One of Australia’s most dedicated fashion columnists, Maggie Alderson adds to her tripage of style-themed books (Shoe Money, Handbag Heaven and Gravity Sucks, as well as six bestselling novels) with this latest instalment, appropriate entitled Style Notes.
Packed with dry wit and head-nodding observations, Style Notes is like a collection of shopping, fashion and lifestyle annotations, jotted down as Alderson frequents boutiques, the airport, department stores, restaurants – even the inside of her own wardrobe.
From men in skinny jeans to the airport carousel jostle. From the perils of plastic to her kinship with Cyrano de Bergerac. From disdainful liquid soap to her dilemma over whether to succumb to currently-on-trend harem pants, a succession of short and sharp chapters make for an entertaining read.
Using a candid and faintly hoity (that’s amusing rather than offensive) tone, Alderson writes engagingly and in a relatable way that will elicit many a guffaw (her use of the term ‘barge arse’ was brilliant) or all-knowing-eye-roll. The author injects her personal observations with a clearly-defined knowledge of style history and pop culture that add an even deeper enjoyment for readers.
A must-read for lovers of fashion, travel and lavish lifestyle, this is is the perfect long-haul flight book. Abridged literary style. With substance.
Title: Style Notes
Author: Maggie Alderson
Publication Date: 02/05/2011