“We judge actresses too soon”

“Charme“. Yeah Mathilde Favier If I had to choose a single word to describe Paris, it would be the one that in Spanish we could translate as “charm.” This was stated by the World Celebrity Director of Dior at the presentation in Madrid of his new book, Living Beautifully in Paris (Flammarion). And perhaps that very Parisian concept as a pain au chocolat It is also the one that best describes his very personal guide to the French capital. In it, Mathilde discovers her essential addresses in Paris: shops, studios and spaces as private as the kitchen of some of the figures who are part of their exclusive circle and who are fundamental to understanding their life in the city of light. Considering that she is one of the best connected women in all of France, having access to her address book is a privilege that she has decided to share with anyone who wants to peek into her universe.

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Mathilde Favier, Dior celebrity director

With interviews by journalist Frédérique Dedet, editor-in-chief of the lifestyle magazine Limited Seriesand images signed by the renowned fashion photographer Pascal Chevallier, a regular contributor to the best newspapers in the sector, the book takes shape as a kind of scrapbook with the cuts that make up a Paris seen from the privileged eyes of Favier. Coming from one of the most creative families in the city, Dior’s Global Celebrity Director began her journey in the fashion industry while still a teenager thanks to the influence of her uncle, Gilles Dufour, Karl Lagerfeld’s right-hand woman.

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Mathilde Favier with the creative director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

After living in cities as diverse as New York, Switzerland and London, where she raised her children, Mathilde returned to Paris and rediscovered the city. This is how she decided to share with the world the family traditions with which she grew up and wants to transmit to new generations, the freedom in which she was educated and the values ​​that govern her life, with the family as the main support. So much so that at the presentation of the book at the Dior boutique in Madrid in the Salamanca neighborhood, she was accompanied by her daughter, model Héloïse Agostinelli.

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Mathilde in the showroom along with his team from Dior’s celebrity department.

After a psychic told him years ago that he would write a book, Favier fulfills the prediction and is already preparing a second title. “It will not be dedicated to any city,” he says. Perhaps it could be a compendium of her hectic life as a manager of relationships with celebrities from one of the most important luxury brands in the world. Interviewed by the aristocrat and Dior ambassador Alessandra de Osma during the presentation, Favier shares some of the anecdotes that mark her day-to-day work. “A few months ago we were dressing Emma Watson for a film festival and suddenly we realized that the dress had no lining and was completely transparent. We didn’t know what to do and it occurred to me to make one with the hotel curtains. That’s how it was: the actress collected the award that day with a dress transformed at the last minute of the afternoon with curtains from the Majestic Hotel,” she recalls with a laugh.

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Mathilde with some of her friends: María de la Orden, Lorena Vergani, Christine d’Ornano, Alexia Niedzielski, Estelle Saint Bris, Julie de Libran and Tina Leung.

An example of Mathilde’s creative and affable character, two qualities that some of the characters that populate the pages of her book highlight about her and who recognize her as a perfect hostess and an excellent professional. Her words give a good account of this: “The most valuable thing I have learned in my work is that we judge actresses too soon and they need attention and affection, that is how they can do their job. You never know what they have been through in their life. And then, when they open up, you discover stories that you never imagined.” And he ends: “We should not judge them by their physique, or by what we think we know about them.”

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