Always Gracious, Sometimes Irreverent

Book - 2004
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A few lucky women have been born with style -- think Diana Vreeland and Jacqueline Onassis -- but for most of us, style is something that comes with time and experience. Above all, style begins with a sense of who you are and your self-confidence. Style comes from opening yourself to the world around you -- to books and movies, art, music, travel, and especially to other people.
In this upbeat and engaging book, designer Kate Spade talks about the many people and experiences that have inspired her. For Kate, movies as varied as The Swimmer and The Red Balloon have influenced her vision of style, as have such places as Mexico (where she and her husband, Andy, vacation each year), Napa Valley, and her hometown of Kansas City.
In the pages of Style, you'll find a large section devoted to the colors Kate most loves and suggestions for combining them. Accessories, which are the backbone of her wardrobe, are given full treatment here, including shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, and jewelry; and a portfolio of Kate's personal favorites from her own closet is showcased. Style in the office, evening style, even ideas for style when you travel and when you play are all featured here. The last section of Style focuses on maintaining your wardrobe, including tips on organizing your closet, caring for vintage clothes, and keeping your jewelry in good condition.
Style, with 230 watercolor illustrations, is a wonderfully personal and friendly book intended for readers of all ages and style temperaments. If there's one rule Kate espouses, it's that true style comes when you follow your own rules. Moreover, as the writers William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White once wrote, "To achieve style, begin by affecting none."
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2004
ISBN: 9780743250672
Branch Call Number: 646.34 Spa 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 111 p. :,col. ill


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violet_flamingo_261 Aug 03, 2014

I thought this was very interesting, and definitely gave me some inspiration. Kate Spade is definitely a woman with style!

Oct 03, 2012

Half the time she's quoting her husband, and most of the time she's recommending dated styles and reading materials. Bring on the practical and the long-standing. State your assumptions and your time periods. And for goodness sake, stop writing factoids in tiny four-point font at the bottom of each page.

Jun 03, 2012

For girls who love style books, this is a very satisfying read. Instead of offering a course in developing one's own style, Kate Spade discusses how she developed her own style, sharing favorite outfits, pieces of clothing, and style inspirations of her own. Reading this book is like watching a beautiful woman walk down the street every day, and making note of what she wears so you can imitate her. Highly recommended.

Jan 05, 2010

Mostly unconnected notes which in some places seem unconnected and even irrelevant (such as the comments on stylish fonts, or popular writers? Not what I expected.

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