My all-time fave French fashion style books

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Francophile

[Frang – kuh – fahyl]

noun

1. a person who admires France or the french

adjective

1. marked by or possessing admiration of France or the french

Now I wouldn’t say I was a total Francophile. But, when it come to fashion, style and icons that I admire, respect or love they are all French. We all know the classic and effortless Parisian fashion looks – Trench coat, quilted bag, ballet pumps, Breton top, Chanel No. 5 perfume…. but, really getting to the secret of french dressing and style is what intrigues me.

I also love the cafe culture, stories about Paris in the 1920’s – you know about the Fitzgeralds’ and Chanel. I mean who doesn’t love Chanel? My budget only really stretches as far as the make-up, perfume and costume jewellery. Although, I am the proud owner of a classic handbag (OK, I have two!). I have to say I saved for a whole year to buy them. One new and one vintage. But, they are a classic and I hope one day to pass them down to Miss M.

I am a little obsessed with Coco Chanel too – I love nothing better than books or movies about her. I just love that she was so ahead of her time. I really wish I could go to a Chanel fashion show. It’s got to be the highlight of Paris Fashion week….

The show yesterday for Fall/Winter15 was set in ‘Brasseriere Gabreille. A make-believe cafe of a bygone era set up in the Grand Palais (a historically exhibition site). I mean what an absolute fabulous idea for a show – who wouldn’t want to go the a Chanel cafe?

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So, it stands to reason that I have a little obsession with French fashion and style books! I thought I would share my favourites ones just before we say Au Revoir to Paris Fashion week today.

* Fave French Fashion Books *

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{1} Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange – Insider secrets by celebrity model Ines on how to achieve that ‘effortless’ glamour for your wardrobe and home. I love this book- and am always dipping in and out of it.

{2} Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned while Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott – A beautiful book that verges on the ‘less is more’ approach with sparse text featuring tips and secrets from Madame Chic.

{3} How to be Parisian: Wherever you are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas – Much more than a fashion book it explains the subjects of men, make-up, culture and lifestyle from 4 stylish Parisian women (a magazine editor, 2 actresses and model/music producer). This is another one I dip in and out of – although slated, despite all the hype last year, I say just don’t take it all to seriously.

{4} Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior – This little vintage book is a real find – and covers everything from what to wear to a wedding, how to tie a scarf and sparkling observations from one of the most glamorous fashion designers ever. Some timeless straight talking about style that still rings true today.

{5} The Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo – A mix of life story, life lessons and style tips this little book should be on every ones bookshelf. Coco Chanels’ confidence, attitude and sheer determination to succeed are just as relevant today if not more so when you think Chanel was started over 100 years ago.

{6} Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier – Quite old now but this was one of the first French style books I bought. An American girl talks about love, life and of course style while living in France and uses her observations to creative a more positive, beautiful and stylish life – the French way of course! Great for tips on books, shops and movies to watch too.

Expect effortless cool and more at @StellaMcCartney’s #FW15 show later today. #PFW

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2 Comments

  1. September 21, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    I just love Ines de la Fressange, so this one is definitely on my bookshelf! I have a few books on Coco Chanel (my daughter is called Coco, although it wasn't necessarily with Mlle Chanel in mind, honest!), and a mild obsession (serious) with all things Chanel too. Lovely post, just swoonable! (Do come share on the #AllAboutYou linkup tomorrow)

  2. February 13, 2016 / 7:14 am

    Great information. Thanks for providing us such a useful information. Keep up the good work and continue providing us more quality information from time to time. Fashion Books

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