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A charming and insightful memoir about coming of age as a fashion journalist in 1980s Paris, by former Vogue and Harper‚Äôs Bazaar editor Kate Betts and author of books including Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style
‚ÄúYou can always come back,‚Äù my mother said. ‚ÄúJust go.‚Äù
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 college‚Äîand not without trepidation‚Äîshe 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, Kate‚Äôs hard work and willingness to take on any assignment paid off: Her writing and intrepid forays into la France Profonde‚Äîtrue France‚Äîcaught the eye of John Fairchild, the mercurial fashion arbiter and publisher of Women‚Äôs Wear Daily, the industry‚Äôs bible. Kate‚Äôs earliest assignments‚Äîinvestigating the mineral water preferred by high society, chasing after a costumed band of wild boar hunters through the forests of Brittany‚Äîwere a rough apprenticeship, but she was rewarded for her efforts and was initiated into the elite ranks of Mr. Fairchild‚Äôs 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 rules‚ÄîMartin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano‚ÄîBetts 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 Betts‚Äôs captivating memoir gives¬†life the enchantment of France‚Äîfrom 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 Carr√©e‚Äîand magically re-creates that moment in life when a young woman discovers who she‚Äôs meant to be.