“Elegance is like manners. You can’t be polite only on Wednesday or Thursday. If you are elegant, you should be every day of the week. If you are not, then it’s another matter.”
-Aldo Gucci, in House of Gucciby Sara Gay Forden, on elegance
Photo courtesy of Couture Diaries
As per my 2011 Fashion New Year’s Resolution I have decided to squeeze some fashion-related books on my book list. Last year I attacked Deluxe: How Luxury Lost It’s Luster by Dana Thomas and House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival by Deborah Ball. This year hasn’t gone so well and I’ve only read House of Gucci but I’ve got D.V. by Diana Vreeland, Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow and Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion on hold at my local public library (hey, I’m a writer and blogger on a serious budget).
House of Gucci was an amazingly informative, information heavy book and was not only a biography on the Gucci clan but also gave some historical information on the early years of Tom Ford’s career and the beginning of the multi-brand company Gucci Group (which currently owns Gucci in addition to YSL, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Boucheron). A definite must-read for any fashion fan or professional.