Monday, January 14, 2013

The Fashion Telegraph asked me...

The second interview on my blog! I usually don't post interviews, but I think sometimes it can be interesting for you, my dear readers, to get to know me a bit better. I get asked a lot of questions and I figured posting these little snippets could be interesting:)
I'm I hope you enjoy it!
...oh and since we're talking about me and how I am, I couldn't help myself but sharing what I found back recently. 

YES! Its me, and now you can probably see where my love for strange animals (I'm sure you noticed if you follow me on instagram;) shirts, shirts with flowers to be more precise, denim and white socks (including Michael Jackson) come from.
Okay so if you still want to get to know me a bit better, just read...yesss. 

You may recognise Anne-Catherine Frey from her haircut. Her pageboy style has seen her grace multiple Tommy Ton slideshows and street style blogs, and it's all thanks to her loyal hairdresser in Luxembourg: "Vito understands me. I go there, sit down and say: 'Do whatever you want'. I always end up with the perfect haircut. Every other hairdresser always said that short hair wouldn't suit me, not even a fringe. Vito just said: 'Short hair? Awesome. I'll make you look awesome.'"

The 22-year-old is not just street peeper catnip though; she's also a fashion designer for slick French brand The Kooples. Born in Luxembourg to creative parents (her father's an architect), she was an 'outsider' growing up. "I was always a quiet, shy child," she says. "I remember drawing for hours; I preferred being alone than being surrounded by many people." As a teenager she tried "all the usual things, like going out and having large groups of friends" but found it unfulfilling.

"There was no visible challenge for me to end up in some bar or club on a Saturday evening, weekend after weekend. My challenge quickly became school - I always wanted to get better and better grades, and it worked. Drawing was my hobby; I trained myself for hours to get better. I was always a loner, but I always had at least one person who was always there, one dear friend. I am still the same - and I could not be more happy."

Frey moved to Paris aged 18 to study fashion design at ESMOD, taking over a shoebox apartment in the 6th arrondissement in Saint-Germain. Her course had its frustrations, mainly that attendance at fashion week was actively discouraged. "I thought that we'd have classes or at least talks with our teachers about fashion week," she recalls, "but, nothing. We weren't even allowed to go. I was staying up until three in the morning to watch live streams from shows at NYFW, and I just decided it was absurd [not to attend Paris]. I just turned up, I had no idea what it would be like, but I think as a curious fashion student it should be normal to go to PFW, at least on the weekend."

Her curiosity was rewarded by the street style photographers, and she swiftly started a blog, "A Truly Intriguing Subject " . She's tight-lipped over how she secured a design job at The Kooples, but suffice to say they spotted her wearing their clothes, and a relationship with the brand developed: "It's a secret between me and my boss! But I'd say that wearing a lot of Kooples for public appearances caught certain people's eyes." We fired questions at the gamine Luxembourger in Paris. 

How would you describe your style?
 Comfortable. I never wear things that I don't feel good in, because that shows immediately. I also have basics that I use almost every day. Like shirts. They have to be buttoned and I have them in every colour and shape possible. I also love tailored jackets and flats; winkle-pickers are my favourite shoes. That's what makes my style kinda 'boyish', because I love classic men's pieces.

How do you get dressed in the morning? Very quickly, because I always wake up too late. Very quick, very easy, very comfortable, very basic, but I never forget my signature shirt collar.

Books on the bedside table? German model Mario Galla's book. His story and optimism are wonderful - I think it only exists in German though. It's about his career in the model business with a huge handicap: he only has one leg. Otherwise there's always my favourite, " Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka. I think I've read that book 1000 times.

Favourite weekend activity? Sleeping! Sleeping and cleaning up my apartment - there's nothing better than spending a bit of time at home since I'm running around the whole week. It's good to be bored sometimes.

Favourite places to hang in Paris? I love going to the café Ruc. It kind of became a tradition for friends, and my parents and me. It's calm there, comfortable, the service is always super nice and you can even find a cat there sometimes! As for bars and clubs, I'm not really a 'nightlife' person. I love staying in in the evening and watching movies, cleaning up my place or drawing. That might sound strange for a girl my age but it has just always been that way, I guess it's my calm side.

Favourite brands? My favourite brands are Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane and Balenciaga. I also really, really like Carven lately, I love their silhouettes.

Top picks from the spring/summer 2013 catwalks? I'm just going to buy the whole Alexander Wang collection. And this awesome first look from the Proenza Schouler show. Seriously? My list is so long I don't even know where to start! This season really has been very, very strong.

Have you picked up any evidence to explain why French women stay so thin? I've never met a French woman saying: "Yes, I want to have McDonalds tonight!" I think that pretty much solves the mystery. 

interview: fashion telegraph uk // picture: citizencouture.


  1. Yes I love Kafka as well! Great interview.

    P.s your boyfriend very much looks like a young Clint Eastwood.


  2. I remember you from the Paris FW, hope to see you again soon:)

  3. I am very proud, because he was Czech:)

  4. Very nice interview, you are very true to yourself, I love that in people...

  5. awesome interview! making me know more about you and myself. firstly, i just love your hairstyle (i'm a short-hair girl too), then i found you're so in style. i've seen some street snap shot about you, and after reading this interview, i found that your lifestyle is what i dream about, especially the cleaning up apartment part and sleeping in the weekend part. just slow and relaxing. and it's also interesting to know that my idol has the similar characteristic: always a loner, but at least have one dear friend beside me. your story inspires me a lot. keep going Anne!