So after our cheeky teaser on the website earlier, we can reveal that we've spent most of the day hanging out with one of Grazia Daily's favourite style icons du jour - Julia Restoin Roitfeld.
We've been in the studio watching her at work on Mark Fast's new look-book shoot for his A/W'10 collection for his Faster line.
Of course, Grazia Daily didn't waste any time interrogating Julia about her work, her style, and, naturellement, her mother, Carine...
Grazia Daily: How did you first meet Mark?
Julia Restoin Roitfeld: Well, it started after I saw two friends wearing his dresses [one of which was model Anouck Lepere]. I was asking "Who designed those dresses? I want to wear one!" I especially wanted to wear one for the Cannes festival, and that was my first dress by Mark. So that's how we met.
GD: So how did you get brought on board as Creative Consultant for the Faster shoot?
JRR: Amanda [Mark's Art Director] heard that I was working doing creative consulting. So they asked, and I was very happy to work with him. It's exciting to see such a young designer being so successful already.
GD: Creative Consultant is one of those fashion industry jobs that it's hard to get your head around. Can you tell us exactly what you do?
JRR: Well, I bring my ideas to the brand. Mainly it's about being able to bring an outside point of view because they [Mark's team] all work together already. Mostly on branding, and the image of the brand.
GD: So, like...?
JRR: There's not really one specific idea! We all talked, and actually, we all seemed to agree, to have the same idea on everything! Amanda wanted the brand to have a younger vibe, so then we had the idea for the graffitti [backdrop]. I was saying 'let's shoot [the model] on the floor, change the perspective'. But I think we'll also shoot up against the wall too. We'll play around with the mood. We don't really know how it's going to end up.
GD: What do you love about Mark's clothes?
JRR: It's really SO flattering. It looks good on skinny girls, and it looks really good on more curvy girls; I'm not really model-skinny. His clothes just tuck everything in to the right places! So it's really flattering, but also modern at the same time. And his clothes look totally different from anything anyone else is doing. You immediately know that it's a Mark Fast dress.
GD: Did you come over to London especially for the shoot?
JRR: No, I'm currently living here! My boyfriend is in London, so I'm spending the summer here, I've been here for a couple of months now. And I just got back from holiday in Croatia yesterday. I'm running out of clothes...
GD: You have to tell us what you're wearing or the Grazia Daily readers will kill us
JRR: Okay, well, I'm kind of a mess [this is rubbish]. This is a Balenciaga cashmere jumper [in khaki], an Altuzzara skirt [also khaki; in fringey jersey] - he [Joseph Altuzzara] is a friend, I was working with him before; Chloe boots [black ankle boot style, chunky heel], and this necklace [a double gold chain with a gold signet ring pendant], is Margiela; I bought it for my Mum.
GD: Ha ha, didn't you give it to your Mum then?
JRR: Yes, but then I needed some more things to wear, so I asked if she had any jewellery I could borrow.
GD: We're all jealous that you get to steal clothes from your mother's wardrobe - it must be amazing.
JRR: Yes, but she's a different shoe size to me - I'm one size bigger. [she looks heartbroken]
GD: We couldn't help but notice that you and your bro [Vladimir] are on this year's Vanity Fair's Best Dressed - and your mum isn't! Did you tease her?
JRR: No! [smiles] But that was a family thing, more of a family thing...
GD: Favourite piece from the Faster line?
JRR: I'm really a dresses girl, so a basic black dress. But I do love this new colour [aubergine].
GD: If you're a 'dresses girl', what are you going to do next season? It's aaall about trousers for A/W '10!
JRR: I know! Well, I never had a trousers body. I don't have any trousers. Well, I have two pairs of jeans, and one pair of leather pants. I do wear shorts, denim shorts. But I never really follow trends, so I don't really feel affected. So I just stay true to myself.
Take it from Grazia Daily, staying true to herself seems to be working...
Check back tomorrow for our interview with Mark Fast himself!