style and this was a big waste of money and time.
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I own a number of fashion books, and when I saw this one on Amazon, I thought, "Hey, I can just read the blog." Well, I ended up buying this book while I was on vacation and desperate for something to read. It is surprisingly helpful. While other fashion books tend to divide women into types, whether body types or fashion types, and then proceed to dictate how that type should dress, this book gives basic lessons how to understand the outfits on a designer's runway and realistically incorporate the "look" into your own wardrobe. It made designer and celebrity looks more accessible to me.
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This can be superficial to most of us, however it is important to be conscious of the way we look and the message we are transmitting through our clothing. Clothing and beauty are CRITICAL PARTS of our personal and professional style, with this book we can start decoding how this subject is being treated by professionals in the Fashion field. Great reference book, it will help me to move forward, because of its simple and valuable pieces of advice, also tons of external sources of info. Easy to read and follow, for Fashion beginners like me. I recommend this book and respect the Authors. Cheers!
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Let's admit it. A lot of these types of books are the same- but what sets this one apart is the writing- the excellent tips- and the witty comments. I've been a fan of this blog for a long time and I'm thrilled that they wrote this book.

I do think they good have chosen a more representative model-somebody who looks more like the "average" reader- but the pictures were thoughtfully chosen and the book contains many creative ideas.

No book is going to dress you. At best it will give you good tips. If it's written in a style that's easy to understand and by somebody who "gets" fashion it can be a useful tool.

PS- I'm over 29 :)
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