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Reading Is Sexy: “Classy” by Derek Blasberg

Reading Is Sexy: "Classy" by Derek Blasberg

Reading Is Sexy: "Classy" by Derek Blasberg

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for etiquette and acting like a lady so when I received a preview of Classy by Derek Blasberg, I dove in to see what treasures I could add to my arsenal of ladylike tips.

Derek Blasberg is a man about town, is an editor at V an VMan, an Editor-at-Large at and has written for Harper’s Bazaar and Interview.  He goes to the right parties, with the right celebrities and has made a name for himself on the party circuit.  Since he apparently sees a lot of un-ladylike behavior at these events, he decided to tackle the issue head on by writing a tongue-in-cheek version of “The Preppy Handbook for the Gossip Girl generation.”

I started reading through the preview and to be honest, my first instinct was “why would I take advice from a guy on how to act like a lady?”  Not that a guy can’t give advice on etiquette, but if you’ve never been a lady, how do you know what it’s like to navigate all the issues that ladies have to deal with?

That said, Blasberg works in the fashion industry so he has sensible fashion advice, beauty advice and general etiquette tips that apply to men and women.  Classy includes quizes, how-to’s and lots of tips for the “extremely modern lady.”  However, I found a lot of what he said a bit condescending.  His moniker for women that are not ladies is “tramp” – a term that I, as a lady, find decidedly not classy.  Everybody knows a lady doesn’t call other women “tramps.”   Blasberg’s Classy is funny if you like that sort of thing, but I’ll stick to being “always a lady”.  If you want to read it for yourself, you can purchase Classy on

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One Response to “Reading Is Sexy: “Classy” by Derek Blasberg”

  1. Joanna says:

    Very well put, Gabriella. It made no sense to me why any young woman would want to take advice from Blasberg, a guy whose photo graces many photo blogs doing, well, let’s just say not the classiest things. I read an interview in the NY Times where he said he was humiliated over the fact that the fashion industry pointed the finger at him for allegedly breaking up Proenza Schouler, and that he wishes Anna Wintour didn’t know he existed because as a result he’s been essentially banned from Vogue. He also said that he never writes anything negative about anyone to prove that he means no harm. Yet he’s calling women “tramps” in his book? No thank you.

    I’ll stick to reading advice books by people who inspire me, not turn me off. Those looking for a book from a fashion insider should definitely check out Kelly Cutrone’s book.


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