x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Parisian Chic: a pro's guide to offbeat and effortless style

"You don't need to be born in Paris to have Parisian style," the former Chanel model Ines de la Fressange assures readers in this highly readable how-to manual.

When I interviewed Ines de la Fressange several years ago, she was wearing exactly the kind of thing she suggests all women should wear in her new book on style: jeans, a cashmere jumper and expensive shoes. If you had to describe Parisian chic, then she was it, in human form.

Parisian style, Ines asserts, is all about "attitude", "offbeat chic" and "effortless style". And if you are six feet tall, slim and a former Chanel model just like the author, then, yes, style is pretty effortless. Nevertheless, to her credit, Ines is always eager to put herself on a level footing with her more humble reader. "You don't need to be born in Paris to have Parisian style," she tells us. "I'm the perfect example, born down south in St Tropez!" Quelle horreur, just imagine the shame.

Ines is always engaging when she focuses on clothes, how to wear them, the basics all women should have, accessories and make-up. But the truth is that even if style is not really effortless, it should look like it is and it is something this book will help any woman achieve.