Come, on! You’ve never done that?’ cries Garance Doré as she leans back on a pristine peach-pink leather banquette, the focal point of her bright LA kitchen. She’s trying to tell me that she was much more of a blagger than a blogger, back in the day. ‘I snuck into so many shows,’ she says, in her distinctive French accent. ‘I was like a little mouse.’
Doré was working as an illustrator in Paris when she launched her eponymous blog in 2006, where she shared her illustrations and posted images of stylish young women who caught her eye on the streets of Paris, adding captions with her take on a trend or a story behind an outfit.
People immediately related to her candid, warm voice and soon she was being courted to do advertising campaigns for Moschino and illustrations for brands including Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade New York.
The power bloggers soon became fashion’s most followed ‘It’ couple. They brought street style into the mainstream – Schuman working in New York, and Doré in Paris before she moved to the US to join him – and were celebrities in their own right: the more they captured the best street style, the more their followers and brands became fascinated with the people behind the camera.
This was her life for almost a decade. Then, just like that, she gave it all up, walking away from the glamour of the fashion circuit. Because, behind the scenes, things were not as glossy as they appeared; her most accomplished years were fraught with insecurity and anxiety-induced panic attacks.
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