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Name: Julia Frakes
Age: 18  
Occupation: Fashion Writer for Paper Magazine; blogger for bunny BISOUS
Location: New York   

1. First things first: Where do you shop? Do you have a secret store?
I can't say that I have a secret store per se, but I definitely gravitate towards
Ikram, Opening Ceremony, and Colette: without a doubt, their respective
proprietors Ikram Goldman, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, and Sarah Lerfel have
the most inspiring, enterprising and far-out curatorial visions and foresight in
the industry. Their championship of young designers, avant-garde and cutting-
edge mixing and matching of the most exquisite pieces, and knowledgable and
obliging staff is something to treasure and always guarantees not only an
enjoyable shopping experience – but a learned one at that!

2. How would you describe your style in one sentence?
If Alice in Wonderland met a forest pixie on Beatrix Potter's land trust... I am
quite drawn to fairies of folklore, horses, twee, and a certain self-deprecating
whimsy.

3. What is the ultimate item on your wish list this season?

Unreservedly Giambattista Valli's fantastical confection of a frock donned by
Ksenia Kahnovich at the tail-end of his Spring collection for an upcoming event.
Speaking of which, the final dozen or so looks from his latest prêt-à-porter effort
appeared as if they were magically conjured by command of a fairy godmother's
"bippity boppity boo"!

Into the bargain, Tao Kurihara's (of Tao for Comme des Garçons) offbeat Scottish-
bagpiper-cum-proper-equestrian hats, Christopher Decarnin's (for Balmain)
uncharacteristically innocent ballerina dresses with ample tutus to boot that
somehow fluttered their way into his otherwise sultry Spring showing, and Karl
Lagerfeld's (for Fendi) enchanted garden frocks (donned by Sigrid and my lovely
Aussie friend Myf). I'm also head-over-heels for the collaborative moonstone
and quartz jewelry crafted by Mark Walsh Leslie Chin for Rodarte.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Nicolas Ghesquière's (of Balenciaga) magnificent
blue dresses atop tan-jumpsuits donned by Kamila and Diana during the final
walkthrough! He is truly the most enterprising and visionary designer of our
time. I am a major Balenciaga fan and an avid collector of his exquisite work...
but without a doubt this S/S 2009 collection was my absolute favorite of Nicolas'
illustrious career – straight out of a "voyage into Star Trek territory" as Hilary
Alexander so aptly put it;  which as a Frakes (my uncle and godfather is Jonathan
Frakes, the director of several Star Trek films who also portrays Commander
William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation) it was an especially personal,
first-hand connection. The play of light, the couture quality, the keen fabrication,
the presentation’s gentle progression, the otherworldly organic-toed stacked-
heels tucked inside futuristic leggings… this presentation was literally out of
this world!

And how could I not broach Karl Lagerfeld's masterfully cut, entirely black-and-
white Spring 2009 Chanel Haute Couture collaboration with Japanese
hairstylist/milliner Katsuya Kamo (whose light-as-a-meringue "white paper
origami" hat motif delicately swathed the entire collection and extended
throughout the intimate former rue Cambon bank venue)? It was assuredly one
of my favorite shows that I have ever had the honor of attending (Sonia Rykiel's
fortieth anniversary fête and both Marc Jacobs and Maison Martin Margiela
Spring 2009 showings also come to mind) and I was in raptures at every single
look.
Perhaps I should forward that fairy godmother my address? Sounds like I've
summoned quite a little list here!

4. Who are your favorite designers?
Charles Anastase, Kate & Laura Mulleavy (of Rodarte), Stella McCartney, Peter
Jensen, Nicholas Ghesquière (of Balenciaga), Alber Elbaz (of Lanvin), Limi Feu,
Erdem Moralioglu (of Erdem), Sonia Rykiel, Peter Pilotto, Emma Cook, Consuelo
Castiglioni (of Marni), Julian Louie, John Patrick (of Organic), Luella Bartley (of
Luella), Susien Chong (of Lover the Label), Moises de la Renta, Phoebe Philo,
Yasuko Furuta (of Toga).

