Dress like a French

I love the French-Chic women. Their 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.

What is it about French women that makes it seem like they hold all the answers, when it comes to style? They shop at Zara, just like us. They sometimes forget to wash their hair, just like us. Their most prized possessions are the vintage dresses they bought while thrifting — just like us.

And yet, somehow, they all have that certain “Oh, this old thing? Isn’t it incredible?” confidence that takes the rest of us a lifetime to come into. But, you know what we’re good at? Pilfering style secrets. So, here you are the ultimate guide. De rien, mes amis!

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 book Parisian Style: A Style Guide.

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!

Jaune Paris

This frock is all scallop and show, with a row of flouncy ruffles descending from the left shoulder across the chest, flutter sleeves, and a cinched waist. Pair it with dark heels and an antique hat for the classic Lulu look, or sweet flats and a silk shawl for a sunny, relaxed look. The light and fabric is the perfect answer to getting dressed up in the summer’s heat, and the length keeps things ladylike when you take a seat on the grass to people watch.


Adriana Abascal | Mango Fashion Show (Paris)

Adriana Abascal lucía sonrisa XXL el pasado martes en photocall previo al desfile titulado Opening en el cual se presentaba la próxima temporada Mango Otoño/Invierno 2011-2012 en el emblemático Centro Georges Pompidou de París . Ni la incertidumbre sobre su actual situación, ni la incógnita sobre dónde fijará su lugar de residencia (sus hijos viven en Londres y su pareja, en París) parecen enturbiar el nirvana en el que flota Adriana. Ajena a los rumores y maledicencias que rodean a este huracán de Veracruz, ella sigue en París y en estas imagenes podemos verla radiante y espectacular.

Ella como buena mexicana es toda una experta a la hora mezclar colores vivos, quizás su vestido rojo intenso con mangas de encaje no sea para mi gusto el más classy, sin embargo me convence mucho el efecto que consigue fusionándolo con las peep toes color púrpura y el sencillo clutch dorado.

¿Y qué me decís del brazalete de oro macizo y diamantes de inspiración azteca que luce en su muñeca? No he podido evitar pensar que sería un accesorio ideal para una Alexis Colby/Joan Collins.

Como fanática de Dinastía y friki de los estilismos famosiles solamente puedo decir ….. ¡me encantas Adriana!


Adriana Abascal attends the Mango new collection launch at Centre Pompidou on May 17, 2011 in Paris, France. Being Mexican, she is an expert mixing and matching bright colors. To be honest, her intense red dress with lace sleeves is not my cup of tea, nevertheless I like very much the effect that she obtains fusing it with the purple peep toes and adding a simple golden clutch. And what do you think about the massive gold and diamonds bracelet of Aztec inspiration that shines in her wrist? I can’t help to think that it would be an ideal accessory for  Alexis Colby/Joan Collins. As a big fashion and  Dynasty geek, I just can say ….. love you Adriana!


VOGUE 90th anniversary

October ’10 issue of VOGUE Paris was dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the publication.  622 pages Lara Stone (divine) in the cover,  amazing materials from VOGUE’s archives were chosen by former editor Carine Roitfeld for this glorious anniversary issue.

El número de VOGUE Paris correspondiente a Octubre 2010 estaba dedicado al noventa aniversario de la publicación. 622 páginas, Lara Stone (di-vi-na) en la portada, material estupendísimo de los archivos de VOGUE fueron elegidos por la anterior editora, Carine Roifeld para este glorioso especial aniversario.