Romance queen Danielle Steel sparks anger in former hometown
“There”s no style in San Francisco”: Romance queen Danielle Steel sparks anger in former hometown
9:51 AM on 12th May 2011
Parisian chic: Danielle Steel believes there is “no style” in San Francisco
She has sold nearly 600 million copies of her racy novels, making her the most popular author writing today.
But Danielle Steel, 64, the American-born author who now spends most of her time in Paris, has caused upset in her former home-town of San Francisco after claiming it has no style.
In an interview this week, she complained: ‘There”s no style, nobody dresses up — you can”t be chic there. It”s all shorts and hiking books and Tevas [an ugly but practical style of shoe].
‘It is as if everyone is dressed to go on a camping trip,’ she told the Wall Street Journal.
‘I don”t think people really care how they look there; and I look like a mess when I”m there, too.’
Defenders of the city expressed their opinions about Ms Steel”s comments on Twitter.
Hammiesnore wrote: ‘SF has no style riiight cuz [sic] she”s the final word in fashion. Irrelevant haters gonna hate.
Jojosnackcakes commented: ‘The old girl aint lookin.’
Ms Steel did have some praise for the city however: ‘San Francisco is a great city to raise children, but I was very happy to leave it.’
Choosing now to base herself in Paris, Ms Steel also criticises the Californian approach to healthy living.
“I would rather die than exercise today. I smoke, I drink and while I have a trainer, I avoid her by all means necessary.’
She revealed: ‘People in California always want to know about your workout program; I don”t really know what to tell them.’
A famous collector of haute couture, Ms Steel has now sold much of her once-impressive wardrobe, though she still flexes her credit cards.
‘I like to shop for quality basics — Prada, Chanel, Givenchy and of course, Herms handbags,’ she revealed. ‘I am very fond of what Phoebe Philo is doing at Cline and I love Jil Sander for trousers.’
Anger: Many took to Twitter to defend San Francisco-dwellers” style
While she does now buy as much couture these days, she still has a soft spot for Chanel.
‘Chanel is the only real couture today and this last show was the most wearable I”ve seen yet from Karl Lagerfeld,” she said.
Expensive taste: The author believes Chanel is the only real couture today
‘I don”t buy trends, because the pieces don”t last and I wind up never wearing them. That”s why I like to shop with my children; they”ll alwaystell me the truth.’
The writer is also well-known for her shoe collection.
AsChristian Louboutin”s number one customer she has a collection of more than 6,000 pairs and with the average cost of a pair at $700, her collection is worth over $4million.
‘I”m surprisingly practical in much of my life, but not when it comes to my shoes,’ she says with some understatement.
“She literally buys everything,’ Christian Louboutin has said. “She is super.”
MsSteel’s collection is by no means limited to red soles, however: ‘Shoesfrom Roger Vivier are my favorite right now. But I”m also partial to Blahnik, Vuitton and Zanotti. I want them chic, pretty and sexy.’
But apart from shoes and shopping, sex and love are never far from the Queen of Romance’s radar.
Texting, she declares, is a passion killer.
‘People have entire relationships via text message now, but I am not partial to texting. I need context, nuance and the warmth and tone that can only come from a human voice,’ she said.
And for the world’s most widely read novelist – her books are available in 47 countries and 28 languages – her views on love and lust are universal.
‘Lust is temporary, romance can be nice, but love is the most important thing of all.
‘Because without love, lust and romance will always be short-lived.’
Steel’s 97th novel, 44 Charles Street, is out now.