Synopses & Reviews
The dictionary Anna Wintour might keep in her desk drawer
Miuccia Prada said, Everyone who is smart says they hate fashion. . . . I have asked many super-serious people, Then why is fashion so popular? Nobody can answer that question. Now the author of the popular Guardian column Ask Hadley does just that in The Meaning of Sunglasses, examining the joys, silliness, and occasional insanity of our love affair with fashion. From (B) Botox when fashion meets Logans Runto the joys of (V) vanity, Hadley Freeman has written an encyclopedia of lightly philosophical and instructional mini-essays to gladden the heart of everyone with a slight-to-obsessive interest in the fashion world.
In a tone both exasperated and affectionate she dissects our love-hate relationship with the way we look (and offers some tips on how to look better). With a razor-sharp wit that lives somewhere between The Devil Wears Prada and The Devils Dictionary, Freeman is a versatile and exciting new voice.
"Belts aren't meant to hold up pants, according to Freeman, deputy fashion editor at the British newspaper the Guardian; belts are 'superfluous' additions to outfits that help cinch a waist or make one appear thinner. In her witty and acerbic debut book, Freeman notes what designer bags say about their owner (Fendi is for the 'well-groomed' lady); the messages different hemlines can send ('super short miniskirts will have men whistling Roy Orbison's greatest hit at you'); and the trouble with the 'unnecessary distraction' patterns provide. Her short chapters come at random as Freeman takes a haphazard approach to the fashion world by organizing her book alphabetically which leads to some confusion as there are six separate chapters dealing with footwear. Her most convincing chapters expose the problems with the fashion industry, such as the unrealistic body image models like Kate Moss present. Readers plagued with indecision concerning what blouse is best or what jean style fits their body type can turn to Freeman, who doesn't pull her punches (ethnic clothes, like a pastel beach caftan, are 'offensive'; mittens are 'childlike'; and animal prints 'embarrassingly obvious')." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[An] uproarious dictionary of style (or what passes for it)."
-Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times
"The world needs more wickedly observant naughty gals like Hadley Freeman."
-Simon Doonan, Creative Director, Barneys and author of Eccentric Glamour
With subscriptions nearing 1.2 million, Vogue
magazine proves that if there's anything a fashionista enjoys as much as shopping, it's reading about fashion. With both an insider's relish and a layman's exasperation, The Meaning of Sunglasses
offers an encyclopedia of style that celebrates the joys, the silliness, and the occasional insanity of this relentlessly fascinating world. Quick-witted and blisteringly self-aware, fashion journalist Hadley Freeman conjures her inner Bridget Jones to ask and answer the field's burning questions: just how much animal print is too much? What makes Karl Lagerfield so nail-bitingly fabulous? How does one explain skinny jeans? Anyone with a slight to obsessive interest in fashion will revel in Freeman's gleeful, but always satirical, indulgence in all things fashion.
About the Author
Hadley Freeman is the deputy fashion editor at The Guardian, where she writes the popular column Ask Hadley. Freeman attended Oxford University and received the Catherine Pakenham Journalism Prize. She has been a finalist for Young Journalist of the Year. She is a contributing editor for British Vogue.