Eleonore works as a model for labels like Reformation, J.Crew and Chanel but is also a skilled photographer behind the lens of her analogue camera
For me, Eleonore is the epitome of a young French woman – big bright eyes, dark brown (and always perfectly placed) hair, and a gamine, yet still feminine, figure. Her style: classic. She smiles often, likeably and with an unmistakable lightness, a cigarette in her hand that is paired, depending on the time of day, with a glass of red wine.
I “discovered” her in photos by the designer Simon Porte Jacquemus (from Jacquemus). And afterwards I was always impressed by Eleonore’s princess-like face when I encountered it in campaigns and/or shoots for J.Crew or Reformation. Of course, her appearance on the runway for Chanel at the Métiers dÀrt Show in Salzburg also remains unforgettable. But if I am completely honest, that is only half of the truth.
Eleonore is also the girlfriend of an ex-liaison. And so it appeared predestined that our first real encounter in Berlin (at the 30th birthday of our common friend Arman) maybe wasn’t going to be so uncomplicated. But on the contrary, it was absolutely wonderful – also thanks to Eleonore’s warmhearted nature and the delightful aura that she gives off. No wonder then that I’m a big fan of her Instagram account. And it’s also practical that it keeps me up to date on what’s happening in her life as well as that of a few common friends.
Fortunately she also updated her Tumblr account recently! And namely with analog photography that takes its viewers along for the ride on summer vacations in France or when she’s on-the-go in Los Angeles. Her father gave Eleonore her first camera when she was 14, and two years later she had already worked for years with the photographer Thierry Bouët. But why analog photography I asked her. The answer came crisp and quick, and very plausibly: “First, the unexpected surprises: light leaks, color fluctuations of expired film, camera quirks. Second, waiting for your film to come back is like waiting for Christmas day when you were a child. And third, there’s a mysticism to it that I’ve always loved.”
And here are her answers to more of our questions:
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Please describe your style in three words?
Classic, vintage, feminine.
First fashionable memory?
When my dad bought me my first designer bag for my 21st birthday. It was a Céline!
Your ideal breakfast?
Pretty classic: warm, fresh baguette toast with butter and honey on it, coffee, and fresh orange juice.
The song that makes you dance?
Estrelar from Marcos Valle.
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The book you’ve re-read many times?
La Promesse de l’aube (English: Promise at Dawn) by Romain Gary.
Piece(s) of jewelry you wear every single day?
A gold medal from my baptism and two small gold hoop earrings on each ear.
Designer you expect big things from?
Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk from Area.
The designer you would love to wear head to toe when you are a granny?
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Black Repetto ballerinas.
What’s your dream car?
An old Mercedes Pagode from 1968.
Most inspiring movie?
Mulholland Drive by David Lynch.
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Au Moulin à Vent in Paris for its classic local cuisine.
A vintage store called Thanx God I’m a V.I.P. in Rue de Lancry. They have designer pieces punctiliously chosen.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I have no idea…maybe somewhere in world with my three future kids!
Last (cultural) discovery that blew your mind?
The Nan Goldin exhibition at MOMA in New York.
Top three magazines (on or offline)?
In fashion: Self Service, The Gentlewoman, and the regretted Acne Paper.
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Photos: Eleonore toulin
Translation: Melissa Frost
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.