Interview with Marie-Anne Lecoeur Author of ‘How To Be Chic & Elegant!’
One of the things I love most about blogging is the amazing people you connect with through social media and shared interests. I have developed friendships with people I haven’t even met yet but I feel like I already know. One being Marie-Anne Lecouer, French author of the best-selling book ‘How To be Chic & Elegant!’
Marie- Anne approached me recently to do an interview for her website. I was extremely flattered and very happy to oblige. You can read the interview here. Now Marie-Anne has kindly agreed to answer the same questions for my readers. Over to you Marie-Anne!
Born and bred in France, Marie-Anne moved to Jersey, Channel Islands when she was 20 years old and has lived there ever since. She is married and has two sons, a stepson, an American bulldog called Indie and a chihuahua by the name of Coco.
Please tell us about Marie-Anne Lecoeur
I am a French author who now lives in the beautiful island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, close to France. Receiving regular compliments on my fashion sense spurred me on to write my first style guide for women. I love helping women achieve their potential and this is what I try to do in my three books. My focus is on giving women simple, classic style advice that will improve their confidence.
What was your greatest challenge and how did you meet it?
Writing a book was my greatest challenge as I had no previous experience as a writer. The learning curve was very steep but so exciting at the same time. I have always enjoyed mastering new skills so giving up was no option for me. When How To Be Chic And Elegant, my first book, became an Amazon bestseller within five months of publication, this was my biggest reward.
Who has had the most influence on you in fashion?
Without a shadow of a doubt and as I grew up in France, Coco Chanel has had the most influence on me. She was and still is such an inspiration to women, both in France and all over the world. Not only was she an innovator in fashion, but she was also a strong woman with a clear vision. She has left us her legacy of simple elegance.
Can you share your best style tip with us?
My favorite tip and one I live by every day is KISS: Keep it Simple Sister. By keeping to simple designs, clean lines and good cuts, you ensure that you, the woman, stand out in your outfit. By choosing carefully which piece of jewelry and handbag to wear, instead of a multitude of accessories, you let your grace and elegance shine through.
What do you see as the next hot trend in fashion?
Monochrome is huge this year and so are stripes and bright colours. I must say that, wearing stripes and monochrome every year, as I do, you will always look great in a stylish and classic way, à la Madame Chanel. The only caveat is to choose the garment carefully. Something too trendy will never stand the test of time.
Who do you think is currently the most glamorous or stylish woman and why?
The Duchess of Cambridge and Michelle Obama are both women of great taste and rarely put a foot wrong in the fashion stakes. Elegance is their aim and they achieve this hands down. They have become role models to young and older women everywhere.
There we have it, some fashion insight from an expert. I hope you enjoyed it!