Honestly, before reading Porter I never really knew who Caroline de Maigret was. I have always admired her style and kept her close to my mood board. To me, she is one of those women whom exudes confidence through photo and shows complete power through her taste and posture. I have always had the feeling that she was the successful type and she is. Caroline de Maigret is a music producer, a Chanel muse, model, record owner and mother. Wow. I love women whom know and feel they can do it all.
Alice Cavanagh, the woman who wrote about Caroline's stylish life truly excited me with her descriptive words to depict the Parisienne's every move and mannerism. The way Caroline moved about her apartment--every move remaining natural and elegant--is something young bloggers try to mimic in their photos. It was as though I was reading a story book or novel about some character I have always wanted to be.
"In person, de Maigret is striking. She is tall and leggy and moves elegantly about the room--reclining one minute on the sofa, then dashing off to rummage through her extensive closet, returning with some of her favourite pieces."
I too sometimes wonder if I have movements and mannerisms that seem cool and natural. If so I wonder has anyone noticed them and sort of chuckled under their breath in fondness when I did them.
I also liked the way Caroline depicted her style. The way she spoke about the items she loved and why she chose to wear them. She understands the purpose clothing has in her life and how it symbolizes the woman she is and wants to be.
"She proffers items as varied as a beat-up leather jacket, a pair of sneakers and some Fendi heels. Although at ease in Chanel, her daily uniform is more dégagé: jeans, sneakers and T-shirt, including pieces from Poupaud's (her husband) wardrobe. 'I take his jackets and blazers and he takes my stuff--my tops, not my skirts.' she says with a laugh."
Most of the time, when you see Caroline out, she dresses up with a statement blazer or a pair of heels but rarely both. "I'm a bit lazy with fashion. I have a tendency to feel overdressed, so I only usually wear one, 'strong' piece in my outfit and the rest is more relaxed." Her style can be described as grungy and chic, something I hope most of my followers notice through my blogposts and images of myself. Of course with the only difference being, I am not lazy about fashion. I like dressing up and knowing that there are so many combinations even though the combination reads, statement all over. But like de Maigret I do not like the feeling of being overdressed and I believe being overdressed is more of a feeling rather than a 'look'.
"I still model, but it's much more fun now because my mind is taken with other things. Modelling is quite a passive job. You wait for people to ask you to do things. I like now that when I have an idea, I just do it."
There is so much to be learnt of this woman. The interview and coverage with Porter was just the tip of the iceberg and I hope to embrace her knowledge and perseverance, and use it to guide my way through the industry. Sometimes a style muse is not solely about an outfit. It is about the stylish woman wearing the outfit. Caroline de Maigret.
PHOTOS VIA PORTER MAGAZINE, THE COVETEUR & TUMBLR.