I practically live in Stella's vegan accessories and shoes! Her tailored Saville
Row training (exhibited through her flawless blazer construction) serves as the
prime foil to her easy, laid-back elegance and ebullient organic wares. Plus
getting to know Stella as a person has made her steadfast dedication to the
planet and superlative talent that much more personally prized for me. Women
simply adore Alber Elbaz (and by extension, Lanvin) owing to his love and
appreciation of real women: sans the plastic or pretension. Sonia's buoyant
vibrancy and happy-go-lucky aesthetic is a treasure in the "fierce" fashion
market as of late.

5. If you could swap closets with anyone, who would it be?
Fashion editor Jacob K. or Kate Phelan's ethereal – practically phantasmagorical
– styling wardrobes on location of a sweeping fairy tale of a Tim Walker
photoshoot.

6. What are your favorite online destinations?
I do occasionally shop online: in a pinch, I procure essential basics from
LaGarçonne.com,  refreshingly offbeat pieces from creaturesofcomfort.us, and
the trailblazing designer selections from brownsfashion.com or farfetch.com. I
have quite a penchant for boutique fragrances and candles, and accordingly
adore Aedes de Venustas' superlative selection and polished presentation
(aedes.com). My best-loved scents veer towards Diptyque, Le Labo, L'Artisan
Parfumeur, Annick Goutal, Cire Trudon, and Miller et Bertaux... a truly sensory
experience indeed! I am perpetually burning candles in my apartment – I find
Diptyque and Le Labo's woody, spicy, and herbal glims to be the most snug and
intimate – rendering a warm, homey vibe in the otherwise hectic and at times
harsh city.

7. If you had a time machine, which style era would you visit first?
Although it's a no doubt unfortunate phenomena, it appears to be visiting us!
Ergo the definite "depression chic" that pervaded the Spring 2009
presentations by way of the fetching faded florals and delicate prairie chic
concepts harkening back to the 1930's Great Depression – and accordingly felt
hauntingly relevant today. However this time around the theme took the form of
a pretty pixie aesthetic: gentle striped sack dresses at Bottega Veneta, bonny
WPA hats at Christopher Bailey's Burberry Prorsum, darling faded Liberty-esque
printed layers at Marc by Marc Jacobs, the ultimate in American Dust Bowl Chic
at Marc Jacobs, a newfound organic simplicity conveyed via at Miu Miu and
Prada, post-Prohibition drop waists at Vera Wang, and a sparklingly witty Ellis
Island schoolboy aesthetic at Wunderkind. Perhaps the most wearable tribute to
the sun-bleached (albeit arduous) thirties prairie life was at John Patrick's
Depression era Spring  presentation for his ethical label, Organic by John
Patrick: epitomizing Okie pluck by way of gingham dobby-pleated camisoles,
faded cuff shorts, perfectly fitting comfortable blazers, ruffle-trimmed cotton
voile tops, and folksy jewelry crafted in collaboration with Fallon designer Dana
Lorenz. Fit for the most principled of pixies, the collection was organically and
fairly manufactured to boot!

8. If you could get personal fashion advice from one person, living or dead, who
would it be?
Leith Clark, Beatrix Potter, Berthe Morisot, Joanna Schlenzka, Natalia Vodianova,
Sarah Lerfel, Camilla Nickerson, Kinga Rajzak, Grace Coddington, Lilla Cabot
Perry: while they may stem from different fields of the arts, they all are incredibly
talented individuals with a killer sense of humour; by not taking themselves too
seriously, their curatorial (especially in Sarah Lerfel of Colette's case) and
artistically quirky sensibilities take center stage. Through my colleague Mickey
Boardman, I have been tremendously blessed to strike an affable bond with one
of my beloved fashion idols: the brilliantly witty and geniusly zany fashion
journalist Lynn Yaeger. What an inspiration to spend fashion weeks with her!

