#TBT: A Look Back at Savoir Flair’s Most Popular Interviews of 2017

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This year proved to be a fine year for exciting releases within the fashion industry. Whether it was the first luxury denim line for plus-sized women designed by Ashley Graham and Marina Rinaldi or Olivia Palermo’s coveted collaboration with Banana Republic, Savoir Flair was there for it. In exclusive interviews with industry movers-and-shakers, models, makeup artists, and influencers, we’ve had some enlightening and fascinating conversations over the year. See the ones our readers clicked on most, in this special #TBT retrospective below.

1

Ashley Graham on Curves, Styling Tips, and Picking the Perfect Jeans

One day, your body will change the world. Love the skin that you’re in because you are worthy of anything you want to accomplish, despite any insecurities you may have right now.” – Ashley Graham

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Ashley Graham Marina Rinaldi
Photo: Courtesy of Marina Rinaldi
2

Who the Heck Is the Woman Behind the @BloggerWanabe Account?

“I’m trying to communicate that the lives you see these bloggers and influencers lead are not real. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the influencers are my friends, and I know how they live. I’m sitting right next to them when they put up a post. It’s all acting. They are professionals, and they’re doing their job. They get paid to look great and post what they post. I don’t blame them. This is what they do for a living, and they support their families doing it. In reality, these girls are like you and me. They live regular lives – they just happen to pose and take photos of every occasion.” – Sara Zaetir

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3

Ever the Storyteller: Frederic Malle on Superstition and Alber Elbaz

“Alber and I were having this conversation about how we see all these people who think they have great rules to make great businesses, but truly creative people believe in hard work and luck. They believe that there is this force – luck, superstition, whatever – that helps them by taking their simple work and propelling it to something bigger. Alber said, ‘There is too much marketing and not enough superstition’ – and that’s how we got its name [Superstition].” – Frederic Malle

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Alber Elbaz and Frederic Malle
Photo: Courtesy of Frederic Malle
4

Meet the Men Behind the “Every Woman” Label

“Our goal is to make clothes that the women that we know and encounter in everyday life want to wear – clothes that fit into her life, her day, her wardrobe. We are always pushing for more diversity on the runway, and it is important that what we design works for every woman.” – Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome

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5

Olivia Palermo Talks Pizza, Styling Secrets, and Banana Republic

“I think it’s important to stay true to yourself; you want to feel like the best version of yourself. And I think incorporating color is really, really, really key. It lightens the mood. Oh, and great accessories! A few accessories go a long way.” – Olivia Palermo

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Photo: Courtesy of Banana Republic
6

Mario Testino on Real Beauty, Real Women, and Real Photographs

“Real beauty is the unique mix of external beauty and the beauty found on the inside, but it’s also how one feels. One can be very beautiful if one projects positive energy. There are certainly different aesthetics in different times, places, and societies – and discovering that is so exciting. Exterior beauty can become boring because, once you’ve seen it, there is nothing left to discover. True beauty does come from the inside.” – Mario Testino

Read the full interview here.

7

Negin Mirsalehi on Beauty, Collaborating with Linda Farrow, and More

“What eventually made me turn my passion into a business was a speech given by Steve Jobs. Basically, he pointed out that you have nothing to lose, so why not follow your dreams? His speech made me decide to just follow my passion and set up my personal style platform.” – Negin Mirsalehi

Read the full interview here.

Linda Farrow influencer collection Negin Mirsalehi
Photo: Courtesy of Mariano Vivanco for Linda Farrow
8

Makeup Artist to the Stars, Hung Vanngo, Reveals His Top Beauty Tips

“Just because you have problem skin doesn’t necessarily mean you need full coverage all over your face. You can use a little foundation and then go back and conceal problem areas after, making sure to blend into the surrounding skin for a seamless finish. This way you’re getting the same effect, but with less product.” – Hung Vanngo

Read the full interview here.

9

11 Travel Questions for Aquazzura’s Edgardo Osorio

“While it might not sound very adventurous, summer for me is the beach. I love to just spend the day relaxing on the hot white sand, watching the waves, soaking up the heat, and catching up on my reading. Being Colombian from Cartagena, which is by the sea, I just need to spend some time by the ocean — it recharges my body, spirit, and mind.” – Edgardo Osorio

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10

Bella Hadid on Inner Beauty, Outer Beauty, and Arab Beauty

“I think that feminism is always a topic of conversation, especially in the past year. As a woman, to be able to express myself is of paramount importance. It’s amazing for people to wear shirts now and declare, ‘We’re all feminists’ and ‘we all love women’. It’s important to remember, though, that it’s not only about women, but it’s also about human equality — equality between men and women, races, and religions. Everybody together. We should all be feminists, but we should all be equal as well, and I think that her [Maria Grazia Chiuri‘s] message was sent in a time of darkness for us all, with everything that’s going on in the world.” – Bella Hadid

Read the full interview here.

Photo: Courtesy of Dior
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