At 47 years young, Zee has established such an extensive career in fashion that this memoir speaks to the the spirit of everyone aspiring to make the fast-paced, cutthroat fashion industry their career. This memoir of his life in fashion is quite the page turner. He shares tips on how to look fab at any age, dispels uncanny accounts of his mostly fabulous life in style and lets readers in on the reality behind the fast-paced, cutthroat fashion industry.
Zee shares touching accounts of early fashion memories beginning at the tender age of six years old with him ‘wearing oversized Jackie O glasses sitting at a makeshift desk getting ready to dispense wardrobe advice for 10 cents a question Charlie Brown style.’ As a child, his family thought fashion was a phase he would grow out of. Thank goodness for the fashion world it proved to be Joe’s true passion in life - as he’ve given us so much. His first lesson as a budding fashionista was to know your client. When Joe was 10, he and his siblings pooled their money together to buy their very practical mother a Gloria Vanderbilt outfit for Christmas - much too rich for her taste. He took that message and applied it to his life and later career.
Joe’s fascination with transforming how he looked grew into transforming how others looked - a development so candidly expressed throughout the book. Some of the most enjoyable aspects of the book include the Fashion Lifestylist’s never-before-seen color photos from his personal collection and intimate details of his journey to where he is today. His accounts of the early years of his career styling shoots for Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz to making celebrities look fabulous in the glossy pages of ELLE Magazine as well as reporting on the red carpet - Zee’s stories are exceptionally fun and captivating. I personally love the HOW TO pages sprinkled throughout the book. It speaks to both the emerging as well as established fashionista - exemplifying this book is for everyone.
Beyond weighing in on getting your foot in the door as an intern, Zee delves into topics ranging from breaking into the industry, the power of the selfie, defining your personal style, how to crash a fashion party, seasonal essentials, fashion week - a love / hate story and more.
This book was an amazing and enjoyable read. The progression of Zee’s life and career in fashion in That’s What Fashion Is was captured in such a fun and witty manner. Much more than a fashion bio, this book is the ultimate fashion insider that takes the reader behind doors opened only to the fashion elite.