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Parisians à La Mode

Two new book releases show that Parisians will never fall out of style

Parisians have always been a source of inspiration, for Americans and even fellow Parisians who can’t help but be charmed by that effortless allure that can seemingly only be achieved by buying silk scarves, le smoking jacket à la Yves Saint Laurent and Bioderma micellar water.

After a couple dozen articles on the subject the advice can start to feel old, but out this season are two books from Malka Marcovich and Jean-Marie Dubois, and Inès de La Fressange and Sophie Gachet, respectively, which report on Parisians in a new light.

“Parisiennes,” from Marcovich and Dubois is a re-issue of the 2011 edition which details the lives and careers of all the women who have given their names to Parisian streets.

These 300 figures, from athletes, artists, queens and politicians have inspired Paris, the world and humanity as a whole. “Parisiennes” describes these heroines, their stories and how they made their mark on Paris’s history and the rest of the world.

Parisian dream team Inès de La Fressange and Sophie Gachet are back with their fourth book together, “Les Parisiens” which finally tackles the much overlooked subject: the style of Parisian men. While the parisiennes are definitely a mysterious lot, the men are just as elusive with their perfectly placed scarves, popped collars and 5 o’clock shadow that manages to look more suave than sloppy.

In a guide that feels as timeless as a well-loved wool overcoat, de La Fressange and Gachet gather up their most stylish male friends, photographed by Benoît Peverelli, to recount their favorite shopping address, style secrets and advice.

You’ll find advice on which watch to wear with what outfit, and existential questions such as whether or not to avoid tattoos, brown suits and acid wash jeans are also covered (we hope you already know the answer to the last one). And when you feel like treating yourself to a steak or an expertly made Old Fashioned à la Don Draper, “Les Parisiens” supplies you with a list of Paris’s most masculine dining haunts.

Join de La Fressange and Gachet on December 15 at Boutique Inès de La Fressange for a signing of the book.

December 15, 2017. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Boutique Inès de La Fressange, 24 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

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