International Writers Magazine: Review
Chic & Trendy by Adrienne Ribes-Tiphaine
(The Little Bookroom)
Tiffany Lee review
enjoyment of the shopping experience has long since evolved from
the desire to look good. Shopping for the right garment is a quest
for an identity, a sense of self confidence, individuality; all
of which emerge from the sheer, and perhaps childish, pleasure of
When we walk into
a shop we do not want to be met by one perfect outfit. Instead we want
to be submerged into a chic wonderland of possibilities, to be offered
the chance to exercise our own creativity in forming our own unique
look, and no-one understands that chase better than Adrienne Ribes-Tiphaine.
Paris Chic & Trendy is the ultimate handbag sized, fashionista bible.
Written in the style of a serious of short extracts offering an insight
into some of the hottest Parisian boutiques and key locations, Ribes-Tiphaine
takes her reader on beautiful journey into the heart of fashion, sophistication
and glamour. Catering for all tastes, the trends discussed in this book
vary from Asian prints to gothic rock, from pretty in pink to tailoring,
from mainstream to avant guard. Ribes-Tiphaine inspects the stores to
great detail and explores whether they are relatively expensive, whether
they offer high-fashion or everyday wear, and most interestingly she
discusses the intimacy of the locations by highlighting particular locations
where you can interact and receive advice from the designer.
Ribes-Tiphaine is extremely sensitive to the average reader, and does
not demand a previous understanding of industry terms. The writing style
is informative and fun yet she manages to voice her obvious enthusiasm
for the subject when she delves further into the history of the stores
and the designers, which became the real highlights when reading this
book. Ribes-Tiphaine reveals fascinating information about how vital
fashion must-haves originally emerged onto catwalks, and effectively
into our cupboards, such as the ballet pump. Similarly, she engages
with how some of the stores included played a role in female history,
for example Bridgette Bardot appearing on a beach wearing an item from
the exotic Chantal Thomas collection, therefore promoting female sexuality.
If Ribes-Tiphane fails to excite your palate with her delicate depiction
of the varying influences among the designers, then the stunning photography
by Sandrine Alouf will. It may not have you packing your bags and jet
setting off to France straight away, but it will definitely add a touch
of Parisian class to your coffee table.
Tiffany Lee March 2008
Tiffany reviews for Hackwriters.com and is studying for her degree in
Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth
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