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Parisian Chic Paperback – April 5, 2011
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“Ines de la Fressange's offerings...are winsome, as is she, but also extremely practical. de La Fressange is Frenchness made as palatable as a Breton T-shirt."
"...a treasure trove of the French tastemaker’s favorite spots in Paris, for shopping, eating, and more." - Women's Wear Daily
"Thanks to the ladies for bringing a slice of Paris to your nearest Internet accessing device…Not only are the suggestions creative and well researched but there is a great wit accompanying most of the entries." - New York Journal of Books
“Le vrai chic parisien” - Sphere
"Runway model of the 1980s, face of Chanel and style icon Inès de La Fressange epitomizes French beauty and flair. So when she divulges her favorite Paris shops for splurges and bargains in apparel, beauty and inspired interiors, the fashionable world listens."
-SARASOTA MAGAZINE --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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1. My most important point is that most of this book is not a guide to fashion or style, it's a guide to shopping and travelling in Paris. I did a breakdown, of the 239 pages in the book (many of which are blank, or contain very little text and big cute drawings) 77 pages is comprised of shopping guides (for clothing, housewares, children's goods, almost exclusively shops in Paris, although many have websites), and 55 pages is an idiosyncratic travel guide, listing hotels, restaurants, and some museums and other tourist stops. There is a 16 page guide to home decor and entertaining, 14 pages of beauty tips, leaving only 62 pages discussing fashion and clothing.
2. The fact that only 25% of the pages address the apparent topic of the book wouldn't bother me if those 62 pages provided some really keen observations and solid advice, but the whole thing is very glib and basic. Almost all of the information can be found in nearly any modern style guide. I was hoping for some advice on composition - putting clothes together and accessorizing well - which seems to be the real skill of French dressers. The closest I got was the "mix high and low" chestnut, and advice to dress simply and not be too matchy matchy. So essentially a basic description of what French style is, not how to achieve it. Most of the other advice was of the truly revelatory "you must own a trench and an LBD" variety. Um... thanks.
3. Like many guides to dressing, eating, whatever like the French do, the text is annoyingly reductive.Read more ›
Yes, if the author of a book intended to get you up to speed on Parisian style was just any old supermodel.
But Inès Marie Lætitia Églantine Isabelle de Seignard de La Fressange --- let's call her Inès --- is not like the others. Despite her impeccable breeding (she's a distant heiress to the Lazard banking billions) and her privileged upbringing, she's astonishingly down-to-earth, smart and friendly, with a goofy good cheer that suggests a refusal to take herself very seriously. Proof: at 53, she walked the runway for Lagerfeld, never having had plastic surgery or even Botox.
Interesting story there. In the `80s, Inès was the first model to have an exclusive contract --- with Lagerfeld. A few years later, she was asked to be the image of Marianne, the native beauty who is the symbol of the French Republic. Lagerfeld ended their relationship, saying, "I do not dress up historic monuments." Inès went on to start her own company and consult for Roger Vivier. But it wasn't until she was named the chicest woman in France by the readers of Le Figaro and became the French face of L'Oreal that Lagerfeld had to have her back.
"Parisian Chic: A Style Guide" is like a visit with a friendly, clear-eyed woman you trust immediately. It's the best kind of guide book --- you not only get information, you get it in context. That is, you learn quite a lot about the author and how she came to her opinions:"In the magazines we see the latest fashion, on gorgeous girls, but in my book I just wanted to help the busy woman --- a woman who is not thin, and not that fat, but in a hurry, in a hurry, in a hurry!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was amazing guide book. Plus I went in to her store and the staff is so nicePublished 13 days ago by ronpernell
This book is a little jewel of tips & cautions re: simply elegant & eclectic style, wise purchases for such & home as well. Joy!Published 2 months ago by Ruth Ann M. Carlson
Book big disappointment
Could have written a better one from New York
As its name suggest quite a handy guide. Would have liked a bit more detail and advice on less pricy brandsPublished 4 months ago by laitdoux
Great book for research on French style...very informative
Extensive information & pictures.
Well packed, shipped quickly
Birthday gift for my granddaughter because she studied in Paris for a semester two years ago. She loved it.Published 4 months ago by mary m reece