This week the incredible Barbara Hannah Grufferman of Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. She is an inspiration to women over 50, demonstrating how to make the second half of her life even better than the first half. She searches out the best in health fashion fitness and beauty for women who looking to redefine aging. Need proof? This weekend, she is running in her fifth NYC Marathon. Lets all wish her a great run!
Fashion Flash Book Review: Fictionally Fabulous by Anne K. Higgins
Who are your favorite style icons? For me it is definately the styles I see on film. I often try to anlyze what I loved in an outfit and look for ways to duplicate or translate it using items from my own closet. I don’t have an innate sense of what looks good with what and the work of a great film stylist is a valuable guide for me. This is probably why I adore a small but mighty new fashion guide “Fictionally Fabulous”. Author and illustrator Anne Keenan Higgins profiles over 35 famous tv and movie characters. From Ali Mcgraw in Love Story to Cookie in Empire, Higgins sketches a range of outfits that defined the characters. She covers a wide range of eras from turn of the century Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey to 1950’s Betty Draper in Madmen to contemporary Carrie Bradshaw, Higgins deconstructs components of the looks we love. Of course I especially loved the sections on Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Andy in The Devil Wears Prada.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to get overwhelmed in a department store. This book helped to identify specific items that I could use to get the looks I was aiming for. For example, Higgins pointed out that the black peacoat that AliMcgraw wore in Love Story was the linchpin of her pretty but not fussy preppy look. I realized this was exctly the multi season coat I needed. Charging into Macy’s I was able to focus on this single item and came home with the perfect peacoat. . I loved this book so much its going to my holiday gift to my fashionista friends. I know they will crush on it as much as I do.