spruced by marlene


By Marlene | Published: 9. September 2016


My book comes out today.

When I was about halfway done, but had one of those days when I felt at my wit’s end, the editor from the publishing house called. „We’re printing the cover in three different colours. Also, we’re trying to embroider the title on each book. If we can get it to work, it’s going to be amazing.“

Looking at the book – my book – on the desk next to me right now, in three different colours and with the embroidered title, I can only say this: She was right. This is pretty damn amazing.

It still feels unreal to say that. It hadn’t occurred to me until a few days ago that this book was actually coming out. I started working on it last spring, stopped, picked it and myself up again. I wrote at night and rewrote everything again the next day. I fretted, I edited pictures until I could see only pixels, I asked myself: Why did you want to write this book again? Not just write it, but photograph it? Are you insane? Are you ever going to get it done? And why is the bag of Haribo Fantasia empty again?

Stilvoll started with a very different question: What am I going to wear? It’s something I ask myself every morning. Sometimes I come up with a good answer, sometimes not. And when I can’t think of anything at all, I try to imagine how a woman I admire would do it. Since I don’t get the chance to ask all the different women who inspire me and whose style I love for their advice every day, I thought I’d do it for the book. I asked them what they wear when they don’t have much time to get dressed. When they want to impress. When they want to feel beautiful, proud, self-confident. I wanted to know why they wear what they wear. What fashion means to them. What secrets they keep in their closets. And sometimes I simply asked: Those jeans – where from?

Joy Denalane told me about her love for imperfections and why a bomber jacket looks best when it’s already fraying at the cuffs. Claire Beermann about why getting dressed without a mirror makes you fearless and how to experiment with the classic men’s shirt in a dozen different ways. Eva Padberg about which dresses makes you feel confident at any party. Fanny Moizant from Vestiaire Collective about smart shopping and the true secret to French style. Alex Eagle about how to put together a wardrobe that enables you to look impeccably chic in seven minutes flat. I also met Jessica Weiß, actress Hannah Herzsprung and her stylist Leena Zimmermann, costume and set designer Aino Laberenz, Malin Elmlid, Ariane Stippa, Alex Bohn, Stefanie Luxat and many more, who all had very smart, insightful and funny things to say about style.

I tried to be equally as smart, insightful and funny in my own answers. Some of my tips are purely practical, such as how to care for cashmere or what to look for in a blazer. There are lots of ideas in Stilvoll for how to wear old favourites in new ways. And what new things you might want to add to your wardrobe. Then there are the questions that go a bit deeper. Questions like „Who do I really get dressed for?“ or „What’s up, perfectionism?“ (I paraphrase)

Despite all of the nightshifts I spent working on Stilvoll and the lasting dark circles under my eyes, the two main things I’m taking away from the experience of writing and photographing this book is how proud I am. And how much fun I had. And I hope that you will too when you read it. I truly believe that you can take fashion very seriously and lightly at the same time and I wanted to write about it in the same way I talk about it almost every day: with joy and honesty, humour and self-deprecation, a lot of affection and a little bit of thoughtfulness. And I wanted to show fashion in the way I see it: As something that can be insanely beautiful and very real. Something that should ultimately give you that feeling that you sometimes get when you put on a new dress in the changing room and think: you look pretty damn amazing.

| Stilvoll is available in German from September 9 on Amazon. Or perhaps you’d like to support one of my favorite bookshops in Berlin and order it from (the) Ocelot (online shop).

| And here’s a making-of-video that shows you how the title was embroidered on each book. I could tell you that this is an absolute novetly on the book market. A real innovation. That the publishing house didn’t spare any effort. Which is all true. Or I could just say that I’m incredibly happy and moved that Callwey did this for my book.





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  1. Heike Eichler
    Posted 13. September 2016 at 06:35 | Permalink

    Liebe Marlene,
    ich bin eigentlich nicht so Mode fixiert, eher das Thema “wohnen”, aber auf dein Buch freue ich mich riesig und werde es gleich bestellen. Ich habe so große Lust zu sehen, wie du das Buch gestaltet hast und natürlich die Fotos und die tollen Frauen, die du vorstellst.
    Das Cover sieht wunderschön aus. Erinnert mich ein wenig an ein Buch namens Love, Style, Life.
    Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

    • Marlene
      Posted 13. September 2016 at 09:07 | Permalink

      Danke, liebe Heike! Ich hoffe, das Buch wird Dir gefallen. Und „Love, Life, Style“ ist ja nicht der schlechteste Vergleich 😉 Da fühle ich mich sogar geehrt (obwohl ich mit dem Cover nichts zu tun hatte. Auf die großartig Idee, den Titel zu sticken, kam der Verlag ganz allein). Alles Liebe, Marlene

  2. Stef
    Posted 14. September 2016 at 14:11 | Permalink

    Liebe Marlene, ich habe Dein Buch soeben bestellt unf freue mich, schon jetzt, wie Bolle wenn es dann da ist! Ich wünsche Dir gute Erholung nach dem ganzen Deadline-Stress und einen, hoffentlich, entspannten Umzug ;),
    alles Liebe aus Hamburg


    • Marlene
      Posted 22. September 2016 at 13:30 | Permalink

      Liebe Stef, ich hoffe, es gefällt Dir! Auch wenn man bei meinem aktuellen Umzugs-Look nicht annehmen würde, dass ich ein Modebuch geschrieben habe, ähem. Liebe Grüße, Marlene

      • Stef
        Posted 22. September 2016 at 20:07 | Permalink

        Liebe Marlene,
        GOT IT! And LOVE IT! Ich habe einen wunderbaren Resturlaubstag in der Gesellschaft Deines Buches verbracht und es war herrrrrrlich, 1000 Dank, ich habe es sehr genossen.
        Liebe Grüße nahc Berlin, Stef

  3. meyrose
    Posted 20. September 2016 at 12:02 | Permalink

    Sehr schönes Buch. Kompliment! Heute ist die Besprechnung dazu in meinem Blog erschienen unter http://www.meyrose.de/2016/09/20/buchreview-stilvoll-inspiration-von-frauen-die-mode-lieben/

    Wünsche viel Erfolg damit!

  4. Saskia
    Posted 12. October 2016 at 11:42 | Permalink

    Liebe Marlene, dein Buch ist großartig! Ich liebe es schon nach der Hälfte abgöttisch. Danke für diesen tollen Lesestoff!

    • Marlene
      Posted 31. October 2016 at 14:42 | Permalink

      Tausend Dank, liebe Saskia! Du glaubst gar nicht, wie mich das freut. Liebst, Marlene

  5. Archana
    Posted 1. November 2016 at 06:42 | Permalink

    Any chance you will release an English translation of the book ? Desperate to read it.

    • Marlene
      Posted 1. November 2016 at 13:07 | Permalink

      Dear Archana, your comment made my day. What a lovely thing to hear! As far as I know, there are no plans for an English edition at the moment. Cross your fingers that it keeps selling in Germany and things might change… Love, Marlene

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