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Cramping the Style Book Market

Some breaking news from Stephanie Murg.

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Do you have style? Do you enjoy making style-related pronouncements? Do you frequently refer to “pants” and “shoes” in the singular (e.g., “This paisley dickey calls for a flat-front pant”)? Then the time may be right to take your stab at the latest in publishing trends: the style book.

ELLE’s Nina Garcia is still making the rounds with her guide to chic (The Little Black Book of Style), while her “Project Runway” costar Tim Gunn (one of our favorite people) now has both a book and a BRAVO show touted as his guide to style. Meanwhile, today marks the publication of Style A to Zoe, from ur-stylist Rachel Zoe, who always looks as if she’s just stepped away from Palm Beach patio drinks circa 1974. And in a couple of weeks, the editors of InStyle will publish InStyle: Style 101, in which they tackle such topics as how to pose for a photo and how to set up a bar at a party (hint: set up the bar before posing). Not to be outdone, Bazaar gets into the act this November, with Jenny Levin‘s Harper’s Bazaar Great Style.

We have faith that as style guides go, the best is yet to come. Isaac Mizrahi has just signed a deal with Gotham for How to Have Style, his “illustrated guide to looking fabulous for all occasions.” Our fingers are crossed that Mizrahi will recruit Peter Buchanan-Smith as creative director for the project. The two have worked together on Mizrahi’s visually spectacular, occasionally-published magazine, Isaac’s Style Book, which is available for download here. Note to Isaac: send us a galley!

Stephanie Murg

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