SPONSORED: “Great Reads” is a regular roundup of books that the Orange County Public Library System thinks you should peruse that month. This month’s selections are all fashion-themed to tie in with our latest print issue, hitting stands around town any day now.
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Kicks: The Great American Story of Sneakers
by Nicholas Smith.
Once reserved for beach and tennis court use, sneakers are no longer exclusive to the rich or marginalized as leisurewear. Kicks gets to the heart and “sole” of this accessory turned fashion mainstay by walking us through the sneaker’s history and detailing the many ways tennis shoes have come to mean so much to various groups, industries, and causes.
Iris Apfel may be an accidental fashion icon, but she has more than earned her reputation as a trendsetter. An original fashionista at 96 years of age, Apfel’s anecdotes about life and style have captured the attention of almost a million social media subscribers. She credits her unapologetically dynamic fashion sense to years of world travel and a willingness to take risks.
Girl in Dior
by Annie Goetzinger
Included in YALSA’s 2016 Great Graphic Novels, Girl In Dior tells the story of Clara, a newcomer on the Paris fashion scene who quickly ascends into fashion stardom when she is handpicked to become a model for legendary designer Christian Dior’s debut show. Part fiction and part non-fiction, this meticulously researched graphic novel by Annie Goetzinger lets readers witness what it was like to be a part of the dawn of a new era in fashion.
When Life Gives You Lululemons
by Lauren Weisberger
The second sequel to The Devil Wears Prada focuses on Miranda Preistly’s former assistant, Emily Charlton. Since we last saw her, Emily has moved to Hollywood and becomes an image consultant for the rich and famous. When an opportunity arises to repair the reputation of a fallen-from-grace supermodel, Emily jumps at the chance to show the world what she is made of. With the same fun and devilish charm as the rest of the series, Lauren Weisberger once again gives her readers a glimpse into the chaos of high society.