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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: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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160 of 165 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My current favourite 3 Jun 2011
By Filz
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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59 of 66 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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53 of 62 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in parts 6 July 2013
By Dooey
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I agree with other reviewers that it is more of a guide book on Paris than anything else. We found a wonderful museum on Blvd Haussmann which we proably would never have gone to unless I had read about it in the book. It is also good for shops that you may not have ordinarily gone to. The 'fashion' part of the book is OK although I thought rather limiting in style. What works for one person may not work for another. The line that really annoyed me that Ines said that all the jewellry you needed was a wedding ring. Luckily I am very happily married but many are not and I felt some of the copy was far too simplistic and thoughtless However saying all that I found it a very entertaing read although probably not in the way that I bought it for in the first place! My daughter livied in Paris for two years and I can say that Paris is my favourite capital city in the world and we know it quite well now, but the book certainly enhanced another stay there recently.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I received this book as a gift and I am glad I did not buy it. As mentioned by other reviewers, perhaps two-thirds of the book are devoted to Parisian addresses (where to shop, eat, drink and being seen), therefore useless for anybody who does not live there - or even for people who visit only occasionally, like me.

On the positive side, the book is visually pleasing, with lots of charming drawings and plenty of photos. Some of the advice does make sense. I agree with Ines about high heels being useless at best and ridiculous on most occasions. The vast majority of women do not know how to walk with high heels, ending up tottering and stumbling or walking with rigid legs - the opposite of chic.

Other bits of wisdom can be found regularly on women's magazines and are hardly groundbreaking: do not wear too much make-up; change your style when aging; etc...

Besides, she goes on and on about what French people like and dislike, implying that the French know better - a syndrome known as "chez nous, en France". Anybody who visited Paris probably noticed that most French women do not look like Ines, but are as sloppy and badly mannered as the rest of us. So it looks likes Ines is failing to make proselytes of her own countrywomen.

Finally, her advice is not about general "chic", but strictly about what suit her taste - which indeed is good, but not necessarily good for everybody. For instance, she likes the colour blue and trench coats. I dislike blue and the only time I bought a trench I lived to regret it, as it does not suit my lifestyle. Besides, I dislike the array of buttons, belts and epaulettes trench coats come with.

Therefore, she totally fails to expand the scope of the book into making it a real guide to chic, and what she delivers is merely a personal diary of her likes and dislikes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but not worth buying.
Cute and annecdotal, and, although a pleasurable read, I wouldn't recommend others to actually pay for this book. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Louise Sommer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful book, and a treasure-trove of information!
I have a copy of this in French, but wanted to be able to share the great advice with English-reading-only friends. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jenny Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good style tips
I was impressed with the simplicity of the advice; navy top with white jeans and navy and black.
I would recommend this book to anyone of any age still dithering about their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Quiz
4.0 out of 5 stars French chic
A great guide for looking good whatever your age. I particularly liked the format of the book with useful tips and addresses.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fingers
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 5 months 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago by Helen Tate
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 12 months ago by Diamanda
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