Great Summer 2019 Reads

The lazy, hazy days of summer is a great time to get in some good reading. Fashion Reverie has curated a list of great summer reads from fashion books to gossip tomes to life evaluation books. Curl in the cool A/C with a refreshing drink or lull time away on the beach with these great reads.

Remember, a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Keep those brain cells active with these summer 2019 selects!!

Kenzo Book    

Kenzō Takada, the Japanese French fashion designer and the founder of Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skincare products and clothes, has been a force in fashion for over four decades. He is currently the acting Honorary President of the Asian Couture Federation. This extraordinary collection complied by Kazuko Masui features an exclusive look-book of hand-colored sketches and personal photographs from the archives of the designer.  You’ll get lost in this breathtakingly beautiful book.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

When Big Little Lies exploded two years ago, people were eager to snap up more books from author Liane Mortiaty. She does not disappoint with this dishy tale of women who meet at exclusive spa.  Nine participants have astonishingly similar positive reactions to their regimen at Tranquillum House … at least until they discover why. This soapy tale is a real page turner and the perfect beach read.

The Asylum: A collage of couture reminiscences … and hysteria by Simon Doonan

It’s time for Fashion Reverie to tell you a little secret; the people who work in the fashion industry are CRAZY! Simon Doonan has witnessed this first-hand and is ready to spill the tea on wacky designers, unhinged models, and unflappable editors in all their glamorous madness.

With his dry wit and love of eccentricity. Doonan’s personal and professional tales of deranged fabulousness with have you laughing out loud. You’ll be ticked by Doonan’s creative brain, elephant like memory, and almost encyclopedic knowledge of fashion and merchandising.

I’ll drink to that by Betty Halbreich

When the film “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s” was released, the world fell in love with Betty Halbreich and demanded more!  A personal shopper and legend, she is known for her keen eye and sugar-free advice, trusted by everyone from top Hollywood stylists to discriminating New York socialites to tell them what truly looks good. Lena Dunham, the Emmy-winning writer of HBO’s “GIRLS” is developing a series inspired by her life. Don’t wait, learn about her fascinating life now!

The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris by Alicia Drake

In 1970’s Paris, Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent smashed into each other like two champagne bottles in an explosion of sequins, celebrity, money and naked ambition. Together they split Paris in two and created fashion history setting the stage for the modern clothing industry. Their bitter rivalry is recorded in this story of magical enchantment and wretched excess that you won’t be able to put down.

The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year by Andy Cohen

Mega producer Andy Cohen has built an empire and is ready to spill the tea. It’s time for some hot gossip about the Housewives! And Madonna! There are so many crazy tales this fun book reads like an issue of US magazine. You’ll feel like a fly on the wall to Andy Cohen’s wild life. And what a crazy ride it is! You’ll find out how and why Cohen came to possess a bottle of perfume made from Lady Gaga’s urine.

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The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Do you every want to chuck your city life and buy a farm in Upstate New York? You will reconsider that dream after you read Josh Kilmer Purcell’s tale of doing just that with then boyfriend now husband Dr. Brent Ridge (Formerly Dr Brent of the Martha Stewart show). After a wrong turn on an apple picking trip, two diehard Manhattan dwellers, purchase a farm in a town of 400 people. Dealing with the painful lows and dizzying highs of these dramatic changes the question looms; will anyone make it out alive?  If you are a fan of their brand Beekman 1802 lifestyle, you’ll love hearing the hilarious tale of how it all began.

—Cameron Rose

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