Unlock the secrets of the fashion world in this fun and breezy mystery
When the world’s most famous black diamond is stolen during a magazine cover shoot, it’s up to undercover model Axelle Anderson to crack the case. The only witness is a trendsetting teen fashion blogger who refuses to say anything, and Axelle has a hunch that what appears to be a clear-cut case of jewelry theft is anything but.
Axelle and her sleuthing friends are drawn into a web of blackmail and backstabbing fashionistas. As she struts her way down the New York City runways and juggles her busy modeling schedule and new romance, Axelle must pit herself against a rival who’ll stop at nothing to bring her down.
Carina Axelsson is a writer, illustrator, and former model. She grew up in California with her Swedish father and Mexican mother. After high school, Carina moved to New York City to model, then on to Paris where she published her first book. She currently lives in in the forests of Germany with four dogs and a very large aquarium full of fish.
Top 5 Favorite Books to Bring Along to Fashion Week
By Carina Axelsson
Ah – Fashion Week! Frantic as it is, there’s always time for a good book isn’t there? In a taxi, for instance, on the way to a fashion show across town, it can calm your nerves before facing the icy stares of the fashion brigade. Alternatively, during lunch you can go solo, and, with your book for company, put the loud runway music and frenzied buzz to rest for a while. But best of all, perhaps, is that bit of quiet time at the end of the day, feet up, book or e-reader at hand, as the clock ticks towards bedtime.
So here are the five books I really think you should slide into your (commodious) handbag and bring along to Fashion Week:
- Coco Chanel – The Legend And The Life, by Justine Picardie: Brush up on your fashion credentials and get a handle on the couture basics by reading about this extraordinary woman. Because let’s face it: if you don’t know about Coco Chanel, you don’t know about fashion.
- The Teen Vogue Handbook, by Vogue: This book covers every career the fashion world has to offer, from modeling to photography to editing and styling, amongst others. Lots of fabulous photos, and, besides, with Vogue as your guide, you’ll be learning from the best.
- Grace – A Memoir, by Grace Coddington: This book is a charming memoir by one of fashion’s most iconic figures. Personal, interesting, and oozing with details from the highest echelons of the fashion world from the 1960s to the present, this book is fascinating. Lovely illustrations by the author, too!
- Daphne Guinness, by Valerie Steele and Daphne Guiness: A large format book, full of photographs, with very personal insight into the subject’s love of fashion. This book is interesting precisely because Ms. Guinness comes to world of couture as a fashion lover, muse, and collector – and not as an editor, stylist or model. And love it or leave it, the lady has style!
- The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope: This may seem an odd choice, but for a very John Galliano-esque take on 19th century fashion, this slim novel is hard to beat. Soldiers decked out in epaulets and frogging, ladies in ballgowns, suitors in swordfights, and daring damsels are all dressed to the nines in this swashbuckling romance. You’ll finish it before you can say Christian Dior!
So while I’m sure you’ll enjoy all the front row glitz and glamour – I think you’ll enjoy these books even more. Happy Fashion Week!
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