We’re back with the second edition of RT Stories, a conversation about life and style with a few of our favorite women and fans of the brand. “Be happy. It’s not that serious” is the mantra of Nicole Chapoteau. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, she is a fashion stylist and consultant, a mother and a champion of curiosity. Below, Nicole discusses fashion as an art form, the power of being a woman and a beloved Rebecca Taylor top that pays homage to her mother.
chapter 2: Nicole Chapoteau
On knowing when she made it… “When I went to my first Paris Fashion Week—I was like ‘Alright, I’ve done it, I’ve lived the dream. I can stop now.’”
Rebecca Taylor makes me feel...
On being a woman… “It’s everything. I think we’re smarter, more sensitive, more intuitive and nurturing but also so powerful all at the same time. We can survive it all. There’s this song I love, and it says, ‘This woman’s work is hard on a man.’ And that’s how I always feel. It’s why we give birth and so many other things. We have to be stronger.”
On her Rebecca Taylor top…
“When I saw this top in the showroom, it immediately reminded me of a robe dress that my mom used to wear when I was little. It was black, and it had tiny pink flowers all over it. She bought it in the ‘70s or early ’80s and would belt it and wear it when she went out with friends. I used to try it on and pretend that I was her. Recently a few of my friends celebrated big birthdays and I knew right away what I was wearing. We danced and partied all night as if we were in college. Every time I look at it, at the print, I can picture my mom in her robe dress.”
What song reminds you of the feeling of when you put this on?
"Bad Girls by Donna Summer."
On what she’s learned along the way… “Ask the question. If you don’t know, find out and exhaust all of your resources. You won’t know without asking. That came from my old boss and mentor, Paul Cavaco.”
On her perfect day… “It would begin with me having 12 hours of sleep, waking up to no children calling my name because they’ve magically fed themselves and gotten dressed and made their way to school. There’d be a beautiful matcha latte sitting on the table with a bowl of fruit and it would be sunny out, around 85 degrees. And I could go to a museum and to a yoga class and read a book. And maybe watch some TV.”
On the meaning of fashion...
“There’s people who paint and take photos, but I’ve always thought of fashion as my art form. I might not design clothes but putting together an outfit is the way I express my creativity.”
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