Saturday, November 7, 2009

FIERCE STYLE: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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A GREAT GIFT FOR THE
BOOK LOVER ON YOUR LIST!

GIVEAWAY ENDED
FIERCE STYLE

HOW TO BE YOUR MOST
FABULOUS SELF

by CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 2008, Christian Siriano made headlines as the youngest designer to win the hit reality series Project Runway. But the now twenty-three-year-old is bigger than a TV celebrity. From his prodigious fashion talent to his one-of-a-kind personality, Christian is the embodiment of fierce style.

Now in his first book, he helps readers discover how to look, feel, and act fierce in everyday life. With tips from some of fashion and Hollywood's biggest names -including Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Vanessa Williams -- along with gorgeous original sketches by Christian, never-before-heard stories, and behind-the-scenes photos, he tells his journey of developing his own fashion sense and overcoming obstacles to success.


Giving advice on creating personal style, sharing tips on building self-confidence, and revealing his own list of fashion dos and don'ts, Christian shows how to use one's unique strengths to get ahead - and go from tickity-tack to totally flawless.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Christian Siriano, 23, was born to design. Raised by a creative family in Annapolis, Maryland, Christian began designing at just 13 years old and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and the American Intercontinental University in London, where he interned with punk legend Vivienne Westwood, and with Alexander McQueen. Upon returning to the United States and moving to New York City, Christian's big break came when he earned a spot on season four of Bravo's hit program Project Runway. Despite fierce competition, Christian became the show's youngest winner, fan favorite, and a rising star in the fashion world.

Since winning, Christian has designed for a growing list of celebrity clients which includes: style icon Victoria Beckham; supermodel Heidi Klum; actresses Mena Suvari, Vanessa Williams, Becki Newton, Maggie Grace, Tori Spelling, Shailene Woodley, Katrina Bowden, and Whoopi Goldberg in her role as host of the 2008 Tony Awards; and singers Lady GaGa, Pink, Estelle, Nicole Scherzinger and the Pussycat Dolls, Thalia, and Kimberley Locke. He has signed on to design a full couture collection to appear in the upcoming film Eloise in Paris, starring Uma Thurman.

Christian's upcoming projects include joining the likes of Abaete and Alice + Olivia in creating a line of shoes and bags for Payless which will be available in September 2009, to be followed by a separate holiday collection in December. He has also created a line of make-up for Victoria's Secret that will be sold in stores around the country beginning in August, the colors for which were inspired by ancient Egypt and complement his Fall 2009 collection. He will premiere a special holiday collaboration with Starbucks in November, and collaborated last year with Puma.

Christian Siriano shows a full collection every season as part of New York Fashion Week, with past shows being sponsored by LG, Sprint, Victoria's Secret, Cibu International, and Aveda. Echoing his comments that Christian is "his generation's Marc Jacobs," Tim Gunn has remained a supporter since Christian's time on Project Runway. "I'm extremely proud of him," he stated to Newsday. "He really is the next great American fashion designer, I'm confident of it."



MY REVIEW:

If you are a fan of the popular show "PROJECT RUNWAY", then you know that Christian Siriano was the youngest, and perhaps, the quirkiest, of designers but he has taken those talents and marketed them into a hugely successful young designing empire. In FIERCE STYLE, Christian includes some background on his life as well as some really good advice to the every day woman on what to wear and how to wear it. I was surprised as I waited for lovely photographs, and they are definitely there, but not as I thought. I imagined reed thin girls in clothes I'd never see in my town, let alone on my body! Instead Christian gives some really common sense advice so anyone can look fashionable without having to live in the garment district of Manhattan. For instance, he shows a model in an amazing Burberry trench coat, but recreates it with a great looking similar coat from more affordable Banana Republic. Or he shows how you can pick up some basic items and cute accessories at places even like Target and put them together to look great.

The book is divided into 4 main sections. In "Lady You Look Fabulous!!", he shows how to dress your body type. So depending on small waist, big hips--whatever, he shows you the tricks. "Finding Your Inner Ferocia" is a section that help you learn to love yourself and build self-esteem which will always make you look better no matter what you wear if you where it right. The other sections, "Every Day is a Runway" and "Inspire Me" again are aimed at helping you use what are your best assets to their fullest. Writing about how to make the most of every day and being organized speaks of someone far wiser than young Christian.

