The Chatroom: Inès de la Fressange

The matriarch of French cool shares a bite of knowledge


Ah, the magna carta holy Chatroom.


Inès de la Fressange: an enduringly French woman who, presumably without trying at all, landed herself on a perennially best dressed list simply by virtue of, to quote the mantra of 2014 in 2015, “her doing her.”

The previous muse to Karl Lagerfeld who walked a Chanel show in 2011 at the tender age of 54, Fressange currently designs a collection for Uniqlo and is the ambassador to Roger Vivier (here’s a fun fact about that: upon moving into her atelier on Rue Faubourg de Saint-Honoré in Paris, there was a short spiral stairwell on the way to her office that led to a white concrete wall. She covered the adjacent wall with photos of celebrities in Vivier to signify that “vanity leads to nowhere” — if that’s not the kind of prolific fodder that heats up the loins of your philosophically-charged pencils, pray tell what is).

In this episode of The Chatroom, she shares three things every woman should have sprinkled over intelligent whims of advice on the tenets of not taking yourself too seriously, kindly disregards the protruding bags under my eyes, teaches me how to draw (possibly making way for a new profession?) and perhaps most importantly, offers the most important dressing tip we’ve culled this year without even actually saying anything. Should I let you guess what it is? Here’s a blaring hint: pay attention to her blazer.

Elle a tellement raison.

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  • Laura

    ” * elle A tellement raison ” instead of “elle EST tellement raison” 😉

  • Amelia Diamond

    I want 2 b her.

    • Charlotte Fassler

      moi aussi.

  • bea

    “Elle a vraiement raison” (“Elle est tellement raison” does not make sense). So, I am correcting you, but that means I am also reading you! Love Ines!

    • Leandra Medine

      I am such a stupid American.

      • Leandra Medine

        (I confused risotto for rice pudding in Paris last week and the peeps at Valentino did not appreciate that)

        • Charlotte Fassler

          that’s a really easy error to make just on sight.

  • Esther Levy

    brb going to take a paper shredder to my entire wardrobe

  • Sibora

    leandra, your shoes are gorgeous.

  • Erin

    You both are so inspiring!! I either want to be Leandra or be French. Or both.

  • Leandra is the best:) Love her so much!


  • And I thought it could get better after Jenna! Not only was that super cool but you two look so great in this!!

  • Obsessed with these videos, such compelling interviews <3


  • Danielle Sakry

    Thank you for the interview! This tickles me pink.

  • deb

    Let’s discuss her blazer, pah-leaase!

    • Leandra Medine

      shrunken blazers!!!! no more big ones. i believe the one she is wearing is from the boys dept at uniqlo.

  • This was wonderful. I love this series so much, well done and please…more!!

  • The drawing was the best part!

  • Christina

    Fun interview! Does anyone know who makes Leandra’s necklace?? It is gorgeous.

    • Leandra Medine

      You can order one from!

  • kathyjazz

    J’❤️ Ines!

  • Charlotte

    Always love the fun teaching segment at the end! I can recall Ines writing in her book Parisian Chic that a white shirt and LBD were things you cannot live without. Even her style keeps evolving I guess! I personally love every woman in a good white shirt. It all depends on how you style it, as with almost everything!

  • Jessica Peterson

    Give me her hair.

    • Leandra Medine

      She carries around a tiny mason pearson brush!

      • Jessica Peterson

        Of course she does! I haven’t brushed my hair in 12-15 years so…I guess I’m out.


    The saint honore store is very beautiful. keep on posting videos like this one 😉 !
    A bientot !

  • Lizzy

    I can’t tell what was more powerful, when she said, “To have too much doesn’t make you happy.”, or the look on both of your faces after she said it. There is a gem like this in every one of these interviews.

  • Jul Mara

    Ines’s voice is so delightful I could listen to this video on repeat all day long. Except maybe today, because I wore a black dress to work and am now drowning in an Atlantic Ocean of shame. Leandra, you make black and white look incredibly unique and cool, and I love that your neck has joined the arm party.

  • Leandra, got to know who made that necklace (choker) you are wearing. Love the video!

  • Catalina

    I wanna start implementing the way she says “blue” into my vernacular…

  • Sara

    Leandra, may I ask where your beautiful choker is from? And your blazer? I don’t know what it is but you’ve just got it lady! Ines so reminds me of my aunty – I always feel so inspired being around her and Ines is much the same.

    • Leandra Medine

      the necklace is from Nicole Hanley Mellon’s website Hanley Mellon — it is handmade by Kenyan artisans! The jacket is Chanel — a very welcome hand-me-down from my mom

  • Ana Lu Garro

    You guys are just lovely!! I love how much he loves you and how well you get along!! 🙂