Thursday, April 24, 2008
From today's NY Times. One of my all time favorites.
LOU DOILLON , actress, model, daughter of Jane Birkin, designer of a collection for Lee Cooper.
WHAT I'M WEARING NOW Lee Cooper trousers and a T-shirt from the Row. I'm at home in Paris, at the desk where I draw my designs. I'm in a working mood.
STYLE CREDO What attracts me is something broken, something a bit off. I never comb my hair or make anything pretty. When people look too beautiful, it's too easy. I know I'm dressed wrong if the businessman turns his head. But I like to think that after an hour of sitting next to me on the train, he'd look. I'd have grown on him.
ON HATS I come from a very mad, very classic family that all wore hats. I have a vintage pop-up top hat that I wear a lot. I'm like the Houdini of nightclubs, pulling an enormous hat out of a tiny bag. My favorite hat was stolen. It was a classic black moche hat, which means "ugly" in French. The people at Chanel told me I should go to Maison Michel, the house that makes all their hats, and have it replicated.
RECENT ACQUISITIONS A Chanel jacket and bag. I'm very proud of them. You can dress up like a tramp and have a little Chanel bag, and look so chic.
CURRENT PROJECTS I just finished a three-month tour of a show called "Lettres Intimes," and during it, designed the winter Lee Cooper collection. I was drawing clothes for runaway girls, but like Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid": high-waisted tweed trousers with high hems and tiny jackets. It's very moving to have little ankles and wrists showing — they're such a fragile part of a woman. Someone suggested I design men's wear. I should. I have such trouble dressing up as a girl.
Photo: Ed Alcock for The New York Times