Julia - I think that was very brave of you to answer that question about your health. You seem to be such a lovely, sweet person. Keep sprinkling glitter in 2010 please xx
I sincerely cannot even begin to tell you how much that means to me… especially after keeping mum on the matter for so many years on account of being an inherently private bunny capped off by my (unwarranted) embarrassment concerning the diseases and fear of being a “poster child” of sorts for them. I now grasp that these were inapt, naïve, undue fears.
Apart from Francais, are they any other languages which you are dreaming of learning fluently?
If I wanted to send you a little gift in the post (perhaps by Air Mail) because I think you are special sort of fairy who requires another ribbon for her hair, how would I be able to do so? A present from one fairy to another xoxo
Good golly goose! You’re really far too kind!
It depends when you plan on sending it along since I have been traveling quite often as of late! Feel free to DM me on twitter @bunnyBISOUS if you plan on sending something (wholeheartedly appreciated albeit completely unnecessary)!
True or false: The Chihuahua breed of dog means ‘tiny dog in the sky’. ? (hint - the answer, in French, rhymes with hey, May, day, say etc)
What do you do for fun in your free time?
Recently? Read memoirs, devour politics, collect/burn fine candles (Cire Trudons, Diptyques, Byredos), volunteer, do yoga, prepare meals, go to the farmers’ market, sift through attic heirlooms, spend time with dear friends and family, cuddle my cat…
What is your favorite magazine?
Russh, Lula, Muse, Love, The Journal, i-D, Vogue U.K./Nippon, Androgyny, Hobo, Jalouse, VS, Purple, W, V, Plastique, Dazed & Confused, 10, Lurve, Another, Tar, New York Look, Self Service, Doingbird, Fat, Soma, Vogue Girl Korea, A, Pop, PAPER… and other gems that I can’t call to mind offhand!
This isn’t a question, but I wanted to note that your madcap sartorial sense and unparalleled eloquence are ever-inspiring. Wishing you all the best for 2010. xx
Thank you thank you thank you! I am humbly honored… wishing you a wonderful 2010 to boot!
Just about everything… from the Highlands down to London!
Perhaps most of all, though, is that I feel right at home among their distinctive, self-deprecating wit and eccentric, unapologetic whimsy.
How do you feel about the fuss made over your thin frame, and what is your response to those who say you are an example of the “too thin- fashion” frame?
It’s rather hurtful and tactless that, merely because I work in the fashion industry, (conveniently) anonymous commentators hastily (and spitefully) make false assumptions and concoct malicious untruths. Throughout the past few years I have undergone several medical procedures, excruciating tests and agonizing experimental trials (as I suffer from a host of gastrointestinal diseases); what you describe is one of the chief side effects of one my afflictions: Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn’s. In the past I have been exceedingly private about my condition – only my dearest of friends, agents and editors were clued in, for obvious reasons – and have (with some success) tried to plainly put on a good face. With the approaching new year I thought it best to kick off 2010 with fewer enigmas. Thankfully over time I have been terrificly blessed to garner bountiful wisdom on the subject and am finding a (delicate, quotidian) balance to evade flare-ups and similar circumstances by keeping up with my doctors and holistic professionals, attuning my regime suitably, and finding consolation in the frank fact that my condition has improved accordingly… and knowing that I’m not alone.
Where did your love for Paris stem from? And describe what it was like to enter ‘Colette’ for the first time.
I thoroughly enjoy time spent in Paris – the indisputable fashion capital of the world. While I’m transfixed by the art and history of Paris, it is not the city nearest and dearest to my heart.
Colette is essentially the Elysian Fields of fashion folk. I feel tremendously fortunate to have gotten to know Sarah Lerfel (and her mom, Colette) over the years – she truly possesses the most intuitive, savvy curatorial eyes in European retail today.
I hope 2010 will be your best year yet! (just a phrase I learnt from you!) x
Oh golly Miss Molly! Who is this? That sounds eerily like, well, me! Really though… is this Alice? Anyhoo a very merry 2010 to you (whoever you may be) too!
Wow, I am truly taken aback beyond belief. It’s so bizarre to see oneself like that! It looks as though you put ample time into this collage… such a flattering prospect indeed. Thank you kindly for thinking of me!
