Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. by Leandra Medine
Cost: $25 at Powells
This sweet story behind everyone’s favorite drop crotching, self proclaimed Man Repeller is a real crowd pleaser. Ms. Medine spills on all the cringiest moments on her path to becoming the full on fashion force she is today. This endearing tale makes you want to just hug Medine, whose ability to laugh at herself never gets old. I felt like I could relate to her, like we were old friends exchanging stories on our parents' land line telephones.
The best part about this book was really the binding and paper choice. The pictures are whimsical and beautiful, obviously, but it lacked something a bit more genuine. I never found a real story here; the juicy nuggets you are looking for are easily found with the swipe of a button or a quick Instagram stalk. If you are as obsessed with Alexa Chung as I am with the Olsen twins, though, you will probably like It.
Blow By Blow by Detmar Blow
Cost: $11 ish at Anthropologie
Talk about a silent sleeper—this book had been sitting on my shelf for nearly three years before I finally dusted her off. The universe had planned the perfect time for me to read it earlier this winter. Blow by Blow tells the intimate and often sad tale of stylist, taste maker, and all around original It Girl Isabella Blow, the woman who discovered and nurtured Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, and many more young English designers before she committed suicide in 2007. Penned by her late husband Detmar Blow and Tom Sykes, this story captures Isabella’s tragic and utterly creative life from start to finish. I am quite partial to this story, as I was lucky enough to view her exhibition at Somerset House in London. Nonetheless Blow is a true visionary whose story will not soon be forgotten.