Leonor Heleno Interview
Parisian designer Leonor Heleno recently took a moment from creating her current glamorously romantic collection to tell us a little bit about her history and inspiration.
Where did you grow up? I was born in the South of France, but grow up most of my life in Lisbon, Portugal.
I wanted to be Uncle Scrooge and own a bank!
Definitely, I lived all my life in very old and beautiful houses. My parents have lived for the last 25 years in a mansion from the 17th century, and it is all decorated with real antiques and beautiful objects. Napoleon's troupes stayed there and used it while trying to invade Portugal.... Of course this influenced my taste for elegance and style.
Style and education, which means that I will not like proper outfits, or very ostentatious ones. I easily fall in love for antique, vintage pieces too!
I was an IT Banking Consultant. I have a Maths degrees and a MBA!
Love and passion!
I wanted to bring into France the notion of fashion jewelry, very little is developed here still.
I think I mix a lot of cultures (French, Portuguese, also American and English) and styles (elegance, glamor and fashion)!
I always have to many ideas in my head, but no established plan or aspiration at this moment but developing my jewelry business and make more and more creations!
This year's fashion is all about lace, which I adore. That is what inspired me, and the 50's, period of Hollywood celebrities glam.
I'm still trying to make it! The master should never point his own masterpiece, you should tell me which one you think it is, if any....
I love many jewelry designers, it would be unfair to only name one! My favorite brands are Ashley Clarke, Tiffany's, Van Cleef, Cartier, etc...
I'd love to work with any of the above companies!