L'éditrice de mode américaine Kate Betts, anciennement collaboratrice pour Vogue et Harper's Bazaar livre ses mémoires de journaliste débarquant dans le Paris des années 1980. Elle donne sa vision de la culture parisienne, ses us et coutumes, sa mode et ses bonnes adresses.
A charming and insightful memoir about coming of age as a fashion journalist in 1980s Paris, by former Vogue and Harpers Bazaar editor Kate Betts, the author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style You can always come back, my mother said. Just go. As a young woman, Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own in a faraway place and becoming a glamorous foreign correspondent. After college--and not without trepidation--she took off for Paris, renting a room in the apartment of a young BCBG ( bon chic, bon genre ) family and throwing herself into the local culture. She was determined to master French slang, style, and savoir faire, and to find a job that would give her a reason to stay. After a series of dues-paying jobs that seemed only to reinforce her outsider status, Kates hard work and willingness to take on any assignment paid off: Her writing and intrepid forays into la France Profonde --true France--caught the eye of John Fairchild, the mercurial fashion arbiter and publisher of Womens Wear Daily, the industrys bible. Kates earliest assignments--investigating the mineral water preferred by high society, chasing after a costumed band of wild boar hunters through the forests of Brittany--were a rough apprenticeship, but she was rewarded for her efforts and was initiated into the elite ranks of Mr. Fairchilds trusted few who sat beside him in the front row and at private previews in the ateliers of the gods of French fashion. From a woozy yet mesmerizing Yves Saint Laurent and the mischievous and commanding Karl Lagerfeld to the riotous, brilliant young guns who were rewriting all the rules--Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano--Betts gives us a view of what it was like to be an American girl, learning about herself, falling in love, and finding her tribe. Kate Bettss captivating memoir brings to life the enchantment of France--from the nightclubs of 1980s Paris where she learned to dance Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the grand spectacle of the Cour Carrée--and magically re-creates that moment in life when a young woman discovers who shes meant to be. Praise for My Paris Dream [A] glittering coming-of-age tale. -- Entertainment Weekly (The Must List) Fashion and self-examination--froth and wisdom--might seem like odd bookfellows, but Betts brings them together with winning confidence. -- The New York Times Book Review As light and refreshing as an ice cream cone from the legendary Berthillon, My Paris Dream evokes the sights, sounds, smells and styles of 1980s Paris. --USA Today My Paris Dream is awesome. --Man Repeller What was Betts Paris dream? Her dream was her awakening, [which] is elegantly chronicled in these pages. --The Daily Beast For those who are interested in the men and women involved in haute couture, Betts reminiscences will be a delight. -- Kirkus Reviews Full of slangy French, delectable food and swoon-worthy fashion. -- BookPage An amazing story of a young woman in Paris trying to break into the fashion business. --Sophia Amoruso, author of #GIRLBOSS Kate Bettss story brought me back to my own young self and the journey I made--in my case, from a small town in Illinois to New York City. --Cindy Crawford
Glamorous fashions, personalities, and places captured by iconic photographer Slim Aarons Slim Aarons, at least according to the man himself, did not photograph fashion: "I didn't do fashion. I did the people in their clothes that became the fashion." But despite what he claimed, Aarons's work is indelibly tied to fashion. Aarons's incredibly influential photographs of high society and socialites being unambiguously themselves are still a source of inspiration for modern day style icons.
Slim Aarons: Style showcases the photographs that both recorded and influenced the luminaries of the fashion world. This volume features early black-and-white fashion photography, as well as portraits of the fashionable elite-like Jacqueline de Ribes, C.Z. Guest, Nan Kempner, and Marisa Berenson-and those that designed the clothes, such as Oscar de la Renta, Emilio Pucci, Mary McFadden, and Lilly Pulitzer. Featuring some never-before-seen images and detailed captions written by fashion historians, Slim Aarons: Style is a collection of the photographer's most stylish work.