- Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: Abrams Books; Auflage: 1 (1. März 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1419706810
- ISBN-13: 978-1419706813
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 1,9 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 39.867 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. März 2013
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Isabelle Thomas is a personal coach, stylist, and journalist. She writes the blog Mode personnelle. Frederique Veyssetis a fashion photographer who contributes to Allure, Vanity Fair, Glamour, and more. She writes the urban fashion blog fredisblog.
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That was for the first 6 chapters. For me it has gotten interesting around chapter 7 - most trends are broken down how to use them and how not to use them: leggins, capri pants, skinny pants, bermuda shorts,animal prints, cowboy boots, long skirts.
Followed by another wonderful chapter on denim: goes into details on how should each jean style fit, talks about skinny jean, boy jean, flared, white jean and more. Chapter 9 is on handbags, chapter 10 - little black dress. Found nothing new there.
Loved chapters 11 and 12 on what to wear and not to wear with clear explanations on why or why not, for example not wearing wide pants cut too short and quilted jackets, while pearl necklace or a navy blue blazer is always a go to. Chapter 12 talks about what can you borrow from grandmother's closet, nieces closet or work locker, safely, without damage you your style or reputation. For example borrowing a nice 60s coat from your grandma, a waistcoat from your boyfriend, denim skirt from your niece, from the professional's locker - riding, boots, tango dancer's pumps and my personal favorite - an army jacket.
Two last chapters, 13 and 14 talk about secondhand clothes and age appropriate trends.
Personally I'd buy the book for chapters 7,8, 11 and 12. Overall it was an interesting read.
Then, on really studying the photos, there were indeed less expensive items thrown in on top of the Celine, Hermes, and Balenciaga, and even a few women older than 30 (I am 32.) You also start to see some the personal items that set apart the French uniform. This book is very French (as you would expect from the title), and for all the talk about French women being relentlessly unique, Americans who favor risk-taking in dress will first notice the conformity under all the one-of-a-kind accessories. The French favor that form of fashion-schizophrenia that New Yorkers do, just with fewer colors (the same formula that dictates floral dresses must have biker boots, etc., as rigidly codified as anything from the 1950s), but this book will help you make that formula look good instead of just plain crazy. It will encourage you to take a new look at formerly old and "out" clothes that you have in your closet which may be just the things you need to really set yourself apart. I almost wish it had included a beauty section, too, but except for the more mature model/designers featured, the younger women are all interchangeable in hair and makeup.
Perhaps I sound too critical, but actually I mean it as a compliment. The reason I am even taking the time to write a review (my first) is that this book deserves praise for daring to attempt something sorely missing from most fashion literature: originality, depth, and definition. It does bring a different perspective to this country from overseas, and interviews from fresh designers who are not yet Karl Lagerfeld will interest those still seeking creativity in dress. Overall, I will enjoy it more the more times I read it!
Physically, the book is gorgeous, well laid-out and has beautiful photos. It divides out to talk about several different topics. Some you've heard talked of before -for example there's a chapter on the LBD- and some are perhaps more new topics- what you can "steal" from other's closets. Even the topics that are common in other style books still add something new to that topic though. My favorite part of the book though was between these chapters or topics there are interviews with individuals somehow connected with the French Fashion and Style industry. Some of them include: independent/small label designers, magazine editors, small boutique owners, perfume makers and make-up designers among many more. These people are articulate and thoughtful in their answers and the questions were well chosen.
A few last notes about what I liked about the book- the vocabulary used is larger and the reading level higher than in many style books. It is not Shakespeare, but it expects that you are an intelligent person yourself. It also- despite the ideas coming from so many different people (see my note about the interviews), a very cohesive vision of what clothes do and how to wear them emerges. Get quality clothing. Take care of it. No need to be perfect; the imperfection is the je ne sais quai that makes the "French" style so admired.
It should be noted that this isn't a how-to book or instructional. It reads to me as if the tips are for people who already feel comfortable in their own skin, for the most part, and are instead looking to refine a style.
A great read; highly recommended.