Dream subject, meet bucket list. Bucket list, dream subject.
The facilitator of the meeting? Melanie Huynh, of course. For the unfamiliar (seriously? really? c’mon.), Huynh, formerly an editor at Vogue Paris (circa Roitfeld), has the kind of CV that reads more like Style.com’s seasonal Top 10 than a résumé. Everything from styling campaigns for Altuzarra, Louis Vuitton, and Givenchy, shows for Lanvin, Loewe, and Elie Saab, and editorials for titles ranging from CR Fashion Book (where she’s also a part of their online team), Porter, Interview, and international editions of Vogue ranging from China to Turkey, Spain... The list goes on. Oh, and she’s also launching her own website.
We rolled up to Huynh’s apartment just off Avenue Montaigne on the very last day of Paris Fashion Week, right in between the Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu shows—Huynh was gracious enough to squeeze us in. Welcoming us in with her puppy, Sticky, in tow, she gave us a quick tour of her amazing art and gorgeous space before leaving us to do our thing. Huynh’s home had all the makings of what you’d likely expect from a Vogue Paris alum with immaculate taste—light, airy, with an endless array of mammoth coffee table books, lush greenery, zebra taxidermy (!), Cire Trudon candles flanking every corner and incredible original photography scattered throughout.
As for her wardrobe? As if we really need to vouch for this one. Think all Saint Laurent everything (no, actually—virtually everything bared Slimane’s usual signatures), with touches of Valentino, Alaïa, Balenciaga, and Barbara Bui thrown in. In other words, the industry’s heavyweights were all given considerable real estate in Huynh’s wardrobe. And because we know you’re thinking it, yes, we had an incredibly difficult time leaving that buttery black, studded SLP bucket bag behind. As for the location? The proximity to an afternoon stroll through Montaigne Market afterwards was just a bonus. Let’s just say we suddenly had a little, ahem, especially divine inspiration.