What she reads if she’s a fashionista

Books and fashion are two of my most favorite things, so when there is a glossy and hip book based on fashion, I am over the moon! If you love fashion week or crave old reruns of The Rachel Zoe Project, this list is for you. Because as you know, the hottest thing a fashionista can carry on the runway is a book.

The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin

A young teacher finds herself in between one of fashion’s biggest feuds in The Last Collection. The two prominent creators fight for the best designs in France while the threat of World War II is on the horizon. This book brings to life one of fashion’s greatest competitions and puts the clothes centerstage.


Tales from the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry by Amy Odell

A funny yet fashionable collection of personal essays from a fashion insider, Tales from the Back Row is a book all fashion lovers will adore. Anna Wintour, Rachel Zoe and a slew of other fashion icons make an appearance in this must-read.


Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, & Everything Glamour by Rachel Zoe

This book is the quintessential how-to guide from the iconic Rachel Zoe. Figure out closet must-haves and how to have your own red-carpet moment. Style A to Zoe is a book and personal stylist in one!


I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich

A witty and chic memoir from Bergdorf Goodman’s top personal shopper, Betty Halbreich, this non-fiction read is as smart as it is glamorous. From her fashion upbringing to her present-day romps through Bergdorf, this book gives readers the inside scoop on one of the most legendary fashion stores.


The Women I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg is an icon for many reasons and this memoir takes you on a journey from her upbringing, to her wrap dress, to building a global fashion brand. It is inspirational and the perfect read to ignite your inner girl boss.


Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington

A beautifully crafted memoir from Vogue’s creative director, Grace is a must-read for fashion lovers everywhere. From her start as a model to her friendship with Anna Wintour, she is the creative brains and unique beauty behind the fashion bible that is Vogue.


Dawn: The Career of the Legendary Fashion Retailer Dawn Mello by John A. Tiffany

A crucial player in bringing Bergdorf Goodman to the candy fashion land that it is as well as revitalizing Gucci, Dawn Mello is a tour de force in the fashion world. This book is a gorgeous homage to her and all of her contributions.

Courtney Marzilli

Contributing Writer

Bliss, Beauty and Books was founded in 2010 by Courtney Marzilli. Marzilli is a biblophile and beauty junkie. She has combined her love of both books and beauty and created a blog to share both with her adoring fans. As a freelance makeup artist and an avid reader, she is able to marry the two together in a unique way. On Bliss, Beauty and Books, readers will find must-have beauty products and everyday beauty tips along with straight-forward reviews of up-and-coming must- read books as well as interviews with best-selling authors. Marzilli has her finger on the pulse working closely with publicists to make sure her readers hear about AH-mazing books. Her unique features of “What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag?” and “Open Book” allow readers to get to know their favorite authors in a fun and fabulous way!

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