Navigating The New Year In Style With Julia Restoin Roitfeld | Clozette

We can all admit that when it comes to elegance and chicness, we look to French women for inspiration. They have this certain je ne sais quoi that compels people to pay attention — but with minimal to no effort at all. And so when we had the chance to get tips from French creative consultant Julia Restoin Roitfeld, who is the new face of APM Monaco, we grabbed it — along with the many style nuggets we'll make sure to use for navigating our lives this year.

Julia wearing some pieces from APM Monaco

What were the highlights of your 2018?

I felt that 2018 was a great transition year in many aspects for me, both personally and professionally. Firstly I moved again, which is always an exciting thing for me, and I have also started to work on my own brand hoping to launch it in 2019. Going to Australia on a road trip to celebrate the New Year was also a great way to end 2018.

How do you best describe your job to someone?

I like to describe it as a Fashion Creative Consultant. I think because I also do modelling jobs, people often forget that I am also a creative person. I studied at the Parsons School of Design and my very first job was in an Advertising Agency before even modelling and working as a freelance consultant.

What's a typical day like for you? What areas would you like to change this year?

I wake up pretty early to get my daughter ready for school and drive her there in the morning before I can start anything else. Then it depends on my schedule. I try to start with going to the gym right after to get some endorphins to get the day started. I usually work from home until she gets back from school. Travelling so much for work, I like to stay home and be with my daughter as much as possible when back in New York. I actually don’t go out that much and try to keep my night outs for quality [time] out with friends, which is hard. I am still trying to find the perfect way to be as efficient as possible with work while being present as much as possible for my daughter, which is not always easy as a single mother but I think there is no perfect way!

What's your theme/biggest goal for this year?

I am really hoping to launch my new brand before next Fall.

What inspirations are you looking at when it comes to style for the upcoming year?

To be honest I think my style remains the same years after years. I never look at what's trendy or what we are “meant to wear” for the next season really. I like to stay true to myself.

When you look at photos of me from 10 or 20 years ago, my style really hasn’t changed much — a lot of black, navy and leopard print, simple denim and army coats, little black dress and stilettos. I think my style will now remain the same. I know it's what people expect but I think after a while you start to know what looks good or not on you and what fits you! So [it's] easier to keep the same! [In] the end, it becomes your own signature or uniform.

What is your biggest advice for refreshing your style for the new year?

In the end, I always end up buying the same, hahaha, just different versions. A new pair of stilettos, a new black coat, a new leather skirt… just to refresh a bit. I think [for] me, to refresh the look is more in feeling good [on] the inside. Refreshing my appearance with a new work out routine or new healthy diet, etc.

If there's one fashion item you'll wear to death this year, what is it and why?

I've been wearing my Max Mara Leopard Print Teddy Coat quite a LOT so far this winter and will probably [wear it] till the end. It's warm enough for New York winters and goes with everything. And [it's] just so comfortable and snuggly. 

What trends from 2018 are you bringing to 2019? What trends do you think will emerge?

As I said, I don’t follow trends. I have absolutely no idea what trends are. It's not really a world part of my vocabulary.

What's your accessorising philosophy for this year (and beyond)?

Less is more. Always. The less I own, the most simpler I am dressed, the happier I am.

What can we expect from you this year?

I am planning to develop more my current website, as well as a new website and brand.



Layered fashion can be hard especially since you're not just dressing for style but also for protection against the skin-biting weather. But hey, who's to say you have to compromise looking great while cosying up to a layer of three or more pieces in one ensemble? Take your cue from these Clozetters as they show you how to ace your chilly weather style. 

Cosy in the cold

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Caught in the Monday madness? We're here to offer a little distraction. From Kate Spade changing their logo to Hedi Slimane's CELINE debuting at Paris Fashion Week, relax, breathe and give our Insider Roundup a scroll to indulge in some news that will ease the early week tension. 

Kate Spade teases logo change

Following the wave of labels changing logos last year, Kate Spade teased that a full alteration is also coming their way before the end of January. The previous logo presented in either black or gold containing the brand name and spade symbol is now reinvented with pink and green hues called "pink kiss" and "clover" respectively and is slated to grace the new line of collections that will be launched before the month ends. From the looks of the comments, people are giving mixed reactions towards this change, but only when their new releases come along will there be a final call if the rebrand is a success. 

"World's Cutest Dog" passes away

Last weekend, the world mourned as Boo, dubbed the "World's Cutest Dog," passed away. According to his owner, the famous Pomeranian died of a broken heart following the death of his best friend and fellow Insta-famous pupper Buddy. Rest in peace, little fella! You and Buddy enjoy doggy heaven, okay?

Black, white and gold gowns graced the Producers Guild Awards red carpet

One of the things that we absolutely adore during awards season is seeing a lot of gorgeous looks on the red carpet. And this weekend, we saw a wide array of elegant gowns in black, white and gold worn by some of our favourites at the Producers Guild Awards. Our top looks include Kate Beckinsale wearing Yanina Couture, Constance Wu in J Mendel and Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton.

Toni Gonzaga launches YouTube channel

Filipino celebrity and multimedia personality Toni Gonzaga officially launches a vlogging channel on YouTube in celebration of her 35th birthday. Upon uploading her first video yesterday, Toni's channel already garnered 47k subscribers but the number is expected to rise as she uploads more candid videos on the platform. It's safe to assume that this move was inspired by her sister and fellow TV personality Alex Gonzaga, who first launched a channel on the platform July 2017. 

CELINE debuts menswear line courtesy of Hedi Slimane

It's been almost a year since Hedi Slimane replaced Phoebe Philo as CELINE's Creative Director but people are still not over the major changes he brought to the brand. Debuting the label's first ever menswear show at Paris Fashion Week last Sunday, the collection aimed to channel a crisp 'retro rock star chic' vibe but was called underwhelming and predictable by many Philo fans and fashion critics. So we ask: how are you finding Hedi Slimane's CELINE so far?

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