It’s summer and that means on Fridays everyone should be sneaking out of work a little bit early to go on a weekend jaunt or grab a drink on a sunny rooftop. The fashion industry, which works really hard, also knows how to cut loose and play hard. In our new weekly column, called Summer Fridays, we catch up with industry insiders to find out what they do, where they go, and what they bring with them when they escape the daily grind. We’ve vacayed with stylist Johnny Wujek and hit the road with Timo Weiland. This week, we’re catching up with designer Barbara Bui. Bon voyage!
Barbara Bui took the fashion world by storm in 1987, introducing her rock and roll aesthetic to the Parisian market. Known for her luxe, high-fashion eye and uncompromising penchant for all things cool, young, and downtown the French designer has since built an empire around the world starting with her first boutique in New York’s own SoHo in 2001. Today, celebs from Kristen Stewart, Jessica Biel, to Ciara have embraced the Barbara Bui brand as part of their red carpet look–especially those snakeskin heels.
When not busy working on her next collection, Bui is off diving, rafting, and exploring exotic locales throughout the world. Rock and roll style, of course.
Fashionista: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done on vacation?
Bui: Diving 10 meters into the sea from a rock. That really gave me a buzz.
What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you on vacation?
When an airport lost all of my luggage and only returned it a fortnight later. Since then, I always pack the essentials in my carry-on luggage.
What’s the most exotic meal you’ve ever had on vacation?
A dish entirely composed of seaweed in Japan.
What do you wish you’d done on vacation?
Rafting in the Verdon Gorges.
What is something you fell in love with on vacation?
Scuba diving in the Seychelles. The whole underwater world is just so magical.
What would you go back and do again?
Return to a lodge in Africa and skim across the landscape in a light aircraft. The first time I did it, I felt as if I was discovering the origins of the world. Return to the Norwegian fjords, for the same reason. The surrounding nature is simply breathtaking.