Lauren Kennedy Malpas is a Paris-based stylist and art director who has worked with brands like Chanel, Cartier, and Shiseido
Sometimes you “meet” people online who give you the feeling that they are just as impressive in real life. Lauren Kennedy Malpas is that kind of person. The art director/stylist’s Instagram account caught my attention a while ago. There, she mixes elements of French and Japanese culture that I find so engaging, I eventually asked her for an interview. “How did you even find me?” she asked humbly. The emails that followed were a weekly source of joy. I still wanted to know how she ended up here: “Out of the blue a friend and I threw a dreamy pink blossom fundraiser party for Japan and following that, the phone started ringing for all kinds of fashion collaborations. Seven years later, here I am!” I can tell that at our first meeting in real life, her humorous nature will be as charming as her digital personality promises.
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Please describe your style in three words?
Half old school, half modern.
First fashionable memory?
Being six and absolutely needing these black leather silver studded clogs at Target. I remember trying to convince my Dad that this was something he should definitely be spending his money on. They were too big, but I pretended they were the perfect fit. I put them on straight away at the checkout… that long walk home was soo painful, clumping around gripping onto these damned oversized clogs!
Your ideal breakfast?
Can be found at any reputable cafe in Australia. Australians do breakfast so well, it’s like they invented it. Fruit yogurt granola mix, poached eggs, avocado toast, amazing coffee. But as Australia is so far away, I get my fix at La Fontaine de Belleville. Best coffee and french toast in Paris.
The song that makes you dance?
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’…
The book you re-read many times?
I have never read a book more than once, but this is coming from someone with attention-deficit issues that has a lot of half-read books around the house… I love words but work better with pictures.
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Apart from my super cool big brother Simon, Michael Jackson.
Piece(s) of jewelry you wear every single day?
My mini art-deco ‘French-flag’ engagement ring. Jeff and I chose it together. It was custom-made for a New York businesswoman back in 1941. And my white J12 Chanel watch, a gift from my parents ten years ago when I graduated from law school.
The designer you would love to wear head to toe when you are a granny?
When I was looking for my wedding outfit, I was obsessed with the idea of choosing something that I would still love when I’m 80, so in a way, I inadvertently made my choice then: Proenza Schouler.
My favorite thing about colors is how they look together; I can’t single one out.
Ha, Jeff would say slippers. I grew up in Asia, so I’m always shuffling around the house in silly slippers. Otherwise, I’m usually wearing vintage designer loafers my Dad has found on Ebay.
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What’s your dream car?
My little Griffon, Disco. Dogs are the best. Bottomless wells of love.
Lisbon with Jeff & Disco. For the sun, blue skies, sand, waves, and pastéis de nata.
Hirono in Tokyo, best meal of my life. The chef, Hirono, makes each dish in front of you, fresh from the sea. If I could, I would mix this meal with Thalassamou, a little remote beachfront restaurant in Paros, Greece, with tables in the sand shaded by olive trees, serving the best calamari and homemade ice cream.
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Random flea markets and antique shops are my happy place.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I have dreams, but they are never so precise or planned. So far, the best choices in my life have been impulsive and spontaneous.
Last (cultural) discovery that blew your mind?
A recent trip to Antwerp to visit Veerle at Galerie Valerie Traan. Veerle lives in an offshoot of the gallery with her husband, Bob. I was there to see her featured artists, Muller Van Severen, but Veerle’s home together with the art blew me away. Veerle and her lifestyle were an exhibition in itself!
Watch the blossom party she threw for Japan here:
Translation (Intro): Leah Morano
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.
Updates about her next professional steps can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliaknolle/.