Yet for all her A-list status, the 39 year-old model turned music producer is down-to-earth sweetness personified when she opens her door. This is even more surprising when you know she’s also a countess, that her grandfather was both prince and senior government minster and her mother an Olympic swimmer.
The other surprise is that we aren’t in 7th arrondissement grandeur but a former artist’s studio in Pigalle – a gritty neighbourhood of strip clubs, guitar shops and arriviste concept cafés – where she lives with her musician boyfriend, Yarol Poupaud, and their 7 year-old son Anton. Home is a temple to music; guitars and a piano line one wall, records another, while off the kitchen lies a music studio.
De Maigret embodies with perfect aplomb ‘le rock’n’roll attitude’ many Parisiennes aspire to. Her closet is a mix of high and low, encapsulated by two wardrobe essentials; her black Chanel jacket, “right away you are stylish,” and an authentic 70’s perfecto from Scott, discovered in a Berlin flea market.
There’s a practical side to her daily uniform: jeans, boots and sneakers, t-shirts, blouses and tailored jackets, which she claims is as much about being a mother as giving the finger to the Parisian preference for 24 hour heels. Stilettos do however come out at ni More