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Community Edit: Weekend Reading from Our Interviewees

There’s no questioning our

dynamic community of interviewees and their impeccable taste in both life and style. With this in mind, we wanted to revisit some of our older stories and catch up with a few people we’ve featured to find out what’s currently inspiring them. More specifically, we’re referring to the books, stories, and articles that have captured their attention. From fashion designers to social media stars, discover our quick catch up with the featured individuals in this edit who kindly shared what’s currently on their weekend reading lists, along with their recommendations for those looking to brush up on fashion history and industry insights. Shop their suggestions below, and be sure to revisit our initial stories with them too.

*This story was originally published in July 2016 and reflects updated additions to the edit

Andrea Devoto, Freelance Content Creator

Your top 3 favorite (or wish-list) reads: 

I’m currently re-reading some of the essays from The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, especially the first one which has the name of the book and it’s about graduating from college and not having it figured out yet. But on a day-to-day basis, I always read Refinery29, Man Repeller, and Nylon Magazine.

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

This article about ‘bad pants’ by Leandra Medine from Man Repeller totally changed how I approach fashion when it comes to my personal style. It’s not even about pants but how we should wear what makes us feel more like ourselves and not please anyone else.

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

Christene Barberich! She’s one of the people I admire the most in fashion right now. The way she thinks about style and how she’s influencing the industry is something I would really be interested in reading.

Revisit our feature with Andrea here

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Angie Venezia, Publicist at Vintage & Anchor Books

Your top 3 favorite (or wish-list) reads: 

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, The Answers by Catherine Lacey, and Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

Women in Clothes, edited by Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton, and Heidi Julavits.

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

This is so difficult to answer: I would love to read an essay collection or memoir by Tavi Gevinson one day–when she is ready to write one (she is so young, so obviously no rush!). Runner-up: Emily Weiss! She would be qualified to write so many things: a guide to entrepreneurship? A memoir? A guide to beauty? I would read all three.

Revisit our feature with Angie here

Ava Darnell, Designer of Slumlove

Top 3 favorite/wish-list reads: 

The Girls of Atomic County (because it’s been sitting on my shelf for like 3 years and I still haven’t read it), The Rules of Civility (because a friend recommended it to me), and The Cursed Child (because Harry Potter).

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

I’m a huge advocate of ethical fashion, and my clothing line (Slumlove Sweater Company) is largely built around the idea of people over profit, so anything on The Good Trade is always inspirational and motivational to me. It’s a wonderful ethical + sustainable lifestyle blog that is encouraging, uplifting, and makes living a simple and intentional life a little easier!

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already?

I’m patiently awaiting another book from Tina Fey. I like to read as an escape to everyday life, and her book was hilarious and so enjoyable. While we’re on the subject of smart and funny women, I’d like a book from Kristen Wiig, too, please.

Revisit our feature with Ava here

Karina Castrillo, A Girl Abroad Contributor + Writer

Your top 3 favorite (or wish-list) reads: 

and This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The last two books are perfect reads especially if you’re in the French Riviera!

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

I don’t have a favorite book/article that relates to fashion. (I mostly read philosophy or classic novels!

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

I wish the American actress Jean Seberg had written a book on her life. She was a feminist and supporter of the civil rights movement which eventually led to the FBI stalking her and trying to defame her. I would have loved to read a memoir of her troubled life, her experience working with French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard and her style. No one wears a pixie cut and a Breton shirt quite like Jean. Elle est chic!

Catch up on Karina’s A Girl Abroad stories here

Flynn Coleman, International Human Rights Attorney

Your top 3 favorite (or wish-list) reads: 

It’s essentially impossible to choose for this lifelong book lover, and there are so many incredible reads out there, but here are a few off the top of my head: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (so far I have read it twice), Swing Time by Zadie Smith and

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London is a lovely and creative adventure of a book that resonates with me on many levels, as I too have wandered through these cities (In fact, you can find some of my favorite Parisian spots, styles, and sanctuaries in The Style Line feature on my life in Paris!)

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

Oh yes! There are many wonderful people I would love to read books by.
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My best friend, Shauna Brittenham, who has the voice of an angel, is actually finishing writing her first novel, and I’m incredibly proud of her and am so excited for it to be published and out in the world.

Catch up on our features with Flynn here

Emma Loughridge, Social Media Manager

Top 3 favorite/wish-list reads: 

The Girls by Emma Cline, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (sad but such a wonderful read), The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (a great historical fiction piece involving the legend of Dracula).

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

I’m a huge fan of all the writing on the Man Repeller blog. It’s so funny and clever and really well written; I especially love the article they did on the wardrobe from The Talented Mr. Ripley film and the recent one on Catherine Deneuve. Always finding such inspiration.

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

I would LOVE to read a piece from Margaret Howell – she’s the coolest designer and I want to be her when I grow up.
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Olivia La Roche, Content Strategist

Your top 3 favorite (or wish-list) reads: 

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland and Beauty: An Anthology by John Miller – These two books are volumes I constantly come back to. Reading Art and Fear is like talking to hyper-understanding and supporting uncles who have already been through everything you’re experiencing and have exactly the right thing to say when you doubt yourself the most. Beauty is a stunningly well-curated anthology of texts on the subject of beauty, and it’s significance in global and historical terms. It’s almost like a reading list in its own right because after reading it I found the unabridged volumes and devoured most of them. It’s more like an education than a book.

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already?

I hope I write a book someday! I am always jotting things down for a book of short stories I’m VERY loosely working on. It’s not coming together at all, it’s all post-it and napkin notes, but I know it will happen someday. Also, I just made a bucket list and publishing three books is on it. That means it’s going to happen, right?!

