THE ICONS UPDATE - ISSUE 121
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CB: Tell us about returning to the Chanel catwalk after 20 years?
ILF: I was not supposed to be a real model; I was like a guest. I asked for flat shoes and suddenly, just before going on the runway, I was surrounded by these blonde giants that could have been my granddaughters. I thought, ‘Why am I doing this?’ Vanity pushed me to accept. I’m an old lady and now the old master thinks I’m fine to be on the runway. The Grand Palais is huge, there must have been 10,000 people there, but suddenly they started to clap and it was very nice and sweet.
CB: What’s your latest style discovery?
ILF: Two brands that are really cool – Maison Jejia in Italy and in France, Diega. I have also found a new boutique in rue Sainte-Anne in Paris called Pieds Nus, which is really nice. Usually I buy only one thing in a shop, but there I bought tons – linen shirts, linen pants, woollen baskets, cotton underwear in all kinds of colours – and then I went back.
CB: Aside from Roger Vivier, where do you love to shop for shoes?
ILF: Of course the emperor is Manolo Blahnik, I’ve known him for 40 years, and Christian Louboutin I knew when he was a baby. I once took the director of Lanvin to his home. I told him, ‘This young guy has a lot of talent, you should hire him’ and they didn’t follow my advice. I would love to see him and say, ‘Remember when I took you to meet that young boy making shoes? His name is Christian Louboutin’. But shoes are difficult to make. That is why I advise people to buy Adidas Gazelles in all colours rather than to buy fake-leather shoes. And there is one place where I can go quickly crazy, Rondini St Tropez. Their sandals are impeccable.
CB: And for bags?
ILF: There’s not one single brand – I love Céline, Tila March and I recently bought a little square leather bag from Soeur. I also think baskets are beautiful in the city, not just on holiday, and I love the ones by Cosydar-Deco. Avril Gau also has beautiful bags and shoes.