Tell us about your styling story.
”The capsule collection is very much in tune with what I usually wear, so styling myself with it was like being on holiday with a well-curated suitcase. Plenty of possibilities and a colour palette that works in versatile ways. With a personal touch, you can create your own alphabet – 26 letters can make thousands of words.
Storytelling seems vital to your work? ”Yes, when I style, I like to invent a character and a story full of contradictions and eccentricity. I need to feel that the woman I portray is credible, even if only to myself. This often amuses the photographers I work with, it’s like we’re taking a little trip in fantasy.”
Speaking about trips, what are your thoughts when packing for a getaway?
”When I travel, I travel a bit heavy, because I like to dress in the colours of where I go. Think about your surroundings. More blues by the sea, more brownish greens in the countryside, and more greys and creams in the city. Also, I always add some random stuff to make it fun.”
What’s your personal style philosophy? ”I can’t give a lesson in personal style, but I think that with age, you learn to recognise which colours and textures you like. Finding your personal style is a new need – you unconsciously already have a personal style! Just take a look in your closet, and you will realise that many items repeat themselves. Go from there and expand what you have and love. For example, change a dark colour for another one. If you’re into denim, find a different kind of denim, and if you’re into prints, play with them. Having new perspectives on your own vibe will help you have fun with your style, without looking like someone else. For me, that’s personal.”
How does your personal style differ from your editorial “super stylist” style?
”The difference between the editorial work I do and my own style is that I don’t own the clothes that I use for fashion shoots. Who does? Also, what looks cool on a model and around an idea is a fashion image, a fantasy. Fashion images are supposed to inspire, not dictate. My own style is more spontaneous and practical. I like styling myself with a bit of reverie, like adding mystery to a very normal skirt with a shirt and an arty bijou. Or combining a sexy shoe with a frumpy skirt and a nice blouse. I also like wearing things that I can live in, work in, and talk to someone in without them staring at what I wear. I guess that’s the French part of me.”
What pieces, in your opinion, are the cornerstones when creating one’s own capsule wardrobe?
”As a foundation, I would put together a mix of masculine and feminine items. From there, I would add pieces you can wear with flat shoes. Then one or two looks for a last minute romantic date or dinner in a fancy place, one or two looks that are good for working, and some basics. But not necessarily boring ones. And not too many colours. Sometimes a bright colour gives you energy, but nobody wants to look like a parrot. I like clothes that have no seasons, clothes that are permanent for spring and fall, then it’s easy to add a cool coat or a cute pair of shorts. Think about your life and what you do, both physically and mentally, and go from there.”
The backdrop for the shoot is your apartment. What can you tell us about it?
”My flat is quite busy. Everywhere there are books and objects that are very sentimental to me. It’s feminine, but I’m not sure if it’s sweet. It’s all about blues and pinks and greens – a mix of hippie treasures and traditional family things. In a way, when you enter my flat, you see a little bit of who I am.”