Thursday, 10 January 2008


Because life can't always be serious and we do need a bit of humour in our daily affairs, i find fashion writing, when wittily done, the perfect secret weapon to unwind and let go ( along with a late session of Foyle's War on DVD, and a cup of spearmint green tea ).

Camilla Morton, a british fashion writer who has worked for The Times, The Telegraph Magazine and Harper's Bazaar, has written the most delightful books, which being non-fictional, they're more of resource guides for style oriented women.
The first one, How to Walk in High Heels, is a truly amusing and beautifully designed book, with delightful illustrations by Natasha Law ( definitely a plus where i'm concerned ), and covering the usual subjects such as grooming, gardening or packing, in a modern way. With a foreword by John Galliano, what makes it much more exciting are the added tips from experts such as Manolo Blahnik, Stella McCartney or Anya Hindmarch.

More of an almanac-style book which goes through the 1st January to the end of the year, A Girl for All Seasons is 528 pages of good fun. With illustrations by Natalie Ferstendik, each month covers a few 'How to's', features a travel postcard ( Paul Smith's London, Erin O'Connor's Wales ), a muse of the month, a book review, and being Camilla Morton, also a focus on footwear.
Although not everyone's cup of tea, i believe these are happy, eclectic and humorous books not to be taken too seriously, which show us life is simply too short to dwell on everything all the time, bringing a smile to one's face even on the bleakest of winter days.
( Written and Photographed by Lola )

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