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BACKSTAGE: GIANFRANCO FERRE

BACKSTAGE: GIORGIO ARMANI

ANTOINE AND DELPHINE ARNAULT

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Makeup Violette for Dior (Management Artists)  Hair John Nollet (B Agency)  Photo assistants Olivier Saillant, Frederic David, Xavier Arias, Ben Sollich  Stylist assistant Manuel Estevez  Hair assistant Rudy Marmet (B Agency)  Image direction Eric Pfrunder and Katherine Marre  Retouching Ludovic d’Hardivillé  Location Studio 7L

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ANTOINE AND DELPHINE ARNAULT

PHOTOGRAPHY KARL LAGERFELD
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Bernard Arnault’s acute business savvy and appreciation for luxury has certainly been passed on to his two eldest children, Delphine, 37, and Antoine, 35, who have shared the scion’s appetite for hard work since dipping their toes into the family business at an early age. Now this delightful brother-sister duo is continuing the Arnault legacy while honing their own professional prowess. Today, Delphine is one of the senior execs at the House of Dior, and is credited, along with CEO Sidney Toledano, for Raf Simons’s critically-acclaimed creative direction of the house. Antoine is in his third season as CEO at the much beloved heritage brand Berluti. French and fabulous, the Arnaults are also utterly charming. We can’t wait to see how their sartorial stories continue to unfold.    

So tell us, how has it been to grow up with and then work with each other? [silence] Okay, who wants to go first?

Antoine Arnault I will defer to the eldest here.

Delphine Arnault Ah, thank you. Antoine has been a part of my life since I was two years old. Now we work in different areas of the group. He’s at Berluti, I’m at Dior. But we’re both on the board of LVMH. I don’t know a life without him. 

Did you always get along?

AA No, we were constantly fighting, like most brothers and sisters. 

DA We didn’t fight that often, did we?

AA But it was extremely constructive in terms of our relationship now. That’s what makes a good sibling relationship. We found that we fought on the little things, but agreed on the important things. In my opinion, that’s what makes our strength now. When we fight now, it’s on the little things. That’s normal, right? 

Now is your time to dish, any embarrassing childhood moments?

AA Coming back from the Bahamas once, I didn’t get a tan, so I tried to use a self-tanning cream. I didn’t know you had to put it evenly all over, so I had these orange stains on my face. But hey, I was 15. 

DA And it was the day of his class picture! 

What about you Delphine, any embarrassing moments?

DA I had some pretty bad costumes at costume parties. 

AA When she’d wear them to parties that weren’t costume parties.  

DA I love Halloween in the States. What an amazing moment. 

Delphine, Time magazine described you as “fashion obsessed.” Would you say that’s true? 

DA Fashion obsessed? Yeah. My job is fashion. This is an extremely interesting industry. I get to meet young designers, a new generation of creative people. Even within the design teams at our brands there are amazing people. We are always looking at young talent. It’s the future.

If you weren’t working in fashion, what would you be doing? 

DA Last week I was in L.A. and I went to visit Frank Gehry’s studio. I would want to work there. He’s a genius. But I’m not an architect and I don’t live in L.A., so perhaps I’ll keep this job.

What about you Antoine?

AA I would definitely be in advertising. I started my career in the advertising department of Vuitton, and it’s something I always liked. 

What are you doing with Berluti now?

AA This was a development I had in mind for a long time. There’s a strange gap in the men’s business where the super high-end, classic man doesn’t know where to get his apparel. It’s either too fashion or too boring. But Berluti will fill that gap. It’s not avant-garde menswear, where you’ll find bold prints or asymmetrical collars or things like that. Berluti is a beautiful suit, a beautiful coat, a beautiful pair of jeans that you can wear for years. 

DA And the craftsmanship is also fantastic. And the quality of the materials too. 

See, big sister has your back. 

AA We do overlap, and help each other quite often. From our discussions have come some of our best ideas. 

So you don’t fight about business, only about family.

DA No, we don’t fight. I don’t know why he says that. 

AA See, we’re fighting now.    

EXTRA CREDITS

Makeup Violette for Dior (Management Artists)  Hair John Nollet (B Agency)  Photo assistants Olivier Saillant, Frederic David, Xavier Arias, Ben Sollich  Stylist assistant Manuel Estevez  Hair assistant Rudy Marmet (B Agency)  Image direction Eric Pfrunder and Katherine Marre  Retouching Ludovic d’Hardivillé  Location Studio 7L

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