Rules Of Style – Inès de la Fressange


The first model to ever sign an exclusive contract with Chanel, still breath-takingly beautiful at the age of 53 and about to release her own book full of style secrets, Inès de la Fressange has more than earned her the label as a style icon. Living in Paris may have that effect solely on its own, but with her svelte 5’11” boyish frame and gorgeous smile, it is clear she knows her body and is confident about how to shine in each piece of clothing she wears as well as the homes she lives in, and as the French may say, ‘She ignores fashion, she does her own thing.’  (Read more about her thoughts on style in the Huffington Post article.)

To view all of the photos of her interiors, click here thanks to The Selby and to read more about her current success shared in the Wall Street Journal click here.

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(As seen in Domino’s March 2009 issue, Inès de la Fressange’s Paris home.)

Fantastic Flats


A beautiful pair of flats are the perfect alternative to heels when you still wish to remain feminine and stylish, but would rather stay closer to the ground.  There are so many wonderful styles, colors and designs to choose from.  While I’m a fan of Tory Burch’s Reva flats, J.Crew has some excellent designs, Vera Wang as well and at a much lower price point.  So rest assured, that even if you’d rather not wear the stiletto, a fabulous pair of ballet flats awaits to be worn by you.

A Jacket


Instead of a cardigan or a cumbersome coat, opt for a blazer or short jacket to add layers, but still exude class and appeal. Not only does it add a bit more structure and professionalism, but the variety of choices available are endless. Inès demonstrates in most of her photographs the numerous ways a jacket can be used in your wardrobe.

A Statement Bag

Inès’ customized leather Roger Vivier Cut Up handbag


As the brand ambassador for the Roger Vivier shoe company, and due this fact, it is understandable why she would have a signature bag with her name on it.  After all, she was the first supermodel to be known simply by her first name – Inès, but she shares a style secret to keep in mind.  Have a signature style accessory.  Similar to that of Carrie Bradshaw’s silk flower broach, a signature accessory doesn’t have to be worn each time you leave your house, but it should be something that you can own and something that doesn’t own you.  In my opinion, the small the better because it is something that you aren’t brazenly putting out there, but instead, subtly displaying. Something to think about.

A Simple Black Tote


Choosing a tote that can go just about anywhere during the day is a way to eliminate a bit of decision making in the morning.  Choosing a black generously sized, but not too oversized tote, is a safe bet that you will remain looking fantastic and ready for whatever the day may bring.

Keep It Simple


The French woman says so much without all of the unnecessary frosting that sometimes magnetically adorns other cultural style icons. What the French women realize is that less is more, buy quality and stick with what works. In other words let your personality, natural good looks and genuine smile do the talking, and let the clothing shine a spotlight on the amazing woman that you are.

Be Timeless

Inès de la Fressange on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2011’s runway.

In 1983, Karl Lagerfeld and la Fressange.

Lagerfeld and la Fressange at Chanel’s 2011 spring/summer runway finale.

If your interest was piqued, and you’d like to read Inès de la Fressange’s very own insights on her timeless style, stop on by Amazon and pick up your copy of The Parisian Guide To Chic: Style Secrets From Inès de la Fressange which will be released April 11, 2011. I can’t wait for mine to arrive.

Ines also offers a new weekly planner which includes 52 new style tips each year. Have a look at 2014′s edition here

 
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Comments

  1. Incredible good post,dear Shannon,thank you for these fabulous photos with Innes and your comments by!

    She is indeed one of the most wonderful style icon,
    I like her look so much at those photo(Jean Paul Gaultier collection),she is absolutely timeless:-)*

    Muxh Love to you,
    ***Violetta***

  2. I loved this post very much. I have followed Ines’s career for a long time. Even though she was not rightly named supermodel back in the day, she was to me.

    Lisa xx

  3. Fabulous as always .. and for me timely. As I make my way (kicking and screaming of course) off my high heels and tip toe my way to the world of flats .. this was most inspiring to see the great selctions out there. Also Ines is timeless!!! xo HHL

  4. You are right she is an incredible style icon. I am such fan of her simple and elegant style! I can’t wait to pick up her book!

  5. This is fabulous! I love flats too! They’re so comfy and chic. Enjoy the gorgeous week, Kellie xx

  6. Wow, she is fabulous! How did I not know about her? I love the fact that her style looks so effortless, truly, and she has such confidence and ease. She is truly an icon, and I am so happy to learn about her. This series is wonderful :)

  7. I LOVE this posting! I am going to site this post on my blog! Thank you for this inspiration!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

    http://realbeauty-realbeauty.blogspot.com/

  8. Flawless. Your Rules of Style posts are some of my FAVORITES!! Thank you for the weekly inspiration :)

  9. I have always loved her!! Partly for her beauty and style and partly because she did not full partake in the insanity that is the fashion world and tried, at least in part, to remain true to herself. I have a feeling that she is beautiful inside AND out.

  10. I can’t get over how thin she is! Only a French woman could be so slender and not accused on an eating disorder. Thank you for such a comprehensive post on another of my favourite French ladies. Merci!

  11. i’ve just discovered your blog and i’m impressed with how detailed and thorough it is. this collection of photos is lovely!

    you have a new follower and if you get a chance i’d be honored if you could return the favor.

  12. love this simple lifestyle guide…..quality over quantity….

  13. I’ve read Parisian Chic and loved reading more about Ines. Her daughter is photographed in her book and is as lovely and stylish as her mother. Ines is tres chic. Love the photo of her standing wide legged over the hallway rug. One great shot!

  14. This women defines style, and ever so effortless!

  15. French elegance Ines is the queen of natural chic..lovely post Carla x

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