7/10/17, Fabulous Again!!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a great Fourth of July, and did something really fun!!!

I didn’t get to celebrate the fourth, but I had a fun time going to the Chanel Haute Couture Fashion Show, with one of my daughters (who works in fashion herself, and had just put on a beautiful fashion show two days before.) As I’ve mentioned before, the stage setting at the Chanel shows are just AMAZING!! Not just the fashions. For one of his recent shows, they had a rocket ship center stage—a life size model of one, which was cleverly built to look like it was taking off. It was incredible. This time, they had built a replica of the Eiffel Tower inside the Grand Palais, where they hold their shows. And the top of it was enveloped in fog (smoke blowing at the top of it). I am always mesmerized by the scenery as much as the fashions. I can’t even imagine what goes into building those sets!!!

The show was very beautiful, and the clothes were just lovely—-for the fall/winter season. It’s always a special treat to go to their fashion shows, and I am always in awe of the genius and talent of the designer, Karl Lagerfeld, who is well into his 80’s now and still going strong, and a powerhouse and legend in fashion. It’s wonderful to see someone so full of talent, still creating, still innovative and still inspired—it’s inspiring just to see what he does. Time has not dimmed his talent or slowed down his creative genius!!!

Other than that, I have a new book that came out last week, “The Duchess”, it’s a historical novel set in the 19th century in England and Paris, about a young woman who, according to the laws of the times, inherits nothing when her father dies, and is turned away by her nasty half-brothers (Only men could inherit then, in England). From a privileged protected life, with an adoring father, she finds herself alone in the world, with no skills, no allies, no one to protect her. She goes to Paris, and through a series of unexpected events, she opens a brothel at the age of 20 or 21, and runs the most glittering, glamourous brothel in Paris, and finds herself at the center of power, surrounded by the most important men of the times. She eventually goes to America, and has a whole new life there, and the book is about how she turns adversity into a quite remarkable life, and what happens after that. It’s a different theme for me, and I hope you love it!!! A fun summer read for the beach or wherever you spend time this summer!!!

Have a great week!!
lots and lots of love, Danielle

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6 Comments so far
  1. Rob Scott July 10, 2017 11:28 am


    Your new book sounds interesting because it is about leaving home and traveling a new place and turning adversity into a better life.

    I “get it” as these are always my favorite stories.

    It almost reminds me of one of my favorite Bible stories about Mary Magdalene who crashed the party unwanted and uninvited yet went on to become most of the most devote followers of Christ and was the first to see him after the tomb.

    Keep up all your good work as people are reading!

    Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to you and ALL Mankind.

    Rob Scott
    Boothbay Harbor, Maine

  2. Genevieve July 10, 2017 11:39 pm


  3. Dianne July 11, 2017 5:44 am

    I just finished The Duchess..and I absolutely loved it…What a great story!…and what a determined, strong woman is Angelique..Thank you for sharing your rich and fascinating imagination!!!…

  4. John Thomas July 11, 2017 3:38 pm

    Lifetime writer, currently living and learning a great deal from Danielle Steele as he makes the transition from magazine journalism (profiles) to fiction. Thanks for all the help!

  5. Nancy Danilowicz July 12, 2017 9:52 am

    Starting Duchess now. I have to admit this book is after another Non-Fictional read but of an entirely different genre. I knew Duchess was due to be released so I timed my readings. Looking forward to this Read!! You seem to be growing more historically! Loving it!

  6. Pamela Kelley July 28, 2017 5:08 pm

    I absolutely loved The Duchess! My favorite in a long time, though I enjoy all of them. Hope you are having a lovely vacation.