Garance Doré has teamed up with the Outnet to launch a new weekly podcast, Pardon My French, debuting on March 3. Featuring guests including Zosia Mamet, Emily Mortimer and the Foster sisters, the podcast will be recorded on location in cafés, apartments, the park or Doré's New York studio, creating an intimate environment for genuine conversation. We caught up with the writer, photographer, illustrator and all-around chic blogger on her recent venture with the Outnet.
Harper's Bazaar: We love a good podcast – how did the idea for Pardon My French come about?
Garance Doré: I listen to podcasts all the time – when I walk, when I cook, when I travel… I love the free flow, the level of intimacy and the authenticity you can reach [with a podcast]. That is much more difficult with video, [when] the cameras and production are involved. I have a natural curiosity and I love a friendly, funny, open conversation. I thought I could bring a new point of view through the subjects and people I would curate.
HB: What can we expect from chats with your guests? What's the most daring topic you plan to address?
GD: I never think of any topic as daring. Women talk about everything, they're not so shy. Of course it depends on what the person wants to share, but I plan to talk openly about any topic.
HB: How do you choose who you'll have on for a chat? What characteristics make for the perfect podcast guest?
GD: The perfect guest is someone who is excited to be there! Not all of them are my friends, the idea is also to meet new people who I admire – I'm so careful with who I chose. The main criteria are: am I dying to talk to that person? How do my friends react when I tell them about that person? What are the questions I would ask them? If I feel a sense of excitement, then that's a very good sign. I also chose people who are able to talk freely; I have a hard time with interviews that feel prepared and edited.
HB: In working on the first few episodes, what are some key things you've learned in the process thus far?
GD: That time goes very fast when you talk with fascinating people. That sounds and voices are extremely evocative and a fantastic way to get to know someone better. And that having time to talk is the best way to really get people to actually express themselves.
HB: Your business is so visual, being a photographer and an illustrator; have you given some thought as to how you'll transition to an image-less medium like the podcast?
GD: You're right and we did! We're photographing our audio recorded sessions – it's wonderful because you get such candid and beautiful moments, which are my favourites. A podcast is a very sensual experience, you get very attached to voices and sounds, which is why it's recorded on location. I want to be able to take the listener to a café, to the beach, to Paris… you can get the chance to travel and create images in your mind.
Listen to a teaser of Pardon My French here.
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