9. If you could emulate the style of a fictional character, who would it be?
Surely one of Beatrix Potter's fauna friends – I've always been smitten with Miss
Moppet's pink bows, Jemima Puddle-Duck's bonnets, and Benjamin Bunny's
flopsy berets.

10. Tell us about the five pieces you find yourself buying, wearing, and replacing
over and over again.
The abridged version: scarves, hats, girlish, ladylike dresses, outerwear fit for
mountain adventures, and my go-to staples.

More precisely: I find that an Hermès scarf paired with a Stephen Jones or
Maison Michel hat can transform even the most lackluster of ensembles.
Scarves and chapeaux are astonishingly pivotal in my wardrobe : it is indeed a
rare occasion when I'm not donning a hat, headband, ribbon, or other bit of
whimsy crowning my head à la or Natasha Kahn or Anna Piaggi! In terms of
frocks, I'm quite faithful to Proenza Schouler, Lover the Label, Cacharel
(especially with archival Liberty prints) and Charles Anastase for daytime
dresses and Peter Pilotto, Emma Cook, Lanvin, Erdem, Erin Fetherston, Miu Miu
and vintage Chloé for evening. For an east coast winter snug outerwear is
indispensable: Yigal Azrouël's cozy sweaters, Luella's quirky coats, Sonia Rykiel
and Walter van Beirendonck's chunky knits, Hansel from Basel and Henrik
Vibskov's leggings and Aigle's vegan rubber puddle-Wellies compose my
standbys for surviving this no-doubt chilly city. Otherwise I'm practically
dependent on my trusty L'Agence super-soft long-sleeved t-shirts, VPL  
bralettes, Stella McCartney's cruelty-free wedges and pumps, Chanel 2.55 satin
bags in all sizes and colors, and the uncannily cozy Fogal performance and
Wolford Velvet de Luxe tights.

11. How much is too much to spend on a pair of shoes?
It depends on how much they mean to you, I suppose. In these harsh economic
times I find it more prudent to solely invest in nonpareil, super noteworthy
pieces rather than lavishing on jejune garments or boring "basics".

12. Who is your style soul mate?

Aesthetically? Tim Walker's photographic dreamscapes.

Stylistically? Peter Jensen – I think he "gets me" more than... say, a shrink
writing a Frakes thesis ever will! His most recent Greenland-inspired collection
created in honor of his fictional Aunt Jytte (who "owned a chip shop and cab
company in the capital of Nuuk, Greenland, and liked fashion in the seventies")
was so in keeping of my silly, albeit naïve fashion credo.

Personally? My kindred designer spirits (and dear friends) Rachel Antonoff, Lisa
Salzer (of Lulu Frost), Susien Chong and Nic Briand (of Lover the Label), and
Kate and Laura Mulleavy (of Rodarte). Love!

13. It’s your Final Supper—who's there and what meal do you ask for?
A giant Winter Salad from Pure Food & Wine with extra Dr. Cow's raw tea-soaked
cashew nut 'cheese', crisp apples and jicama with my mum and her fiancé – and
bunny amies galore (including the likes of Mickey and Lynnie, no doubt)! My
pleasantly plump ragdoll kitty, Daisy, would surely have make a cameo too! She
may partake of your repast though... if you're not careful!

14. Did you go to Prom? What did you wear?
I did turn up for about an hour or so... more due to obligation than anything else.
While always happy-go-lucky, I was never the most school-spirited of birds (or
bunnies, rather?) and tended to spend most of my time amongst close friends
on the Library Advisory Board with our lovable library dog: a golden retriever
named Bugsy. Although I did serve on a gaggle of clubs, teams and
organizations – I never was into the whole "high school" social scene that's,
well, so dreadfully "high school"! There have been some misquotes as per my
prom – I did wear one of my favorite of Nicolas' floral Balenciaga dresses, but it
was not purchased for said event.