I know it’s cliché, but my best-loved museum is and will always be The Met.
Dear Julia, I do not understand this “formspring” thing. Where are the springs, hm? You know, when I was a boy growing up in Germany in a castle, my mother said to me: “Karl, always be wary of devices which do not lend themselves to springs- and never dress in that green again; it doesn’t suit you.” ( I don’t recall which green she was talking about, however I am sure she was right as always.) Now..where was I? Oh, it doesn’t matter. My assistant tells me this..magic box doesn’t even need a postal address to send messages! Isn’t technology fascinating? Love, Karl
Bien sûr! I love you, Kaiser Karl…
I would like to work in fashion ..but i don’t think i’m good enough, do you have any tips of being successful like yourself? xo
Don’t be a silly goose! Believe in yourself and indulge your passion with an unquenchable search for knowledge (by way of research and first-hand experience)!
What are your favorite bookstores and tea houses in the city? Just moved here and you seem to share my appreciation for the written word, and maybe (maybe?) tea as well!
It is quite a rarity indeed when I actually elect to wear makeup, which lends itself to easier skin maintenance. If I am hopping to somewhere more formal, a dab of RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer (Rose-Marie is such a kindhearted, talented soul) and Josie Maran's Devious lipstick is my habitual course!
How did you develop such an incredible vocabulary and ability to write? Your blog posts never cease to amaze me — the syntax and diction is truly unbelievable.
You’re far too kind! I’m truly taken aback…
I have relished in writing since before I can recall.
What sort of extra-curricular activities were you involved with at school? Do you have a favourite hobby at the moment?
Varsity tennis (until a surgery), Library Advisory Board, French Club, student newspaper, yearbook, Blue Key (a student ambassador program), community service, yoga club…
At the moment – and I know this sounds rather silly beans – I’ve been attempting to “develop my nose” and knowledge/appreciation of fine scents. In my book, spending a day in the West Village fragrance emporium Aedes de Venustas or an art museum is absolute nirvana… I just wish I had more temps libre!
You are the loveliest, most loveable girl - you’d make a perfect big sister! How did you acquire such an astute vocabulary?
Aww, thank you kindly! I suppose through osmosis; I am tremendously blessed to come from a literary family that values the arts. In terms of vocabulary in particular, my grandfather was James R. Frakes – critic for the New York Times Book Review (amongst other newspapers), book editor, and an illustrious professor of literature (as well as the Edmund W. Fairchild Professor in American Studies) at Lehigh University.
What errands do you have to do today?
I am visiting my family in Pennsylvania… so shoveling snow in one capacity or another and helping my mom unearth some decent biodynamic sparkling wine for the New Year’s Eve festivities (quite a feat in Northeastern PA).
Where would you be and what would you be doing if you were not writing in New York?
In all likelihood, studying at a college campus in the Northeast…
Or perhaps working in London (on something fashion-related) or in Washington, D.C. (in some position involving politics).
Happy (belated) Chanukah Julia! I’d really love to email you - please could you add me on Twitter (I’m ‘studyfairy’) and DM me? Thank you! x
Thanks Jules!!! They’re awesome blogs :) I love adding more to my ‘to read’ list hehe
Why thank you kindly! Merry 2010
How long have you been a raw vegan?
I’m not exactly sure… perhaps I have been a live foods vegan for two years or so?
…Since heeding a few sage doctors’ advice for treatment of Ulcerative Coltitis, Celiac Disease, and other lifelong hereditary conditions by which I am affected (regrettably posterior to sundry unsuccessful procedures/experimental trials/medical treatments/erroneous diagnoses). Pardon the vague nature of my response; one day I’ll be able to venture into more explicit detail. For me personally, live foods and holistic medicine have been life-savers, though.
What are you wearing today?
