Amanda Brooks will attract more attention now in her high-profile position as Fashion Director of Barneys New York — and we'll certainly hear from her in the new Barneys blog The Window — but she's been a fashion insider and front-rower for years. A fashion consultant, author of I Love Your Style, and five-time maker of the best-dressed list at Vogue deserves a closer look, so we put together some memorable Amanda Brooks outfits. We look forward to seeing what she brings to the front row at New York Fashion Week. What do you think of Amanda's personal style?
"You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry, because they only want models that are like human mannequins. They know that if we see an outfit on a mannequin in a shop window we will love it and want to buy it whatever size we are. That’s why they have size zero models — they want to sell clothes. But you have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy."
— Rihanna talks to the the UK publication Daily Mail about the fashion industry's "size zero obsession." The singer, 22, also said that she doesn't diet unless she gets "out of control." So far, so good — the 5'8" star weighs a healthy 133 pounds.
Even those of us that love our day jobs have moments where we imagine what it would be like to do something totally different. Maybe you'd be a great weathergirl or television producer? Maybe an architect or art gallery owner?
For those of you dying to spend a few days in the wild world of fashion, here are just a few of the options:
* Perfect the art of the make-over in San Francisco, California and shadow style expert Kate Rice;
* Become a costume designer for New York stage plays;
* Bag your current career and head to Laguna Beach, California to try your hand at being a handbag designer;
* Go totally Hollywood and find a niche in the world of industry make-up artists.
Whatever your dream job, chances are they'll have a vacation package that suits your needs just perfectly. Be sure to send us a postcard!