The caption “From the wild 1960’s to the sexy 1970’s they ruled the world of fashion” found in the books cover is a complete understatement of the contents readers can expect to find as they read Labels by H.C. Carlton. At first glance the title “LABELS” just does not seem all that interesting if you are a person who is not interested in fashion or even in reading chic lit. I on the other hand love both of those things, so indulge me as I write my very first blog-book review on this book.
Labels may seem like your average literary piece about fashion and life’s challenges judging by its cover photo and the title alone. But readers will be brought to a whole new realm in the first chapters of the book alone.
H.C. Carlton was able to create a world where people of our generation can capture a glimpse of how the fashion industry was divided, constructed and dissected from the 1960’s to the 1970’s. He was also able to show just how the fierce competition between high-end, luxurious and elegant fashion versus vibrant, over the top fashion to be the main style of that generation took its toll on even the most seasoned of all fashion designers and editors.
Through Mia he showed the elegant, dreamy and sometimes fairy-tale like side of fashion but with a dose of reality. Wayland was undeniably her fairy godmother (or godfather as the case may be) who in today’s standards can be categorized as a very supportive and loving uncle/friend. Now, readers may think that Mia is this typical shy, quiet girl but in reality she has a deep burning desire that needs to be released. She is one girl you would not want to mess with when push comes to shove.
In Mackenzie readers are exposed to the cut throat and often times trend setting side of the fashion industry. With her rebellious can do attitude readers will really be left in awe on how she is able to face every challenge that comes her way and still remain at the top of her game. But don’t be fooled by her harsh and tough persona because at the end of the day Mackenzie is a person with a true heart of GOLD!
And it is in dear Coral that readers will see how power and desire can either make or break a person within the fashion industry. Coral, in the most simplest sense is not your typical mom nor is she your typical fashion goddess. Coral is the greatest reflection on what society and their expectations can do to a person who simply wants to be the best at what she does.
With its numerous twists and turns, dramas, scandal and gossips readers will be left wanting for more. I know I do!
Labels by Harold Carlton has earned a permanent spot in my growing book collection.
*Note: I would classify this book to be best read by people 18 years or older considering its mature content.*