Stylebook: Books aim to help readers develop personal styles

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Seeking some style inspiration? Two new books by fashion professionals delve into the dos, don'ts and "why nots?" of developing practical-yet-personal style.

"Wear This Now: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion" by SheFinds Media CEO and founder Michelle Madhok and senior editor Eileen Conlan breaks down through colorful illustrations and pithy writing the wardrobe essentials for any time of year and practically any function, from casual Fridays and first dates to Passover gatherings and Memorial Day picnics. It also offers tips on how to draft (and stick to) a sensible shopping list, pick apparel perfect for a woman's body type and effectively edit a closet.

For those wanting a fast fashion fix, the book boasts a detailed index that will quickly direct readers to which of its nearly 300 pages holds the advice they need. Find "Wear This Now" next month for $16.95.

"I Want to Be Her: How Friends & Strangers Helped Shape My Style" by Lucky magazine co-founder Andrea Linett is a more narrative, memoiristic approach to the topic of sculpting a unique sense of self through clothes and accessories. In 150-plus pages, Ms. Linett shares vignettes about women who contributed to her interest in fashion, personally and professionally. They run the gamut from celebrities such as Lisa Bonet from "The Cosby Show" to strangers like a blonde with tiny snake tattoos by each ear.

Illustrations by Anne Johnston Albert complement the author's descriptions of her fashion muses. It's available next month for $19.95.

Also of note ...

KRISTI Boutique grand opening celebration: Check out what's new from 360 Sweater, Rachel Roy, Waverly Grey, Tracy Reese and more at the new shop at 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. To commemorate the recent opening, shoppers can enter to win an MZ Wallace tote and earn $5 in KRISTI cash, redeemable in September, for every $25 spent Thursday through Saturday. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. Information: or 412-782-2033.

Social Status new location opens: Can't make it Downtown to shop for fashion-inspired streetwear? No problem. Social Status is expanding its reach of sneakers, apparel and accessories with a second location, opening Saturday at 5929 Penn Ave., East Liberty. To celebrate, Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers will be up for grabs in a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting "Basketball Without Boundaries." Capital Grille will sponsor the opening-day event.

Hours for the new store are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: or 412-404-2147.

Design contest seeks applicants: Four aspiring designers in women's wear, men's wear, accessories and sustainable design will receive a $25,000 grant and the chance to show their work at New York Fashion Week in February in the annual Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation competition.

Those interested are asked to complete and submit the application forms, along with industry references and a two- to three-minute video in which they describe their design aesthetic and why they deserve the award. Designers must be at least 21 years old and a legal U.S. resident to apply. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Oct. 4. Information:

Fashion insiders pepper Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women list: Designer Diane von Furstenberg, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, model Gisele Bundchen and Avon CEO Sheri McCoy are among the fashion industry powerhouses named to the magazine's annual salute to fierce females. The women were recognized for their social media presence, cultural impact, professional success and more. See the full list at

Nanette Lepore teams up with Vogue Eyewear: Luxottica and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have invited the Youngstown, Ohio, native and New York-based designer to create a line of limited-edition specs as part of the 2012 Design Series for Vogue Eyewear. Expect cat-eye frames in shades of cream. Find them in October at select Sunglass Hut locations and for just below $130.

Lululemon sues Calvin Klein: The yogawear supplier filed suit in Delaware earlier this month claiming Calvin Klein and the label's manufacturer, G-III Apparel, created knockoffs of its patent-protected "Astro" pants.


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