We love all the baubles and bling from jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann, who is no doubt an expert on all things visually and edible-y delicious. Not only do we love her jewelry, we also love her taste in restaurants (seriously, in this interview Bidermann just made your next trip to Paris).
It shouldn’t be a surprise, as Bidermann embodies all things french-woman-chic and makes us want to let our hair down, wear cropped pants, and somehow pull off that effortless cool that is the Parisian way. The designer also has a new store opening in Soho this week, so this is most definitely a call to action…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
An ideal food day for me would begin with having my breakfast at Sant Ambroeus in Soho with a large latte and some pastries. For lunch, I would have corned beef hash (always broiled) from Le Water Bar Colette in Paris. To end the day, a perfect meal would include a Bellini and an incredible dinner with a view at La Sponda in Positano. I’m in love with their clam spaghetti!
How do you practice beauty from the inside out? (diet)
My favorite detox tip is to drink a large cup of hot water with lemon peel in the morning before having breakfast. Always try to get eight hours of sleep a night to have beautiful skin and stay thin. To stay in shape, I also use the ballet bar two times a week.
Words to the mirror upon waking up in the morning…
I saw an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois at the Tate Gallery in London four or five years ago, and I read a beautiful text that she wrote where she said that it was very important to take the time to smile when you walk in the street, because people smile back and you receive good vibes. I try to keep this quote in my head.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
Every morning I wash my face and my neck with Aromatic Lotion by Joëlle Ciocco. After, I use her Skin Defensive lotion. Then I moisturize my skin with the Crème de Caviar by La Prairie, and for my eyes, I use the Eye Concentrate by Crème de la Mer. For my make-up, it’s really simple – just a tinted moisturizer by Laura Mercier. I also use a little bit of Benetint by Benefit on my lips.
A beauty habit you haven’t changed since you were younger…
My mother always told me to remove my makeup every night before going to bed, so no matter what time I go to sleep, I never forget to wash my face.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I take inspiration from everything – travel, art, books, music, and friends – but many of my ideas just come from my own imagination. However, Positano, Italy is a very special place for me and I love the Amalfi coast. The colors, the seaside and the landscapes are so inspiring. My Spring/Summer 2014 collection drew inspiration from my travels to this region.
How would you describe your personal style?
It’s really difficult to define my personal style but people always tell me that I’m a true Parisian.
What won’t you travel without?
My jewelry! I never take off my seven personalized gold bracelets on my left wrist. I have to confess: I always take a lot of pieces with me when I travel.
Things you always aesthetically incorporate into your living space…
I always incorporate lots of colors. I can’t live without color – especially turquoise, coral and yellow!
Things you always aesthetically incorporate into your work space…
In my studio the floor is turquoise, the sofa is yellow and my desk is coral! I need color in my life!
I also have loads of pictures of my family and friends on display, both on my desk and bookcases.
Who do you want to wear your jewelry, that hasn’t yet?
It would have been an honor if Jackie Kennedy-Onassis had worn my jewelry. She was so sophisticated and chic – a true style icon.
What celebrity/public figure wears jewelry best right now and why?
Beyoncé because she is the Queen B and everything looks gorgeous on her. Also, Sofia Coppola. I love her work; she is incredibly talented, intelligent, and so cool.
What’s special about the Paris restaurant scene? What are your favorite Paris restaurants?
I’m in love with Le Grand Véfour, located in the heart of Paris, next to the Gardens of the “Palais Royal.” There are amazing paintings on the walls and an incredible fresco on the ceiling. I like to go to this place for a birthday or a special occasion. My favorite item on the menu is the corned beef hash.
Le Duc is one of those restaurants that you read about, rarely go to, but is pure gold. The décor is like the interior of a luxury yacht; and on the menu nothing but ultra-fresh fish and seafood simply prepared to preserve the flavor.
Marius et Janette restaurant is more than just fish – it is a must-go for fish lovers. It will seduce you with its fine décor.
Le Cherche Midi is a very small restaurant. The food is very good, simple, basic and delicious. The service is always excellent, friendly and professional. They make their own focaccia and they never have enough. I’m also in love with their clam pasta.
Le Cigale Recamier is an old and traditional soufflé house in Paris. It’s very good and tasty, as well as salted and sugary.
Ralph’s is the restaurant in the Ralph Lauren boutique in Saint Germain des Près. This is typical American style and I love to eat the steak with french fries around the fire during the winter, and eat a crab cake in the garden during the summer.
Café de Flore is a good classic. I always have my personal table and I like to order the Flore Salad or the Sonia Rykiel Croque-Madame.
Les Deux Abeilles is a traditional tea room with a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower and the best handmade pastries. The lemonade is incredible too!
Le Water Bar Colette is my canteen. Just in front of my studio, I love to go there for a quick lunch.
La Tête dans les Olives is an Italian epicure by day and one-table restaurant by night. This is an intimate and delicious dining experience. You may need to wait months for a table, but it’s worth it!
Can you also give us favorite restaurants in New York, London and Los Angeles?
In New York, Charlie Bird is one of the best Italian restaurants in New York and I love going for dinner. The atmosphere is lovely and very welcoming; and the wine list is amazing! I’m a huge fan of Sant Ambroeus for breakfast, lunch and dinner – their food is great, from beautiful pastries to decadent tagliatelle Bolognese. Omen is where you can get one of the best and unique yet traditional Japanese Kyoto-style meals and I always enjoy the restaurant’s ambiance. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria has wonderful charm, serves fresh, authentic Italian food and is really a great place to go with friends. JG Melon on the Upper East Side has a great old school vibe and serves the best burgers in the city. Cafe Gitane is a cool restaurant in Nolita with a lot of delicious items but I really enjoy the avocado on seven grain toast. Chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi’s restaurant Torrisi, on Mulberry Street, has the best antipasti, cauliflower, and chicken parmesan. It’s always such a memorable experience with their tasting-menu style courses. Parm, also from chefs Carbone and Torrisi, is so delicious and I love its casual, neighborhood feel. Barney Greengrass is a great delicatessen; the salmon and bagels are just incredible. My goddaughter told me about an amazing place with the best shawarma in New York City called Pita Off The Corner. Great authentic Middle Eastern food! And Juice Press because I love all their snacks and the healthy smoothies.
In London, Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair has great seafood; I like to order at the bar – some oysters or haddock. The décor has a thirties feel and they have some incredible mosaics. I love to have tea at Claridge’s; everything is so tasty and refined. I’m in love with their scones, the marmalade, and all the pastries. Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market is a perfect place to eat something very good yet quick – I just feel at home. La Petite Maison always has fresh seasonal ingredients (especially their salads!) for their French inspired food.
When I’m in Los Angeles, I love to go to Sycamore Kitchen in the La Brea District. The food is fabulous and the ambiance is lovely for lunch or brunch – it has a nice rustic vibe. The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel is my favorite breakfast and lunch spot. I love to order the McCarthy salad. I’m a big fan of Italian food, so when I’m in Los Angeles, I go to Madeo in West Hollywood. The food is wonderful – especially the pizzas. The Carbon Beach Club restaurant at the Malibu Beach Inn; the food is very good and the oceanfront terrace is incredible. The Ivy restaurant has lovely surroundings and the atmosphere is really cool.
I have to mention In-n- Out because their burgers are just so good!
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what is ‘the new potato’ in jewelry?
All the lucky charms of my fine jewelry collection. And especially the apple core pendant named “Big Apple.”