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Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange [Paperback]

Ines de la Fressange , Sophie Gachet
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4 April 2011
Celebrity model Ines de La Fressange shares the well-kept secrets of how Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and timeless allure. Ines de La FressangeFrances icon of chic shares her personal tips for living with style and charm, gleaned from decades in the fashion industry. She offers specific pointers on how to dress like a Parisian, including how to mix affordable basics with high-fashion touches, and how to accessorize. Her step-by-step dos and donts are accompanied by fashion photography, and the book is personalized with her charming drawings. Ines also shares how to bring Parisian chic into your home, and how to insert your signature style into any spaceeven the office. The ultrachic red volume is flexi-bound with a wrapper band and features offset aquarelle paper. Complete with her favorite addresses for finding the ultimate fashion and decorating items, this is a musthave for any woman who wants to add a touch of Paris to her own style.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (4 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080200739
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080200730
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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152 of 156 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware: this is a translation of a French book 30 April 2011
Several reviewers complain that much of the information in this book is of use only to women living in Paris. There is a reason for this: the original book was written in French, for French women living in France. This book is simply the English translation and the content has not been adapted to suit people living in the UK. Some reviewers have commented that the book contains no new ideas. There is a reason for this too: there is simply nothing new to say on this subject. Other books, and countless magazine articles, all give the same "guidance" which boils down to this: choose a few colours which suit you, choose shapes which suit you, choose a few quality timeless basics and build on them.

Anyone who is 5foot 11inches tall and has a figure like a stick insect (eg the author of this book)looks fabulous in almost anything, provided she struts her stuff with confidence, and does not need advice on style. Anyone who is 5foot 1inch and has a figure like a cottage loaf needs more help than any book can give, and certainly should not even think about the white jeans.

If you enjoy books of this type, buy it and enjoy it. But don't expect it to be life-changing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My current favourite 3 Jun 2011
I read a review of this in the weekend paper and knew I wanted to order it as soon as it was available here. I then read reviews on this site and nearly didn't bother but I am so pleased I stuck with my own initial response and ordered this delightful book.
I just love the format, the feel and the layout. For me as a busy professional and mum i like to be well informed and to dream a little. This book nourishes both these essential criteria and goes on to inspire me to go back to Paris, to be confident in my own style, age and intellect. I am just loving it!
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Parisian Chic 21 April 2011
By Bernie
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I heard the author being interviewed on radio 4 and thought the book sounded interesting My expectation was that it was all about fashion, when in fact half the book was about restaaurants, galleries and places to stay in Paris, if I had wanted these I would have bought a guide book.
The book started well with some good tips, but very much geared to the tall skinny person. Some intersting information on where to shop. She has some great ideas, such as dividing your clothing budget, spending half on good quality basic items and the other half on impulse buys. I'm definetely going to try doing this.
I think I was expecting more on how to make the most of yourself and to understand what suits you. I suspect that as a former catwalk model, she probably has never had to try too hard.
Overall the first half was good and the second half of the book might be interesting if you are planning a trip to Paris and need some suggestions on chic hotels, retaurants and galleries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Selected chapters perhaps.. 4 Aug 2011
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There was nothing in this book that I haven't thought about before or tried to do personally. Ok, maybe I am just a wrong age group and it's aimed at younger and more style-experimenting reader!

One of the reviewers pointed out very helpfully the contents are more applicable to someone who is size 8 and 5.7" rather than an average person which is true. At the same time, I'd say the suggestions are kind of adaptable really (apart from white skinnies!) to size 12 and 5.5". Not too sure how practical it is to own only 7 pieces of clothes as the author suggests, but I suppose it's food for thought if you want a starting point for your own wardrobe de-clutter process. The handbag advice section was very useful.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quel Dommage 4 May 2011
By Sophie
I've been living in Paris for jus under a year and thought this book would be interesting to see Paris afresh. I was so very very disappointed. It's not about how people in Paris dress, but how people like to dream about Parisiens - nothing necessarily wrong with that but the 'tips' are all so basic she may as well have just said 'make sure you wear clothes when you go outside' and we'd have save ourselves all that pulava.

The pictures and fun though. To begin with.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
I bought this after reading a very complimentary review in a newspaper. That review was misleading, this is not a book about how to dress with more style as I thought. There are some ok clothing tips but pretty basic and dull. You cannot get through life on a pair of white jeans, navy cashmere jumper and a trench coat. The majority of the book reads more like a guidebook to Paris and also to expensive boutiques in the city. Not much use to me. I'm really disappointed as the photos of the authors daughter look incredibly stylish (ok she is probably 20 years old with a wonderful figure) and enticed me to purchase this book in the hope of emulating that style. Sadly this book will not take me any closer to achieving this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite amusing but ... 21 May 2011
... not actually a totally new and mind-blowing take on style for anyone over 40 who likes navy blue and cashmere sweaters anyway. Those girls/women who might benefit from the tongue-in-cheek- advice given here are probably not going to buy this book (too expensive, for one thing). So it would rather make a great gift for a 16- or 17-year-old, and you could always read it first very carefully ;)!
A friend of mine picked up the even more expensive French version in Paris and enjoyed the shopping recommendations. She thinks the French version will make a great gift for her niece who is learning French and not enjoying it too much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better
This book is basically a few pictures of her daughter and a whole lot of info on Parisienne shops. It's ok. But I wouldn't recommend it if I am honest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by avenellle
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed
Just reading this book makes you feel "Chicer" . It has given me good insights and i am definitely wearing less jewelry as a result!
Published 8 months ago by Claudia Moir
4.0 out of 5 stars makes you wanna fly to paris
... with no luggage and shop till you drop. Also a perfect gift for a friend who already loves everything french.
Published 8 months ago by C
1.0 out of 5 stars absolute rubbish - overpriced book that could be written by a teenager...
absolute rubbish - overpriced book that could be written by a teenager - dont bother with it! Old fashioned not stylish.
Published 8 months ago by Caroline P. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh la la
great book - love it - arrived in good condition as stated, good size to fit into a bag so you can whip it out and hope to look all cultured (as I am not) - would advise to buy.
Published 8 months ago by Helen Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is a very personal insite into the life of a Parisian lady. This is a veyr good guide to life in Paris.
Published 8 months ago by Arlene Hornby
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book about style!
This is the ultimate guide about parisian style-and not only.It has lots of pictures and information. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Diamanda
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
The book is cute and has again common sense in it. I do not agree with all said as I think each person has to develope their own style.
Published 9 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Parisian chic
Very good size.
Expected more pictures in the book. Excellent dressing tips.
i have already done some of the things the author recommended.
Too much interior tips.
Published 9 months ago by sebastian
5.0 out of 5 stars Parisian Chic by Someone Who Knows
Like a previous reviewer, I nearly didn't buy this book after reading the reviews here on Amazon. I ummd and ahhd about it for a few months before deciding that it was worth... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C R Clark
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