Obviously, the fashion week landscape is supposed to be all about the clothes, but for Michel Gaubert, it’s sonic. As fashion’s leading sound director, a creative whirlwind combining unerring taste and uniquely Gallic flair, he makes catwalk mixes for the likes of Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Céline, JW Anderson, Raf Simons, Dior, Gucci, Valentino and Sacai, essentially deciding the music we will be getting dressed to in six months time. Alongside this, he moonlights as one of AnOther’s favourite Instagrammers. His account – @michelgaubert – has been engaged in witty, affectionate badinage with the fashion world since he started posting in 2012, with posts ranging from his feline series, “This is not Choupette”, to expressive cartoons and film stills that crop up at pertinent moments. As Paris Fashion Week starts, Gaubert gets personal with Jefferson Hack's off-kilter take on Proust's Questionnaire.
What are you thinking of right now?
What makes you laugh?
What makes you cry?
What do you consider to be the greatest invention?
"More pleasure and less pain for everyone"
Do you have a mentor or inspirational figure that has guided or influenced you?
Where do you feel most at home?
Where are you right now?
What is your proudest achievement in work?
Working with amazing creative people.
What is your proudest achievement in life?
Still being crazy after all these years.
What do you most dislike about contemporary culture?
The fact that it is so disposable and consumed by people who do not understand it.
What do you most like about the age we live in?
My internet connection.
At what points do life and work intersect?
At any point.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Be who you are.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
They’re all big.
Recommend a book or poem that has changed your perspective on life?
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Childs.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Discovering I had a brother in the backseat of my parent’s car and not being happy about it.
What’s the most important relationship in your life?
They’re all important. Ryan Aguilar is major.
What’s the most romantic action you’ve taken?
Singing La Vie En Rose in a karaoke bar in Fresno, California. I had the best audience.
What’s the most spiritual action you’ve taken?
Having my own religion.
If you could wish for one change in the world what would it be?
More pleasure and less pain for everyone.