10 MIN­UTES WITH … INÈS DE LA FRES­SANGE

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Style -

How did you get on board at Roger Vivier? By mir­a­cle. [ laughs] No, Diego Della Valle asked me to re­launch the brand he’d just bought. At the be­gin­ning, I was alone with my as­sis­tant and Bruno was just do­ing the col­lec­tion. We were a tiny com­pany but it was a great ad­ven­ture. I was the one who de­cided to mix up the fur­ni­ture the way Roger Vivier used to do in his own home. Can you elab­o­rate on your role in the brand? To­day, they say that I’m an am­bas­sador, but it doesn’t mean any­thing. I don’t think they need me any­more be­cause the prod­uct is the best am­bas­sador. I don’t need to ex­plain this is a beau­ti­ful shoe. What do shoes mean to you? Shoes are a fan­tasy. Shoes make you the woman you want to be, but are not. Shoes are for shopa­holics, like me. Shoes are the toys for women. You can find nice clothes ev­ery­where, but nice shoes, no. What makes a per­fect pair of shoes? When those shoes make you so happy, a child­like joy, that lit­tle joy is fan­tas­tic! You’re happy to have them even if you don’t use them that of­ten. When you’re dream­ing of the per­fect pair of shoes and you fi­nally find a pair that’s in your size in the shop, you just want to kiss the seller. What is your def­i­ni­tion of lux­ury? Lux­ury is imag­i­na­tion. Qual­ity, you can find ev­ery­where. Ex­pen­sive things, they can be ex­pen­sive but not lux­u­ri­ous. Imag­i­na­tion and iden­tity – that, to me, is true lux­ury. Any tips on match­ing shoes with out­fits? Buy any kind of out­fit and have Roger Vivier shoes, and you’ll make the look. I’m a great ex­am­ple; I have great shoes, jeans, and an aw­ful T-shirt. Do you have any tips on pack­ing light and chic? No, take plenty of things. It doesn’t mat­ter if you don’t use them – who wants to be prac­ti­cal?

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