Inès de la Fressange doesn’t need an introduction. A legendary model of the 80s, Inès has lent her Parisian chicness to a plethora of other avenues. Including a capsule collection with 24 Sèvres, another one with Uniqlo, as well as a recently released book, Maison: Parisian Chic at Home on top of being a brand ambassador for Roger Vivier.
Despite all of this, she was able to take an afternoon and tool around the Upper East Side with us. If you want more Inès, check out this piece Garance did on her seven (!!) years ago!
Describe your style in 3 words.
Casual, masculine, unconventional.
What is your ideal outfit or uniform to wear every day?
Navy top (jacket/sweater…) and white jeans. Whatever the country or the season, it works! And of course Roger Vivier shoes and bags to save the whole look!
Who are your style icons?
Jane Birkin, Katharine Hepburn, Lee Radziwill
In what ways has your style changed over the years?
It’s far more minimalist, much less accessories and less make up. Also today you can go almost everywhere in a more casual look. In the 80’s, people were surprised when I was wearing sneakers, t-shirts or jeans with my Chanel jackets; today luxury brands make these things!
Are there pieces you loved then that you wouldn’t wear now, and why?
When I was very young, I was wearing leggings, even plastic/elastic ones. There is no way I would today, and even on young people I don’t like them anymore. I was also wearing fur with sneakers: today I just kept the Converse !
You are a staple of French style. You embody that quintessentially French, effortlessness and liveliness in the way you dress and carry yourself. As a veteran in the industry, what would you say defines French style? Could you pass on any advice to women who long to embody a French mentality to the way they dress?
Thank you, sweet love! You are my best friend!!! #BFF (laughs). Actually, today style and fashion are much more global however I can say that the french spirit is not to look wealthy or not even trendy! Women dress up to feel good because they think it’s the best way to look good. They mix expensive and cheap, vintage and new, brands and high market and don’t mix too many colors together.
Let’s say they don’t want to show off and they know it’s better to take things off (like jewelry) rather than to add more and more. But no way I would say French style is better than an another one! It’s just different…
Travel is a huge part of your lifestyle. Out of all the places you’ve been, where is your favorite and how has the culture influenced your style? Are there specific places, markets, or pieces you look out for and visit when you are there that you hold dear to you?
India! For the cities (Jaïpur/Udaïpur/Johdpur…), for the light, the colors, the saris, the fabrics, the food… Everything there is an inspiration and I try to go as often I can. I also have a house in Provence (not a farm in Africa!) and it’s a pleasure for me to show the region to my friends; Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh or Picasso and Hemingway went there first (laughs). And Garance, it’s not to you that I would explain how Corsica is a gorgeous island but maybe we should keep that secret!