When you think about fashion, the first two places that probably come to mind are Paris and New York. I guess Denmark is not a country that had been associated on a larger scale with fashion trends. However, in last years it has definitely changed. Not only the fascination for Scandinavia has developed strongly in the furniture industry but Scandinavian style has been currently very influential when it comes to fashion worldwide.
In terms of these changes I would recommend the following literature for anybody who would like to get some inspiration from different fashion metropolises to develop and enrich the personal fashion style.
‘Dress Scandinavian’ by Pernille Teisbaek
In the era of fashion influencers cooperating with the most prominent designer houses, Pernille Teisbaek is without a doubt a person that should be widely recognised. Having worked as a model and fashion stylist she started her blog ‘Lookdepernille’ that was later in 2016 replaced by her Instagram account with some daily fashion inspiration and a creative director position of Social Zoo – a company connecting influencers with the brands.
In her book – Dress Scandinavian, Pernille focuses on styling the basics in a pretty interesting way and in addition, she brings us closer to different aspects of the Scandinavian style. She does not only explains why you should invest in only one pair of jeans that fits you perfectly instead of three others that are just acceptable but also describes the ‘layer-on-layer’ concept and outfit simplicity power.
‘Dress Scandinavian’ by Pernille Teisbaek
In Pernille’s wardrobe we can find lots of designers pieces but she also declares wearing the high-street fashion. Even though she is a fan of clothing investment, in her book we can learn how to shop during the sales season and where to buy high quality clothes for reasonable prices.
Moreover, Pernille is not only fascinated by clothing but also tries to arrange her interior design in an impressively styling way. That’s why her book is filled with amazing pictures – her styling options for a casual day and night out, as well as some of her furniture purchase.
‘How to be Parisian wherever you are’ by Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas
From this book written by a group of close friends we can expect a bit of fashion recommendations, a bit of beauty tips, some French cultural and social interaction deciphered, as well as a lot of humour. One of the authors is Caroline de Maigret who has worked previously as a model in New York and nowadays can be known also as a fashion influencer (of course in French style – without too much effort looking just great). The legends have been already written around the Parisian attitude, basic wardrobe and unwillingness to exercise at the gym while keeping a slim figure.
From the fashion perspective, the authors highlight the most important pieces of clothing, such as jeans, men shoes, bags, black blazers, ballet shoes or white shirts without which a French woman feels naked. We will also find chapters dedicated only to black and blue colours.
At the end of the book we can even find the address list of the very useful places where we can eat, meet, shop and spoil ourselves, of course in Paris. All of the visited places required some space for memories – that’s why you could use your mirror to attach some cinema tickets, postcards from your holiday, invitations or even your own pictures. In Parisian culture meeting with friends and family are a crucial part of everyday life and therefore the book comes in handy in terms of ‘fauxpas’ or ‘boire un verre’. Additionally, we can also learn how to behave in Parisian office, while being pregnant or how male-female relationships look like. It is a must to read if you plan to visit Paris for a while.
‘New York through a fashion eye’ by Megan Hess
This book guarantees that during your visit in New York you will not miss a place related to fashion or cultural event. Megan Hess as a fashion artist collaborates with the best and widely known fashion designers and luxury brands. Through amazing illustrations she created for New York Through a Fashion Eye we can feel like walking down the Fifth Avenue while turning the golden pages. I would simply describe Megan’s book as an artistic version of the NY city guide that shows recommendations for shopping, eating out, resting and entertaining.
‘New York Through a Fashion Eye’ by Megan Hess
Moreover, every single illustration in the book includes a brief description of the store or a cultural place with a very encouraging reason that makes us want to visit them as soon as possible.
Going through this book is more like going through a fashion album with lots of beautiful graphics inside. For New York, as well as fashion lovers this title is definitely a must on their reading list.