Jewelry Director, CHANEL & Artistic Director, Maison Michel. Paris
It's hardly a secret at this point, so we’re just going to come clean and say it flat out: We have a little bit of a thing for CHANEL. We've seen our fair share of 2.55 (read: hundreds? Thousands?) in our day. And while we've been lucky enough to get in a few seconds of hang time with Uncle Karl, we've been eager to meet his right-hand woman—Laetitia Crahay. Oh, and she also happens to be the brains behind those lacy, veiled bunny ears. Yeah, you know the ones. Meet the Artistic Director of Maison Michel. (How she finds the time, we don’t know.) We've been longtime admirers of how Crahay has been able to infuse her signature sense of irreverence and humor into both of the historied brands. And so during our latest jaunt in Paris, we made it our mission to hit up Crahay's crib, in collaboration with our girl Lyna Ahanda from LURVE Magazine. Upon our arrival, Crahay welcomed us in with champagne and snacks, introducing us to her make-up artist and adorable daughter Theodora. Crahay is at once incredibly chic (a word we don't use lightly) and yet completely cool and insouciant. She casually strutted her stuff in a strappy Anthony Vaccarello dress while we toured her home. While the majority of Crahay's wardrobe reads like a walking tour of her history at both CHANEL and Maison Michel, she's someone who exhibits equal admiration for boundary-pushing designers with pieces by Rei Kawakubo, Nicolas Ghesquière and Christopher Kane among her collection. A quick trip over to her bedroom unearthed stacks on stacks of Maison Michel boxes, filled with said lacey bunny ears and embellished trilby's and top hats that Crahay has made synonymous with the house. We wrapped our shoot with (more) champagne and music, lingering long after we'd finished shooting just to take in Crahay's entire vibe. But can you really blame us?