STYLE ICONS: Ines de la Fressange

Todays guest post on style icons comes to us from a woman who is a blogger icon in her own right. What else can be said about my dear friend Tish Jett from A Femme d'un Certain Age, that hasn't been said already! Not only does she know a thing or two about style (an understatement, if ever there was one!) but luckily for us, she graciously shares with us her daily musings on the art of fine living and chic style (the French way and otherwise). 
Click on the link above or here to be taken directly to her blog right after you read her style icon guest post on the fabulous Ines de la Fressange and don't forget to enter our giveaway for a signed copy of the book, My Mother's Clothes (click on the link to be taken to the giveaway)
Merci beaucoup Tish!

Inès Marie Laetitia Egalantine Isabelle de Seignard de la Fressange is an original.
If it’s too soon to call her an icon, surely one day she will number among the most famously stylish women of all time.

It is almost unjust to talk about Inès and then slap on the adjectives fashionable, stylish, chic. She is so much more than the clothes she wears. But then one could argue that is the very definition of style.

What Inès has is personality, character, elegance, charisma. She radiates charm and an almost careless attitude toward dressing.
She is a master of l’art de vivre in all its varied manifestations. Her homes are a further expression of her taste in their fearless decorating styles.

One has the impression she decided early on to enthusiastically embrace life with an unconditional joie de vivre. Wherever she is – at a chi-chi event, with her daughters, working with Bruno Frisoni in her position as president and artistic director of Roger Vivier, hugging her dogs, strutting along a runway, walking down the street – she appears happy.

What better cosmetic trick in the universe than a smile and a loping gait?
Everything about her, from her omni-present smile to her easy, breezy hair seems unstudied, nonchalant. Is she wearing makeup? (Perhaps a smoky smear of shadow, a little liner.) Did she spend hours “putting herself together?” Did she fuss with her coif? It seems unlikely. And that is what makes her so utterly divine. She is natural, completely comfortable in her skin.

She can pull on a pair of slim jeans, her Vivier ballerinas, a white shirt (collar up) and a blazer and look beyond chic. Sometimes she doesn’t bother with accessories, though she likes belts. (I’ve never seen her with painted fingernails.) Then, later the same day, she’ll invent something unexpected for a glitzy soiree.

Granted, Inès was blessed by nature: Her beautiful Argentinean mother was a model and her father a descendant of an old aristocratic family. And of course the gene pool also gave her that enviable extra-long, lean body which makes for a dream dressing base.
But she is not a classic beauty. She is better than that, more than that. She has an aura and a magic about her that has nothing to do with age or lines or the superficial. She transcends the definable.

I remember watching her dance down the runways, particularly chez Chanel. While other models sulked she looked like she was having the time of her life.

The gamine of those days will celebrate her 53rd birthday in August and to my eyes she is prettier, more interesting, more elegant today than she was back then.

Oh yes, did I mention the posture? Perfect. The poise? Impeccable. The voice? A little gravely, very sultry. If you can’t get enough of Inès and you would like to see her in all her insouciant, stylish glory, just click here and take a virtual walk with her as she shows you some of her favorite secret places in Paris and tells us why it’s always better to buy one pair of shoes that are too expensive than five compromises.
Eh, oui. She is French after all.


  1. Thank you for mentioning posture! I see way too many tall, skinny, beautiful girls with slumped shoulders!

  2. You're right, Tish is the pinnacle of class and style. I've been an admirer of her since I started blogging. I am in agreement with her that age is never a factor in true beauty.

  3. I'd love to meet her in person...she radiates health, chic and is the penultimate definition of grace and beauty!

  4. Wow, love her! She just looks so comfortable, yet pulled together which makes her exude that fantastic, simple, classy elegance. Love this post!

  5. Dearest Lily,

    Thank you for the honor of inviting me to write on your fantastic blog.

    You know you are such a dear, dear friend. You have given me a supreme compliment.

    You are the best, always.

    Lots of love,


  6. Just look at that pop of sunshine with the orange flats. I almost bought some myself the other night but didn't have the confidence. Now I wish I would have! :) xoxo

  7. What a great pick as a style icon. Although of course, I wouldn't have expected anything less from our dear Tish. :)

  8. What a beauty! I love how she wears the pencil-thin capris with the flats - very Audrey Hepburn. Tish is such a great blogger.

  9. What a fabulous post, Tish! Ines is one of my style icons too. I love her attitude.

  10. Brava! This is a fabulously analytical dissection of Ines's style. I have loved her since I was a teenager in the early '80s and she was making a name for herself with Chanel. She's truly inimitable (though try as I might!), and she seems so lovely and vivacious and glowing. This might be some of your very best work, Tish; I loved it!

  11. I once was head over heels for a very handsome Italian whom (I assumed!) was being pursued by the absolute carbon copy of Ines....being barely 5 feet tall, a blond, & wearing rugbys, Dockers & well~worn Sebagos at the time, I gracefully acquiesced to her grander, finer, far more elite fashion abilities, only to learn (many years later) they were old friends, and only that!!
    I have since forgotten the boy, but not the girl with the fabulous fashion sense! Viva Ines!!

  12. love that sultry voice and accent! "traditional but conventional"- that i like! have a great day..verbena cottage

  13. I completely agree that Ines is such a fashion icon. She always embodies class and style. Great post!

  14. I love this post, and when My Fashion Divas school the Bumpkin on style.

  15. Thank you for this post.....yours is such a great blog but because of it I have also found another fabulous blog xx

  16. She is the epitome of a class act!

  17. Stunning! I love the pics

  18. Thank you for visiting my blog today! :)

    This was a great post. She definitely embodies class!

  19. Thanks for sharing this woman and her story, she is beautiful. And I love those red flat shoes!

  20. ...and is busy writing a book "The Parisian Guide to Chic: Style Secrets from France's Icon of Chic"