Getting there early, even before anyone else knows, is a part of my job that keeps me in a good mood – so I really curse the internet at times and (at moments of grandiose arrogance) play with the idea of completely turning my back on it. Lucia Ribisi is one of these people that is not only inspires me incredibly, but also rekindle the fire of my love for the digital world.
During my first week as a consultant at L’Officiel, I received a commission from Joachim Bessing, the editor at large, to meet with Lucia Ribisi in Berlin. She was a) recommended by the wonderful Alexa Karolinski and b) by chance in Berlin. However, it was summer and both Lucia and I, with bare legs and short skirts, couldn’t resist the draw of the city. We simply didn’t manage to meet in person. Speaking with her in person also proved to be difficult, because American cell phones only have limited access to the wireless networks of the world, and so the first time we talked it was via telephone – as though we were in a remote corner of southern France, the technology was kind to us.
We talked about the plan – that she would keep a video diary during her European travels. Without a proper camera, without a proper script. My “briefing” for her consisted of, “Just keep going and film what you notice. We can worry about editing later.” The great joy at the at the other end of the Facetime conversation was palpable and updates followed via SMS. During her intensive period of travel and after her arrival home in Los Angeles, she kept me in the loop. “God, I’m glad to be back home,” she shouted into the phone as she was probably standing next to some fantastic pool in Beverly Hills. Or as she made her way to her new internship.
The first two diaries were presented live, exactly as she had sent them to me: unfiltered. And eventually an e-mail from Saint Laurent made its way into my inbox with the information that Lucia had taken part in the Surf Sound Collection. Needless to say, I congratulated her, just as she sent me a picture of a cake on my birthday. It couldn’t have been more Lucia.
Sometimes I don’t get it, that this bundle of good energy, with such valuable thoughts coming out of her head, is only 18 years old. She’s in Hedi Slimane’s orbit, and is now filming the conceptualized trailer for the show in Lalaland. It feels like a brief excursion into the world of luxury fashion. Nevertheless, everyone is confident that she will continue to do what is important to her. Teen Vogue included her in a group of “Power Girls: The New Faces of Feminism.” Her e-mail signature, “Teen Artist,” couldn’t be more appropriate. Therefore, what remains is excited expectation to see what will come.
“Last year I was presented with a lot of wonderful gifts, this year is about doing something valuable with them,” she says on Instagram with a characteristic modesty that, to me, seems to be the result of a wonderful education. And anyone who doesn’t have the patience to see what awesome thing she’ll be creating next, can watch my all time favorite film Lost in Translation in the meantime. In it, her father plays the rockstar boyfriend of Scarlett Johansson. And then, in the end, everything makes sense.
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Translation: Alicia Reuter
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.