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Talking Fashion With...

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

As a model, she's collaborated with Tom Ford and Mario Testino. As an art director, she's worked with Stuart Weitzman and Miu Miu. And as a style icon, she defines cool, with her mix of classic French chic and rock n' roll edginess. Her latest gig: founder of mother-daughter website Romy & The Bunnies, where she interviews stylish moms in creative fields about their own experiences with motherhood and shares her favorite products and tips for styling, beauty, home and entertaining. Born in Paris, Restoin-Roitfeld now lives in New York with her six-year-old daughter, Romy.
photos by @carolinapalmgren @multipleform

“My style remains the same no matter what city I’m in. Black jeans, cashmere sweater and an oversize faux fur in the winter or a rock tee in the summer, and boots or stilettos.”

What shows are you looking forward to?

London Fashion Week is my favorite. It's where you feel the strongest creative energy, where designers seem the most free. I love Christopher Kane. I’ve been wearing his clothes from the beginning. Burberry is also at a very exciting time. But being Parisian, I love going to Paris, too. The locations are always spectacular, and it feels more like a proper spectacle. Chanel is always a beautiful surprise. And I'm looking forward to Miu Miu.

Who are some of your go-to designers?

I like brands I can wear day to night. And more casual brands, like Frame and rag & bone. They both have a classic rock feel. For evening, I love Saint Laurent. And for shoes, Gianvito Rossi. I also love Alaïa and Max Mara— I love my teddy coat!

Has your style changed since becoming a mom?

It’s a bit more “comfortable.” I can’t pick up my daughter at school and run to the subway in a mini skirt and high heels, but it’s still a lot of black and leopard print!

“I feel lucky to be able to shop at places like Olivela. Nothing feels better than giving back, so if it’s mixed with a bit of shopping therapy it’s definitely a ‘feel good’ experience.”

Olivela's mission is to harness our collective purchasing power for the greater good. Do you use your purchasing power to send a message?

I am thinking twice when purchasing because our overconsumption has a negative impact on the environment. My philosophy is shop less, shop better and for longer. I like to buy things I will worship for a while and pass on.

How else do you work giving back into your life?

I've gone to Haiti and Guatemala with Smile Train, which provides free cleft repair surgery. Those were two of the best trips I’ve been on, and I hope to do more.

What do you most hope you can teach your daughter?

I try to teach the importance of sharing and giving back in ways she can understand, like giving away some of her toys or clothes. And I took her with me to deliver meals on Christmas with Gods Love We Deliver. I hope this makes her aware of how lucky we are and the importance of giving back!

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