French supermodel turned designer and now author Ines de la Fressange’s, first book La Parisienne has been wowing the readers since it came out in France recently. The book with its chummy, cheery prose prompted an English version — “Parisian Chic” and has sold over 1,00,000 copies. And while no one would have thought that a model could write such a successful piece, Fressange, 53, says, “French women say they’re not really interested in fashion, so when I was told that it (the book) had sold more than Harry Potter or Keith Richard’s autobiography, it was a surprise.” De La Fressange, who last October reappeared on the pret-a-porter runway for Chanel, where she attained iconic status as Karl Lagerfeld’s androgynous muse in the 1980s.
Her book La Parisienne has been entertaining readers with its finger-wagging what-not-to-wear guides. Conceived like a Moleskine notebook with a burgundy cover, it draws on De La Fressange’s lifetime in fashion — and her habit of making lists for advice-seeking friends — to explain what it takes to truly look Parisian. De La Fressange is making a return to modelling, having walked for Jean Paul Gaultier during the spring-summer 2009 haute couture collections and then reappearing for Chanel. While holding down her day job at Roger Vivier, she is also featuring in bus-stop posters for a major Parisian department store and signed a contract with L’Oreal. De La Frassange, who feels happier today than she did in her heydays says, “I told them, do you want to be politically correct and have an old lady, and they said not at all!”