Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Style Profile…. Victoire Chopinaud

Current profession?


I’m currently studying at l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, the fashion school in Paris where “masters” such as YSL, Dior and Vionnet came before me. They’ve taught me that it’s not just about fashion… it’s about style, attitude, and character.


I’ve finally learned to embrace color thanks to my travels to Italy, my textile studies, and my work with Proenza Schouler in New York. I used to wear only black!


Do you find inspiration in any heirloom pieces?


I recently discovered fabric samples that had been used for one of my grandmother’s coats- black velvet with golden embroidery and pearls… It’s so precious, I can’t wait to re-use it!


Also, this half-season coat from my mum with a black and grey “pied-de-poule” pattern.


What would you consider your uniform?


My day-to-day warrior outfit includes a very well fitting pair of black skinny jeans, a light blue men’s shirt, and a black leather perfecto; you can always create a contrast with these pieces!


Favorite men’s shirt?


Button downs are better when they smell like and belong to a boyfriend.  I have this perfect faded army shirt by Arrow and a bunch from YSL, Dior Homme and The Kooples.  I wear them the ‘French way’ (aka no bra) mixing cologne from a boyfriend with Chance by Chanel, a scent I’ve been loyal to since I was 15 years old. Obviously men’s shirts are quite an intimate subject for me…


When do you experiment with your look the most?


Childhood was my experimental time, convincing my mum to let me wear combinations like bright red Doc Martens with baggy silk khaki trousers!


Do you dress for travel?


I like to dress up because it’s rather obsolete these days.

It feels good to wear heels with a high waist pencil skirt and long gloves, reminding me of the 1950s when Haute Couture would impose a “travel coat”, “travel suiting”, and “travel pajama”. I also pay attention to this when I go to a museum; making an effort to contemplate art.


Which publications keep your mind going?


Le Monde and The Economist for politics, Numero for contemporary art features, WAD for its misfit approach, and any French Vogue under the Roitfeld reign!


Are you athletic?


Winston Churchill famously said “No Sports” when asked about his health secret. I suppose I’m a bit “Churchillienne” with sports!


Never caught wearing?


Flip-flops, crocs, or loafers!


Whose style has influenced your own?


After working with Victoria Traina, I’ll always admire the way she looks and the eyes she attracts when entering a room.


Most memorable gift?


I’m really keen on the Paris-based brand The Kooples, and their magazine which features interviews with couples. One time an old boyfriend sent me a copy, it was complete with a fake interview featuring us! I often gift medals from a ‘Miraculous Chapel’ in Paris to those I feel connected to in some way.


Heels or flats?


I wear heels everyday for the allure and attitude it brings me. I always have a pair on hand, even if I know I won’t need them!  My favorites are Nicholas Kirkwood, Proenza Schouler and Walter Steiger.


Most stylish city?


Apologies to Paris and NYC, but I’m in love with Rome!  Rome blows me away with its radiance, its chaos, and the art at your disposal along the ambient streets… the whole place makes me feel at home!


What advice have you actually listened to?


I keep in mind Chanel’s advice not to exceed 3 colors in one outfit.


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  1. comme fraiche

    February 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    a chic casual look

  2. FashionUm

    February 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    um…great photo and great interview, thx Sarto !
    Show Your Outfit!

  3. Elena

    February 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Good interview! Interesting!

  4. Nicole

    February 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I am adoring the set-up/questions for these Style Profile features.

    I love it because it tells their story but at the same time the answers are perfectly expected based upon their style personality (inferred from their clothes, demeanor, make up, hair and accessories in pictures). :)

  5. Savannah Marie

    February 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    GASP! That fur! Amazing!
    Have a beautiful day!
    Savannah Marie

  6. Paola

    February 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I agree, a maximum of 3 colours in an outfit (hence no-no to massive colour blocking mania!).

    Perhaps London has done this to me through the years… who knows what would happen if I were to move to a brighter and warmer city.


  7. montes Y mills

    February 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I love that she loves ROme!!!!

    The 3 color rule is one to live by as well!!

    montes Y mills

  8. Stylosophism

    February 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Her expression is breathtaking (her fur too)

  9. GiuliaC

    February 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Great interview…and great her!!!!! Amazing coat :)

  10. fashionisable

    February 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  11. Leira Zetroc

    February 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    She has very alluring responses…a lot of charm!

