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This week, Oyster magazine published a fascinating Q&A with Michele Lamy, designer Rick Owens' mysterious muse and wife. The "teenage stripper, cabaret consort, restaurateur, designer, film-maker, defence attorney and philosophical protègèe to the late Gilles Deleuze" opened up about her daily routine, her fascinating life, and how she does her nails with henna (!). Check out some of our favorite excerpts after the jump.
On her life before she met Owens:
In my twenties, I wanted to escape my rich provincial upbringing, so I abandoned studies as a defence attorney to striptease. I was involved in the May, 1968 protests in Paris, and in the early seventies I wanted to be Bob Dylan. My thirties were spent living the Californian Dream surrounded by artists, and giving birth to my daughter Scarlett Rouge. My forties were an entrepreneurial era in Los Angeles where I met my honey, Rick Owens, and I will spend my fifties enjoying life with him.On her beauty secrets—and what's up with that line on her forehead?
You often wear a vertical line painted on your forehead. Is this symbolic?· Oyster #93: Michele Lame [Oyster]
Always. It’s what keeps me grounded! I apply it with an eye pencil and make sure it’s not too straight.
I’ve heard you treat your nails with henna. Can you explain the process?
It’s not the traditional Indian henna, but a similar Japanese vegetable dye that’s used to cover grey hair. It last forever and never chips. It’s a good matte black.
You’ve altered your appearance in some significant and permanent ways, like tattooing your hands and gold plating your teeth. What was the motivation behind this?
To be able to sing King Kong Blues.