When did reading get so fashionable?
Fashion and literature have never been such besties.
The friendship arguably began in 2003 with Lauren Weisberger’s novel The Devil Wears Prada. Then it picked up speed three years later when the movie came out. Suddenly every Prada-loving, glossy mag collector in the world was a sponge for details on Vogue’s formidable editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.
Or perhaps the friendship started in 1997 when New York Observer columnist Candace Bushnell published Sex and the City. In a New York minute, women all over the world were having an identity crisis. Who could possibly live up to the impeccably groomed lives of Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda?
Thanks to these authors, imaginations began to run wild. Who wouldn’t want to strut their Jimmy Choos about New York, draped in Chanel or Valentino and dripping with Swarovski baubles? Or sashay down the red carpet at the Met Gala, into the arms of the handsome Ridge Forrester from The Bold and The Beautiful? (I’m telling this story. Don’t interrupt me, please …)
Our fave five fashion novels:
The Scent of You by Maggie Alderson
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes
Fashion Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Feature Image: Harper Collins