And of course, besides all this good information and advice, there are the clothes and the contagious personality of Christian Seriano's sense of humor and fun. He is a great model of what a success story can look like and so far represents well. I recommend this for those who not only love fashion but also those who want a really lovely, well done book that entertains a great deal and teaches along the way as well.


GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
ONE COPY OF THIS ENCHANTING
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY.

RULES:
--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


HOW TO ENTER

+1 ENTRY: GO TO CHRISTIAN SIRIANO'S WEBSITE HERE AND COMMENT ON SOMETHING INTERESTING YOU FOUND AFTER LOOKING AROUND A WHILE

+1 MORE ENTRY: Blog or Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link in your comment!

+1 MORE ENTRY: Follow on Google Connect (see left hand sidebar) or tell me how you do follow
ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY
6 PM, EST, NOVEMBER 29




31 comments:

Mitz said...

My teen sons girlfriend loves Project Runway. Therefor I'd like to enter to see if I can win it for her. She'd love this book.

I am a follower

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fredamans said...

I love Christian Siriano and Project Runway!! I didn't know he is th eone who made "fierce" popular. You'd think it was Tyra.

Thank you for the entry.

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fredamans said...

Blogged contest: http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2009/11/contests_07.html

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fredamans said...

I follow via Google connect.

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Anonymous said...

What I found interesting is that Christian shows a complete fashion show every season as part of fashion week.

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Anonymous said...

I Follow at Google Connect.

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Martha Lawson said...

What i found interesting was that he had so much success at such a young age!!

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Martha Lawson said...

I follow on google

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Wanda said...

I love the ruffles (flounce) dress that Christian and two others worked on. Beautiful!
Please enter me in your draw.
Thanks.
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Wanda said...

I am a follower of your blog.
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Yan said...

I absolutely love Christian! It's interesting how he's going bridal seeing as how I'm used to him being extravagant with the leather, ruffles, and wild prints.

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Yan said...

I'm following by subscribing via google reader :)

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Laurel Alanna McBrine said...

He certainly has a unique sense of personal style and I am very impressed with him.

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Mari said...

I really like the bridal collection. I liked the pantsuit with the FEROSH Hat as a substitute for a wedding gown...

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Mari said...

I really like the bridal collection. I liked the pantsuit with the FEROSH Hat as a substitute for a wedding gown...

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

Mari said...

follow on google friend

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gaby317 said...

No need to enter me in the contest - just wanted to let you know that I've posted about this giveaway on my blog.

http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/2009/11/book-review-of-fierce-style-how-to-be.html

Winning Readings said...

Loved the "ruffles no longer look precious" article. They really do look elegant with his design...

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Winning Readings said...

I follow!

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Sandy Jay said...

I follow with Google Reader.

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Birdie S. said...

I read CS Bio on his site he started designing @ 13..wow!!!Tim Gunn also speaks very highly of CS saying he's the next great American Designer....birdson@roadrunner.com

Birdie S. said...

I follow U on GFC birdson@roadrunner.com

ossmcalc said...

I found it interesting that Christian's current projects include joining the likes of Abaete and Alice + Olivia in creating a recurring line of shoes and bags for Payless which first became available in September 2009.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/5999331356

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I follow on Google Connect.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

thetruebookaddict said...

I was looking at Christian's site at his Fall/Winter 2009 collection and wondering why all the models have these weird yellow bangs?! Very interesting...and weird!

Thanks for the contest!

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thetruebookaddict said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/truebookaddict/status/6044832505

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thetruebookaddict said...

I follow via Google Friend Connect.

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Sandee61 said...

I never miss Project Runway and loved Christian Siriano when he was on it. He has a beautiful sense of fashion and seems to be well on his way to promising future. How "fierce" is that. lol
I'd love to read his book, please add my name to the list for this giveaway. Thank you!

Sandee

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Priya said...

Hi!

I totally adore Project Runway, and he was definitely one of my favorites. :)

I thought it was really interesting that he designed Rachel Bilson's wedding gown. It was gorgeous!!

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Priya said...

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