Grazia Daily has just had the pleasure of sharing a coffee with a true fashion icon >smug<. Ines de la Fressange, muse to Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent and one of the most iconic models of the 1980’s is in town promoting her new book – Parisian Chic – which is a style guide to getting the pared down, Parisian look that she does so well. Naturally Grazia Daily HAD to meet her.
When we did meet, Fressange was in need of a coffee and tells Grazia Daily we must begin the interview by saying that you can ‘get any clothes you wish in Selfridges, but not coffee…. I’ve been waiting six hours!’ she says. ‘It’s a good job I’m not a diva’. We can confirm; she isn’t. The interview follows a day of signings and TV appearances - ‘I was in the suburbs this morning with Bill and Sian – do you know Bill and Sian?' [We think she means the BBC breakfast team] - but she looks as immaculate and poised as you might expect a style icon who’s authored a book about Parisian chic to be.
Fressange is wearing cropped white jeans with a casually torn hem, black ballet pumps, a white V-neck jumper and a navy blazer with rolled sleeves. It’s H&M! She says, ‘and this is Uniqlo’ pointing to the jumper. We tell her she looks incredibly chic, she modestly replies that ‘it’s the watch’ – ‘the watch’ being an awesome rose gold Gucci number.
In her new book, Fressange charts the do’s and don’ts of Parisian style, from how to wear a classic trench - as if ‘you’ve been wearing it forever, like a second skin’ to her beauty tips - ‘I never buy makeup in ugly containers’. The looks are modelled by Fressange’s daughter (Nine d’Urso, soon to be the face of Bottega Veneta’s first fragrance) and illustrated by Fressange’s own sketches. So, in celebration of her new book, we asked Ines to cast her critical eye over a selection of her own outfits.
This is probably the last time I was really well dressed! The shorts are a bit baggy, but apart from that… The shoes are quite nice, quite neat. I always wanted gold shoes as a child, which my mother thought was terribly trashy.
This is too much! I don’t know what I was thinking here – I was experimenting I guess… And this was when Karl looked older than he does now.
Those earrings! I was paid a lot to wear those earrings…. I think that guy [to the right] has just seen them.
Ah! This was a joke – my friend called me and asked me to go to this show, and I said ‘I’m in my pyjamas’ so he said.’ Come in your pyjamas’ and I did… And then with THIS on the top.
Ah yes – this was the start of my white and navy – and I think that was a little jacket I did [designed] myself. That [pointing to the lady in the background with the red hair] is Bettina – she was one of the biggest models in the 50s.
This is Prada…. I think. I hardly ever wear dresses. And the gloves – they were my mother’s, no my Grandmother’s.
This is a bit too much; the belt and the top. A bit ‘try hard’… And I don’t own those boots any more!
Grazia Daily is now heading home in a haze of smugness to study Ines’ book from cover to cover. A book, we might add, which now contains the message ‘For my new best friend… Who has the worst pictures of me on earth’.
- Alex Butt