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Interview with Garance Doré

Garance Doré first became known through her blog, where she published photos snapped on the street during fashion shows in France. Since then, her street style concept has been adopted all over the world, making her a true fashion icon.

Garance, you launched a stationery collection and a book at a time when people communicate more and more through social media. Why paper?

Stationery is a way for people to own and touch my illustrations. When you read my book, you get a simpler, clearer point of view than with a blog post. The book was also an occasion to mark my blog’s 10-year anniversary.

What do you hope to bring to the table with Love Style Life?

I write about people’s relationship to their body, and my point of view on love after my separation, but also since meeting my partner. I want to show the world that you don’t have to follow a path that has already been established.

What is your definition of style?

It’s your first message to the world. You don’t need to talk: people form an opinion simply by looking at you. It also expresses how much attention you pay to yourself and to others. It communicates many things. That’s why I’m very drawn to people who take care of themselves, as well as people who show a lot of creativity in the way they dress.

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How many purses should you own? How many pairs of shoes?

You should have a bag for every different kind of day. I have a casual bag, which is a white tote that goes with everything I wear. I have a Saint-Laurent for the city, I have a day clutch and a night one… To me, a bag defines your personality, in a way. I also have baskets, because I bike a lot and carry around my photography equipment.

Are there clothing items you should absolutely have in your wardrobe?

I don’t believe you should own a particular piece of clothing more than another. In fashion, every person should construct their own classics. As for me, I really like wool, men’s shirts, big sweaters and Repetto ballerinas, which I wear all the time.

Which era would you like to have lived in when it comes to clothing?

I really liked the ‘90s, but I was too young to actually partake. Grunge really inspired me. I love eras when there weren’t as many trends. I like the idea of eras when everyone was crazy about one brand. That has a really unifying side that doesn’t exist anymore.

Photo: Erik Melvin

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