MOTHER

Emirates Woman - - Cover Story/ Julia Restoin Roitfeld -

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.

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