Meet Diane Ducasse
ON HER MORNING ROUTINE
I lay in my bed and listen to the radio, check my email and Instagram, and then I make myself a big breakfast.
ON Getting Her Start In Fashion
After I studied at Studio Berçot, I had the opportunity to do my apprenticeships in some of the most beautiful beautiful fashion houses like Lanvin and then Marc Jacobs. My advice is to be curious and humble.
On Designing Menswear-inspired clothing for women
It’s a style that I gravitate to - clothes that I could not find in womenswear at accessible prices. To buy clothes, I always needed to go to the men’s section, but the cut of the clothing was not sized for me. I noticed that I wasn’t the only one in this situation, so I wanted to make men’s clothing for women that was high quality, modern, and sophisticated. My approach is as follows: I start with pieces of men’s clothing, generally vintage, and I rework them, shaping them to find the ideal cut for a woman that is chic and nonchalant.
On listening to vinyl
What I like is that we find an authentic sound in vinyls. There is also pleasure in the gesture of putting a record on, with the diamond and the crackling. In the photo, there are different styles. For example, Tchaikovsky is an immense composer and dominant figure of Russian Romanticism of the nineteenth century. Opposite that, there’s Cat Stevens, an incredible discography, a voice and style inimitable.
On Shopping and Personal Style
I don't often go shopping for myself, especially since starting my brand. I am usually dressed in DA/DA. Otherwise, I like to mix many brands. For example, a Zara top with Comme des Garçons trousers, Derbys from Robert Clergerie and a Lanvin trench. My style could be described as casual chic, effortless, and sophisticated in its simplicity. I mostly wear trousers, a T-shirt, jacket, and men’s shoes.
On HER Beauty Routine
Diane's Beauty Tip
Avoid wearing too much makeup during the day because on days when you don’t have enough time to do it, everyone will ask, “You look rough today, what happened to you?”
On Her favorite books
Houellebecq and Bukowski are monsters of contemporary literature. They are sometimes decried, but they write with an ultra sensitivity and a sharp vision of society and human beings. They are great poets.
On Where She Finds Inspiration
I find inspiration everywhere! On the streets, I’m lucky to live in a city where the people express who they are through what they wear. At the cinema, films are an indisputable source of inspiration. During my travels, the latest was Greece with its architecture and sophisticated harmonies of color.
ON Her approach to home decor
Interior decor is very important for me. Just like with clothing, it really reflects the personalities of people. I worked with the decorator, Vincent Darré, from whom I learned so much on this subject. I like to bargain-hunt for unique pieces at flea markets and on leboncoin.
Diane's Favorite Books
Women by Charles Bukowski
Extension Du Domaine de La Lutte by Michel Houellebecq
Diane's Favorite Records
Izitso by Cat Stevens
From Here to Eternity...And Back by Giorgio Moroder
Slayed? by Slade
J Mood by Wynton Marsalis
Diane's favorite places
Brunch at l'Hotel Particulier Montmartre
Diane's favorite movies