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August 23, 2007
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BOOK_DIANASTYLE.jpgIf the tributes to the late Diana Spencer are weighing you down, can you make room for one more?

Especially if you collect books that are all things "Diana."

Hot off St. Martin's Press (today as a matter of fact) is "Diana Style," written by Colin McDowell, the London Sunday Times senior fashion writer, who also has penned books on designers Ralph Lauren, John Galliano and Manolo Blahnik. In fact, Blahnik, known for his incredible shoes, wrote the foreward for "Diana Style."

The book celebrates Diana's life as an international fashion icon - from the moment she stepped on the scene wearing a low-cut black dress in 1981 until her untimely death 10 years ago this month.

What I like about the book is that it does not focus on the sadness and scandel that enveloped her life, but rather on how her choices in clothing helped her express herself and reach out to others.

There are original sketches of some of the outfits Diana wore, even sections on her jewelry, shoes and hats. The chapter on her hair and makeup opens with this quote from her: "People wonder how I always look as if I've just had my hair done. It's because I have."

If you loved the books "Audrey Style" (Audrey Hepburn) and "Jackie Style" (Jackie Kennedy Onassis), you'll want to peruse "Diana Style." It's $29.95 at bookstores.

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