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Style Diaries by Simone Werle

17 Mar

World Fashion from Berlin to Toyko

Gone are the days when Vogue was the definitive guide to what you would be wearing each month. Obsolete is the notion that fashion relies upon trends and current fads. With the click of a button, those in need of inspiration now have endless realms of opportunity via the most influential fashion forums of the 21st century… blogs.

“Fashion blogs might not (yet) be the biggest stars on the fashion firmament, but they are definitely the brightest.”

Fascinated by the broad spectrum of fashion blogs that are moulding the wardrobes of vintage-lovers and Topshop fanatics, Simone Werle has concocted a sophisticated encyclopaedia of the most fashionable people online. From Philadelphia to Paris and even to my hometown of Birmingham, style is explored by bloggers of different ages, shapes, races and personality types. Featuring well known icons such as London’s Susie Bubble to lesser known gems from all over the world, Simone manages to present an eclectic mix of style and provide the reader with endless outfit encouragement.

Although each blogger gives a small account of themselves and what makes them tick, the real beauty (as often is on the blogs themselves) lies in the fact that the photographs tell a story. Fashion bloggers have a way of capturing their outfits with immense attention to detail and consequently a close up of a button or a neon seam can be all it takes to trigger a fashion idea in your head. Anyone with an interest in fashion, photography or journalism who has not yet immersed themselves in the culture of blogging would find this book to be particularly useful. For anyone like me who enjoys reading blogs and tends to seek a lot of inspiration online, it will be a peculiar change to enjoy the best of the internet in a traditional bound book. A true representation of the diversity of Style, this book is the ultimate reminder that Yves Saint Laurent was right when he said that “fashions fade but style is eternal”.

A la Mode Appraisal: 9/10

Style Diaries is published by Prestel and will encourage you to get creative with your wardrobe for just £16.99.

If you liked this you may also like The Fashion File by Janie Bryant.

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