Have you enjoyed Tales from the Back Row? A look inside the fashion industry is equally entertaining and perplexing, isn’t it? Odell does a good job at giving the inside scoop while keeping an “outsider’s” point of view. Check out discussion questions below (if you’ve been following us on Insta, maybe you’ve read some of them already!), and further reading suggestions – we read Grace Coddington’s memoir last year and it was fabulous! This month’s awesome artwork is by one of my previous interns, Victoria Riza, who has gone and done some incredible things! We hope you enjoy!
Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry
Happy August, readers! Your summer might be winding up, but we have a fun book to make you laugh as you enjoy the last warm evenings in your hammock. Do fashion shows inspire you? Does your heart beat faster? Or are you thinking “What in the WORLD are they wearing?? Someone actually thinks this looks good on a HUMAN??” In Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry by Amy Odell, we hear both sides of the story.
Odell, an editor whose career began as a journalist and (sometimes snarky) fashion blogger, constantly walked that tightrope of insulting these crazy fashion people who think nothing of wearing leather pants as daily office attire, yet couldn’t say yes fast enough at a chance to interview with THE Anna Wintour for a job at Vogue. Odell gives us a glimpse of NY’s Fashion Week, of interviewing models and celebrities, of the hierarchy of reporters vs. bloggers, and ultimately the contrast of serious business with the ridiculous! She’s part of the industry but slightly removed, which makes her honest observations totally hilarious. We hope you like it (and maybe learn something new about the industry)! Join us during the month of August as we post about Tales from the Back Row, and stay tuned for some printable artwork!
Hello readers! Have you enjoyed reading about Leonardo? What do you think of this man whose curiosity knew no bounds? We know it’s a large book, but hopefully, you’ve been able to find some downtime during your summer to read!This man was an amazing scholar for his time, questioning and achieving so much, even though most of his findings weren’t shared with the world for centuries. Here are some discussion questions for you, plus some other great reading suggestions (Isaacson is a fabulous biographer!). Also, this month’s Leonardo Book Club Artwork was done by Normandie Luscher, one of our current interns! She is beyond talented and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase her work here!
Hello Lars readers! Each summer, we love picking a fun biography or two to delve into, and this one doesn’t disappoint! Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (master of biographies!) is an astoundingly thorough and colorful look at this “Renaissance Man”. Scientist, observer, engineer, and so much more, Leonardo was a complicated man who had a mind filled with curiosity and creativity that crossed disciplines. His art aided his scientific discoveries and vice versa. And if you can believe it, considering himself an artist or painter was actually LAST on his list of abilities! So grab a copy, follow along with us on Instagram, and learn something new this summer about the 15th and 16th centuries – a time of invention and innovation – and the people that adored Leonardo, his quirks, and his genius. Stay tuned for printables later this month! Enjoy!
Have you been enjoying Accidental Icon?? Iris Apfel’s love of life and all things colorful is infectious! Here are a few questions for you to read and think about. Tell us what you think as we continue reading about and discussing Iris all month long. This month’s amazing artwork was created by the talented Rosie Harbottle! Stay tuned for an interview with her later on this month!