The Mistress of Parisian Cool Answers Your Questions
By: Harper’s Bazaar Staff
People are obsessed with everything you design. What is your secret?
Never being satisfied, and trying on every piece I’m creating and wondering if I’d want to wear it straightaway.
You’re famous for championing women’s natural beauty. Were you ever self-conscious about your appearance?
Of course, like all women, I’m self-conscious. I’m also conscious that we will all get older, so I try to feel at ease with myself. I hate spending time in a beauty salon or at the hairdresser, so I take care of myself in a pragmatic way, doing simple things like climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator. Having a healthy body is a big part of beauty. I clean and massage my face every morning with a lotion and a cream I’ve been using forever, and I use an organic shampoo and conditioner for my hair. I don’t dye it, but in summer I put some lemon juice in my hair to brighten it and make the color a mix of gray, blonde, and dark.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
A volcanologist. I was fascinated by Haroun Tazieff, a great volcanologist. The power of nature and the “beauty” of volcanic explosions always leave me breathless. I’m also fascinated by Pompeii.
What’s your favorite movie?
The Party, with Peter Sellers. I laugh a lot every time I watch it.
Do you have any phobias?
Thick, hairy spiders really disgust me, but I’m not phobic about it. I know I can easily smash them.
What do you think of the no-pants look?
I love women’s legs! They look very nice in magazines.
What music are you listening to right now?
Connan Mockasin. It’s very dreamy, full of a very particular sensibility. It inspires me a lot. I would love to be able to sing, but I don’t have any talent for it.
Do you have any hidden talents?
What is one item that’s safe to buy on a budget?
A pair of boyfriend jeans.
One worth splurging on?
A leather jacket.
What about you surprises people?
That I drive a scooter and spend my weekends in a cabin with no water or electricity.
What are you obsessed with?
Time. I’m always running late; I have the feeling that my life is a constant race.
What’s your favorite animal?
Having a favorite is not me. I love animals—I’m amazed by their instincts.
Have you ever worn anything that you regretted later?
It has happened, mostly when I didn’t feel secure about myself and tried to be someone I’m not.
Your husband, Jérôme Dreyfuss, is also a designer. What is it like to be part of a fashion family?
It’s wonderful to share your life with someone who understands you—your stress, and your nights and weekends at the office. But we rarely speak about work at home.
Is your son interested in fashion?
I cannot say he’s interested in fashion, but he has a real point of view on aesthetics.
Did you consider calling your label anything else?
It was difficult for me to keep my own name, as “marrant” means “funny” in French. I thought it was ridiculous, but in the end it is my name.