  12. Zizi

    February 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Love the fur, shoes and ofcource the picture!

    Zizi from:

  13. Becky 2012

    February 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Fantastic picture and Interview. J’adore a lot!

  14. Marcel Da Chump

    February 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Her choice of jeans, in the initial post, made me think she was a student of fashion. It’s well thought-out, researched even. And she just oozes a cerebral intensity.

  15. Boxer's Adventures

    February 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    How lovely and refreshing of her…

  16. Aga's suitcase

    February 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I’m so envious about the place she is studying, lucky one:-)
    I love her look, perfect mix of colors. My favourite piece is her vest.
    Hugs from Barcelona

  17. Nane

    February 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    so stylish but, speaking as french, french girls should understand that fashion it’s not all about france. and this “french only” way is actually limiting them and make them look outdated.
    check also japanese, italian, american brands and mix them up!

  18. Kate

    February 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Great interview and adore that outfit. It takes some guts to throw that blue fur/feather jacket over a pair of jeans…


  19. princessglee

    February 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Yes, just the right amount of depth–not too serious and not too flippant.

  20. Madara

    February 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Very inspiring interview, I even checked out the school where she is learning… hmmm maybe I should go there for some summer courses..
    Plus once again love her coat in this photo!

  21. Lydia

    February 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    She is gorgeous. This outfit is blowing my mind. I love these interviews you’ve been doing!!! Even if I don’t agree with everything the subjects say, they’re always inspiring.

    Men’s button down with no bra? Must try.

  22. casey adams

    February 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

  23. The Girl

    February 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Beautiful outfit and picture. She certainly does the 3 colours well!

  24. Brigadeiro

    February 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Love her outfit, and take on style! The layering of proportions and textures whilst sticking to her 3-colour rule looks so effortless and gorgeous!


  25. ClaraAnne

    February 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    What I’d love to know is where that gorgeous coat came from! The interview was a great read, it seems that Parisiens inevitably prefer another great city.

  26. patrycja2407

    February 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    She has wonderful fur!
    Great connection

  27. Bohemian Style

    February 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Love the blue fur!

  28. ADJ

    February 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    She better work those boots. The blue fur I can live without…

  29. Oceana

    February 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Love, love, love the faux fur!

    Also I don’t think the 3 color rule, which I adhere to as well, precludes color blocking. You just have to do it judiciously with panache.

  30. cakescookiesandcardigans

    February 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    the fur coat says it all. so major.

  31. Très Awesome

    February 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Love the fur!

    Très Awesome – Chicago Street Style

  32. yv

    February 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    plz do more of these!

  33. Steph

    February 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Inspiring interview! She’s such an interesting character


  34. Dsd

    February 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Nothing wrong with all black.

  35. Janet

    February 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    One of my favorite interviews you have done to date. Thank-you!

  36. monkeyshines

    February 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    stunning fur!


  37. Mike @TheIronYou

    February 2, 2012 at 1:48 am

    She’s really stylish!

  38. TeMo

    February 2, 2012 at 1:56 am

    What a wonderfu stylish and smart woman! I cannot wait to see what she creates as a designer.

    And I hear on Rome! I have to say I love NYC (home!) and I love Paris (song) but the first time I went to Rome, I was blown away!

    As Audrey Hepburn says in Roman Holiday: “Rome. By all means, Rome!”

  39. Mala

    February 2, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Gosh! I love her red boots, her fur coat and her glasses. So chic! And yes she’s also gorgeous. I really wanna go to Milan or Rome to see the fashion :’(

  40. At Number 27

    February 2, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Wonderful profile! A very interesting read that I gained some advice from. Thank you.

    At Number 27


    February 2, 2012 at 2:27 am

    This is my FAVORITE style profile you have done. I can really relate to it because, since I live in Paris, I was thinking about attending the Ecole de la chambre syndicale de la couture !
    Thnk you for that cool interview :)

  42. jennifer defrancisco

    February 2, 2012 at 2:34 am

    amazing fur…so dressy, yet casual.

  43. Anna

    February 2, 2012 at 5:27 am

    wow, this girl seems really confident! I like her and I’m affraid I’m a little “Churchillienne” too…

  44. joyanu

    February 2, 2012 at 6:50 am

    good job and nice style

  45. Simone

    February 2, 2012 at 6:51 am


  46. g.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:13 am

    AWWWW! But somebody could tell me the brands: glasses (!!), jeans, shoes (!!!!) ?

