I grew up around the corner from the Champs-Élysées. It was a busy neighborhood in the 1980s, with nightclubs, cinemas, and cabarets. On the other side of my neighborhood, where I went to school, it was very quiet. I was living on the edge of both.
My school had a uniform that was pretty plain—the colors were navy, white, and gray. Today, at 37, my style isn’t very different. I don’t really do prints or colors, and I mostly wear black and navy. Sometimes I’ll dress up my look with black leather, or another special fabric when I want to feel most like myself. If I’m wearing denim and a white T-shirt, then I’ll add a leopard print to toughen it up.
For a recent collaboration with Away, I wanted something that was timeless and both feminine and masculine. I love the color navy because it goes with everything. I was also inspired by military uniforms.
I moved to New York at the age of 24. You can’t really compare the two cities, but I think the pace of living is very different in each. New York is really all about work, work, work, and sometimes it can be a bit too much; in Paris, it’s all about enjoying a nice lunch and dinner. Sometimes that’s all you do in a day. It’s a different rhythm of life.
New York inspires me with its energy and electricity. I’m inspired by vintage Paris—the Paris of the 1960s and ’70s, the Paris in old movies. When I visit Paris now with my daughter, I like to relive my childhood memories with her. I take her to the park where my parents used to take me, for the pony rides and the carousel.
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Founded in 1838, this is the oldest department store in Paris, and the only one on the Left Bank. Le Bon Marché has retained its reputation for luxury throughout its nearly two centuries in business, and carries the likes of Chanel, The Row, and Dries Van Noten. Photo by @lebonmarcherivegauche.
A French retail chain that carries everything from wine and kitchen appliances to children’s clothing and bedding. With locations throughout Paris, it’s the store that is most likely to have exactly what you need. Photo by @monoprix.
Translating literally to “the fleas,” Les Puces is a famous Parisian flea market that covers over 750,000 square feet and is home to the largest antiques market in the world. You’ll find Art Deco furniture, vintage clothing, and beautiful linens within its stalls. Photo by @carlotacha.
This gourmet food market, situated inside Le Bon Marché, is the perfect spot to purchase fine teas, fresh produce, cheeses, and pastries. Photo by Le Grande Epicerie.