Quick Fire Questions With Fran Summers, The Muse Of Givenchy's New Fragrance

One of fashion's faces to watch, the 21-year-old British model is the face of the Maison's Irresistible perfume. Here she tells us more about her favourite scents, her sense of style, and why working with Clare Waight Keller was special
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Do you have any perfume memories?

Yes! The fragrances worn by my mother and sister when I was younger remind me of all the happy times spent with my family. 


What is your favourite element of Givenchy's Irresistible?

I like the contrast between the floral rose accord and the warm notes of musk and cedar. It's a beautiful marriage of lightness and depth. 


What's your favourite smell?

The pancakes drenched in maple syrup that my mother makes for breakfast. 

Do you cook?

I try to! I don't bake that much, but I do like to whip up dishes such as curry, chili with beans and other stews.


How would you describe your relationship with fashion?

I've always loved fashion — as a teenager, I read a lot of magazines. I like the idea of fashion as art, and I like theatrical things and interpreting different roles. 


What brands inspire you?

Givenchy, of course. It has been very special to work with Clare Waight Keller — she chose me and I've walked in almost all her shows. I also like Valentino, particularly its haute couture dresses. If I were a princess for a day, Valentino would be my ideal choice. 


How would you describe your style?

In reality, I prefer comfort, and I like wearing jeans. You can be surprised when you meet me for the first time! If I'm going to wear a dress or a skirt, I have to want to be elegant, otherwise it's more of a Mickey Mouse t-shirt for me...


Givenchy is one of the great fashion houses with a rich legacy...

Yes, I saw the movies with Audrey Hepburn. It's a house with a strong point of view, and it's fun to be a part of the story today. 


In your opinion, is Givenchy a typically French brand?

No, not only. Jackie Kennedy wore a lot of Givenchy, and she was American. There is a sense of elegance to the Maison's designs that is universal. 


You dance in the campaign for Irresistible. What was that like?

I'm not the best dancer, but I like it a lot. I learned ballet was I was a kid. I also quite like voguing.


City or countryside?

I love the city, and I think I could live there permanently. I mean, I live in London now. But for a short getaway, I'd choose the countryside, mostly because of my dogs.


What about nature?

When I go back to Yorkshire, I will make it a point to catch the sunrise or sunset. I also like sitting in the middle of the field alone, as it's very pleasant.


Do you have any beauty tips?

Sleep! During fashion month, I think it's important to drink enough water and get enough sleep. I know it's nothing new, but you can't go wrong with that. I also have a mask that I put on at night to keep my lips hydrated. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

Exercise in general: walking, barre, boxing, yoga... and cooking for my friends. 


Favourite movie?

The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos. Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz are magnificent there.

Favourite book?

Olivia Laing's The Lonely City, which tells the story of loneliness in New York.

Favourite music?

I have a very varied playlist. I love Dope Lemon, but I also love classical music for when I want to relax. 

Favourite colour?

Orange, yellow and pink — vibrant colours, as they echo my energy! And orange reminds me of sunset.

Favourite flower?

I like sunflowers and roses.

What are your goals in life?

Play more! I'd also like for the world to be happy.

What would you do to change the world?

I would like for there to be more love in the world.

What's next for Fran Summers?

I want to learn how to cook better and pick up foreign languages like Italian and French, and I also want to travel more. I really enjoyed my time in Japan, the country and the people. Going to 7-Eleven at 4am in the morning to buy something, because it's open 24 hours. It was a lot of fun.

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