By Grace M. Castro

Being the “plus one” can be daunting especially when you are not in your element. Sharon Socol, photographer and author of “Plus One: An Outsider’s Photographic Journey into the World of Fashion”, often felt like a fish out a water in a sea of fashion stars and personalities when accompanying her husband, an executive within the industry, to an endless calendar of events.

At Socol’s book launch event, held February 2, 2013 at Books and Books Coral Gables, it was quite the opposite. Socol was indeed the star of the show as she detailed the events that lead her to a published book and a full house of fans and book lovers. Coining herself as some sort of anthropologist by circumstance, her book is filled with photographs taken as a guest at fashion events. With a level of access not available to photographers on assignment, the photos are raw, picking up on the most minor social interaction between her subjects. Never really knowing the names of those she photographed, her view lacked preconceived notions for the people and situations she captured, allowing the photos to truly speak for themselves.

Socol's book featured in Vogue, prompted someone in the audience to ask if she had met Anna Wintour, fishing for any resemblance to Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada”. Socol, who has met Wintour on several occasions as a result of her husband’s working relationship, remembered Wintour as someone who always appeared confident with her role in the fashion world and had a no nonsense kind of attitude. Socol’s overall thoughts on the fashion industry as a whole align with what we already know. The world of fashion is filled with people who are notably dedicated to their work and passionate about their craft.

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