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.
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.
The Moynat Rejane saddle bag – it is flawless!!
A smoking/tux by Pallas – when my ship arrives
Chelsea double-breasted cotton trench coat
Maxima 35 leather knee-high boots
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
High-neck gathered nanette top