Ines De La Fressange’s Good Taste

What’s French, bubbly and great at parties? That would be Inès de la Fressange, the brand ambassador of Roger Vivier and a face of L’Oréal Paris. (Champagne is not bad, though.) She also just relaunched her namesake fashion firm, which she founded in 1991 and is returning as creative director. But of all the hats she wears, she most relishes the one of designer. “Creation is the best. But being a mother is not a ‘hat’ — it’s a [fortunate life event],” said de la Fressange, who has two daughters, Nine and Violette. As the author of bestselling style guide “La Parisienne,” de la Fressange said the essence of French fashion is to never look like you just stepped out of the hairdresser or a couture house. “But style is different everywhere. In New York, all the ladies on Madison Avenue are so chic because they look so casual. In Milan, you see women with a lot of hair and makeup,” she said. Here, de la Fressange’s discusses her own look, the shoe she loves and the style icons she admires most.

Style icons: “Loulou [de la Falaise] was so chic. She would mix Saint Laurent outfits with belts from Morocco. Nan Kempner was extraordinary. I remember an old military shirt [she paired once] with a shahtoosh [the down hair of the Tibetan antelope]. The way she mixes up things, I admire a lot.”

Vacation destination:
Tarascon, France
Airport of choice: Jaipur, India
Book I can’t put down right now: “La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert,” a murder mystery by Joël Dicker

Person to follow on Twitter: Nina Garcia
Follower to have on Twitter: Sophie Fontanel

Favorite shoe: Ballerine Chips by Roger Vivier. “I wear them every day. They’re like ballerina flats but not. They go with everything, skirts, jeans, narrow pants, and wide-leg pants.”

Best beauty tip for long-haul flights: L’Oreal Revitalift cream. “Put a lot of it.”

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