Photo by Julien M. Hekimian, Getty Images /Postmedia News Article content There is not a mention of the vaunted Herms scarf in Ins de la Fressange’s guide to Parisian Chic: A Style Guide.
There are no scarf tying tips, either, from the 53 year old French style icon, born Ins Marie Laetitia glantine Isabelle de Seignard de La Fressange, now brand ambassador for Roger Vivier.
But the 5 foot 11 former model, who was the face of Chanel as well as Marianne, symbol of the French republic, does mention the bag and the fab Herms website, while her daughter Nine d’Urso models in the book with an Herms Kelly handbag discreetly at her elbow.
That discretion is the cornerstone of de la Fressange’s style mantra: you can look too rich (although probably not too thin).
Article content Keep it simple and classic, then embellish with choice bits, according to de la Fressange. Keep half your budget for quality the navy blue cashmere sweater that is forever and half for impulse buys, she advises.
More mantras: Mix it up: sequin sweater with trousers, not a skirt, couture with street.
Outfits are out: chic means never having to buy a complete outfit.
Be aware of good taste: navy with black, orange dress with yellow shoes. Who knows? In the everevolving world of fashion, maybe Parisians will one day accept minishorts with leopard jackets and studded ballet flats. Not likely in de la Fressange’s view, however.
Resist the temptations of fashion, like sequin dresses and petticoat skirts.
Her “magnificent seven” list includes the blazer, the trench, the navy sweater, the tank (white, grey, navy, khaki, and black only), the little black dress, jeans and leather jacket (“tan is always tasteful”).
As for shoes, de la Fressange cannot get enough of ballet flats. She advises wearing them with pencil skirts, pants, dresses which is fine when you’re 5 foot 11.
There’s much more than fashion to the book. A beauty section (“I never buy makeup in ugly containers.”), Fashion Botox (“An ill advised print dress can age a woman 10 years!”), home decor and dinner party tips are part of the stylish mix.
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for those planning to visit Paris are the extensive listings of favourite boutiques (very Left Bank Saint Germain) and restaurants.
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