MDS- How would you define your style?
MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?
LF- I grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where my family owned department stores. I was practically born shopping and have always loved fashion and retail. My fondest childhood memories are sitting in dressing rooms watching women try on clothes. I think this is where I first started to obsess over textiles.
MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
LF- I love reading, researching and discovering. I would be very happy in the world of journalism.
MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?
LF- Travel is my passion and greatest inspiration. Every year I try to go to at least one new Indian city in search of new textiles, embroideries and crafts. Calcutta and Hyderabad are two of my more recent favorite cities. My newest textile LAHORE was inspired from an antique embroidered pashmina I saw in Delhi.
In fashion, I am very influenced by old Yves Saint Laurent, flamenco dancers and Mughal costumes.
MDS- What is your favorite room in your house?
LF- My favorite room is a tiny TV room in Dallas. The walls are upholstered in my Malula fabric and covered in miniature paintings I have found in India. I am constantly adding pillows from my travels.
MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?
LF- I obsessively buy biographies, travel memoirs, cookbooks and textile books.
MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ______.”
LF- I never have enough mileage points or navy blue T-shirts and sweaters. My latest is a long sleeve cotton tie-dye with 3 buttons from LUCKY BRAND.
MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house – who’s would it be and why?
LF- I would love to decorate or make a caftan for Queen of Qatar Mozah. She is glamorous and I love the way she mixes her over the top jewels and turbans with very classic and elegant clothes. I also adore tented rooms, antique textiles and Islamic tiles. I cannot think of a better place or person to appreciate them.
MDS- What do you want to be known for?
LF- Dog Rescue.
MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?
LF- Those who are chic and stylish are never victims of fashion, trends or labels. They possess an attitude and talent that knows when to stop and how to pile it on while seeming effortless. Chic and stylish can be as simple and casual as Ines de la Fressange or as eclectic and formal as Millicent Rogers. Diana Vreeland always said one was born with it. I sort of agree. She certainly was.
For me, old Hollywood movies and stars are the epitome of glamour: Casablanca, Bringing up Baby, To Catch a Thief, High Society, to name a few. The Maharajahs and Maharanis in India are also the ultimate in glamour, especially those of Indore, Jaipur and Baroda.
I love glamour and find it today on the red velvet banquets at La Grenouille (I remember how glamorous I felt on one of my first trips to New York when I went to Quo Vadis. I still remember those red velvet banquets.) Or, in the wonderful and glamorous art deco bathrooms at Claridges in London. i was just in Hong Kong and that is a very glamorous city.