15. What theme song best describes your life?
Less than coincidentally, "Julia" by the Beatles (on the White Album). Although I
suppose I'm predisposed...

16. What inspires you?
The Bloomsbury group, specifically how Virginia Woolf's lyrical and poetic verse
can transform the most colorless of commonplace conditions into enthralling
affairs. Her lover Vita Sackville-West's 1930's gardens at Sissinghurst Castle are
particularly inspiring landscapes that have surely shaped my love of faded
florals. As a major history buff I'm completely enchanted by fashion from an
anthropological – even art historical – perspective.

However from a more personal standpoint, the whimsical world that
encompassed English author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist Beatrix
Potter's Scottish highlands – chockfull of flora and fauna, countless (real and
imaginary) bunnies – serves as a definite inspiration.  Growing up I have been
head-over-heels for the works of the American poet and painter Lilla Cabot Perry
– her feminine perspective on New England life as influenced through her
studies in Japan and Paris as well as her mentorship with impressionists Claude
Monet and Camille Pissarro are truly emotive, poignant, and otherworldly. The
delicate fashions featured in her oeuvres (especially The Black Hat (1914), Lady
with a Bowl of Violets (1910), and Woman with a Cat) are so inspiring... I just wish
the female impressionists would get more credit! Hopefully someone will do a
lovely retrospective in the near future, especially considering her diverse
influences from the Boston school to Giverny to becoming an honorary member
Nippon Bijutsu-In Art Association after moving to Japan and exhibiting in Tokyo.


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Julia Frakes' fashion advice and personal style has a cult following that borders
on obsessive, so we figured our readers would be equally eager to have her
play NYC tour-guide. The Paper Magazine contributor became an internet
sensation before she graduated high school through her blog Bunny Bisous,
(she's a hardcore fan of Beatrix Potter). Up next for the phenom, who just
wrapped modeling for a Rachel Roy look-book, is Paris Fashion Week, which
she's covering for Vogue Nippon and 25 Magazine. Lucky for us, the precocious
19 year old took time out of her jammed pack schedule to give us a quick
itinerary of her go-to spots in the West Village, which definitely makes us want to
take an extra-long lunch break.

Julia suggests listening to Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street (especially apropos
around Left Bank Books...) to put you in the neighborhood mood.

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Frakes' 5 West Village Must-Stops:
1. Aedes de Venustas: "Like a tucked-away euphoric fragrance cave on
Christopher Street, the boutique prides itself on an unparalleled selection of
rare scents (think Penhaligon's Les Parfums de Rosine) and candles (Cire
Trudon, Alexa Rodulfo) all charmingly gift-wrapped with fresh flowers upon
request."

9 Christopher Street, (between West 8th Street and Waverly Place); 212-206-8674
aedes.com

2. Left Bank Books: "Bursting with recherché books, first editions, and the most
obliging, well-read, and eager-to-please employees to help you navigate
through every nook and cranny."

17 8th Avenue, (at 12th Street); 212-924-5638
leftbankbooksnyc.com

3. Angel Feet: "A.K.A. nirvana; I think the secret's out, though, because the last
time that I blissed out at this two-seat reflexology shrine/studio, Susan Sarandon
was the other client. All kinds of awesome."

77 Perry Street, (between Bleecker and West 4th streets); 212-924-3576
angelfeet.com

4. Otte: "A delightfully curated little boutique (think Karen Walker, Organic,
Rachel Comey) across the street from the twee British tearoom, Tea & Sympathy."

121 Greenwich Avenue, (near West 13th Street); 212-229-9424
otteny.com

5. Wallsé: "Their lone raw vegan dessert is always a highlight at Kurt
Gutenbrunner's airy, albeit hidden Austrian haunt on the corner of Washington
Street."

