Jan 19, 2021

A Need to Read….2 Stylish Stories

Posted By: Terri
Category: Tuesday's Tip

Tuesday’s Tip…If you’re in the mood to read a book that takes you away from the daily grind, I have two books that have been in my¬† reading rotation for years. Truth be told-I have read and re-read each book more than a few times and find that they still deliver. Both books are not exactly¬† “hot of the press” recommendations but rather two books that stand the test of time. If you’re looking to cuddle up and lose yourself in a good stylish read here are two of my absolute favorites.

“If Wintour is the Pope . . . Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year.–Time”

I personally think Grace Coddington is a styling genius and I do not use those words lightly. If you were an avid reader of Vogue and relished the beautiful photospreads within it’s contents , I’m here to inform you that more times than not they were styled by the artistic and visionary Grace Coddington. This is one interesting and luminating read about all things fashion and style.

A brief bio:

Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots.
With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy travelogues that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics.
Delightfully underscored by Grace’s pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her signature images. Grace reveals her private world with equal candor–the car accident that almost derailed her modeling career, her two marriages, the untimely death of her sister, Rosemary, her friendship with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her thirty-year romance with Didier Malige. Finally, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion.

The wonderful Betty Halbreich has stories to tell and they are fascinating. If you love fashion and a great back story about all that goes on behind of scenes in dressing some of the most fashionable women on the planet …Pick up this book ASAP.

A brief bio…

Betty Halbreich is a true original. Now in her eighties, she has spent nearly forty years at the luxury store Bergdorf Goodman, working with socialites, stars and ordinary women. She has led many to appreciate their real selves through clothes, frank advice and her unique brand of wisdom; she is trusted by the most discriminating persons – including Hollywood’s top stylists – to tell them what looks best. But her own transformation from cosseted girl to fearless truth-teller is the greatest makeover of all.

Born into a successful Chicago family, aged twenty Betty married dashing Sonny Halbreich and came to Manhattan, where the couple threw themselves into a whirlwind of long hours, cocktails and Park Avenue parties, living the high life in 1950s New York. However, the marriage began to fray and after two decades came undone completely. Bereft, Betty attempted suicide. As she embarked on the frightening process of reclaiming herself, she was offered a lifeline: a job at Bergdorf Goodman. For Betty, with her innate sense of style and craftsmanship, it was a perfect fit.

Hardworking, elegant, and gifted with sparkling wit and razor-sharp powers of observation, in her amazing life story as in her style guidance Betty Halbreich is never afraid to tell it straight.

 

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Feb 21, 2019

Mid Week Motivation

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Inspiration is EVERYWHERE… all you need do is keep your eyes open.

Grace Coddington, was Creative Director at large for American Vogue from 1988 to 2016.

In my humble opinion, I would rank Grace Coddington, to be the most influential and visually creative stylist on the planet. ( I am not over selling this point on any level-she was genius!! I will write more (much more) about her beautiful styling with pics to prove my point at another time on my blog.

But, for today I offer you a wonderful quote and a book recommendation to get you through the bleak Winter days that continue to linger on.

Grace..The Memoir is a wonderful and stylish read-one that any Glamour Girl would drink up with delight.

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