Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One to read : Amy de la Haye 'A to Z of style'

Hell-o friends! I'm back with the one to read series  and this time it is  Amy de la Haye’s  “A to Z of style” which I picked up whilst being in London.  It’s a nice book to read if you want to broaden your style dictionary (obviously) and get advices  from famous designers/fashion writers. Below are some smart quotes  which I liked. And I loved all the illustrations in this book.

"The full-blown rose is just as beautiful as the bud - the heart of the rose is not visible until the flower is full-blown - and the full-blown rose never attempts to look like the bud!" -Margaret Story, fashion & etiquette writer, 1924

"Purple is declared the colour of power. According to that, a woman can get what she goes after in violet shades." -Margaretta Byers, fashion writer, 1939

"The Lips - From very ancient times, lemon has been a favourite means of promoting their redness: a slice of lemon or lime daily rubbed on the lips just to cause tingling, leaves them pleasantly red, provided they are not cracked. " -Cora Brown Potter, actress 1908

"The most successful fashion wears itself out the quickest, because it is over-imitated and over-propagated." -Christian Dior, Parisian fashion designer, 1957

"The hat with no distinct idea is a helpless hat." -Aage Thaarup, London miliner, 1956

"We prefer that people react to a garment through their taste and own personal style and not their impression of the individual or group who created it." -Maison Martin Margiela, company of Antwerp designer Martin Margiela, 1957

"Thrift- A woman who can only afford to buy one dress generally goes to such trouble to choose it that she makes a good buy. She very often achieves more elegance than the woman who possesses several." -Christian Dior, 1957

"Coloured nails can be dated back to Ancient China and Egypt when woman used products derived from natural sources, such as henna. In Egypt, royalty wore the deepest shades of red, the upper echelons of society were permitted a lighter shade, whilst those at th bottom of the social hierarchy were allowed only the palest shades of pink. Modern nail vanish was introduced in the 1920s and was popularized by Hollywood's film stars."

"On a man's garment, the buttons are usually on the right hand side, and on the left hand side for a woman's garment. It has been suggested that the practice may be connected with the desire to leave the right hand free in the case of the man, in order that he might hold his sword or implement, and the left hand free in the case of woman. A woman, when buttoning up, would, it is supposed, gasp her attire with her right hand and push it over to the left, leaving her left hand free to carry a child."