Gifted Tabitha Simmons wedges (the pink and purple Josephines), a dress of reclaimed fabrics from The Reformation (on Ludlow Street), a Prada cardigan, Pamela Love necklace and rings, a Lanvin hat, a Louis Vuitton leopard-print scarf, Wolford Satin de Luxe opaques, Maggie Moos organic socks
It may be a little too personal, but do you attend synagogue often? Are you very religious? I’m a fellow Jewwy! xxx
Not nearly as often as I did growing up. Since moving to NYC, it’s been difficult to become assimilated in a congregation without my family at my side (bumping into family and lifelong friends has always been a major draw for me to attend services). That said, although I’m Jewish by birth and have been Bat Mitzvah’d, I heartily enjoy learning about divers belief systems… I especially gravitate toward specific tenets like Ahimsa (Buddhism) and Kabbalic wisdom.
Have you ever written poetry or short stories?
Top 5 favourite books?
Oh goodness! Well that’s rather broad… in terms of books that I’ve (re)read in the past six months: Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking Helmut Newton’s Autobiography Teddy Kennedy’s True Compass Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility Katharine Graham’s Personal History …and a million more
What is your favourite snack? Do you make it yourself? On that note, what is your favourite meal to cook?
As of late? Local winter greens and radishes with a bar of Dr. Cow’s Aged Macadamia Tree Nut ‘Cheese’ http://www.dr-cow.com/products/aged-macadam-nut-cheese.html (I’m allergic to cashews) topped off with first cold-pressed unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil infused with white truffles and specks of pink Himalayan sea salt!
How tall are you?
'Suppose 5'5” ish.
I LOVE YOUR FACE LOTS. Say hi to Ol’s and Daisy for me! That is all. Hugs and loves, La-la-laurel
I LOVE YOUR FACE MORE! LAUREL YOU’RE MY FAVORITE! LOVE AND BUNNY HUGS TO YOU AND YOUR BROOD :) ox
if you could live anywhere in the world where would it be & why?
"I began writing and working for Paper Magazine when I was 17, and in truth have been involved in media since the age of 13 when I interned at my local NBC/CBS television news station affiliate. Growing up, I’ve always had a passionate interest in fashion, and since around the age of six – well before the age of TiVo – I would VHS tape Style with Elsa Klensch on CNN every weekend. I know it sounds beyond cliché, but I truly find fashion to be the ultimate form of self-expresison. I suppose the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – my mom is quite the fashion maven! My family owned an apparel manufacturing corporation when I was a child, so I have a deep appreciation for the tactile craft of fabricating a garment and the entire labor-intensive process: from the pattern, to the structure, to the embrodery; I am still awed by exquisite handiwork, fabrication, and cut. As I child, I made a habit of building myself a little nook in my mom’s office at the factory under this giant Pennsylvania Amish quilt that I found stowed away with an antique Singer miniature sewing machine (c. 1903) that I put to use creating doll clothing from surplus linens. I would collect issues of i-D, The Face, and W and try to replicate the crazy sartorial panache featured in the sweeping ’90s editorials.”
Where do you buy your vegan salad ingredients? I live in the East Village and can guess from Pure Food, One Lucky Duck, etc. that you’re not far away; would appreciate your tips so I can eat more healthily in the new year!
The Union Square Greenmarket (in my book, the best organic farmers are there on Wednesdays and Saturdays), the small farmers’ market that gathers in the courtyard of St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (across the avenue from Liquiteria) on Tuesdays, Live Live (next-door to Quintessence), High Vibe, Whole Foods Bowery…
Our fantastical little boutique is currently being featured on NYLON Magazine’s blog!
Fashion writer Julia Frakes – daughter of our proprietress Janie Alperin – has chosen Santa Maria Novella’s festive Ginestra “Scottish Broom” (available from our online shop here) and romantic Caprifoglio “Honeysuckle” (here) as her best-loved holiday items.
Be sure to check them out… afterall, she can vouch for them!
What is on your jewelry wish list?
A Katie Hillier bunny necklace, a Delfina Delettrez hand bracelet, the House of Waris blue and yellow macaw blue pendant necklace, a Pamela Love x Zac Posen Iris brooch, the Proenza Schouler brooch #3, a Where the Wild Things Are x Opening Ceremony Carol headband by Pamela Love, the Les Bijoux de Sophie squirrel necklace, a Rodarte by Mark Walsh and Leslie Chin metal bracelet + meteorites, the Alexis Mabille purple knots necklace…