Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Fabulous Simon Doonan

Those of you who love Barney's New York and/or keep up with Barney's Babble are already very familiar with the lovable and crazy (and I mean that in the best sense) Simon Doonan! Simon, originally from Great Britain (of course), arrived in L.A. in the early '80s (well, 1979) and started his career here by hand-painting T-Shirts and designing out-there, sometimes offensive, window displays. He attributes his taming (I believe he uses the term "becoming less feral") to working under the stewardship of noted columnist and fashion editor Diana Vreeland in New York. By the mid-1980's, he was hired as Creative Director for Barney's New York. He later gained more notoriety through outrageous writings in a regular column for The New York Observer (still does). Just a glance at the titles of some of his articles will give you a glimpse into the imaginative wildness of his content: Red Carpet Munchers (yes, it's about THAT), Handbags = Vaginas, Art Fatwa - the list goes on.

So it's with this background in mind that I bring to your attention his best-selling book Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You and alert you, if you've not already discovered it, to the opportunity of winning a signed copy from Barney's. For those who can't wait to see if you're entry is a winner, you may also purchase the book - in all its fabulous glory - through Barney's for $24 (that's a steal, I assure you!).

Here's your chance to trot off with a treasure written by "... the most brash and brilliant thing in type." - Liz Smith


This book is not your typical style manual. Simon Doonan provides us with the antidote to the epidemic of slutty dressing and porno-chic that has taken over as an accepted style norm. Eccentric Glamour is a mix of cultural commentary, personal disclosure, reckless style advice and interviews with some of the world's most glamorous eccentrics (Iman, Lucy Liu, Tilda Swinton, Hamish Bowles and many more!). 304 pages with black & white photography by Roxanne Lowit throughout.

For more info on the fabulous and cheeky Simon Doonan, click here.

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