Natalie Massenet MBE (born 1965) is a former journalist and fashion entrepreneur who founded the designer fashion portal Net-a-Porter. Since 2013, she has also been chairman of the British Fashion Council.
Credited by many as changing the way designer fashion is retailed, she has been described by The Observer as: "fashion's favourite self-made success story".
Massenet was born in Los Angeles in May 1965, the daughter of American journalist turned film publicist Bob L. Rooney and Barbara Jones, a British a model with Chanel and movie stand-in for Sophia Loren. She spent her early childhood in Paris, moving back to LA in 1976 with her father after her parents divorced.
Her first job after graduating from high school was in a menswear shop in Los Angeles and Massenet then attended UCLA, studying English Literature. After graduating, she spent a year in Tokyo working as a fashion model and stylist. Other early jobs included working as a receptionist at Universal Studios and assisting at Italian magazine Moda, where she worked with the then emerging photographer Mario Testino.
Massenet began her career as a fashion journalist at Women's Wear Daily (WWD) in 1993. She then moved on to Tatler in the UK, where she worked as assistant to Isabella Blow and her colleagues included Lucy Yeomans. She left to go freelance in 1998...
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