A woman of elegance, Farida Khelfa

Christian Louboutin became her best friend and together they went out at night to party at the famous Palace. Ever since Farida Khelfa left Lyon for Paris at the age of 16 she became instantly a muse. “Her personality, her allure, her silhouette and her beauty, far removed from the aesthetics of her era, defined her as a young woman whom nobody could ignore. In 1979, Jean Paul Gaultier noticed her and asked her to partake in his fashion show. This first catwalk experience jump-started her modeling career. After that she was often present on the podiums of the most talented designers of that generation: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Azzedine Alaïa, Thierry Mugler”.


“Whilst she was checking who could enter and who could not the doors of the Bains-Douches, she met Jean-Paul Goude who considered her his muse. The photographs they produced together quickly became legendary. Inspired by all these experiences, Farida involved herself in the cinema as early as 1985. Her career as an actress and a model ended in 1995 when she decided to join Azzedine Alaïa’s design studio”.


Khelfa is a woman that defines fashion anyway she can. In 2002, she became the head of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Haute Couture salons. In 2004 she went back to the world of cinema where she was filmed by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Julian Schnabel, Cédric Klapisch, Catherine Breillat. As with fashion, where she worked first as a model, then with designers, in 2010 she switched from actress to film direction.


“Her first documentary showcased the success story of Jean Paul Gaultier. Others followed, featuring subjects as divergent as the artistic youth of Tunisia before the revolution or the French presidential campaign of 2012. But, fashion remains one of the main pillars in her life. In May 2012, Farida Khelfa became the House of Schiaparelli’s ambassador”. Her bio is impressive and her answers to Style Intel’s are simple as the elegance that defines this woman of beauty.


-When I wake up… I meditate and drink a big coffee made with my Italian coffee pot.
-Before I go to bed… I read.
-A well-dressed man… should wear a perfectly tailored suit like Fred Astaire.
-A well-dressed woman… should always wear a perfect dress and shoes.
-Women should always… put on light makeup .


-Men should never… be rude.
-The biggest misconception about me… is that people think I am tough, when I am really the opposite!


-If I weren’t doing what I’m doing today… I would be swimming in the sea.
-My mother… embodies the true meaning of courage.
-The future… is instantaneous (or the instant).
-Happiness… is a perpetual quest.
-There’s a time and place for… your own privacy.


-There is too much… violence.

-In the end… we all seek for love.

Photo via Tommy Ton , Le21éme , Vogue Deutcsh , Pinterest