Style Inspiration Series: Camille Over The Rainbow

Camille of Camille Over The Rainbow is my major girl crush right now.  Half French, half British and living in London since last year, Camille has that quintessentially French way of managing to keep things simple whilst looking every inch put together in an effortlessly chic way.  She compliments this very French way of styling herself with a British sense of fashion adventure and experimentation – this, she tells me, is why she loves Britain so much; “You can literally wear every runway trend (and more) and no one will bat an eyelid…. my style is more British in that I am always keen to try out edgy/crazy trends and have fun with the way I look.”

I asked Camille a few questions for this Style Inspiration feature….

What are you most coveting now, style-wise….? 
I have recently fallen in love with Proenza Schouler and would love to add one of their bags to my wardrobe. It’s between that or the white leather Pashli by Phillip Lim. I also really want a pair of hightops. I’m probably going to treat myself to a pair of the Isabel Marant’s but I will go for the lace ups not the Velcro which are slightly overexposed now. Other than that, I will be looking for lots of florals, pastel hues, and sportswear.
Whose wardrobe would you most like to raid….?
Without a doubt Leandra from the The Man Repeller. The girl has got staïle! and has mastered the art of layering like nobody’s business. Her wardrobe seems full of edgy trendy garments that I would love to get my hands on. Her jewellery draw and shoe closet seem pretty dreamy as well. Yep, just get me on a plane and I’m ready to raid.

How do you get dressed?
I guess after I have taken a peek at the weather I choose one item that I want to wear and work my way from there. I have to admit I rarely plan ahead, simply because I am just not organised enough. Thus my getting ready in the morning can vary between taking literally 10 mins and taking a lot longer when I’m having a bad day and I feel nothing fits and have nothing to wear (come on, we all have days like that). Because I often do my outfit shots during my lunch break, I make a point of a wearing a different look everyday to keep things interesting on the blog. My rule is to never wear the same outfit twice. I’ve become a pro at mixing things up, since I can’t afford that much new stuff.
Why do you blog?
I created Camille Over the Rainbow two years ago when I was on a year abroad in the UK and had very few hours in my academic schedule. Funnily enough I wasn’t an avid blog reader then and only knew a couple of fashion blogs when I started my own on a whim. It started off in French only as a kind of fashion journal of my experience living in the UK, but as my love for fashion increased and my commitment to the blog grew, I decided to write in both languages so that most of my readers could understand. It does take double the amount of time translating it all but I think its worth it! I think having your own blog is an excellent way to stay on top of what is happening in this fast paced industry, but also great practice for my future career. You see, I aspire to become a fashion journalist and trend reporting on a daily basis is the best way to improve and learn I think.

Tell me a secret…..
Where I come from fashion is still seen as incredibly frivolous and narcissistic and I have found it very hard to make my friends and family come to terms with the fact that I wanted to switch from law to fashion. For a long time I kept my blog under the radar and I still haven’t advertised its existence in my personal sphere. However one day you wake up and you realise you are living your life, and there is no point trying to fulfil other peoples dreams. Follow your own. I know I plan to.
Is there any ‘trend’ or fashion item that you cannot stand? What would you ‘never-be-seen-dead’ wearing?
Mmh that’s a tricky one, because there are so much haha!  I really dislike anything that is made out of (visibly) cheap fabric. Also hate the baroque print trend which makes everyone look vulgar I think. And leggings. Unless you are exercising or hanging around the house, they just should not be worn as trousers. The other thing that really gets me going are counterfeit bags. If you can’t afford it just look for something else. There is plenty out there. Or buy a loosely inspired version. Not one that has been made in a Chinese sweatshop, probably by children.

All photos: Camille.  You can read Camille’s blog by clicking here and follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@camtyox).  If you want any more links then your girl crush is as big as mine.  Told you so.  Merci beaucoup Camille! x

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    • says

      I know that man repeller has a great relationship with Yigal Azrouel which I’m always very jealous of. And she always posts some fabulous Alexander Wang designs. Yes. Let’s go take her hostage and raid her wardrobe immediately.

  1. says

    I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – you really do find the most intriguing women to interview for your Style Inspiration series. I have to admit that although Camille and I come from very different places, I was struck by the many similarities between us as I read through the interview. I have a feeling her blog is going to be high on my list of new favourites :)
    xox,
    Cee

    • says

      Cee – you were one of the original Style Inspirations, it’s lovely to highlight those whose style I truly admire. Camille has a great sense of adventure alongside her simple, chic, French style roots. She is great at mixing and matching too which makes her my idol, I’m always wearing the same combinations….

  2. says

    Camille does have a French way of styling herself, albeit with a twist. (And I am drooling over her Celine bag.)
    Will blogger interviews become a regular feature on your blog? I love to read what inspires others like in this post.

    • says

      I’ve done several Style Inspirations in the past but I’m evolving the questions now, making them a bit more precise about fashion and blogging. I have my eye on the next candidate already so watch this space…

  3. dempeaux says

    Great blogger! I agree with her on the leggings thing – unless you’re going to the gym, don’t wear them! ;)

  4. eliseg25 says

    Have you read Everyday-Glamour’s post on the 8 Fashionista Archetypes? I do believe that you’ve found a real, live Collette Fashionista! But she is the blonde version, which is even rarer and more mysterious!! Ooh la la.

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