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Join Us Daily As We Spread The L'Ove With Our Models-At-Home Series

As we continue to spend more time at home, L’Officiel Singapore is showing our L’Ove for 16 international talents via remotely shot videos, images, and interviews. So tune in every day on our Instagram page to find out how these runway and campaign stars are spending their time at home.
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As the writer Henry Miller once said, the only thing we can never get enough of is love. Especially at this present moment when love – or should we say, L’Ove – is a much-needed balm for our souls. So as we continue to spend more time at home, L’Officiel Singapore is spreading more feel-goodness around by spotlighting 16 international models we L’Ove over 16 days, through exclusive, remotely shot videos and images, as well as short interviews.

Head to our Instagram page every day to see model behaviour at its best, and get inspired by how these runway regulars and campaign stars are staying creative and picking up new skills at home.

Elza Matiz

Kicking off our models-at-home series is Dutch model Elza Matiz, who has fronted brands such as Prada and Versace, and worked with legendary photographers Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel.

What is one fun skill you’ve picked up or improved on whilst spending more time at home?

One of the fun skills I’ve learned while spending more time at home is playing chess. I’ve also had more time to create, to paint, and to sew. I’ve been painting a lot, which is something I always used to do when I was younger, and I finally found the time to do it again. I also made myself a face mask: I spent about five hours doing it, so I would say it’s couture!

What has been your little guilty pleasure to keep your spirits up while staying at home?

When I’m not walking around with [my handmade mask] on my face, one of my guilty pleasures has been making skincare and haircare products. For the skin, I recommend strawberries and raspberries, and for the hair, lots and lots of aloe vera. It’s good to spend some time on self-care.

Looking on the positive side, what’s the best thing that has happened since spending more time at home?

I finally have the time to do the things I love — to be more creative and think outside the box.

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Aurelien Muller

Next up we have French actor and model Aurelien Muller, who has worked with Taylor Swift, and fronted campaigns for Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana.  

What is one fun skill you’ve picked up or improved on whilst spending more time at home?

I've been cooking a lot more at home. It started as kind of a joke, actually. I asked my wife what dish she was craving the most, regardless of what part of the world it might come from, and her answer was the “Banana Pudding” from Magnolia Bakery [in New York City]. So I started challenging myself to cook from scratch some pretty complicated desserts and meals.

What has been your little guilty pleasure to keep your spirits up while staying at home?

I don’t know if it can be considered a guilty pleasure, but as with many other French people who needed a way to kill time at home, I started playing online poker. There’s been a big increase in the number of online players recently, and some of them don’t even know how to play! I am familiar with poker because I’ve been playing for almost 14 years, but I don’t gamble.

Looking on the positive side, what’s the best thing that has happened since spending more time at home?

For me, the lockdown has been a blessing, in a way. Before this all started, I was meant to go away for quite some time because of work, away from my wife and my baby daughter. She is four months old now, and she was two months old when the lockdown first began. I was supposed to fly to New York for four weeks, and then to Los Angeles, where I had a lot of opportunities lined up. Which then got cancelled, because we were all forced to stay at home. But staying home gave me the chance to see my baby girl growing and evolving. Even though it was frustrating not knowing what was happening in the world and how things would have developed, waking up every day and seeing my baby girl smile was the best feeling ever.

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Chiara Corridori

Joining the models-at-home lineup is Chiara Corridori, an island girl from Sardinia, Italy who has gone on to walk for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Armani Prive, and Yohji Yamamoto.

What is one fun skill you’ve picked up or improved on whilst spending more time at home?

The skill I’ve improved on whilst in quarantine is cooking, but the one I’ve discovered is gardening. I’ve always been into nature and flowers, but now it’s an obsession. My terrace is full of beautiful plants and flowers, and I like to take care of them and make beautiful bouquets.

What has been your little guilty pleasure to keep your spirits up while staying at home?

I would say that the quintessentially Italian aperitivo on my terrace has been my guilty pleasure during quarantine. Usually on Fridays or the weekend my family and I would prepare an amazing aperitivo, which brought us some semblance of normality.

Looking on the positive side, what’s the best thing that has happened since spending more time at home?

Despite the huge tragedy we all went through, I think and believe that each of us can find a positive side to it. On my part, I am thankful that I could immediately fly home, so I could spend quarantine together with my family in Cagliari, instead of in a random apartment in some random city elsewhere in the world. I could also finally focus on things I never had the time to do, to improve on my hobbies and find new ones. On top of all this, I could go back to my studies, so I made good use of the free time I had.

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Wouter Peelen

We also shine a spotlight on Dutch model Wouter Peelen, who has starred in campaigns for Salvatore Ferragamo, Calvin Klein, Tiffany & Co., Michael Kors, and Hermès.

What is one fun skill you’ve picked up or improved on whilst spending more time at home?

One fun skill I’ve improved on is playing the guitar. I used to play regularly about 15 years ago, but I haven’t done so since, so I am happy that I could finally pick it up again. I have new-born twin baby boys, Wolf and Luca, so I thought it would be fun to play for them, and they ended up actually liking it. I play them several songs every day.

What has been your little guilty pleasure to keep your spirits up while staying at home?

My guilty pleasure has been taking naked showers in my backyard. Since I’m a big fan of saunas and spas, and those places were closed because of the pandemic, I decided to build my own hot shower and sauna in the backyard. I took naked showers every morning for three months. I love it!

Looking on the positive side, what’s the best thing that has happened since spending more time at home?

One positive is that I had the opportunity to spend time at home with my baby boys and my girlfriend Elise. Being with them 24/7, and seeing the boys grow up more every day is just a blessing.

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Credits

Editor-in-Chief Ian Lee

Producer & Casting Simone Bronzi

Photographer & Videographer Steve Harnacke

Stylist & Art Director Alessandra Bloom / Corne Fashion Management

Stylist Collaborator Maria Bernardi

Models Elza Matiz / D'Management Group, 

     Aurelien Muller / VNY Models 

                           Chiara Corridori / Elite Management Milano

    Wouter Peelen / VNY Models

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