In classic denim and pitch-perfect Chloe flats with bows, Elisa belongs to no decade and every decade. She loves the feminine touch of her linen jacket with its scalloped edges– but mostly because she can wear it all the time, with everything, like her racks of Repetto ballet slippers. Since having her son, Honoré, Elisa is so at peace she is less interested in consuming. Her serenity is evident in how impeccably timeless she has always been.
Elisa’s French upbringing does not belie her love of perfume, breton stripes, and bags. She has one of Marc Jacobs’s bags from his first collection, a nautical Coach from the ’70s, and one from the legendary Roberta di Camerino. After working in Paris shoulder-to-shoulder with her mother, the designer Lolita Lempicka, Elisa came to New York seeking a change. “I wanted to see what my value was outside of my family,” she says, and crossed an ocean only to find herself in another family workplace, with Betsey Johnson. Of her two maternal mentors, she says, “They both know what they want– they have a style and they stick to it.” Just like them, Elisa finds a certain harmony in her life now that she too is a mother, and seldom strays from her distinctly understated and clean-as-ivory style in a cream ‘30s vintage dress and Marc Jacobs patent sandals.