THE NEW GARCONNE
Meaning: A young woman of the 1920s who rebelled against conventional ideas of ladylike behaviour and dress. Otherwise interpreted as girls with attitude and a great sense of personal style.
Thankfully, this type of woman is still around today, and if you’re a slouchy trousers, white shirt and brogues kind of girl, this book will resonate with you.
And who better to dissect the relevance of this fashion movement in the 21st century, is Fashion Editor and blogger Navaz Batliwalla, who has run her extremely popular www.disneyrollergirl.net for many years; A pioneer of insouciant dressing- she oozes fierce, yet feminine vibes.
Her book, ‘The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman’ does what it says on the tin.
A commentary on how to survive in the fast moving, Instagram-centric 21st century, without compromise on keeping it real. It features 14 in-depth interviews with some of the most stylish and creative women of this generation, and women who inspire without even realise it.
These strong, independent women include CEO of the uber cool Tank Group and designer, Caroline Issa, designer Bella Freud, Elle magazine’s Donna Wallace and Fashion Director of Monocle magazine, Daphne Hezard; All of whom are all grilled on their interiors, sartorial and lifestyle choices, and give us an insight into what makes them tick.
With plentiful images, to complement the text, the reader gets a journalistic insight into the tastes of these important movers and shakers. This provides as much a cultural reference, as an indication of international elegance, and is set to become an essential reference point into what today’s busy, successful woman takes into consideration when getting dressed.
Choosing the inspirational women must have been tricky, but perfumer Lynn Harris and stand-up comedian Phyllis Wang make the cut; Demonstrating that you don’t have to be ‘in fashion’ to have an impact on contemporary culture, and quality tailoring and a good pair of shoes are not one size fits all...