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Monday, August 3, 2015
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She grew up in a family of fashion greats, and now Gabriella de Givenchy is coming into her own. Meet the striking beauty with a serious last name, and even more serious plans for her future.

1. Where did you grow up?

I was born in New York and moved to London when I was 3 with my parents—my mom is German, my dad is French. I lived there with my little brother, Nicholas, who is now 18, until I graduated from boarding school. It was always great being in London; it was so easy to travel and visit my relatives in France. My dad is one of seven, so I have quite a big family over there, including my granduncle Hubert [de Givenchy], whose château I would visit. He has always been very close with my father, as well as an incredible inspiration to everyone in our family. I decided to move back to the United States for university, so I’m currently about to go into my senior year at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., studying psychology and business.

 

2. In addition to Hubert, are there other notable family members whom you admire?

My uncle, James Taffin de Givenchy (who has held roles as creative director for Sotheby’s diamonds and creative director of Baccarat, in addition to running his own line, Taffin), has his own incredible voice in jewelry. I love watching him design. He looks at the gems and then decides the structure that is going to go around them based on how the stones inspire him. He takes from everything around him from nature. I see a lot of sea undertones, a lot of coral. It’s very unique to him. I interned last summer for a few months at Taffin, and I would sneak on the jewelry throughout the day and then try to leave wearing it without him catching me.

 

3. What is your favorite memory from your
childhood?


My favorite thing as a little girl was looking at my granduncle’s sketches and my uncle’s sketches because each of their styles is so different from the other and then drawing my own. It’s interesting looking back at my sketches and seeing the progression. Obviously I’ve been doing it since I was little so there are some really awful stick figures but it’s developed over the years.

 

4. How would you describe your sense of style?

Hubert always said he admires my style ,but I don’t really believe him. I think my individual style has taken a twist on all of the different places that I’ve come from. There’s definitely
a large British influence in there, but I also grew up going to the Bahamas a lot when I was younger, and I think there’s a lot of that islandy style. I think that’s something I would like to draw on more and more in my everyday wardrobe and in beautiful dresses I hope to design one day. Everywhere I travel I try to take a little bit of it with me and pull the parts I like into my style and how I want to present myself.

 

5. What inspires you most?

I love to travel. and I think what inspires me most is just the culture of each different place I visit. My favorite thing to do when I visit a place is go into the markets and kind of see life through everyday style—not so much the high fashion end of things.

 

6. Where are you traveling this summer?

Well, I’m in the Hamptons right now, and then I fly to Los Angeles. I’m really excited to be going with some girlfriends to Mykonos and Ibiza, and then I’m taking a trip with my mom around Asia—we’re going to Bali and Shanghai and Hong Kong. We have a house in Thailand, so I’ve spent a lot of time there, but I’ve never experienced mainland China for myself. Doing it with my mom will be a great experience. I’m looking forward to spending that time with her.

 

7. What is your favorite thing to do in the Hamptons?

There’s nothing else like the Hamptons. It’s typically American, yet somehow the overall ambience is so singular. My favorite thing to do is going to bonfires on the beach in the evening and having everyone around making s’mores. I’d never done that until I went to the Hamptons. It’s such a perfect part of summer, staying on the beach until one or two in the morning.

 

8. How would your friends describe you?

I think my friends would describe me as quite lighthearted and adventurous. I’m not a stay-between-the-lines kind of person. I quite like to see things a little bit differently and see what I can make out of them. I believe in following my passion. I don’t think there’s definitely one straight path for everyone, and I always try to keep an open mind to possibilities.

 

9. What does the future hold for you?

Right now I’m doing a few modeling things here and there. It’s not my ultimate career goal, but it definitely is an incredible experience to wear the clothes and be a part of the fashion world that I really adore.

I think that after I graduate I’ll move to Paris for a year or two and explore what I’m passionate about before doing some type of graduate program in design. I think it’s about exploring yourself and finding what motivates you, and that’s not always clear at first. I know my uncle at first thought he would be into furniture design and then he discovered his love for jewelry. I need to start that process of finding what really jumps out at me.

 

10. How do you feel about heading into this next phase of your life?

I’m looking forward to graduation. Four years goes by so quickly, but at the same time I feel like I’ve learned a lot and become more my own person than I had before I left home. I’m excited to really start my journey, work on my career goals and learn more about my individual voice. I feel like it’s a very excited journey ahead of me.

 

photographed by Georgia Nerheim

styled by Emily Barnes

hair by Yoichi Tomizawa

makeup by Tsipporah Liebman
for MAC Cosmetics

fashion assistance by Kacey Bennett

prop styling by Zachary Kinsella

retouching by Cloak Studios

location 137 Great Hill Road, Southampton, NY. Currently represented by Dana Trotter at Sotheby’s International Realty, sothebysrealty.com, 631.379.3236.
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