Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Over the Counter #206

What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner? Well, it's all about vintage this week. And apparently that includes me. Why? Well, Debbie Harry's on the cover of the first book. And um, well I was a rockin' teen when she was in her heyday. Which I really don't think was that long ago - but it seems to be enough time to put me into the vintage category. ;0)

Vintage Style: Iconic Fashion Looks and How to Get Them by Sarah Kennedy.

From the publisher, Carlton Books:

"Copying the look of the world's celebrities and stars is a recurring feature of magazines and blogs. Here we take a vintage view, looking back at the 25 most iconic women of the past century and how to emulate their looks with up-to-the minute fashion advice. Each look, whether it's Brigitte Bardot's Bombshell, Audrey Hepburn's Ingenkin iconicue or Grace Kelly's American Classic, is deconstructed. Along with key information on the vintage designers and fashion styles of the time, there are styling tips, hair and make-up techniques and shopping lists to aid in acquiring vintage and reproduction pieces. Each chapter opens with an image of the icon of each style, plus images of similarly styled celebrities or models. Advice is tailored for each look; for instance, the Bombshell is all about simple clothes, heavy on hair and make-up, whereas the Ingenue relies on a fitted, ideally couture, silhouette. The book concludes with a directory on vintage and reproduction-vintage boutiques as well as hair and makeup stylists who can create period looks."

And the perfect companion book? Vintage Beauty Parlour: Flawless hair and make-up in iconic vintage styles by Hannah Wing with photography by Penny Wincer.

From the publisher, Ryland, Peters and Small:

"Ever wanted to know how to re-create beautiful vintage styles? Now you can with Hannah Wing’s stylish and practical guide to vintage hair and make-up featuring iconic looks from every decade, from the 1920s to the 1980s. With easy-to-follow step-by-step hair and make-up techniques, as well as beautiful and inspiring photographs, this book will help you find a style for any occasion and become the envy of all your friends.

Vintage Beauty Parlor will help you uncover the secret to the finer details of each look from hair, make-up, clothes, and accessories to jewellery and even perfume. Master the stylish flapper-girl curls and cupid’s bow lips of the 1920s; the sassy victory rolls of the 1940s; the perfect 1950s quiff, the glamorous glitter of the 1970s, and the edgy punk styles of the 1980s. Vintage Beauty Parlor has everything you need to become a vintage style icon."

(Over the Counter is a regular weekly feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come to the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But...I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)