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Luella's Guide to English Style Hardcover – 14 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007285310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007285310
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Luella Bartley:

‘A star – a poster child for London cool’ – American Vogue.

‘The air of effortless cool that surrounds the Luella label’ – The Guardian.

‘As calm and cool as a raindrop sliding down a windowpane’ – London Evening Standard.

About the Author

Born in 1974 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Luella Bartley trained at Central Saint Martins before working as a journalist on Vogue and the London Evening Standard. Ten years ago she decided to set up her own fashion label and gave her first collection the title ‘Daddy, I Want A Pony’. Named by Harpers & Queen as ‘the leader of London’s junior style mafia’, she recently moved from London to Cornwall with her husband David Sims – a photographer – and their three children, where she enjoys surfing and riding. Aside from her own collections she has designed for O’Neill, the surfwear company, and Target, the American chain-store.


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JJ on 23 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I totally loved this book. I was really gutted when the label closed and this book shows me why. Luella shows the thought, time and research that went into her collections and her inspirations in life and in her art. I am a MASSIVE Luella fan and have the wardrobe to prove it but I think there is a lot of inspiration for anyone who is a bit left of field.

Its not a style guide as such but more of a love letter to English style and English girls, writing about everything from Horsey Sloans to scruffy tomboys (of which I fit the brief) and visiting all sorts of stylish legends/tribes in between. Its also an attack on the mainstreaming of outsider looks, the blandness of today's pop stars and inspirational for anyone looking to add edge to their outfits.

I felt that it perfectly incapsulated the contrariness of English style, that we can be many different things at the same time - all thrown together in a dishevelled way. Most style books tell you how to get a look, which classics to buy to fit in or try and pigeonhole you into this style or that, but this celebrates originality, the past and an outsider influence. It is word heavy rather then picture heavy but to me that is a good thing.

I could not put the book down, I took it on the train across Italy after visiting for a Champions League game this week (true English contrariness) and read it all in one go. If there were slight criticisms it would be that at times it is a little bit London-centric, as if everyones path leads to working in fashion, art and magazines with access to the back room at Relik and that nobody works up north in a boring office job but that is her life and is true for who she has grown up with.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 14 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Never before have I found myself irritated by the author of a book. This is new!

Luella was originally a journalist. I would suggest that she is more suited to this kind of writing as her book is highly repetitive and could be summed up in a couple of pages. Essentially ,it appears to be a self-indulgent, egocentric rant about her own personal obsession with being, and looking "cool". It also outlines the reasons why she is cool - a prime example is having celebrity fashion friends. These are named - repetitively lest we forget.

I am also offended that Luella suggests all English girls are as shallow and insecure as she appears to be. Take this paragraph for example:
"Really, we still care far too much for what everyone else thinks of us and if they are intimidated by our superior taste and where we sit on the social scale at any particular moment."
Oh really? This is news to me. Am I alone in disagreeing with this statement or is this book largely about Luella herself - the "we" a thinly veiled "I".

I give the book 2 stars rather than one because I think the design of the book itself is awesome. The visual references inside the book however are disappointingly bland.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cider girl on 1 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sorry, Luella, I was really looking forward to reading this book, but I've read it cover to cover now and I'm none the wiser!had meant to buy it when it was first published but life got in the way. Reminded of it whilst ordering a (certain French model's) guide to style on Amazon and so ordered it. Found the prose hard going (and I read some convoluted stuff for English Lit 'A' level so it's not my inability to read!) and nothing comes to mind to recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on 20 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Definately worth the discounted price I got it for here. It was an interesting read, and good to just dip in and out of. More a history/encyclopedia guide sort of thing rather than fashion advice or anything, mind. Whilst the author sometimes comes across as a bit conceited, the humour and tone of the writing are overall really well suited. It does stereotype things, and the illustrations aren't the best in the world, but wonderfully entertaining and I found myself agreeing with parts. It is worth getting, or would make an excellent present for that certain someone who seems to have everything they need who would find it interesting.
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ALSO: As noted in some of the other reviews, the book cover itself is worn at the edges and looks well read. I personally love it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah B. on 9 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book made me smile, laugh and cringe about the "tribes" that I was in and the uniform that we would wear! I loved the design of the cover and the hot pink band which makes you feel as if you are really about to enter the world of Luella. Although not a style guide, it does have a lovely section entitled "Typical English Garb" which made me run straight out and add a Barbour jacket to my wardrobe. Next stop the tack shop! Really really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one where hopefully Luella can tell us all how to put all the garb together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss M on 26 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book, was given it for Christmas and read 80% of it on the day, finished it on Boxing Day morning! Its inspirational and describes the quirkiness of English style perfectly.
Never again will I feel tempted to throw money at a style dilemma when all it needs is imagination!
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