By Kate Betts
A fascinating and insightful memoir approximately coming of age as a way journalist in Nineteen Eighties Paris, by way of former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor Kate Betts, the writer of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the ability of Style
“You can continuously come back,” my mom acknowledged. “Just go.”
As a tender lady, Kate Betts nursed a dream of awesome out on her personal in a remote position and turning into a glamorous overseas correspondent. After college—and now not with no trepidation—she took off for Paris, renting a room within the residence of a tender BCBG (bon stylish, bon genre) kin and throwing herself into the neighborhood tradition. She was resolute to grasp French slang, type, and savoir faire, and to discover a role that will provide her a cause to stay.
After a chain of dues-paying jobs that appeared simply to augment her outsider prestige, Kate’s exertions and willingness to tackle any project paid off: Her writing and intrepid forays into la France Profonde—true France—caught the attention of John Fairchild, the mercurial model arbiter and writer of Women’s put on Daily, the industry’s bible. Kate’s earliest assignments—investigating the mineral water most well-liked by way of excessive society, chasing after a costumed band of untamed boar hunters throughout the forests of Brittany—were a coarse apprenticeship, yet she was once rewarded for her efforts and was once initiated into the elite ranks of Mr. Fairchild’s relied on few who sat beside him within the entrance row and at deepest previews within the ateliers of the gods of French type. From a woozy but enchanting Yves Saint Laurent and the mischievous and commanding Karl Lagerfeld to the riotous, magnificent younger weapons who have been rewriting all of the rules—Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano—Betts provides us a view of what it used to be prefer to be an American lady, studying approximately herself, falling in love, and discovering her tribe.
Kate Betts’s beautiful memoir brings to existence the attraction of France—from the nightclubs of Eighties Paris the place she discovered to bounce Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the grand spectacle of the Cour Carrée—and magically re-creates that second in existence while a tender lady discovers who she’s intended to be.
Praise for My Paris Dream
“[A] glittering coming-of-age tale.”—Entertainment Weekly (The needs to List)
“Fashion and self-examination—froth and wisdom—might look like strange bookfellows, yet Betts brings them including profitable confidence.”—The big apple occasions ebook Review
“As gentle and clean as an ice cream cone from the mythical Berthillon, My Paris Dream conjures up the points of interest, sounds, smells and sorts of Nineteen Eighties Paris.”—USA Today
“My Paris Dream is awesome.”—Man Repeller
“What was once Bett’s Paris dream? Her dream was once her awakening, [which] is elegantly chronicled in those pages.”—The day-by-day Beast
“For those who find themselves attracted to the lads and girls enthusiastic about high fashion, Betts’ memories may be a delight.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Full of slangy French, delectable nutrition and swoon-worthy fashion.”—BookPage
“An remarkable tale of a tender girl in Paris attempting to holiday into the style business.”—Sophia Amoruso, writer of #GIRLBOSS
“Kate Betts’s tale introduced me again to my very own younger self and the adventure I made—in my case, from a small city in Illinois to big apple City.”—Cindy Crawford
From the Hardcover edition.