Profile: Julia Restoin Roitfeld

This month, model, muse and art director Julia Restoin Roitfeld, the chic daughter of former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld, makes her debut as lingerie designer as she launches a vintage-inspired collection with Kiki de Montparnasse. (Available from Wednesday, December 14th).

Julia, who is expecting her first child with her partner Robert Konjic, chats with rag & bone about her new venture and reveals her favourite things…

What’s your first fashion memory?
My first fashion memory was probably my first shoot for Benetton when I was about 4. I had a bright blue wig made out of wool thread. So cute!

Growing up, did you borrow clothes from your mom?
Yes, I started borrowing from my mom in my late teenage years and I still do!

What drew you to designing a lingerie collection?
I have been a fan of Kiki de Montparnasse from the beginning. For me, it has always represented intimacy in the most luxurious and refined way. One thing that I love about lingerie is that it is not solely about how it may make your partner feel, but more about how it makes you feel.

Is there a piece of lingerie you think every woman should own?
My Kiki de Montparnasse body suit (above, middle). I designed it keeping in mind to flatter any woman’s body as much as possible, looking sexy yet innocent.

How would you describe your personal style?
Very girlie and feminine, with a little touch of rock.

Who is your style icon?
I always love Brigitte Bardot for being able to be sexy and innocent at the same time. I also love Elizabeth Taylor’s extravagance.

What are your plans for the holidays?
I am going back to Paris to be with my family. In 30 years, I have never spent one Christmas without my family.

Julia’s Favourite…
Accessory: My Chanel bag.
Product: My BlackBerry.
Appliance: My Apple Pro laptop.
Book: Irreverent by Carine Roitfeld .
Art: My Minnie Mouse drawing, which my good friend and artist Marco Perego drew for me.
Hotel: Coqui Coqui Spa in Mexico, owned by one of my very good friends.
Restaurant: Caviar Kaspia in Paris.
Cocktail: Now that I am pregnant, a Virgin Bloody Mary.
Destination: Tulum, Mexico and Tokyo, Japan.
Cause: The Real Life Church. My boyfriend, friends and I volunteered with them on Thanksgiving. They make helping others so much fun.
Indulgence: A Big Mac.
Inspiration: My parents.

 

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