Where do you live and what do you like most about your neighbourhood?
I live in St John’s Wood in London, very close to Regent’s Park which I like to run or walk around every morning before heading into the office. I find it really refreshing and beautiful first thing.
You split your time between Paris and London. How does Paris differ from London?
I would describe London in three words as electric, exciting and energising. It has a fantastic mix of modern and old architecture. London never stops expanding, it is such a modern city and very cosmopolitan, so I find it really easy to feel home.
Paris is a very seductive city, full of beautiful buildings, amazing food and great art. It is a very intimate city, full of beauty. I love to walk in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood and sip a coffee at the Café de Flore while people watching, and I cannot resist a trip to Le Bon Marché department store.
What inspired you to get into illustration and art direction?
My mother is a fashion designer; I always saw her drawing fashion figures in her studio, listening to music. I thought it was a very cool way to work and I planned to do the same at a very young age.
What inspired you to create the Top Shelf print?
I was inspired by Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy and also by the Top Shelf interviews on the blog Into The Gloss. I also decided to make a print so I could have all the dream beauty products I do not currently own yet in my bathroom!
Do you have any favourite London haunts, eateries or shops?
The Delaunay for a romantic date – try the Wiener schnitzel, it’s delicious. Yauatcha is a Chinese restaurant in Soho where the crispy duck is amazing. Hoi Polloi in Shoreditch is the best place to go for brunches; the atmosphere is great and the music is on key.
Planet Organic is the greatest place to shop for organic beauty products and the beauty corner at Liberty is a very inspiring place to find new products to draw. Labour and Wait sell functional products for the kitchen and home and I love the vintage atmosphere. When you buy something you can be sure it will last for years because of the way everything is crafted.
The Electric Cinema Shoreditch is very cool. You sit on very comfy leather armchairs, with a soft cashmere blanket if you are cold, and you can, of course, sip a cocktail or two while watching a film.
Where are your top travel destinations for design inspiration?
London, Paris, New York, Helsinki and Copenhagen.
Which are the three most treasured pieces in your wardrobe?
A pair of simple black patent pumps from Christian Louboutin, a white Alaïa dress I wore to dance at my wedding and, of course, my engagement ring.
What are your top shelf beauty must-haves?
For beauty products, I use Bioderma Créaline H2O cleanser; Caudalie Eau de Beauté facial spray, which I spritz on my face several times a day; Balm Dotcom from Glossier – I am a big fan of its packaging; Embryolisse cream to hydrate my face; Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil; and I use coconut oil as body cream and also as make-up remover.
For hair, I recommend John Masters shampoo and conditioner and I use Egyptian Magic cream on the tips of my hair when it is dry.
In terms of fragrance, I think Jo Malone Orange Blossom cologne smells divine and I am also a big fan of Eau de Senteur from Bonpoint.
My cosmetics must-haves include Chanel Inimitable black waterproof mascara; red lipstick from Estée Lauder; Clinique foundation; and nail polishes from Kure Bazaar – they are great because they are non toxic.
You’ve worked with so many great brands, including Estée Lauder, Van Cleef & Arpels, Louis Vuitton and Hermès. Are there any other brands you would love to collaborate with?
For fashion, it would have to be Chanel, Christian Louboutin and Isabel Marant. In terms of beauty brands, I would love to work with Santa Maria Novella, Diptyque, Glossier, Buly 1803 and Byredo.
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