If the soaring quotes of Elizabeth Gilbert, Marianne Williamson and other contemporary and classic creative luminaries were to fly together in a beautifully minimalist landscape amongst vintage-inspired dresses, holy boots and top hats, you would have this book. Part memoir, part fairy tale and all inspiration, Magnolia Pearl's "And the Stars go With You" is far beyond your typical fashion tome. Delving deep into creator-visionary Robin Brown's childhood, influences and ethos, the book is a vital volume on a mission to spark a revolution. The fashion is featured in context amidst landscapes and showrooms dotting the countryside in Fredericksburg, Texas that Brown and the Magnolia Pearl family inhabit. 240 pages of images richly convey Magnolia Pearl's aesthetic as a sense of time and place as opposed to a blip on the radar of an industry. Timely quotes from beloved masters and contemporary seers tie the pages together into a narrative with the feel of a movement; contributions from Magnolia Pearl's rebel sidekicks such as Donavon Frankenreiter sail this movement further towards the horizon. Magnolia Pearl is a "horizonal" brand-a work in progress instead of a destination, an elusive sense of a beauty that adheres to a curve even as others insist on a line. "And the Stars go With You" is a pair of binoculars and a backstage pass to the journey. You're already on it anyway, might as well bring a friend.
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