hen your mother is Carine Roitfeld, the former editor of French Vogue, your father is Christian Restoin, creative director and founder of chic French label Equipment and you grow up on fashion’s front row, it’s only natural that this highly creative, achingly glamorous world is going to rub off on you. Sure enough Julia Restoin Roitfeld, 34, is today known for being a French model, designer, photographer and creative director.
But above all, she is mother to four-year-old Romy. Her daughter, in fact, has materialised as her muse with Julia starting Romy and the Bunnies, a blog dedicated to motherhood, shortly after she gave birth. What’s more, using her family’s archive as a starting point, the designer has also collaborated with River Island Kids to create an exclusive 30-piece collection: think French mixed with American vintage.
Based in New York, the style maven consults for labels including Peter Som, Zac Posen, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Miu Miu, has starred in campaigns for Christian Dior, is the face of the new H&M Conscious Exclusive 2016 collection and counts Riccardo Tisci, Lara Stone and Helena Christensen as her close friends.
Here, she offers us bite-sized nuggets into her beautiful, busy, bunny-filled world. My mum was always the coolest dressed when she picked us up from school. Back then her style was a bit more hippie. She wore bell bottoms and ripped jeans and had a convertible red Beetle and then a convertible red Alfa Romeo so always stood out. Some kids and teachers thought it was too much, but I knew she had a fun job and met all the cool people and top models like Claudia Schiffer and Karen Mulder. My mum definitely influenced me and introduced me to this creative world.