"Being French doesn't automatically make me an authority on sexiness," writes celebrity hairdresser Frederic Fekkai. But as his clients would attest, it does raise his stylishness quotient. A Year of Style aims to spread his philosophy of chic: Forget the high-maintenance hair and makeup. Less is more.
Unfortunately, the book itself doesn't follow that sage advice. Divided into monthly chapters with topics such as Holiday Looks, it gets bogged down by laughably detailed instructions. ("To apply shampoo," he notes, first "make sure your hair is really wet.") A daily calendar offers a pithy quote or suggested task. While you might want to pass on the Martha Stewart-y entries (April 20: "Change your lightbulbs from frosted to clear to make your home more sparkling"), others serve to remind you to pamper yourself once in a while—and that, of course, is always in style. (Clarkson Potter, $35)