Born in Scotland and adopted by Paris, Claire Thomson-Jonville is a renowned fashion editor and consultant for whom, when it comes to keeping up a successful career, motherhood has not been an obstacle. She is this issue’s special guest editor as she shares some of the aspects that define her day-to-day personal and professional life.
Do you think your personal style has evolved?
Yes as I have more life experience I know instinctively what suits me. Well cut, classic boyish silhouettes, minimal makeup, great basics… less is more.
What is your best source of inspiration?
My friends and close collaborators: I find real personal style very inspiring. Ideas come from everywhere.
Your favorite place to live and work?
I love Paris, the city and the lifestyle. There is where I live and work.
Your daily routine includes?
My children’s schedule, my creative work, calls and emails and daily sport. I’m constantly making lists.
How do you pack for a weekend suitcase?
It depends on what kind of weekend but I’m a professional packer now, I know exactly what to take. Cashmere, tuxedos, sneakers, lingerie tops, jumpsuits… Packing for my children is another story!
Best platfoms for designers & brands are?
Matches Fashion, Le Bon Marche, Selfridges, Dover Street Market, Browns…
Now that fashion shows can be viewed by anyone with a phone, what’s the future of fashion shows?
Personally I prefer presentations and appointments. Fashion month is relentless and as busy editors it’s difficult to attend and assimilate everything. I like to speak to the designers and take the time to look at collections closely in person. You can’t appreciate the quality and details on a phone.
In the age of “Influencers” are fashion magazines still relevant?
Of course. Indépendant magazines are more relevant than ever.