in Paris Book Signing
Caravan 91 (128 E. 91st St)
Saturday, April 14th, 2007
Written by Bob Bland
Photographed by Kim Wisely
The city of Paris is notoriously snobby to foreigners,
especially American fashionistas armed with nothing
but a travel guide, a credit card and some style.
New York socialite, personal shopper and author
Susan Tabak is looking to change that with her new
book, Chic in Paris. Tabak has spent years
honing her French fluency and her fashion connections
in the city of light, and says, "for the millions
of women who suffer from Paris envy, [my new book]
is a guide to unveiling the French fashion enigma."
A champagne reception and book signing was held
in her honor at Caravan 91, the newer and more upscale
sister of trail-blazing Caravan in Chelsea. During
the first balmy weekend of spring, the manicured
courtyard and intimate boutique were a decidedly
refined destination, suitable to such an upscale
event. After sipping on champagne and browsing through
the carefully selected men's and women's clothing
and accessories, I caught up with Mrs. Tabak, who
was very excited to reveal the secrets of Parisian
fashion and lifestyle choices. Her guide is unmistakeably
sheathed in a crimson patent crocodile, and contains
honest advice from 8 fashion icons, including Yves
Saint Laurent's premier muse, Loulou de la Falaise.
Equally helpful is an alphabetized listing of addresses
for every place mentioned, so that even a first-time
visitor to Paris can be an insider.
Chic in Paris is available at amazon.com,
and I recommend it as a classy gift for both francophiles
and women searching for that je ne sais quoi. Also,
be sure to check out Caravan 91 if you are on the
Upper East Side; they have cultivated a tightly
edited collection that deserves a look.
Jade Dressler and Susan
Anna Drastik and Johannes
New York Cool's Bob Bland