The last week in October is always notoriously hellish for the Moodboard household. I stopped by the bookstore yesterday to find something to relax my mind and make me think of more beautiful things. As always, there were no new magazines, so I wondered over to the home and style section, which is like 3 shelves.
I saw the new book by Elle magazine editors Joe Zee and Maggie Bullock, The ELLEments of Personal Style, gleaming up at me from the shelf. I picked it up to leaf through it, expecting the typical images of mundane outfits and how to wear them, what 20 basics you should have in your closet...blah blah blah.
If I had taken more time to look at the cover, I would have seen that it says it contains "25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop, and Live." That is exactly what the book is about, and it is great! There are "fashion icons" that I think could have been left out(won't mention names), some old favorites(Margherita Missoni, Tracee Ellis Ross, Milla Jovovich) and some new favorites(Janie Bryant, Fatima Robinson).
You get glimpses into their personal style, their homes, and there are inspiration boards on how to achieve their look. Here are some sneak peeks of what is inside:
Another old favorite, Charlotte Gainsbourg's home in Paris. Sigh.
There are many images of Erin Wasson's life in the book, including one of her as a teenager in high school.
A new style favorite, Janie Bryant, the costume designer for the fantastic Mad Men. There are no words for her closet.
Choreographer Fatima Robinson in her circa 1930's bathroom. LOVE THIS IMAGE. It looks like a screen shot from a vintage movie. She has great personal style.
Images: Moodboard Photography: 1st image, Moodboard/2, 3, 4, and 5, Thomas Whiteside