Thursday, June 26, 2008

Rendez-Vous Interview with Urban Outfitters


Who is the quintessential Rendez-Vous girl? You've said she's a "modern mademoiselle"...
She is youthful, feminine, and sexy and has a great sense of style and is interested in expressing herself as an individual.

What were your inspirations for the pieces?
It's a city-inspired collection — stylish with a fresh essence of schoolgirl styling — made for a fresh, young and feminine urban girl.

Tell us how this collaboration came about.
Due to the success of Paul & Joe® Sister at Urban Outfitters in Europe, they contacted us to develop a line exclusively for Urban Outfitters in the United States. Being complementary to each other we create a great mix with the French Parisian touch and the fresh American appeal.

How did you choose the name Rendez-Vous for this line? Is it a nod to relationships, nightlife or... ?

It's a nod to what's most important in life — sharing. When you have a rendezvous, you want to look your best. Whether it's drinks with girlfriends, work, or a date, you're sharing your time and energy with people who are important to you, and your outfit reflects that.

How did you go about bringing the Paul & Joe Sister girl and the Urban Outfitters girl together for this line?
The two "mademoiselles" co-exist and even mélange and swap styles to create a unique way of dressing.

Anything new on the horizon that we should know about?

There's a special collaboration between Paul & Joe and Parisian couturier Pierre Cardin; and the launch of a Paul & Joe music compilation.

Do you have any favorite up-and-coming or new young designers?
Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy.

Do you have any advice for young designers?
Be open-minded and take chances. You never know where they might lead.

Fave things to do in Paris?
Shop at flea markets, organize brunches with my best friends at home, shop for vinyl and watches, work out at the gym at Hotel Costes, and mix music for parties with friends.

Who are you wearing now?
Paul & Joe, Hermés, Balenciaga, Lanvin and Pierre Cardin.

What's on your iPod right now?
Betty Davis, Anti Love Song
Aretha Franklin, Rock Steady
Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, Tramp
David Bowie, Life on Mars
Jamiroquai, Tallulah
Curtis Mayfield & Loleatta Holloway,
Between You Baby and Me
Frankie Valli, Beggin'
Gladys Knight, Who Is She and
What Is She to You
Duffy, Stepping Stone
Willie Hutch, The Way We Were

(Via Urban Outfitters)

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