Five Minutes With… Camille Charrière
Camille Charrière’s Instagram bio might read “Parisienne in London”, but as one of the industry’s leading influencers her work takes her all over the globe. Sharing her latest style finds, penchant for carbohydrates and love of all things musicals to over half a million followers, Charrière’s irreverent, witty (often self-deprecating) take on the modern role of the influencer has audiences hooked. And it’s not just her fans who want in, big brands are paying attention also. Amongst others, Mango has tapped Charrière to become one of their #MangoGirls. As the Spanish brand opened a new flagship store in Madrid’s Serrano district, we caught up with Charrière to talk dainty jewellery, the luxury of finding the perfect white T-shirt and the fictional character she’s looking to wed.
What is the one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
No to worry. You’re going to continue to feel like you’re winging it most of the time anyway, so just to keep going.
What is the most-read book on your book shelf?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Bread – I can’t live without it.
Who would play you in the film biopic of your life?
She doesn’t look like me, but maybe Emma Stone. Or Carey Milligan!
What is the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
For me, it’s more my jewellery. I really like clothes and tend to get sentimental over a white T-shirt that I love the fit of rather than something more flamboyant. However, my jewellery I really treasure and never take off. I have a little necklace that has a croissant charm – it’s not, it’s actually horns – but I say it’s my allegiance to France. I got it about three years ago in Denmark from an old school fine jewellery designer called Marlene Juhl Jørgensen.
What three films could you watch over and over again?
The Lord of the Rings – my favourite film on the planet. Number three is my favourite. It’s the best thing in the world. It’s funny, incredibly beautiful, exciting and Aragorn is my husband. The next would have to be either Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility and then something that makes me laugh. It would have to be something quite cheesy like The Sound of Music or My Fair Lady. Musicals make me really happy. If I’m feeling a bit low, I just have to put on a good musical and suddenly everything goes away.
If you could raid anyone’s wardrobe, whose would it be?
Jane Birkin. I think she really has the perfect mix of beautiful vintage furs and perfect fit jeans and T-shirts. It’s simple but you under estimate how difficult it is to find good simple clothes with the right cut and the right shape. I think nowadays that’s almost how you know when a brand is doing well. It’s when they’ve managed to strip everything back and make it look good with almost nothing. You have to focus on the fit.
Tell us your favourite quote of all time.
It’s Shakespeare, from Romeo and Juliet: “When he shall die take him and cut him out into stars and he shall make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.”
What song or album could be the soundtrack to your life and why?
I’m not going to lie, at the moment it’s La La Land. Since that happened, nothing else has been played. I’m a real geek. I adore musicals. I grew up watching Annie, The Sound of Music, Oliver and I spend a lot of my time singing at the top of my voice which I know annoys some people. I do also listen to a lot of opera so I would say the actual soundtrack to my life would be Madame Butterfly.
Where is your favourite place in the world and what makes it so special?
Tulum in Mexico. Not only because it’s one of the only places in the world where I just manage to switch off but it just has all the ingredients. It’s super magical. I don’t believe in energies but there is something there. I’m so happy when I’m there. The food is unbelievable, Mexicans are incredibly friendly. The music there is amazing especially the techno they mix in with jazz and folk and you’re there just dancing on the beach. There’s nowhere like it!
What would you title your autobiography and what would the first line read?
I think it would open with a bang. I’m super dramatic and French, so maybe it would open with me missing a flight. My whole life revolves around me messing things up and it is turning into a positive spin for me. I always manage to either miss a flight or arrive late or say the wrong thing and instead of it actually creating a mess, somehow, I manage to turn it around and make the best of it.
What are the three things that you would save from your house in a fire?
I don’t have that much stuff that I’m sentimental about. I would save my jewellery, but if was to save clothes I would save my Balenciaga heels, my jeans and one of treasured fur coats. These are the things that are hard to replace. It bags and those sorts of things come and go and you can always fall in love with the next one. It’s best to save the things that make you feel like you.
If you could invite four people – living or dead – to dinner, who would they be and what would you serve?
I think I would to invite Darwin to have a little bit of the survival of the fittest vibe; Amy Winehouse, my obsession with her will never go away; someone really hot that I could just look at, so maybe Christian Bale, I think he would be interesting. And I’m going to have Vivienne Westwood! That’s quite a weird mix.
What was your life goal aged 10?
To be in a musical. I wanted to be one of the Orphans in Annie. That was my life goal.