melanie huynh

Tell me what brought you to your profession as a stylist?
it goes back to early childhood, when we had dolls, I used to sew clothes for them, they were my little supermodels. When I was older, I spent all my pocket money in fashion magazines, then all my babysitting money. I have the memory of that wallpaper with bell girls, I had completely covered it with pages cut out in vogue, in max... there are those hours spent also in the darkroom of my photographer father-in-law who gave me the love of the photo print, of the image taken and then revealed. my studies in fashion ended with several internships, the last one at vogue was the revelation and the chance of my life. i was hired and have worked with talented people like tom pecheux and my mentor carine roitfeld ...

what feeds your style, what is the source of your inspiration in the way you dress every day?
i can't spend my life surrounded by the world of fashion and trends without obviously being influenced by them. I make sure that I re-appropriate them in my own way, that I bring a personal touch, like the leopard print, one of my favourites. inspiration is everywhere, you always have to look around you, I spend a lot of time in exhibitions, observing the architectural lines of cities, listening to music in order to open up new territories. the street is also an inexhaustible source of ideas, women are incredibly ingenious. being French is also a form of requirement, knowing how to manage chic with that slightly offbeat touch that characterizes us. in the end, whatever happens, you have to be yourself, adopt a free style, never succumb to the caricature of fashion that disguises instead of embellishes.

who are the people who are references for you in your profession?
i guess i won't be the only one to mention yves saint-laurent, christobal balenciaga, alaia, martin margiela or helmut lang, they are wonderful fashion monsters, each of them in their own way, each of them has been able to claim their own biases, to expose their vision and impose it only by the force of their talent. there are also photographers who are landmarks such as newton, bourdin, teller. i'm thinking again of carine roitfeld of course, she is for me a true embodiment of fashion, her passion is communicative, her status as a reference has never prevented her from showing kindness to those who work with her. she taught me everything about fashion but also about how to lead a life.

what compliment would you like to hear where to hear again in your profession?
simply "i'd like to work with you again". we're never as strong as when we work together, i don't do things alone, beautiful series are the result of teamwork, of the interaction of several people who are united around a subject.
I'm very sensitive to energies, I like the idea that I'm part of a project, that I bring my own to it but it has to circulate with others.

the city or destination that inspires you or resembles you?
it's very difficult to choose, I like so many places, I have a globe-trotting soul and even more a problem of fidgets. i love hong kong and tokyo, i'm obviously very attracted by asia, by its sense of aesthetics, its gastronomy, the way people are over there... honestly i'm fine wherever my suitcases land, as long as it's not too cold anyway!
"Inspiration is everywhere, you always have to look around you, I spend a lot of time in exhibitions, observing the architectural lines of cities, listening to music in order to open up new territories. »
how would you define your way of being and living?
i live passionately, i would like to try new things all the time, not to miss anything, to see everything. i am insatiable. it can be a bit tiring, for others more than for myself certainly. so i fill up my days far too much. life is a delicacy, i will never be satiated. Despite my speed, I still try to keep strong points of reference, very simple moments with my family and my children, during which I recharge. do

you have any rituals in life?
sport comes to mind first, because it structures my days, it's the condition of my well-being. I was saying earlier that I'm always doing a thousand activities in a day, it also forces me to be very organised, I like things to be in their place, it allows me to be more efficient, so tidying up can be one of my rituals. The more literal meaning of the word ritual makes me think of my buddhas in front of whom I try to spend a few quiet minutes a day. And if I think of le gramme, I would say that I can't go out without my jewellery, I've already gone back home to get it because I was - as I often do - gone much too fast!
"Sport comes to mind first, because it structures my days, it's the condition of my well-being. »
the style that annoys you?
objectively, no style annoys me, I don't judge, everyone is free to dress as they wish. beyond style, there is the way of being, you can dress like a queen, if you don't have respect for others, for manners, then you lose the main thing: elegance.

a favourite place where you usually find yourself?
i fully assume my right bank side! most of the time i'm at the office on the 8th floor, i go back and forth from there. i often have lunch next door on the avenue or at hanawa's.

your favourite object? how much does it weigh?
my favourite object weighs absolutely nothing because it's a smell. i only take drugs with the scent of orange blossom, which i buy in all its forms and in a wide variety of brands.

what's important in your life?
the family, of course. without the family, you're nothing, what you do loses all its meaning. I'm thinking in particular of my husband who's my guardian angel, and of my lifelong partner, my sister.

your objectsle gramme, what are they and how do you wear them? what attracts you to le grammeme?
i have the gold onecable. i wear it in accumulation with other bracelets from cartier. i'm also a fan of the 1 gram rings. le grammethese rings so thin that they look like gold or diamond threads.

if le grammewas a garment?
slim jeans, a second skin unisex and indispensable.
"My favourite object weighs absolutely nothing because it's a smell. I'm only addicted to the scent of orange blossom, which I buy in all its forms and in a wide variety of brands. »
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