Friday, December 21, 2012

Book recommendation

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster / Dana Thomas

Well, this is one compelling book! I'm just wondering how it took me 4 months to read it. I bought the book in New York already back in August and now I finally finished.
Dana Thomas has  travelled from French perfume laboratories to Las Vegas shopping malls to assembly-line factories in China, and traced the evolving face of the luxury goods business, from design through marketing to showroom sales.
She tells us the stories behind all the luxury items we covet -- Chanel No. 5 perfume, Louis Vuitton bag, that Dior dress. And most importantly, WHY we covet them. The book is packed with thought-provoking ideas and shocking facts. 
I might never walk down 57th Street, Avenue Montaigne or Bond Street, and see the stores quite the same way. To be honest, it's now difficult to take anything seriously at all.

Now I was thinking getting myself "Grace, A Memoir" as a christmas present. It's a recently published book by US Vogue creative director Grace Coddington.

/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./

The memoir is accompanied with quirky pen-and-ink illustrations by Grace.
But I'm still quite not sure on buying it , have you already read it? What did you think?

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

1 comment:

  1. this sounds incredible... I promised myself a no-shopping week but this book sounds so good *__*
    stay perfeccct Anni
    xo, Becca