Where were you born?
Paris, the 14th arrondissement.
Where do you live now?
Back in Paris. It feels like home and you can please all of your desires here.
If money were no object, where would you live?
Which are your favourite Paris stores?
Colette – a very clichéd place for fashionistas, but they always have surprising accessories. Merci – another concept store. It’s a whole living experience, not just a shopping experience. It feels like a home, with a garden, a dining room – very cosy! Le Loir dans la Théière, the best place to crash in an old big couch and eat the best meringue lemon tarts with a big mug of hot chocolate.
And your favourite restaurants?
Robert et Louise – the best traditional place I know in Paris. They have a fireplace and cook all the meat in front of your eyes. Plus if you go there late for dinner, they end up closing the doors and the owner starts a private blind-tasting competition with his clients. We always get a free glass of Champagne at the end – even if we lose!
Do you have a favourite local café or bar?
The outrageous La Perle in the Marais. This place is like a vortex. You always meet crazy people – and they will surprise you every time.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
From the Jardin des Tuileries to place de la Concorde, past the Grand Palais, then down to Pont Alexandre III. Here, you can’t help but feel how grand and regal Paris is.
Where do you like to celebrate?
Rosa Bonheur in the heart of Parc des Buttes Chaumont on a sunny Sunday summer evening. It feels like the first night of the weekend, with a real party spirit! Get in there before 5.30pm or you’ll wait outside for literally two to three hours.
Do you have a favourite walk in your city?
From the Jardin des Tuileries to place de la Concorde, past the Grand Palais, then down to Pont Alexandre III.
Can you reveal any secret spots?
The Jardin de Sully near place des Vosges. You enter through a small wooden door and suddenly you are in a mini Versailles-style garden! This is my dream chic Parisian garden Eden.
Which is the best landmark in Paris?
La Cité de la Mode on the Seine. It’s like a green beast, with green glass and structure – an example of what French contemporary architecture can be.
Which do you think is the best museum in Paris?
Beaubourg. I love to twist my mind with the most interesting contemporary artists exhibiting there. Plus there is a cinema and one of the city’s best bookstores.
Which person from Paris do you most admire?
Jean Paul Gaultier. To me, his work represents the best spirit of what a cosmopolitan and irreverent capital city like Paris can be today.
What insider tip would you offer for exploring the city?Avoid the Metro at peak hours and museums at the weekends … it’s a killing experience!
Where do you most like to travel for inspiration?
The best inspiring travels are in my dreams. It’s a random mix of all the places I have been, one door next to the other, led by my fantasies.
Which city is your favourite shopping destination?
Milan. It is outrageously tempting. Actually, I think I always love shopping when travelling.
What can’t you live without?
My iPhone. I have 24-hour replacement insurance, because I can’t stand how empty I feel when I lose it.
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