A Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World | The Knockoff | Summer Secrets | The Royal We | La Seduction | What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding | Love x Style x Life | How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are | A Paris Apartment
âYou can always come back,â my mother said. âJust go.â
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 collegeâand not without trepidationâshe 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, Kateâs hard work and willingness to take on any assignment paid off: Her writing and intrepid forays into la France Profondeâtrue Franceâcaught the eye of John Fairchild, the mercurial fashion arbiter and publisher of Womenâs Wear Daily, the industryâs bible. Kateâs earliest assignmentsâinvestigating the mineral water preferred by high society, chasing after a costumed band of wild boar hunters through the forests of Brittanyâwere a rough apprenticeship, but she was rewarded for her efforts and was initiated into the elite ranks of Mr. Fairchildâs 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 rulesâMartin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John GallianoâBetts 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 Bettsâs captivating memoir brings to life the enchantment of Franceâfrom 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 CarrÃ©eâand magically re-creates that moment in life when a young woman discovers who sheâs meant to be.
Praise for My Paris Dream
â[A] glittering coming-of-age tale.ââEntertainment Weekly (The Must List)
âFashion and self-examinationâfroth and wisdomâmight seem like odd bookfellows, but Betts brings them together with winning confidence.ââThe New York Times Book Review
âAs 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.ââUSA Today
âMy Paris Dream is awesome.ââMan Repeller
âWhat was Bettâs Paris dream? Her dream was her awakening, [which] is elegantly chronicled in these pages.ââThe Daily Beast
âFor those who are interested in the men and women involved in haute couture, Bettsâ reminiscences will be a delight.ââKirkus Reviews
âFull of slangy French, delectable food and swoon-worthy fashion.ââBookPage
âAn amazing story of a young woman in Paris trying to break into the fashion business.ââSophia Amoruso, author of #GIRLBOSS
âKate Bettsâs story brought me back to my own young self and the journey I madeâin my case, from a small town in Illinois to New York City.ââCindy Crawford
From the Hardcover edition.
About: A charming and insightful memoir about coming of age as a fashion journalist in 1980s Paris, by former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Kate Betts, the author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style“You can always come back,” my mother said.
About: A charming and insightful memoir about coming of age as a fashion journalist in 1980s Paris, by former Vogue and Harperâs Bazaar editor Kate Betts, the author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of StyleâYou can always come back,â my mother said.
Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. isbn.nu is not a bookseller, just an information source.