I’m not only a massive lover of all things fashion and style, but I also have a real interest in reading and I love picking up a good book; getting immersed into it’s own world. A really good book grips you from the beginning, draws you into the life of the main character, throws you through twists and turns and gives you utter withdrawal symptoms, as you read that final page. There’s something so magical about reading and when it’s mixed with a true passion of mine, then it can’t get much better.
So, when I found out that Alexandra Shulman, the Editor-in-chief of one of the biggest fashion bible’s in the world, British Vogue, had written a book; I couldn’t wait to add it to my collection and have a good read. Right from the start, I knew it would be so interesting; getting to step into Alexandra’s shoes and reading what it’s truly like to be at the top, of one of the most well-known fashion magazines. Hearing a day to day account of the centenary year, and all the many events that went with the big celebration, such as the Vogue Festival and the centenary issue. Learning about all the ups and downs of being a woman, in a high powered job, and mixing that with being a mother and her day to day life. It’s an honest, heart warming and true representation of Alexandra and the build up to Vogues’ centenary year… and I absolutely loved it.
Without completely ruining the book, this is a real life account written by Alexandra herself, as she goes through Vogue’s 100th year. It follows her descriptions, views and opinions on the running of the magazine, putting together monthly issues, the vogue documentary and all the events that come with that. She talks in depth about how she feels about the inside vogue documentary and how she is going to be portrayed, in a really genuine and honest way. As well as all the little moments of life, which just get in the way, like having no hot water. It’s not just like reading someone’s diary, you feel immersed by the story, her life and all the events that go along with it. All the references to the fashion world and some of the biggest names, make it the perfect read for someone who loves fashion and ultimately Vogue itself.
Alexandra is actually a professional author herself, which you find out as she occasionally mentions it during the book, however she really does shoe her talent through this real life diary. She is so honest and open with how she talks about the events of Vogue, and even though she’s technically living the dream, she highlights the downfalls of being in her position so well. The book is written in a very causal diary form, however you can tell from the beginning that she’s a woman who means business, is strong and knows exactly what and who she’s talking about. It also shows just how much she cares for not only her family, but also have a true love for the magazine, every single issue and the people she employs.
It’s a real must-read for anyone who loves fashion and the whole world of Vogue and you can go and pick it up from WHSmith, Waterstones or even good old Amazon.