“My Paris Dream”


We may not all get the chance to live and work in Paris, but we can live vicariously through the experiences of Kate Betts in her new memoir “My Paris Dream.”  At the age of 35, Betts became the youngest editor of “Harper’s Bazaar.” This memoir, however, focuses on her arrival in the City of Light fresh out of college in 1986.  She lands a job at Fairchild Publications and travels wherever her boss John Fairchild sends her.

Eventually, she is able to land interviews with everyone from U.N. ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick to Karl Lagerfeld.  She carves out a name in the publication industry for helping bring street fashion and hip-hop stars to fashion pages.  Betts, however, is conflicted because she would rather cover front-line stories in Iraq than fashion news in Paris.9780679644422_p0_v3_s114x166

This is not a tell-all gossipy book.  Betts is grateful for what she learns from John Fairchild and Anna Wintour.  Enjoy this book for its appreciation of the sounds, smell, and styles of 1980s Paris.

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