I met Alice Cavanagh personally at Veronika’s shoot for Chloé in Paris. She took care of the editorial management of the feature on the side of the client. As the core team went to work, we took a little pause and that’s when I thought: “Wow, everything done right. (And repeat.)”
The Australian mainly lives in the French capital and recently married a local. As my research continued, I was totally amazed – I had unknowingly recently read some of her in the past. My absolute favorite: the feature about Dorothée Meilichzon in the Wall Street Journal, who, among other things, was recently responsible for the interior of the great new Hôtel Bachaumont, which was a happy surprise to me during the last fashion week. And then there were the many articles from Alice Cavanagh in T Magazine (for example, the one about Lemaire) or in Porter Magazine. Above all, one of my great “discoveries” was her wonderful Instagram account, which takes us through the world of this creative woman. Whether it’s a tip to drop into Café Oberkampf during your next trip to Paris or to find out what filmmaker Kinga Burza, and Alice’s other friends, are doing now: I would say: Bullseye!
What do you do for a living?
I am a writer, editor, and creative consultant.
Where are you based?
How old are you?
Where do you source your topics and visual inspiration?
Everywhere: books, travelling, exhibitions, online, on the street, the people I meet…
Please describe your style in three words.
Understated, elegant (I hope), tomboyish.
First fashionable memory?
Buying a pair of vintage Chanel slingbacks from a vintage store at the age of 17.
Your ideal breakfast?
Earl Grey tea with milk and a one-egg Shakshuka from my husband’s cafe in Paris.
The song that makes you dance?
Many many songs, I love to dance. 90s hip-hop is guaranteed to make me dance.
I rarely use filters…
The book you’ve re-read many times?
Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin.
The Brontë Sisters.
Piece(s) of jewellery you wear every single day?
My wedding and engagement rings.
Designer you expect big things from?
CristaSeya, Phoebe English, Iris Van Herpen.
The designer you would love to wear head to toe when you’re a granny?
The bag you will wear all winter?
I prefer no bag if I can help it.
There’s this dark blue/green I am always chasing. Like the Mediterranean when it’s stormy.
What’s your dream car?
I’m a walker.
A big, bounding happy dog.
Peonies or hydrangeas.
Top three on your wish list?
Smythson travel wallet, Margaret Howell Shearling Coat, a trip to Iceland.
Series you can’t stop watching?
Show me a Hero, The Affair.
Right now, because it’s cold, it would have to be a dark hot chocolate.
Your beauty secret?
I am very low maintenance, but I love getting facials. In France they massage your face to plump the skin and it really works. There’s no trick to my hair, I don’t own any product or a hairdryer.
Charlotte Rampling, Joan Didion.
It’s too hard to pick one and I’m always looking for the next adventure. Travel is my obsession.
Aux deux Amis in Paris. It’s just down the street, so it’s our local.
Always a book store.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I’m not sure and I like that – the possibilities excite me.
Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.