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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld Gets Intimate

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“It’s hard to know what to expect, but this is all quite amazing,” Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, who is pregnant with her first child, tells Style.com. “What I do know is I definitely need a bigger bra size!” Luckily for her, Restoin-Roitfeld has designed a new capsule collection for Kiki de Montparnasse to fit those needs. She was diligent, however, to make sure her black and white, lacy silk underthings (in the store and online December 14) are tailored for women with all body shapes. “It’s really, really technical,” she says of her collection of slips, bras, and panties. “We all have different bodies and we wanted to see what works on all of them, so there were lots of tweaks made during the design process.” Here, the photographer, brand consultant, graphic designer, and model tells us about the latest additions to her résumé—lingerie designer and mom-to-be.

How did this collaboration with Kiki de Montparnasse come about?
I have always been a lingerie fan. Lingerie and shoes are my two favorite accessories, and for many years I was hoping to do a collaboration with a brand like Kiki. Out of the blue, the Kiki PR girl reached out to me about hosting an event with them and I knew I really wanted to do something more creative than that, so here we are.

Tell me about the collaboration and design process in creating your capsule collection.
I had strong ideas about what I wanted. Right away, I did sketches for the first meeting. It’s really, really technical—it’s not just doing the drawings. We all have different bodies and we wanted to see what works on all of them so there were lots of tweaks.

What do you look for in lingerie?
I do not like bandeau bras. I think it’s OK when you have really small breasts, but otherwise it just looks awful. You want lingerie that makes you feel good about yourself and makes your body look your best. Sometimes it can be too tight and uncomfortable. We were careful to have no visible panty line.

What other projects are you working on right now?
I have really focused on this one for the past few months. The team there is so amazing and I would love to work on something else with them. I have some other brand consulting and art direction projects but I don’t like to talk about them until they are out. Then I am mainly just focusing on my pregnancy.


Congratulations on that, by the way. How’s everything going?
Actually, it was really difficult because when we shot the Kiki lookbook images, I was two and a half months pregnant, but I was still hiding it at the time—the photographer, Marianna Rothen, didn’t know either. It was pretty difficult to suck in my stomach but I couldn’t say anything about it.

Has your mom given you any advice about it?
She was very young when she was pregnant but she said she loved being pregnant. At that time she didn’t have Google to look things up and answer her questions but she said she was really relaxed. It is scary though.

Do you have names picked out for the baby?
I have a few names, but I need to wait until the end. I don’t want to get too hung up on things. I thought I would want to know if it’s a boy or girl, but I will wait.

What are your plans for the holidays?
I just spend Christmas with my parents and brother in Paris. We never spend it apart. Then I will be in Italy with friends and my boyfriend for New Year’s Eve.

Photso: Marianna Rothen

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