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Name: Marine Deleeuw
Agency: The Society
Hometown: Valenciennes, France
Number of shows walked: 65, including Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Tom Ford and Versace.
This story first appeared in the November 11, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
WWD: How did you react when you found out that you had walked the most shows this season?
Marine Deleeuw: I was really surprised. My agency sent me something that said, “Congratulations, you are the top girl.” I was like, “No way guys, that’s not possible.” My friend, Josephine Le Tutour, was doing every show—everything—so I was surprised. But we got coffee and joked about it. It’s not a competition.
WWD: What were some of the highlights of your season?
M.D.: I think my best memory was walking in the Dolce & Gabbana finale. Chanel was one of my favorites. I took a lot of pictures there because it was so nice. Chanel is always so big, and I feel so little. Like, I am nothing compared to this.
WWD: Any low moments?
M.D.: I cried at Alexander McQueen [when they bleached my eyebrows]. I’m not a crying person, normally. I never cry. But they bleached my eyebrows and dyed them back at Dior, and, two days later, again at McQueen. It was so painful. But, it’s fine. It’s fashion.
WWD: How do the cities compare to each other?
M.D.: I think New York is the easiest because it’s first. After London, you don’t really live and you don’t really sleep. You just walk. Paris is the hardest because it’s 10 days and it’s the last city. But, for me, Paris is the best fashion week. It’s home. It’s French. It’s in the city of fashion.
WWD: What do you carry with you at all times during fashion week?
M.D.: A phone charger, which is good when you have no battery and everyone is trying to call you. Then, a lip balm, some moisturizer and my phone.
WWD: What do you do after the shows every night?
M.D.: I’ll shower and eat and go right to bed. Next season I think I’m going to try to go [to parties]. Some people will say, “Come to the party, it’s going to be fun!” And I say, “Yes but I have a lot of shows tomorrow and my face is sh-t and I’m tired, so I can’t go.”
WWD: What was your final show of the season?
M.D.: Hermès. It was really nice. Backstage, there was some girl doing massages and Julia Nobis was playing her guitar. It was the last hoorah.
WWD: What did you do to celebrate the end of the season?
M.D.: I went directly home, which is two hours by train. I took the car to pick up my stuff, and then I took the subway to the train because there is a lot of traffic in Paris. But I saw my family and there was a big, heavy French dinner for me. [I thought,] “I’m home.”