A Sit Down in Paris With French Fashion Guru Sophie Fontanel – Forbes

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Sophie Fontanel

How would you describe your self? Your type? Inform us somewhat bit about you.

I'm 55, so I've built-in the type of the sixties (my youth) and I combine it with my mom’s type (Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn) and the precise temper (sneakers, for instance). It’s all the time fairly female, however with a boyish and free time contact.

After years on the French Elle you determined to go away the journal and also you adopted your individual path, do you continue to contemplate your self as Fonelle?

Fonelle was my avatar at ELLE, however it's also an enormous a part of me. My «cartoon» half.

How is it to work on the french Parisian journal L’Obs?

L’Obs has big viewers. I prefer it, for it's not solely a female viewers, and that is why the title of my column is « Fashion for everybody ». More often than not, style journalists speak an excessive amount of to insiders and never sufficient to shoppers.

May you describe a journey of Sophie?

Often I awakened naturally, very early, and work till lunch... at house. After which, social life begins.

When is your favourite second through the day to jot down - your e-book?

Early in the morning. Or simply earlier than lunch. Empty stomach, so to say!

Your articles for L’Obs?

The identical.

Assortment particulière

Sophie Fontanel.

What do you concentrate on the Parisian style scene?

It’s not pretend. It’s a real affect, a real tradition, a real enter. However we're so pretentious!

Do you suppose style and luxurious are linked?

Under no circumstances. Fashion is linked with need and tradition, that are each too unusual issues for very wealthy individuals.

You signify the fashionable and free French lady in her 50s with the best perspective with no concern to specific your opinions,what do you need to present to your readers and followers on the social media sphere via your sense of humour and auto derision? 

I attempt to embody an “Angle”. With out perspective, no type. Angle is the best way you method life. I've a comfortable and welcoming method. Softness results in a sure humorousness, because it’s fairly robust to be comfortable these days....

Two years in the past you will have determined that your gray hair is your new signature and also you need not cowl them anymore, why and the way your determination got here from?

I used to be fed up with dying my hair. It was too darkish. To exhausting for my first wrinkles... I noticed this lady, Sarah Harris, style editor (Vogue UK) and located her lengthy white hair amazingly nice. And I began to note different ladies like her in the streets. We have to begin by a job mannequin...

Your new e-book Une Apparition simply got here out this summer time, may you give us some inside particulars?

My e-book is a diary of a makeover. It begins with me brown haired and ends with a form of white haired angel. However behind this diary there an actual search. What’s magnificence? We all know so little about that.

sophie fontanel

Une Apparition - her newest e-book.

What are the necessities to be an excellent a style editor and an excellent author?

Editor: to dare. Fashion can simply be a routine, which is absurd.

Author: to make your individual expertise a narrative one thing common.

What would you say to somebody who's asking you, how do you do to get That Fashion? The place do you suppose type comes from?

I'm somewhat little bit of Greta Garbo, blended with a Japanese college boy, blended with a dandy man from Africa, blended with Monica Vitti ! All of this in my desires!

What do you concentrate on how social media have modified the style scene?

Social media means sharing issues and embodying issues. Each issues style might have fully forgotten. It’s revolutionary.

What are your subsequent venture?

A love story. However a really very surprising one.

What do you need to obtain in your life?

Discovering myself in a position to reside like everyone . Since I'm all the time strolling like anyone else. As if I used to be unable to behave like everyone does.

How as acknowledged style author would you reply to this trivial query : what's your favourite colour?

The colour you will have in thoughts while you’re in love. Honey with blue inside. And clear.

Sophie Fontanel

Her signature look selfie.

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Throughout my current journey to Paris early October (simply earlier than the craziness of Fashion Week), I met with Sophie Fontanel, AKA Fonelle (for individuals who grew up studying French Elle!) at certainly one of her favourite spots, La Coupe D'Or Rue St Honore, in the first arrondissement of Paris near the place she lives. Author, style guru, digital movie star (because of the selfies of her genius wardrobe seems on her Instagram account), a "femme des lettres" like we are saying in French, she displays completely the best Parisian lifestyle on the age of 55. Right here is my interview with Sophie.

Sophie fontanel

Sophie Fontanel

How would you describe your self? Your type? Inform us somewhat bit about you.

I'm 55, so I've built-in the type of the sixties (my youth) and I combine it with my mom’s type (Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn) and the precise temper (sneakers, for instance). It’s all the time fairly female, however with a boyish and free time contact.

After years on the French Elle you determined to go away the journal and also you adopted your individual path, do you continue to contemplate your self as Fonelle?

Fonelle was my avatar at ELLE, however it's also an enormous a part of me. My «cartoon» half.

How is it to work on the french Parisian journal L’Obs?

L’Obs has big viewers. I prefer it, for it's not solely a female viewers, and that is why the title of my column is « Fashion for everybody ». More often than not, style journalists speak an excessive amount of to insiders and never sufficient to shoppers.

May you describe a journey of Sophie?

Often I awakened naturally, very early, and work till lunch... at house. After which, social life begins.

When is your favourite second through the day to jot down - your e-book?

Early in the morning. Or simply earlier than lunch. Empty stomach, so to say!

Your articles for L’Obs?

The identical.

Assortment particulière

Sophie Fontanel.

What do you concentrate on the Parisian style scene?

It’s not pretend. It’s a real affect, a real tradition, a real enter. However we're so pretentious!

Do you suppose style and luxurious are linked?

Under no circumstances. Fashion is linked with need and tradition, that are each too unusual issues for very wealthy individuals.

You signify the fashionable and free French lady in her 50s with the best perspective with no concern to specific your opinions,what do you need to present to your readers and followers on the social media sphere via your sense of humour and auto derision? 

I attempt to embody an “Angle”. With out perspective, no type. Angle is the best way you method life. I've a comfortable and welcoming method. Softness results in a sure humorousness, because it’s fairly robust to be comfortable these days....

Two years in the past you will have determined that your gray hair is your new signature and also you need not cowl them anymore, why and the way your determination got here from?

I used to be fed up with dying my hair. It was too darkish. To exhausting for my first wrinkles... I noticed this lady, Sarah Harris, style editor (Vogue UK) and located her lengthy white hair amazingly nice. And I began to note different ladies like her in the streets. We have to begin by a job mannequin...

Your new e-book Une Apparition simply got here out this summer time, may you give us some inside particulars?

My e-book is a diary of a makeover. It begins with me brown haired and ends with a form of white haired angel. However behind this diary there an actual search. What’s magnificence? We all know so little about that.

sophie fontanel

Une Apparition - her newest e-book.

What are the necessities to be an excellent a style editor and an excellent author?

Editor: to dare. Fashion can simply be a routine, which is absurd.

Author: to make your individual expertise a narrative one thing common.

What would you say to somebody who's asking you, how do you do to get That Fashion? The place do you suppose type comes from?

I'm somewhat little bit of Greta Garbo, blended with a Japanese college boy, blended with a dandy man from Africa, blended with Monica Vitti ! All of this in my desires!

What do you concentrate on how social media have modified the style scene?

Social media means sharing issues and embodying issues. Each issues style might have fully forgotten. It’s revolutionary.

What are your subsequent venture?

A love story. However a really very surprising one.

What do you need to obtain in your life?

Discovering myself in a position to reside like everyone . Since I'm all the time strolling like anyone else. As if I used to be unable to behave like everyone does.

How as acknowledged style author would you reply to this trivial query : what's your favourite colour?

The colour you will have in thoughts while you’re in love. Honey with blue inside. And clear.

Sophie Fontanel

Her signature look selfie.

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