Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Introduction by Tim Blanks
Hachette - $25.99

This totally gorgeous small hardback book goes on sale in New Zealand Thursday 1 May and I can tell you now that shoe-loving women everywhere will be lining up to buy it or alternatively be putting out heavy hints for Mother’s Day.
It is a stunning collection of the most beautiful and glamorous shoes you could imagine, all fabulously photographed accompanied by witty texts or relevant quotes.
This book is a celebration of the passion that women have for shoes.
I gave the book to Annie for a quick look and lost her for two hours!
The introduction is by New Zealand-born, veteran fashion journalist and trend expert Tim Blanks, a former host on the internationally syndicated TV show Fashion File, (he was with the show 17 years), a contributing editor to Style.com,(the online home of Vogue), and writes for the New York Times, W, Vogue, Flare, the Daily Telegraph magazine and many others.

He was once described as “the Frank Sinatra of the fashion industry” but he claimed it was only because of the way he held the microphone.
In fashion journalism they don’t come much bigger than Tim. His ability to “read” a collection is rated second to none.

Men - you’ll earn plenty of brownie points by giving this book to a special woman in your life. And what a great price. It is a bargain!
Booksellers, stock up for Mother’s Day, Bookman Beattie is picking SHOES to be THE gift this year.

Here are a few of my favourite quotes, but there are many more:

High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the cheek.

It doesn't matter if you cannot walk more than five steps in your rhinestone-bejeweled stilts without a little rest to regain your balance and composure.

Find a spot, stand there and look good. Emma Bowd.

What becomes of the broken-hearted? They buy shoes. Mimi Pond.

There is always room for one more pair.

Nothing has been invented yet that will do a better job than high heels at making a good pair of legs look great, or great ones look fabulous. Stuart Weitzman.


Unknown said...

thanks for mentioning my long-out-of-print book!
I'm a big fan of NZ and NZlanders, especially my hairdresser/screenwriting partner AND the Flight of the Conchords! Check out my sad little website under construction: mimipond.com
or go to latimes.com and go to the opinion page, scroll down and find my latest cartoon for them.
I'm working on a cartoon now about BEA, the book expo that just concluded here in LA.

Beattie's Book Blog said...

Thanks Mimi, nice to hear from you. I have checked out your "sad little website under construction": mimipond.com and while it may still be under construction there are some great examples of your cartoon work there. I loved them.
All best