October 20th, 2014
Paris-Based British Writer

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

Natasha photographed by Laura Frieser

British journalist Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni is in NYC promoting her two new books: Monsieur Dior: Once Upon A Time, and Lou Lou de la Falaise, which she co-authored with Ariel de Ravenel. We were colleagues at Harper’s Bazaar ages ago, so it was nice to catch up with the uber busy writer. Thanks Natasha for answering a few questions!

You must be very busy promoting two books, how do you keep yourself sane?

Sane, Preston? What is that 4-letter word?

I guess the demands of my two 13-year-old daughters (the twin word is banned in this household ) keeps me relatively grounded. Like everyone, a lot of imaginary whirling of plates goes on. But just when I think ‘phew,’ several imaginary plates crash to the ground.

Oh and replacing loads of refined sugar with dried apricots, self-smoked almonds and coconut water. I was introduced to coconut water (is that the right term in the US) by Cate Blanchett on a shoot. Monoprix sells it, always handy, the water does seem to give energy.

My siren de chic – Ariel de Ravenel – who found all the amazing images in our Loulou de la Falaise book. She always looks effortlessly elegant in flawlessly pressed Theory shirts or cashmere sweaters that she describes being “old lady colors” as well as vintage necklaces by Loulou de la Falaise.


From top left: Pallas smoking tux, ink blue, Moynat Rejane saddle bag, Jim Hodges painting and t-shirt, Hilditch & Key night shirt, Roger Vivier buckle flats, Nancy Gonzalez clutch.

Wardrobe staples:

Hilditch & Key pale blue cotton night shirts – live and write in them at home
A Jim Hodges GIVE MORE THAN YOU TAKE t-shirt – a present from Jim who’s my favorite American artist
Lucien Pellat-Finet jackets. LP-F is known for being the pope of cashmere but he tailors a mean jacket, perfect length and snug arm holes.
Ines de la Fressange navy trench from Uniqlo – just when I was dreaming of one, Ines, a dear friend, delivered!
Raphaella Riboud black pjs – like jogging pants in both cotton and in jersey
All my Horiyoshi the third/HTT sweaters — particularly the long boyfriend ones
Louboutin flats such as his (vintage) pony booties and more recent slippers like The Dictator

Cannot live without:

Irving & Fine ivory satin peasant blouse – gives an instant face lift
Roger Vivier all black patent buckle shoes
My mom’s YSL circa 1970s silk cord neck choker
A Sacai blue and black striped wool dress even if everyone says ‘your shoulder pads are showing.’
An Alexander McQueen blue velvet dress achieving barmaid cleavage.
Nancy Gonzalez black crocodile clutch

One color that I can never resist: ink blue. A color that I discovered when working at the Chanel Studio as one of Karl Lagerfeld’s assistants.

Dream list:

The Moynat Rejane saddle bag – it is flawless!!
A smoking/tux by Pallas – when my ship arrives


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Chelsea double-breasted cotton trench coat


Bouclé jacket


Maxima 35 leather knee-high boots


Origano sweater


Onita brushed alpaca and wool-blend coat


Wool and cashmere-blend turtleneck poncho


Leather knee boots


Philippe cashmere and silk-blend bouclé sweater


Pablo cashmere and silk-blend bouclé midi skirt


Leather slingback sandals


Twill jacket


High-neck gathered nanette top

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  • Thank you for this lovely interview, very refined ! I really want to read her book about Loulou de la Falaise, such an icon !


    CarolineOctober 20th, 2014  9:11 AM

  • I love this woman’s taste and her favorites are my favorites! Preston, I appreciate that you feature so many women of style (and grace) who are middle age and older. Main stream fashion magazines consistently feature teenage and 20-something models wearing super luxury clothing and accessories. Rare is the younger woman who can afford luxury dressing, much less wants it. For me, luxury dressing requires some maturity and at least a sense that it was somehow earned. Ms. Fraser-Cavassoni is indeed chic, and a lot of it is her age.

    PaulaOctober 20th, 2014  11:24 PM


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