Having the first Book Nook post of 2012 coincide with kick-off day for our second YLF Book Club meet-up feels very fitting to me. As it turned out, our first Book Club title, Parisian Chic, generated lots of discussion. Opinions differed greatly and it was good fun thrashing things out on the forum. The book certainly sparked new interest in items that author Ines de la Fressange names on her list of essentials: the navy V-neck sweater, low-heeled loafers (a big trend this season), a striped tee, leather jacket and a versatile blazer. But there was more to it than that. Her style advice and the conversations that ensued clearly struck a chord with many YLF readers, and actually inspired some of us to start the next leg of our style journey. From incorporating that certain je-ne-sais-quoi element into our current wardrobe or use the “Magnificent Seven” as the basis for a complete style make-over, to thought-provoking discussions on what exactly constitutes tomboy style and why dressing in a classic way sometimes still gets a bad wrap. This book had us rethink topics that carry over from one year to another, and contemplate where we would like to go next. 

Let’s Talk About Bill Cunningham

This month YLF Book Club is all about the beautiful documentary Bill Cunningham New York, an ode to the New York City based photographer who is considered to be one of the pioneers of street style and continues to daily document trends and creative dressing in his inimitable way. I found it very moving and uplifting to see that in all those years Mr. Cunningham has never compromised on his ethical and artistic views, and how he is still the happiest with camera in hand, snapping pics of people who are obviously enjoying getting dressed in the morning. Now that’s what I call having fun with fashion on multiple levels! 

We can’t wait to hear what you thought of the movie. What’s the one thing that stuck with you the most? Have you started taking more of an interest in street style reportage after watching it?  

Quick reminder: On the Book Club page you can find the schedule of previous, current and future Book Club titles.