344 West 11th Street, (at Washington Street); 212-352-2300
wallserestaurant.com


Julia Frakes is Manhattan’s living and breathing Cinderella. Except that she
never really dressed in rags! Growing up in the countryside of Pennsylvania, her
passion for haute couture and all things fashion kept her eyes wide and dreams
big. And it paid off…

Nowadays, Julia cavorts with fabulous fashion royalty like her mentor Mickey
Boardman, Simon Doonan, Vogue’s Sally Singer, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and
The Sartorialist, Mr. Scott Schuman. The fashion world is a divine playground -
and Julia continues to have extraordinary experiences within it. Chances are
you’re an avid reader of her work for Paper Magazine. Perhaps you’ve spotted
her cameo in Lissy Trullie’s “Boy Boy” music video dancing with fashionable
friends Jen Brill and Chloë Sevigny, or posing with Alia Shawkat and Sarah
Sophie Flicker in Rachel Antonoff’s Fall 2009 lookbook. We love her for her
irreverent charm and playful fashion aesthetic. What Julia possesses most
admirably, though, is a totally zany and lovable zest for life and all of its small
delights. Julia’s life is one whimsical tale, and the best part is - it’s only the
beginning!

TSM: How did you begin working for Paper Magazine?
JF: A few years ago, David Hershkovits asked me to stop by the offices to “talk”
– which swiftly more-or-less evolved into a several hour banter with Kim
Hastreiter and Mickey Boardman – and before I knew it, I was off to Los Angeles
covering a PAPER/Diesel party fêting Lindsay Lohan for PaperMag.com.

Each year in the industry, a new batch of precocious designers hope to become
household names. Which rising stars should we keep tabs on in coming years?
Andrea Maack, Moises de la Renta, Laura Mackness, Rachel Antonoff, Carin
Wester, Michael Van Der Ham, Timo Weiland, Katie Gallagher… plus be sure to
keep an eye out for Marc Sebastian Faiella (18) in a few years’ time.

Cajole us with some tales of your jaunt to Paris Fashion Week for Paper. You
attended and covered many of the most exclusive couture shows. Alexander
McQueen, Isabel Marrant, Maison Martin Margiela, oh my! Which were your
favorite?
I’ve been tremendously blessed to cover all recent Spring and Fall prêt-à-porter
and haute couture shows for the magazine so it’s hardly an easy feat to choose
favorites! Christian Lacroix Haute Couture S/S ‘09, Chanel Haute Couture F/W ‘09,
Marc Jacobs S/S ‘09, Ann Demeulemeester F/W ‘09, Louis Vuitton F/W ‘09, Chloé
F/W ‘09, Charles Anastase S/S ‘09, Peter Jensen F/W ‘09, Stella McCartney F/W ‘09
Nina Ricci F/W ‘09 all come to mind; however in terms of pure presentation
spectacle, Zac Posen F/W ‘09 (the piano troupe!), John Galliano S/S ‘09 (the
macquillage!) and Alexander McQueen F/W ‘09 were sensory chef-d’oevres! I will
never forget leaning over to Mr. Mickey to garner his opinion of the unearthly
McQ spectacle that we just witnessed: “I don’t even know what to say. I
ejaculated: McQueen is the new Dior couture!”

It’s obvious that you adore Paris. What are your other favorite global
destinations?
A lifelong penchant for author, illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist
Beatrix Potter’s fanciful children’s books has no doubt instilled in me a deep
veneration for the landscape, flora, and fauna of The Lake District (more
specifically at her beloved Hill Top Farm near Sawrey –- between Hawkshead and
Windermere –- in the Furness area of the English county of Cumbria). The
grazing Herdwick sheep, hilly facades, and actually spotting the “descendants”
of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle-
Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, and Mr. Tod is quite a childhood fairytale!

Do you have a “mantra” or life philosophy that you try to follow?
Never underestimate the simple, innate power of kindness.