Revisit our feature with Olivia here

Leslie O’Kelley, Designer of Bow&Arrow

Top 3 favorite/wish-list reads: 

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

I really enjoyed Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS, I just feel like we would be friends.

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

I got to sit in on an interview recently with Thom Knoles, who is a master teacher of Vedic Meditation. His life story is probably the most interesting thing I have heard in a while, I would definitely dive into his autobiography.

Maura Brannigan, Fashionista.com Editor

Your top 3 favorite (or wish-list) reads: 

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style: 

“The Perfect Fit,” by David Sedaris (from “The New Yorker”’s March 28, 2016 issue).

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already?

Anna Wintour!

Adeline Hocine, Marketing Manager at Local Eclectic

Your top 3 favorite (or wish-list) reads: 

Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-BoseBonjour Tristesse by François Sagan and Women by Chloe Caldwell.

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

Lessons My Closet Taught Me by Arabelle Sicardi

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

My mother speaks about it at length but I truly hope she does write a book some day. She’s one of the most fearless women I’ve ever met, and I think her personal story could inspire a lot of people.

Revisit our feature with Adeline here

Rachel Jones, Designer of JONESY

Your top 3 favorite (or wish-list) reads: 

Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon I ordered it on Amazon not realizing it weighs what feels like 5 pounds but I’m hoping I’ll have time to get into it (long books give me completion pressure!), The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood I went through a serious Atwood phase in college but haven’t dived back into her work since. All of the publicity surrounding Handmaiden’s Tale has me curious to read her her most recent novel. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, I’m a sucker for thrillers and devoured Girl on a Train when it first came out.

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

I’m a Lean Luxe subscriber (check them out people) and have been wanting to read Telegraph’s latest piece regarding the ill-fated Style.com shut down which they recommended. Not super long but definitely timely!

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already?

I’m not one for memoirs (unless it’s a tell all) but I’d be curious to read anything written by Phoebe Philo. For someone who’s had such an impact on defining personal style and modern design, she is famously private.

Catch up on our story with Rachel here

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Ellie Eckert, Founder of City Brewed

Top 3 favorite/wish-list reads: 

My book lineup is pretty full these days. I can’t wait to read The Girls by Emma Cline, Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio, and This is Not My Beautiful Life by Victoria Fedden.

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

Whenever I think “fashion books,” Diane von Furstenberg’s The Woman I Wanted To Be comes to mind. I’ve read so many books and articles and racked up an impressive amount of podcast hours, but this book will always remain at the top of my list. It molds fashion, personal growth, taking a chance on yourself, and knowing that it’s ok to fail, and fail again, as long as you (forgive the cliché) get back up and keep going towards your dreams.

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

I would love to read a book by Emily Weiss! I absolutely love following her evolution through Into the Gloss and Glossier and feel she has such great advice for entrepreneurs and creatives. That’s one book I’d read cover to cover in a night, no doubt.

Revisit our feature with Ellie here

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Robin Reetz, Editor at Barneys NY

Top 3 favorite/wish-list reads: 

1. The Girls is a must-read and a fascinating look into females and their obsessions – plus, it takes place in the late 1960s which is probably my favorite time period. 2. I’m currently reading Sweetbitter and really enjoying it (though I’ll admit that it has a way of making you want to eat – and drink). 3. Modern Lovers is a great, light summer read. If you’re looking for something completely different, nonfiction, and much more important, pick up a copy of Just Mercy and get ready for an education.

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

The Girls – there’s very little talk of fashion or clothing in the book, but I loved imagining the wardrobes of teen girls in Northern California in the late 1960s. So good.

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already?

My dad, actually. He’s an incredible writer who’s had an amazing career in publishing and media. My dad and mom opened a newspaper in Texas in their 20s, so it goes without saying he’s got a passion for the written word.

Revisit our feature with Robin here

Sara Hankin, Designer of TOSIA

Top 3 favorite/wish-list reads: 

I just finished A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara which was devastating and yet beautifully written. I loved The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, which examines working patterns across a broad span of creative disciplines. I’ve been wanting to read The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem, an author I love.

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

The Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake describes the rise of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in 1970s Paris and is the ultimate read for anyone interested in the history of fashion.

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

It’s a pipe dream, but I wish my grandmother Tosia (for whom my line is named after) would write a book about her incredible life!

Revisit our feature with Sara here

Farr Bryant, Artist

Top 3 favorite/wish-list reads: 

How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man by Zsa Zsa Gabor, Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata, and Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn.

Favorite book/article/piece that relates to fashion or style:

It’s not an article in the formal sense but if we get imaginative I suppose it does count as a “piece”! Check out Momus’ Open University on Color.

He discusses the role which color has played through different time periods, geographical locations, gender and film and does it all well being his insanely charming and stylish eye-patched self. Now there’s a style icon!

Are there any people in particular who you hope will write a book one day that hasn’t already? 

Jack Fisk! He is an incredible art director/set designer/art school bestie of David Lynch/husband of Sissy Spacek/all-around insanely talented man. I read Sissy Spacek’s memoir My Extraordinary Ordinary Life right when I made my decision to leave New York and needed someone to reassure me it was okay to simplify your life and that it was okay to want an ordinary life and boy Sissy did. She also chronicles her life with Jack and how they fell in love on the set of Badlands and I love their simple yet enduring love story and would give anything to hear Jack’s memories. For a teaser: it all begins with Sissy showing up to their first date wearing a sailor outfit and them going for a casual boat ride down a river that suddenly turns awry.

Revisit our feature with Farr here