  47. couturecoco

    February 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I LOVE her look and this is a GREAT interview! Thank you.

  48. kate

    February 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I’m so glad you’ve been doing more style profiles lately! It’s interesting to hear different takes on style – especially from people who are in the industry.

    I love what she says about dressing up for traveling. It definitely evokes a different time, but in the best possible way!

  49. Jerri Mokgofe

    February 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Gurl can we have a conversation about that Chinchilla FEROSH! Loves-It!!!

  50. Sally

    February 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I definitely identify with her response about experimenting in childhood… I wore print-on-print and experimented with singular and multiples in necklaces during my elementary years. What an interesting and respectable woman, thanks for the piece!

  51. kristina

    February 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    great feature – lovely fur and boots!
    xx, k

  52. anonymous

    February 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I love this interview, she gives advice as well as just interesting bits of information. I didn’t know about the 3 colour rule.

  53. SummerPine

    February 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Such great personality to the photo and a lovely interview. thank you!

  54. Meredith

    February 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I like the color she has used in her outfit in a vibrant and unexpected way. I like her comment about “style, attitude, and character”. I agree.

    - Meredith

  55. Stefanie Grace

    February 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Love everything about this!

  56. Calvin

    February 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Nice profile, it’s just too bad that a student at l’école de la chambre syndicale de la Couture should be so keen on a brand such as The Kooples.
    It’s merely a marketing driven brand offering an easy standard range of clothes copying Hedi Slimane’s style when he was at Dior.
    Not much of style there.
    I’m certain her taste will change with her school!

  57. Laura

    February 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Amazing shot! She has amazing style :)


  58. Emilie

    February 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Bisou

  59. Ría

    February 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

  60. MonsieurMauro

    February 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I love her fur coat! :)


  61. KTOJ

    February 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    The shoes, regardless of the jacket she’s wearing , makes the picture. Regardless of anything you always look at the shoe first….

  62. pipsqueak

    February 5, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Her facial expression reminds me of a young Jane Birkin, though Birkin was more waiflike physically.

  63. Little Red Book

    February 5, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Incredible jacket, she has great style.

  64. felicia

    February 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    With her bone structure she could wear anything.

  65. kasia

    February 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    LOVE the fur? Really? Agreed, she is gorgeous, but that’s real fur you guys!!!! That’s totally not ok.

  66. Ansony

    February 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Love that girl and even I love Kooples!!!!!!

  67. 6eo

    February 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    “masters” such as YSL, Dior and Vionnet are indeed graduates from the chambre syndicale….60 years ago…anybody graduating recently worth mentioning? judging by this current students love for low rent high street brands one has to wonder….

  68. Victoire Chopinaud

    February 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Hi all,

    Thank you so much for the enthusiastic reaction! I’m very flattered and glad you like it!
    For the most bitter, i’ll just remember you to read again the questions before going further in the personal analysis of my answers!
    For the most pointed, here are the brands: shoes and jeans from Zara, white silk top from Massimo Dutti, Cashmere light sweater vintage from the mum, glasses from Paul & Joe and this fur inverted cape is from me. The drawing I made was actually selected in a contest organized last year by the French Federation of Fur. By winning, i had the opportunity to learn the job of a fur maker and realize my piece in collaboration with a fur atelier in Paris. It’s made of blue tinted fox and black shaved rabbit. It will be sold in Paris soon!
    Kindly regards,


  69. Amanda

    February 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Great interview. Love her fur and expression!

  70. Geraldine

    February 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Love the fur !!
    and the quote from chanel.

  71. Ellens tankar om mode

    February 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Those boots are awesome!

  72. Kit

    February 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Such an incredible interview. Such a fabulous school! Would love to attend!

    I would love love love to purchase the fur!
    Pls email me details!

    K x

  73. Mens Tie

    February 8, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Ultimate current trend in fashion is the leggings mainly preferred by men and women.

  74. Noelle

    August 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Great boots.


  75. Jami

    November 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    A good friend of mine just clued me in on your amazing photographs & this fantastic website….LOVE LOVE LOVE!


  76. bighello

    April 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

    an awesome blog post !

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