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April 3, 2011

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange

Parisian style radiates an air of self-assuredness, that indefinable je ne sais quoi that initially seems so elusive, and yet at the same time almost appears simple, uncontrived, perhaps effortless.

Inès de la Fressange, the premiere model for Chanel in the 80s and currently the brand ambassador for Roger Vivier, has graciously decided to share these coveted Parisian secrets of style in her new book Parisian Style: A Style Guide which is officially available Tuesday, April 5th.

I must confess, I was eagerly awaiting the opportunity to take in her tips, ideas and expertise for more than just a few months, and upon the delivery of my copy, it barely left my side until I was finished.

First of all, while the cover alone is captivating and impossible to miss with it’s scarlet red jacket and gilded font, the contents are just as creatively and vivaciously presented. With the feel of a large Moleskine journal, ribbon bookmark and all, additionally all of the photography of shops, products and destinations are by Inès, as are the drawings and hand-written lists. The the layout as well is playful, easy to read and unpretentious unlike what one might expect due to the topic at hand. 


Inès has clearly taken special care to create guide for all of us who are short on time and thus sometimes imagination, being sure to help us create a style that appears effortless, yet is full of great thought.

The Magnificent Seven are what is defined as the brilliant basics that are key to creating Parisian style in any scenario.  Modeled by Inès’ daughter Nine, each of these items are demonstrated as part of a complete outfit in order to better exhibit how to incorporate exactly what she is suggesting must be in our closet:

The Magnificent Seven:

1. A Man’s Blazer
2. The Trench
3. The Navy (cashmere) Sweater
4. The Tank
5. The Little Black Dress
6. The Perfect Jeans
7. The Leather Jacket

While this may be where many style books cease in their guidance, Inès has only just begun.  For each of the Magnificent Seven she shares more ideas on how to meld it into anyone’s wardrobe, a list of fashion faux pas, a lux celebrity style idea and a hall of fame reference which in the case of the navy sweater was Eric Bompard’s cashmere company. She is spilling the beans so to speak, sharing the secrets and letting us all in on where one can acquire the look of Parisian style.



And be sure, after sharing her tips on fashion, she continues on to accessories, the five essential bags, shoes, beauty, entertaining, and home decor.

Having lived in Paris for most of her life (although not born there, further proof that one does not need to be a born and bred Parisian to possess such style), she also takes her readers through her recommended shops, boutiques, hotels, restaurants, spas, and hot spots that would take more than a few travel guides to figure out when attempting to plan their next trip to the City of Light.




It is without reservation that I highly recommend Parisian Chic: A Style Guide as an informative, delightful and forever resourceful book that I am sure to pack for my next trip to Paris and have already begun to tweak my wardrobe accordingly – navy cashmere sweater, white jeans and ballet flats – my new go-to chic outfit. Thank you Inès!

And to view more of Inès Parisian chic style, click here.

Published by Flammarion
Pages: 240
Available for pre-order at Amazon $16.10

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23 Comments:

At April 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM , Blogger LuxeBytes said...

It's excruciating to wait for Amazon to deliver this. Courage!

 
At April 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM , Blogger Nesie said...

I know what I am buying next!
>^..^<

http://nesieandherpurplepuffin.blogspot.com

 
At April 4, 2011 at 12:19 AM , Blogger MyFavouriteThings said...

I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for sharing your review, and have a lovely day!

 
At April 4, 2011 at 6:22 AM , Blogger quintessence said...

Love her and can't wait to get my copy - looks fabulous!

 
At April 4, 2011 at 6:33 AM , Blogger Plami said...

This is officially one of my favorite posts ever since I started reading your blog!!! Thank you!

XoXo
Plami

http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

 
At April 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM , Blogger goodniteirene.wordpress.com said...

so happy!! mine just arrived yesterday.
planning a long soak in the tub this evening, candles lit, chopin twinkling from the speakers, and madame de la fressange et moi.

 
At April 7, 2011 at 10:26 AM , OpenID designedbyann said...

That sounds so much fun for a book!!
I kind of collect books with styling tips...I own the "Little black book fo style" by Nina Garcia and "who what wear"
This might be my next addition :)

Anna
http://designedbyann.wordpress.com

 
At April 8, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Anonymous Cate said...

Great post as always, Shannon! Loved today's newsletter.

 
At April 9, 2011 at 2:23 AM , Blogger Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thank you for this list and that beautiful navy sweater should be mine (I do have one but a very fitted version).
Congrats on the Links a la Mode - I was happy to be included this week as well.

Have a lovely weekend!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

 
At April 9, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Chloe said...

I loove this post! Parisian style is absolutely timeless....love it! The Magnificent 7 pieces have made their way into my wardrobe to stay!

chloe ** http://flowerponychloe.blogspot.com

 
At April 10, 2011 at 7:01 AM , Blogger Anna said...

This book looks great, congrats on the links a la mode!

www.ThisIsAYes.com

 
At April 10, 2011 at 1:31 PM , Blogger Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Thanks for a wonderful review. It sounds like I need this book. It's coming off my wishlist and into my basket.

 
At April 11, 2011 at 2:48 PM , Blogger Aquí said...

great post! I'll definitely be looking for this! Congrats on making links á la mode :)

 
At April 19, 2011 at 1:01 PM , Blogger kat @ featherfactor said...

I am so excited to buy this book...thank you for the little snaphots :)

 
At May 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM , Blogger Gam said...

I ordered this book at your suggestion and have read it cover to cover twice in a week. A great little read! Thank you for the heads up!

 
At October 6, 2011 at 8:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have clothes in my closet designed by Ines that I purchased while living in Paris in 1996(!) that I still wear because they are timeless.
Parisian Chic is a fashion bible...though it causes night time internet shopping.I might need an intervention.
Mary Taylor Keates

 
At October 23, 2011 at 10:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

im going to paris this spring and i have no idea what to wear. im going ot buy this book the help me find out!!!

 
At January 27, 2012 at 11:37 PM , Anonymous modern said...

HI
I'm quite pleased with the ifonrmation in this post.nice and useful!
thank you!

 
At March 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM , Blogger Soy said...

I am reading the book as well and am loving it.

 
At April 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM , OpenID designhouse9 said...

One of my favorite books. I'm fortunate to have a sister living in France and have made several trips to visit, including Paris most of the trips. One day a co-worker said I had such French style. She made my day.

 
At April 25, 2012 at 1:47 PM , Blogger JenineMarie said...

I just got this book and LOVE it. However do any of you followers of this blog know where I can get that amazing leather jacket in the book?
Thanks and "All Things French!"
Jenine

personal email below:
jsdamiani@gmail.com

 
At May 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM , Anonymous Shanti said...

this makes me want to clean out all the excess stuff i have. i love the idea of having a few quality pieces. i end up only wearing a small percentage of my clothes anyway.. i'll pick up this book to find out more.

 
At April 11, 2013 at 12:23 AM , Anonymous 123 said...

nice

 

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