Followers of your Twitter can attest to your love for tea. What’s your main drink?
A major creature of habit indeed… I always order a large organic orange spice
tea from 71 Irving Place, the jasmine tea from Jack’s Stir Brew, the organic
vanilla rooibos tea from Subtle Tea, the cold orange blossom green tea from
Liquiteria, or either the chamomile or fresh loose mint tea from Le Pain
Quotidien.

You’re making me thirsty. Aside from a tea-a-holic, you’re also a proud vegan.
What are your favorite dining establishments in the city?
While there is no doubt a plethora of phenomenal raw vegan options in Gotham
(Quintessence, Caravan of Dreams, Counter, Candle 79) my absolute favorite is
Pure Food and Wine (and their “little sister” takeout and juice bar around the
corner, One Lucky Duck Pure Juice and Takeaway). In my book, it’s truly the most
extraordinary food in the city – especially in the warmer months with all the
outstandingly fresh ingredients straight from the farmers’ market. I just had the
pleasure of interviewing the incredibly kindhearted and witty proprietor, Sarma
Melngailis. You can see it here.

What is the next piece that you hope to add the Frakes couture collection?
Perhaps one of Christopher Bailey’s masterful Gilligan’s Island hats from the
Prorsum presentation, a bit of collaborative moonstone and quartz jewelry
crafted by Mark Walsh Leslie Chin for Rodarte, one of the Christopher Decarnin’
s (for Balmain) uncharacteristically innocent ballerina dresses with ample tutus
to boot that somehow fluttered their way into his otherwise sultry Spring
showing, a Les Néréides “bow” headband, or maybe a pair of Tsumori Chisato
bloomers. Although in complete honesty, I tend to don a Boy by Band of
Outsiders contrast-trim blazer, Stephen Jones hat, embellished Charles
Anastase cropped denim jacket (festooned in Charles’ kooky crests and my own
quirky antique pins) daily – so it’s not entirely unlikely that my next acquisition
would be something along those lines. If the shoe fits…

Buy it, right? Your intelligence, spunk, and classic ballerina meets avant-garde
nymphette style make for dynamic tastes. Which five individuals would you invite
to a dinner party in your Gramercy Park apartment?
Miss Jenna, you’re far too kind! Kurt Vonnegut, John Currin (and Rachel
Feinstein), Doris Kearns Goodwin, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Maddow.

You have such an eye for all things quirky and fabulous. I love your collection of
tights in particular - neon and two-tone - you sport them all! What are some of
your most treasured possessions?
In terms of especially sentimental items: a pair of dainty diamond earrings and a
stuffed Gund bear that were given to me by late father, Daniel Frakes, or a
Jeanette Farrier reclaimed antique fabric scarf that I scoped out with Lynn
Yaeger at my favorite shopping destination and charity concept– Merci (111
Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris). Come summertime, I try to move about the city
exclusively on my purple 1967 Schwinn Breeze! It’s surely one of my prized
possessions – topped off with an antique wicker basket and purple bell
ornamented with a bunny (a desideratum when navigating cross-town traffic) to
boot!

Speaking of summertime, what are your plans?
Working at Paper, shooting or styling (and in some cases, tackling both by self-
styling) for several international and domestic magazines, taking yoga classes,
perusing the fresh bounty every few days at the Union Square Greenmarket, and
learning to quilt at Purl Patchwork! Hopefully I’ll find a free moment to escape
home to a shady hammock and a good read in the country!

Oh yes, you are quite the avid reader. What are some of your favorite books?
Most recently? “Paintings in Proust” by Eric Karpeles and “Personal History” by
Katharine Graham; generally just about anything by Virginia Woolf, Doris Kearns
Gooding, Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Jane Austen, Kurt Vonnegut, Gabriel
Cousens, Sophie Dahl, Henry James, Hermann Hesse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William
Shakespeare… and of course Simon Doonan!

Oh, and how long have you been sporting those glorious bows in your hair?
Truthfully – since before I can even remember…

For more of Julia’s fun musings on haute couture and a glimpse into her
whimsical life, check out Bunny Bisous.

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