I found this amazing and inspiring interview of Melanie Huyhn, junior editor at Vogue Fr, from Stephan at models.com and it really made my day!
She's one of my favourite voguettes (together with many others, that's true!) and I'm always collecting streetstyle pictures of her from the web. If I were the lucky interviewer I would have asked her many other questions but it's really enjoyable. Hope you'll like it.
1. How did you get your start in the industry?
Since my youngest age I have always been passionate about fashion, I have always collected fashion magazines, so it was natural for me to study fashion design. I started by working for fashion houses like Margiela before transitioning to publishing.
2. What are your inspirations and the references you always come back to in your work?
I have many references! I can be inspired by a film, a book, a show, etc... but more frequently I find inspiration in a muse or icon. Many women inspire me but I mostly trust my instincts and try to feel the current trends.
I am inspired by influencial women who defined their generation: Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jane Birkin, Romy Schneider, Marilyn Monroe, Kate Moss... and also by the greatest photographer's vision like Helmut Newton or Guy Bourdin... and from creators like YSL or Chanel.
3. What do you think of the phenomenon of the star.stylist, and the attention that your personal style gets on the street style blogs?
With the democratizing influence of the internet and films like "The devil wears Prada" the biggest designers and editors in chief habe become stars, several years ago no one was aware of their work. Fashion now reaches a large audience and many young girls dream of expressing their ideas and sense of style by working in fashion. It seems to me that being a stylist is perceived as being more accessible than being a model, and especially more influential. Even if fashion shoots are the result of team work, the stylists are defining their own signature style while they were fairly unknown until recently. There are books on the great photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists, but on fashion stylists it is quite rare.
I am quite surprised that I have been part of this phenomenon, even if in a small part. I love fashion and styling, and I am delighted if my personal style is appreciated.
I love the street style blogs and I think they revolutionized the fashion industry, especially the pioneer Scott Schuman. I greatly admire the work of Tommy Ton and Garance Doré.
4. What was your most memorable work experience?
Working at Vogue Paris with Carine Roitfeld, the greatest source of inspiration!
5. As a stylist who works with clients both in Paris and NY which are your favourite stores in each city?
Paris: Colette, Maria Luisa, Balenciaga, Céline, Alaia chaussures, Isabel Marant, but I also like visiting less expensive stores like Zara or H&M to mix it up.
New York: Barneys, Opening Ceremony, Phi (now unfortunately closed), Tsubi, Topshop, Urban Outfitters.
6. What were your favourite collections this season?
MiuMiu, Prada, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Céline, Ysl, Alexander Wnag, Jil Sander, Isabel Marant, Christopher Kane and of course Altuzarra.
7. What trend from the latest collections do you find the most interesting?
A lot of retro 60's, 70's. Also a return to femininity and elegance: with voluptous models (real women proud of their bodies) and top models on the runway! There was also a lot of minimalism, more classical shapes. Less exuberant shows for fashion shooots but a lot of beautiful pieces to buy.
Most of the pictures are courtesy of Garance Dorè. Streetpeeper, Stockholm streetstyle, shoot the breeze.