Camille Seydoux is too cool.
Credentials: She can swear in multiple languages. She lives in Le Marais. She’s on a first-name basis with Miuccia Prada. And—the one you probably knew—she styles her sister, the movie star Léa Seydoux, in all of her red carpet glory.
Now the Parisian is en Amerique for a whirlwind tour to debut her new capsule collection, Prismick Denim x Roger Vivier, the trusty (and trusted) French label. She showed us her jean patchwork platforms and coordinating clutches. Then she whipped out her pièce de résistance—a matching backpack with black leather trim—and we almost snatched it from her freshly manicured hands. (Black nails. Chanel, of course.)
Alas, Leandra Medine beat us to it. But at least Camille stuck around for some questions.
Roger Vivier’s shoes are iconic—and so traditional. How did you convince them to mix things up?
Very carefully, I guess! They called me and said, “Camille, can you do a collaboration with us?” I’d never done anything like that before—only in my dreams—so of course, I was like, “yes, yes, yes!” Actually, truthfully, I said, “Uh, okay,” because I was kind of nervous, and I didn’t believe it was real. I was like, “Do you mean this is a true collaboration? Can I do whatever I want?” And they were like, “Of course, but you have to respect the codes of the house.”
Really, it just means, “make great shoes.” They let me do it my own way. When I asked, “Can we do a denim collection?” they said, “Great! Oui!“
In American high school, patching your own jeans is a huge deal; kind of a rite of passage. Is it the same in France?
Eh. We’re not that fun. [Laughing.] When I was in school, I was really into 7 for All Mankind jeans. That was the thing. But I wouldn’t cut them up, because they were important [to me]. Even now, when I showed the Roger Vivier team my ideas, I didn’t cut up actual jeans, I just made them a mood board. I try not to cut up clothes—things can go wrong. [Laughing.]
As a stylist, you’re used to being behind-the-scenes. But Roger Vivier made you be in a commercial. How was that?
Insane. They put me in this little film with a French actress named Lola Le Lann. She’s 19; can you believe it?! And look at her, she’s so beautiful. When I showed up on set to film with her, I couldn’t stop laughing. And the best part is, my best friend [actress and director Lubna Playoust] is in it, too, because I made her come with me!
Are you sick of getting questions about “effortless French style?”
Well the real problem is, Parisian girls are obsessed with New York style.Obsessed. We think you are so cool. To us, you are the coolest girls in the world. And you don’t even know it.
What do Parisian girls think is so cool about us?
Oh, we are obsessed, obsessed, obsessed with Carrie Bradshaw.
Still. She’s an icon in Paris.
But ‘Sex and the City’ was like, over 10 years ago.
Yeah, but you guys keep talking about Brigitte Bardot and Françoise Hardy and we’re like, really? Still? You guys need to catch up. So I think it’s the same.
Okay, why should Carrie Bradshaw stay on our mood boards?
She’s so cool. For us, Carrie represents how the New York woman embraces herself. She has fun, she makes mistakes but she’s always being herself, which we love. And she has an amazing shoe collection.
What did Parisian girls think of Carrie Bradshaw’s epic fail in France?
Oh, we loved it. And it wasn’t her fault she was heartbroken! It’s so clear that she’s in Paris because she’s, like, obsessed with this idea of love but it’s just not working out for her. She has so much faith in love, and it isn’t reality for her yet. When she’s sitting in Ladurée with all of those desserts?
And the dog?
Yeah! That’s my favorite scene. It’s funny but it’s so sad. And with her Louboutin shoes on! It’s so good.
You’re in a room full of cool New York girls—and all of us are wearing flat boots or Stan Smiths. Are you disappointed?
No, because when American girls go out, you play the game. You all have the most amazing shoe game. You’re all Carries, kind of.
Would Carrie wear your Roger Vivier shoes?
Oh yeah. I thought of her for sure.
We saw you at some of the collections in Paris. Did you have a favorite show?
Miu Miu. They did some denim, so I’m already planning on wearing it. And you know what? I feel like my style is a mix of French and New Yorker. I think I have more fun than Parisians. But in the same way, I’ve got the French… I don’t know, the French je ne sais quoi! Does that make sense?
Oui! But are you disillusioned with New York girls now that you’ve met so many of us?
No, New York girls are still super cool! But so are French girls. The world is a big place. We can all take inspiration from each other and people we love. But I would tell you, don’t give up on Carrie Bradshaw! She’s still a hero!