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It's you – just more tasteful and fabulous

Breast implants, bleached hair and Botox are not the ingredients for a glamorous, sexy you, Simon Doonan, creative director for Barneys New York, writes in “Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You,” (Simon & Schuster, 288 pages, $24). With interviews and tips, Doonan demonstrates how to achieve a mysterious and tasteful image.

Anyone has the power to reinvent herself; the trick is not to conform to today's “overtly whorish” norm (fake tan, collagen, implants, tattoos).

Eccentric glamour falls into three categories of dress: the Gypsy (bohemian, crafty); the Existentialist (edgy, Annie Lennox); and the Socialite (manicured, elegant).

Before buying clothes, “consider the meaning” of the piece. Whatever you buy “has the potential to communicate something horribly fatal or utterly fabulous about you.”

Sometimes it's OK to conceal who you are; Anjelica Huston's character in “The Grifters” wore a white mother-of-the-bride suit to hide the blackness in her heart.

Accept that you're aging and try to enjoy life. You can't turn back the clock; you can use makeup well, however. Chicago Tribune

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