Men don't always understand girl on girl crushes but point them in the direction of Dita Von Teese and then they get it. How could they not? Her mega-watt glamour shines across traditional lines of attraction like a real life Jessica Rabbit, if Mrs Rabbit had a couture wardrobe, heavy on corsetry and custom made Louboutins. I put it down to her being just so darn stylish. Google her and pick a photograph at random and I bet you it will look sensational - she either has absolute impossible control over her image or she knows how to work and style a pose as well as anyone in the public eye.
When we started doing style profiles of inspiring women, she was top of our list and last week I managed to get an interview to ask about some of the things I've been longing to know. Like her go to outfits in the daytime, what she likes to dance in at Coachella and where in Paris she recommends to shop...
In true burlesque style, here's a little flash of Dita to teese you - for the full interview see here.
LUX FIX: Where in Paris do you adore to shop, and is there a secret address we might be able to coax you into revealing?
Dita Von Teese: I don't often shop for clothes in paris, actually, but I do like a place called Chez Sarah in the Paris flea market. I also love Mariages Frères for afternoon tea, and to buy Violette scented tea.
Dita with Louboutins by Henry Jaremko
LUX FIX: LUX FIX time machine at your service, where would you love to go to gather inspiration for your costumes?
Dita Von Teese: Paris during the Belle Epoque, not necessarily for costume inspiration, but because I'm sure it would be incredible to see such glamour and beauty on the streets of Paris.
LUX FIX: Time machine still available, which stylish women though the ages are you most inspired by?
Dita Von Teese: Baby Paley, Lisa Fonssigrives, Dovima, Isabella Blow and The Marchesa Casati.
LUX FIX: Is there any one thing you feel every girl should have in their beauty arsenal?
Dita Von Teese: I think every woman should find the perfect vibrant lipstick, the many shades of reds and fuschia are always timeless and chic. Even if you cannot wear red, try other shades of bright/deep lipstick until you find the right one. Matte bright colors are especially sophisticated.
Did someone say perfect red lips? Photographer: Thomas Lavelle, Stylist : Delphine Dubreuil & Sarah Cohen
LUX FIX: We adored the Keds and playsuit you wore at Coachella. Is that one of your signature summer downtime looks?
Dita Von Teese: Coachella is always a special fashion moment, I love the challenge of finding comfortable, danceable looks that are chic.
LUX FIX: Finally, what in your wardrobe would you save from a fire?
Dita Von Teese: My Jean Paul Gaultier "Hussard" haute couture gown, it's incredible, I can't believe I own it!