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Oh No She Didn’t: The Top 100 Style Mistakes Women Make and How to Avoid Them by Clinton Kelly (2010)

You might recognize Clinton from cable TV on TLC’s What Not To Wear. His latest book has a split personality—it’s half clothing and style advice and half humor. Clinton may convince you to reevaluate some of your fashion choices. Perhaps you’re innocent when it comes to wearing denim on denim or socks with clogs, but what about wearing pastel pink, matching jewelry, or wearing all solids all the time? There’s a hilarious photo or drawing for each of the 100 big mistakes. It’s guaranteed that you will see yourself in at least one of the 100 warnings and improve your style today. For more information on Clinton’s other ventures, see his website.
Check the catalog for Oh No She Didn't and other books by Clinton Kelly.
IPPL Staff

Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn

Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn (2010)
Tim Gunn made the phrase “Make It Work!” famous on the hit reality TV series Project Runway where he mentors the contestants and costars with model Heidi Klum. In this etiquette book/biography, Tim shares his 18 golden rules for a happy and successful life. The rules include “be a good guest or stay home” and “when you need help, get it.” Surprisingly, when it comes to appropriate clothing, he reminds us that “physical comfort is overrated,” but that he really doesn’t notice too much what other people wear, and will rarely comment on an outfit unless he is asked.

Just one of the interesting tidbits in the book is that Tim was an unpaid consultant on Project Runway for the first two seasons. Other juicy revelations include info on J. Edgar Hoover since Gunn’s father was an FBI special agent and also J. Edgar’s ghostwriter.

Visit Gunn's facebook page for more information on the fashion guru.
IPPL Staff

How Not to Look Old by Charla Krupp

How Not to Look Old: fast and effortless ways to look 20 years younger, 10 pounds lighter, 10 times better by Charla Krupp (2008)
This former beauty director for Glamour has advice on how women of a certain age can improve their looks. Not all the information will apply to everyone, but there are plenty of ideas to choose from to become more young and hip: cut some bangs, stop wearing athletics shoes with jeans and shorten your outdated long skirts. Every woman could use a little update to their hair and makeup routine, and most will admit to a multitude of unflattering outfits hiding in their closets.

Visit the author's website and read an interview with this fashionista.
Mary S.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) PG-13
Come take a look behind the scenes of the fascinating world of haute couture and Valentino, the world-renowned fashion designer. This film focuses on two shows: a 2006 collection show in Paris and a 2007 retrospective show in Rome celebrating his 45 year career. The film crew follows Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti, his longtime business partner and companion, through the lengthy process from design to show. It’s amazing how much preparation and work it takes.

The documentary is interspersed with film from Valentino’s earlier days where he was influenced by the silver screen. View a world of fashion few have access to, including the elaborate parties, glamorous gowns, celebrities, and elaborate sets. Dog lovers will enjoy the antics of his five pugs. The film touches on the ownership of the company. A drawback is that most of the film is spoken in French and Italian with English subtitles.

One of the special features shows Valentino traveling between his homes in Paris, Rome, Gstaad, and New York and the perfectionism that goes into maintaining them.