Monday, March 22, 2010

book covers

The books that I have chosen to reflect the narrative sequence of events for my story "the little black dress" in which a woman is getting ready to go out on a date.

If there's one women's fashion essential, it's the little black dress. Amy Edelman's homage to this chic wardrobe workhorse is a pleasure. She traces its popular acceptance to a 1926 Coco Chanel drawing that graced the pages of Vogue. The timing was no accident--women were stepping out in the world, shoving fussy, restrictive wear to the backs of their closets. The role of color is also examined: Black is the color of nuns' habits, of witches' wear, of clothes worn during periods of mourning. But it's also the color of allure, well represented by a bevy of beauties, from cartoon jazz baby Betty Boop to a lithe, black-sheathed Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. ("It was a warm evening, nearly summer, and she wore a slim cool black dress, black sandals, a pearl choker....") The little black dress is lovingly photographed and illustrated in this work. Plain and not-so-simple, The Little Black Dress is a delight.

Every woman's closet-no matter the size-is a room of her own. In that space hang side by side the special occasions and the everyday, the triumphs and the disasters, the memories we want to keep and those we should jettison. Gross helps us to reconsider our closet identity and discover who we want to be. She shares her personal journey and the intimate, poignant and often humorous stories of the dozens of women she interviewed across the country. Along with calming fashion advice about how to choose flattering clothes that will fit any woman's shape and style, Gross's engaging stories will help every woman evolve gracefully from wife to mother, from empty-nester to globe-trotting adventurer--whatever role she chooses--while letting her style express her inner beauty.

The original What Not to Wear from one of fashion's most enduringly stylish women ...

Written by French style guru Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, Elegance is a classic style bible for timeless chic, grace, and poise -- every tidbit of advice today's woman could possibly need, all at the tips of her (perfectly manicured) fingers. From Accessories to Zippers, Madame Dariaux imparts her pearls of wisdom on all things fashion-related -- and also offers advice on other crucial areas in life from shopping with girlfriends (don't) to marriage and sex.

In Does This Make Me Look Fat?, her fifth and most empowering book yet, celebrated fashion guru Leah Feldon answers the question on every woman's lips as she gives you the full scoop on:

—losing the tummy without the tuck

—facing the dreaded bathing-suit challenge

—accessories that make or break your look

—optical illusions that make you seem taller

—balancing your proportions with style

Take an exhilarating limousine ride with Jessica and Ben as they leave a company holiday party together. The cold winter night is perfect with dozens of stars set in the inky velvet sky with the sizzle of electricity in the air.

Meet Jessica Adams. She's young, innocent and beautiful. When she decided to attend the Brookes Brothers holiday party she had no idea she would ultimately end up leaving with an older handsome executive. However, the moment she climbed into that limo and met Ben's deep blue eyes she'd come to realize that she was going to get a lot more than she bargained for.

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