Truthfully, I didn't even know Eric Daman, Gossip Girl's stylist/costume designer, was writing a book until I showed up at its party last night. It's called You Know You Want It and it's a charming, realistic guide to style with fantastic illustrations, quotes and photographs. Leighton Meester, who popped up in one of Marios Schwab's 3D dresses, wrote the intro and since you probably aren't familiar with her writing, here you go: "Eric is more than a stylist...He's also a psychologist, a scientist, and an artist. Simply put, he's a genius. "Imagine this: you're on set, in the middle of a frenzy of activity that would make the Energizer Bunny beg for a nap. You've had weeks of fittings and been in and out of different looks all day, done a month's worth of changes in an afternoon. You are getting sleeeepy...the biggest cup of coffee in the world could not rouse you. But then Eric holds up a piece of clothing, a slip of silk dangling on a hanger, and whispers, "You know you want it." His tone hovers between sly and delighted, as if he knows he's about to make some kind of magic. And instead of exhaustion, you feel a glimmer of excitement. Because it's so true. You want it. You need it."
"That's why this book will automatically go to the top of my reading pile. A handy, portable Eric Daman? It's like Santa got the note I left for him last December. I can't wait to own a repository of Eric's secrets." "Styling is a science for him: he's just got such an amazing eye, and a wonderful sense of how clothing shows who an individual is. The psychology of it; the art of it--he truly loves clothes. Sometimes he'll refer to them in the feminine, as in, 'She really needs a necklace.' But he isn't talking about the girl. He's talking about the dress." "There's no one-size-fits-all with Eric"