Meet our Art Director

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I caught up with this beautiful lady to find out what she’s inspired by right now as she moves into her new role of Art Director. She’s the lovely lady that works in our studio creating, along with the associate stylists, the beautiful looks on our web. She also comes up with some of the catalog concepts along with our creative director.

Her knowledge and vision, mixed with her exquisite taste are pretty inspiring.

What has been your most memorable fashion moment and why?

 I think the most memorable moment related to FP and fashion has do to w/ a shoot we did in Morocco last year. We drove 13 hrs into the Sahara desert, about 3 km from the border of Algeria- and stayed with a Bedouin tribe in tents in the dunes. The first night was unbearably warm , so the team decided to pull our mattresses out of our tents and sleep under the stars for the remainder of the trip. Our Norwegian photographer and Swedish model sang us Scandinavian lullabies, and our hairstylist told us stories that made us laugh so hard we cried. We slept like starfish with our heads together and our feet pointed outward. All beneath the Saharan moonlight - the whole thing was pretty surreal and magical.  Doing cannon balls off of sand dunes wasn’t so bad either.

 When are you happiest?

 I think there are so many different kinds of happiness - I am the happiest when I arrive in a new country or city I’ve never been to before- I find newness/ new experiences completely exhilarating.

I am happiest when I am filled with hope and anticipation about a new project - I’m a total Pisces, always dreaming about what’s to come.

I am happiest when I find a new book that I can’t put down.

I am happiest in Paris.

 What is the one habit you just can’t break?

 It’s not a habit, but every time I travel the contents of my toiletries bag spill all over the place. I am a total klutz- an unbreakable habit. No matter how tight I close the lids of my makeup, shampoo, etc – they will find a way to open. I am undeniably prone to spills and stains.

 Who are your style influences and why?

 I think my personal style is very different than the style I am attracted to…  Anita Pallenberg, Mick Jagger, Zelda Fitzgerald, Brigitte Bardot, Ingrid Bergman, Marianne Faithful, Bob Dylan, Lauren Hutton, Kate Moss, Katherine Hepburn are all people whose style I am so inspired by - but don’t necessarily try to adapt for myself.  I also love the instant gratification of street style blogs - I’ve had many mornings when I’ve had a difficult time getting dressed, checked out some blogs, and completely reinterpreted (knocked off) someone else’s awesome outfit. Like instructions on a lazy day.

 What are you currently obsessed with?

 I am taking French lessons through Skype - no excuses to not show up for lessons!

The Hunger Games trilogy, a young adult series recommended by a friend this weekend. Kind of a speed reading nerd, I read two of the series in one day.

Photography by a friend, David Bellemere. His work is rich,  architectural, sexy and totally inspiring- Hoping  FP will be working with him soon!

 The last movie I watched was…

 Last weekend I went to my friends new apt in Brooklyn and  watched a film called Micmacs by Jean Pierre Jeunet. We ate gummy bears and peanut butter m&ms at 10 am and watched the movie.  It was kooky and fantastical.

 My favorite food is…

 I think the ritual I am most in love with is a coffee first thing in the morning, though not necessarily any food in particular.

 My biggest indulgence in life is…

  Facials! I love them.

  My wardrobe consists of…

 My style is simple but romantic- high-waisted trousers, lots of silk and chiffon, menswear, vintage, and some core pieces I wear all the time.  I am definitely a proponent of investing in items you think you will wear forever. I am curvy, and I definitely tailor my style to what works for my body shape- I think that’s a huge part of feeling confident in your style… Knowing what works, what doesn’t, and embracing that! ( Easier said than done, I know, especially when you fall in love with a style or silhouette that isn’t the best for your shape.)

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Comments

Kera -April 28, 2011, 3:31PM

She comes into the starbucks I work at, I felt like I saw a celebrity the first time she came in, since I see her on the website all the time. So cool!

Monie -April 28, 2011, 3:59PM

I’m loving the layer of necklaces.

Ellie Aret -April 28, 2011, 4:17PM

I am in love with the shade of blue of that dress, it is stunning. I personally am avid about accessories and the way that look is pulled together is completely brill. I can see some of the Katherine Hepburn inspiration, she is one of my film favorites, and her voice is unforgettable. I wonder what your go to facial is; any chance you’ll spill the beans?

el -April 28, 2011, 4:33PM

Curvy? Yeah right! She looks like the free people models, tall and slender, no curves.

Lauren -April 28, 2011, 4:35PM

She is gorgeous! I love find out about the amazing people that are within FP, all of you are so inspiring to us fashion students.

Laurenlovestoshare

fp jemma -April 28, 2011, 4:38PM

Hey Ellie

she replied to your questions, this is what she said;

“I am not particular to a specific type of facial- but i prefer to try to stick to those that use all natural products;)”

Laura -April 28, 2011, 8:44PM

this is such a beautiful interview

Jessica -April 29, 2011, 4:31AM

i’d die happy in that dress. where can i get it?

melissa -April 29, 2011, 8:55AM

this is wonderful. can’t get over that first answer.

Lisa Maria -April 29, 2011, 12:18PM

I love her description of “when i’m happiest” – I, too, am a total pisces! Congrats on the new position!

cassie -April 29, 2011, 1:22PM

El I agree. She does not know what curvy really is!

Rosa -April 29, 2011, 2:45PM

Woah I want this girl’s life. Too cool. The Morocco shoot sounds amazing!

ellie aret -April 29, 2011, 5:04PM

Thanks for responding, I appreciate it, such a big fan of FP.

Fp jemma -April 29, 2011, 5:20PM

Hey Jessica

Her dress is vintage but we have one similar here -

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses/vibrations-kaftan/

The colour is amazing!! xoxo

rachel -May 3, 2011, 12:31AM

i swear that is the same dress i got at anthro. if not, then anthro copied it (cause it’s beautiful)!! anyway i couldn’t find it on their website, but i bought it back in early march so it may be gone… i’d still keep your eyes peeled, though!

Sammi Sherdel -April 12, 2014, 1:04AM

I would love to meet with her and discuss working together on some ads and look book imagery.

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