Every now and then, you find a dress you like and it happens to fit you really well – and that right there is a feeling like no other. Well, a fashion feeling like no other, anyway. Especially since for me, it happens very rarely. A dress is made up of some kind of super complicated alchemy between a design and a woman’s curves, so basically, once every leap year, I find one I love.
It happened when I was in LA – I’d received some clothes from Iris & Ink to wear for the recording of my podcast, I slipped into the white dress, and boom, it fell perfectly. Obviously, it made me happy for the rest of the day. And of course, it made me start dreaming a little bit about the dress I’d wear for my wedding. I of course have no idea what my wedding dress will look like. I think deep down, I’m still getting used to the idea that I’m engaged. It’s great being engaged. It’s such a new sensation for me, I’m happy to make it last a little while. And that way, maybe without even having to look, the right dress will just come to me?
Girls Lunch (ok, ok, Ladies Lunch)
Even though I love being around men, there’s something I really like about moments that are exclusively feminine, and I’m not sure I understand why, exactly. It has nothing to do with competitivity around men I think it’s because women let go a little more when they’re together, and it’s so enjoyable. On Thursday, I was at a dinner with a group of about twenty women, and I sat down next to a woman I didn’t know. Three minutes later, we were already bursting out laughing talking about blowjobs. Haha.
The photo is of a lunch I organized for my friend Camille Seydoux at Maman to celebrate the launch of her collection in collaboration with Roger Vivier – it’s really pretty. It was all women, and we could have stayed there talking for hours.
Nothing makes me happier than the arrival of spring, that magical moment when you can wear a coat with sandals. It’s my favorite fashion moment of the year – because otherwise in New York, between winter (glacial) and summer (suffocating), you’re just surviving. It’s too bad we only have a few days of mid-season weather here. Time to move to LA.
So this coat – I’ve had it for a few years. I bought it at Stella, and season after season, it’s still just as sublime. And I just wanted to say that even though I love buying new clothes, nothing makes me happier than the things that have followed me through the years.
… And the Tangos
By the way, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m slightly obsessive when it comes to clothes. If I like something, I’ll buy several, in several different colors, and I’ll wear it for years. I think it’s kind of a French attitude, actually. I tell myself it’s fine because most of my style idols had the same neurosis – Jane Birkin with her wicker basket, Serge Gainsbourg with his Zizis, Lauren Hutton with her army hats.
So here is my third pair of Valentino Tangos, but this time they’re white and patent leather.
Francesco Clemente and Christy Turlington
One of the most beautiful stories I’ve seen in a magazine in a while, these paintings of models by the New York artist Francesco Clemente for Bazaar. I never talk about it here, but I have a true deep love for painting, and my dream for when I grow up is to be a painter. I’d do portraits, exactly like that (but in my style) and I’ll have a big atelier, exactly like that (but in LA ;)
At Studio Doré, we all have a pair of comfortable shoes under our desks. Here are mine – they’re super cute and come from the Charlotte Olympia + MAC collection.
My Favorite Bouquets
I love big bouquets full of wild flowers, preferably white, with a mix of sprigs of things like eucalyptus, and I dream about signing up for a service to deliver them to me each week.
At the same time, I also dream about signing up for a massage service, manicure service, grocery service, a chef to come cook at my house, a coach, a therapist, a… If I had my way, I’d spend my life waiting for people to deliver things to me at home. Wouldn’t you?
In Russian! The book is still making its way around the world and is being translated into lots of languages. So crazy.
Shoes (Part II)
I few years ago, I bought these Gucci shoes on a whim, and also because they’re so pretty. At the time, I called them my 1970s pimp shoes and all my friends liked to make fun of them. What are these shoes, Garance?
But I persevered, I kept them, I even continued wearing them. And now that Gucci is having that huge moment people run up to me in the street to find out where I found this “exclusive model”. Hahahha I’m totally bragging. Mostly because this kind of fashion redemption absolutely never happens to me. Usually when I buy weird things on a whim, two years later, they end up pitifully on Real Real.
Dinner with my Dude. My Fiancé!
Did you / will you take your guy’s name when you get married?
I really want to, but I like my real name, my pen name and Chris’ name equally. I think we’re going to try out some kind of hyphenation. I asked him if, by chance, he might like to take my name, and he said no, thanks, hahaha. Hmmm, traditions, men, life. We’ll see!
The Mini Video
If I could, I’d spend all my time making videos, podcasts, and things like that. I think if I could, I’d have my own reality TV show, actually. But a good reality show, of course…!
In the meantime, I can’t let you go without sharing three little secrets Diane Von Furstenberg taught me. As the years go by, I apply these rules more and more: whenever there’s a camera, face the light. Wear bright, vibrant colors – that makes your skin look smooth and your face brighter. And finally, smile all the time. There’s nothing simpler, and it makes the people around you happy (which makes you happy too!)
Big hugs and kisses!