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.”
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