Tuesday, April 26, 2011

News & Views, This & That

Ines de la Fressange.

Oooops, running late today. Just finished a long conversation with one of my best friends -- we only ever have looong conversations -- Jean Rafferty, journalist extraordinare. Part of our conversation was about Ines de la Fressange and her new book Parisian Chic.

Jean's copy is signed by Ines. She's known her for years. My copy is yet to be purchased, but I can see I must find one tout de suite and weigh in on it like everyone else in the world. Jean is enchanted by the book and points out that the shopping guide alone is worth the price. And, let's be honest, Ines is a style icon. One can argue that she is tall and lean and lovely and well, we're not, but most of us don't look like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, Millicent Rogers, Pauline de Rothschild, Gloria Guinnes, Babe Paley and all the other style icons of the past. And then what?


Slim Keith.
Audrey Hepburn,


Gloria Guiness.

Pauline de Rothschild.

Babe Paley.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

My question then is: Why are some reviewers getting so upset, and in some cases unpleasant about the fact Ines is morphologically different than the vast majority of women on the planet? So what? Maybe we can learn a thing or two, maybe she'll make a visit to Paris more fun.


Until I have the book in my hands and can be more specific, I would simply like to add that with her sultry voice, her laugh, her nonchalance, her smile, her open friendliness I do believe she is a modern, approachable fashion icon.

And, to think, before my conversation with Jean I had intended to write about chocolate today.

A demain. Cherie returns.

25 comments:

a Broad said...

I don't know what you mean by " morphologically different" ( voice ? body?) but I think she is just grand ! I have admired her since she was working for Lagerfeld.. and now there is her beautiful daughter too !
I will be getting her book also .. looking forward to it :)
chau, besitos ! C

LPC said...

My only issue is that I have spent the entire 21st century wondering why on earth anyone belts a jacket like that. ;)

Murphy said...

I know some reviewers have been critical, but I absolutely love the book! So what if we're not all 5'11'', we still may pick up some good suggestions (I know I have). I do think Ines is lovely and likeable, too. I wonder if there are any major differences between the French version and the English version?

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Duchesse said...

Here's the thing, Tish: they want advice for women like themselves and are put off by Ines' gamine view. (Especially the crack she makes about "I do know size 4s".) I admire Ines' looks and panache, but the advice in the book is more "how to look like me" than "how to look great".

How many of us will try wearing our velvet jackets two sizes too small?
Slim Keith did not stay slim, nor did many women searching for inspiration and edification.

It is what it is (as I said in my review): a confection from a distinctive fashion icon.

Deja Pseu said...

Tish, I agree! You don't have to take every pronouncement literally, or wear exactly what she wears to be inspired by Ines or any other style icon. It's about looking at the elements that you like (silhouettes, colors, accessories) and adapting to your own body and style. I thought this book was tons of fun even though I know shrunken jackets belted at the waist will *never* work for me, and am bookmarking some of her favorite shops for our trip.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I would love to read this book! And looking at the great skinny pants in the first picture is better than looking at chocolate!!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

After hearing about the comments from various sources about this bok i have it on reserve at the Library and will peruse it before deciding if I need to have my own copy.

Ines is lovely looking and expresses herself with amazing chic style...will be interested in her writing ability.

Hostess

Shari said...

Thanks for featuring Ines, Tish. She definitely appeals to my personal style sense -- more so than anyone since Audrey Hepburn (not that I was alive in Hepburn's day). In fact, I've been slow to learn that, though I may not have the height of those lovely ladies, the "gamine" look is the only thing that works on my petite frame. No more bulky sweaters for me (like in my pic). Granted, I could pull it off better if I could drop a couple more & get down to a size 0-2. Sigh. Not likely at this point sans illness.

Anyway, I DO intend to track down my own copy of that book. More, more, please.

Cathi said...

I bought the book and am enjoying it quite a bit. It's a fun book with some great tips and ideas. I by no means have the same figure as Ines does, but I love the casual elegant style that she has and you don't have to be a certain shape to have style, that is for sure! xxoo :)

A bird in the hand said...

I'd be interested in your review of this book. I heard that it's mostly a shopping guide to Paris, and that's useless for me because I live in Canada. I was hoping it was more about Ines and her world.

California Girl said...

i'm back from vaca and iimposed isolation from all incl blogging. Did me a world of good.

I purchased a set of colorful tees yesterday and one perfect white one. This is thanks to you. I am actually working harder to get my chic back. Thanks to you again. There is no reason why, as a woman of a certain age, I should feel it's over. Right?

Love the photos. Those red fingernails on Babe Paley are "vicious".

Chicatanyage said...

I loved the book and found some really useful tips in it. I even tried the White jeans and navy top, which is the exact opposite of what I usually do and it seemed to work. I agree some of it is more aspirational than practical but so what. I confess I do sometimes wear a jacket with a belt, I am blessed with a proportionally small waist and it can help give me shape.

knitpurl said...

Yay, Cherie will return! Tish, I wondered why you hadn't commented on Ines' book. Amazon had a pre-publication offer. I debated a purchase. Still think I made the right decision to not purchase. My take is that, while an icon to many, to me Ines is just one among many fashionable Parisians. Plus the book emphasizes Paris shopping which is not in my playbook anytime soon. xoxo

knitpurl said...

Is the divine Jean R. still writing? Hope so.
BTW, I cancelled my T&C subscription, do not like the current editorial direction. xoxox

Anonymous said...

Well, I bought it and have enjoyed the fluffyness of it. It's not meant to be a manual just somewhere to get ideas. OK so at 5feet 4 inches I will never be Ines but everyone can adapt the ideas to suit their body shape if they feel so inclined if not just enjoy.

Debra said...

Tish, I love the book and I adore coming here for inspiration ! xxx

BigLittleWolf said...

Parisian chic indeed! (Love the Ines ensemble.)

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dearest Tish, I think Ines is amazing. We could all learn something from her style, whatever shape we are. Hope you've had a great Easter. Love C xx

LuxeBytes said...

I liked the book. You know I've read everything out there, and yet I still found a few new things in there that made the book worth my owning. The sketches are adorable. The photography, not so much. In fact, some of the photos are just downright bad, and I'm surprised they made it into a book by someone of her caliber.

Mostly, I think it's a great guidebook to Paris.

xoxoxo

Beth - In My World... said...

I adore something about every one of these women you have here. Sadly, my book is STILL back-ordered and I am chomping at the bit to delve in!

Thank you for the lovely photos.

quintessence said...

So funny - I was in the book store yesterday evening to get a copy - they are evidently sold out everywhere and are reprinting - clearly I should have pre-ordered. I love her - and am of course envious of her long lean lithe build but do not hold it against her!!

p.gaye tapp said...

have to get this book!

cigalechanta said...

her daughter posed for all the photos in the book. some of the combination she suggests are rediculous. Anyone with a bust
shouldn't wear anything sizes smaller, and those of us with big feet should avoid combat boots with or without summer dresses

Anonymous said...

I must say that i really enjoyed this book. I would surmise it was not meant to be taken with any degree of seriousness whatsoever but was simply a declaration of the joy of being one's self. I give huge kudos to the degree to which Ines frees herself from the rules of age and simply enjoys fashion as a relaxed vehicle of self-expression.
She is delightful. But then perhaps I am biased as I must confess that my own style is quite similar to her own, albeit perhaps lacking the natural beauty that Ines enjoys.

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