French fashion blogger, illustrator, photographer, stylist and CFDA award winner Garance Dore has landed in Dallas. It is her first trip to Texas, in fact. So of course we had to ask: What does she think about Texas and our style?
“I think they are very fashionable and well put together,” says Dore, who is here for a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus NorthPark October 25. “Dallas seems like a very nice city to live in, and people are very happy to be here. The lifestyle must be very good and sweet. And, the food is delicious!”
Dore says she’s very curious to see how people “live” fashion here. “It’s very interesting because I’ve been talking with the crew at Neiman Marcus, and they’re really able to articulate the differences between Dallas and other cities,” she says, “I think that’s what’s fascinating about coming to a city to work. You’re able to get in touch with the real culture.”
“Dallas seems like a very nice city to live in, and people are very happy to be here,” Dore says. “The lifestyle must be very good and sweet.”
In fact, a city’s culture means everything to Dore, who began her career as an illustrator. In 2006, she launched the blog that bears her name because she was residing in a small city where she wasn’t getting the access and connection to the public she desired in her profession.
“I wanted to be able to share my illustrations with people around the world without the filter of a magazine,” Dore says. This is right in line with her favorite fictional character, Cate Blanchett’s role in The Aviator, whom she admires simply because “she wasn’t afraid to go after her dream.”
Now Dore travels all over the world, often with her boyfriend, fellow blogger, photographer and author Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. Her most prized possession on her travels? “I would really miss it if I wasn’t able to capture what I’m living, so either my camera or my iPhone camera,” she says. “I always like to have something when I can record my thoughts or take a picture. I hate to be without anything.”
After attending fashion week and styling shoots around the globe, Dore shares her fall wardrobe favorites. “I will be wearing a lot of burgundy, a beautiful coat and peplum skirts,” she says. “And I can’t live without a well-tailored blazer.” She admits her own personal style icon is Katharine Hepburn and finds other wardrobe inspiration on Tumblr.
At the end of the day, Dore says she chooses to live her life by one of the most liberating of mottos. “Life worth living is where you love and you laugh,” says Dore, “Those are two of the most important things in my life.”
Meet Garance Dore at Neiman Marcus NorthPark October 25, 6:30-8:30 pm, in Designer Sportswear, Level 3.