I will never have a static, defined style, and neither will any one else.
Tell us a bit about yourself and where you live.
I've already said it sooo many times, but I'm so proud of it: I'm
mixed. My father's origins are Indian, French and East African. He's
from Martinique, West Indies, and my mum is a blue-eyed, blonde
French. I love my mixed heritage, especially knowing that my
great-grandparents were living in countries that are so far away from
each other. (My father's side was actually in slavery in Martinique.)
I'm very proud of the diverse history behind my family.
I'm 18 and, for too complicated reasons, I'm losing my first year of college study due to art school admissions issues. But I want to study applied arts (graphics, design, art history…), and I hope I will finally be accepted in a school soon. So what am I doing right now? Studying English literature, which bores me more than ever and creating clothes with my friend Harvey Cindy Pekar, which has become a real passion.
How would you describe Paris and the fashion scene where you live?
I live in a close suburb of Paris. I've always studied in Paris, from
nursery to now, so I've spent most of my life in the capital. (But
this is pretty common.) In the suburb where I'm living, fashion
is...how to describe it? It's a real movement; you can recognize
suburbians everywhere. They've got a common style, which comes from
last year's fashion mixed with other influences, such as American
music videos. I'm generalizing, but it's a very distinct fashion.
Fashion in Paris is very varied across the different districts—bourgeois in the West, bohemian-bourgeois (bobos) in the South, suburbians in the middle. Again, I'm generalizing. It moves and changes so much!
I always will be fascinated by Paris. I'm always the first to play tourist and take photos of places yelling "C'est trop beau là!". Ha, childish.
Describe your personal style and its influences / inspiration.
I don't know how to describe my style. I try to reinvent each piece of
clothing I own, and sometimes it's so hard for me to dress because I
just can't wear the same combination twice. Every morning is like a
new puzzle I have to resolve; sometimes it takes very long, sometimes
I just pick up the right pieces by chance. If I don't recognize myself
in the mirror, I just try something else.
My influences and inspirations are very numerous, I often save them in my mental cupboard, forget where they come from and recreate them without being conscious of it. It's mostly on Internet with street style sites. I discovered a great Japanese site thanks to Jane Aldridge, which is Drop - Fashion Street Snap. I'm amazed by the style of the Japanese, how can they be so individualy stylish?
I'm also easily influenced by things I see, like movies, historic fashion exhibitions, trips…I think I will never have a static, defined style, and neither will any one else.
What are your favorite designers and places to shop?
I love designers I can't buy. Chanel, Barbara Bui, Vivienne Westwood, Lagerfeld, Issey Miyake.
But in reality, I mostly shop at H&M, Zara, Benetton, American Apparel, Parisian brands such as Maje, and British stores like Topshop. I'll be in London this month, so Londoners, I need your advice on where to shop!
The first thing you look at in another person's outfit is:
If he/she looks comfortable in it.
What do you splurge on?
Food. Such a shame when I think of what I could have bought with all those grande double shot white mochas and scones. I do need therapy.
What do you skimp on?
Work. (Shhh. I also need therapy for my laziness.)
A fashion rule you always break:
It doesn't matter if colors "match" together or not. Brown and blue are cool together. Rules are quite stupid.
A fashion rule you never break:
Oversized tops should never be paired with oversized bottoms. But I'm not saying I'll never break this rule!
Are there any famous people whose style you admire?
The Gainsbourg combo: Charlotte/Jane/Serge. They know how to look wonderful in basics. Also, French actresses, but I never remember their names because I'm not a huge fan of French movies (don't whip me!). Then there's Kate Moss and Agyness Deyn...the British "it girls"!
Next place you want to travel to (and why):
I've wanted to travel to Tokyo since I was 8 years old! I can't tell you how fascinated I am by every single thing from Japan.