December 21 2012
My personal style signifier is a gold Cartier Tank watch. I got it 17 years ago and, along with my wedding ring, it is something I wear every day. I see it as an object reflecting timeless and elegant luxury. Gold has also been my favourite colour since I was a little girl; today, I try to draw it into the palette of everything I design or do, be it home interiors, jewellery choices or the packaging of collections for my beauty brand. From £15,000; www.cartier.com.
The last thing I bought and loved was a white woven-leather tote bag from Prada earlier this season. I liked it so much I bought it in black for winter, too. £1,250; www.prada.com.
The thing I’m eyeing next is probably a Lanvin cocktail dress. I love the assortment of brocades, rich patterns and colour contrasts Alber Elbaz has created – perfect for parties in the holiday season when teamed with a statement necklace. From £1,065; www.lanvin.com.
An indulgence I would never forego is French fries. Sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than sitting down to steak frites, or home-made roast chicken and chips, with your nearest and dearest friends. They are the ultimate comfort food. Occasionally, my cravings have taken me to McDonald’s for a shameful hit – undeniably bad, and yet so irresistibly good.
The best souvenir I’ve brought home recently was a kaleidoscopic assortment of napkins from the wonderful Parisian homeware store Muriel Grateau. Its linens are so special: layers of pinks, greens, neons, blacks and chocolate browns in deep, stacked drawers. It does a fabulous job of highlighting how presentation can become a source of both inspiration and desire to the enthusiastic shopper. From €30; 37 Rue de Beaune, Paris 75007 (+331-4020 4282).
A recent ‘find’ is a hip new restaurant called Acme in downtown Manhattan. It opened in January but I only got round to going last month – I took my father. I loved the buzzy atmosphere, and the Scandinavian menu was thoughtful and delicious; there’s also a great little basement bar downstairs for a nightcap after dinner. 9 Great Jones Street, New York NY 10012 (+1212-203 2121; www.acmenyc.com).
The books on my bedside table have recently included Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales by the actress and comedian Ali Wentworth, which I found truly hilarious. Each page felt like a conversation with a very close friend.
In my fridge you’ll always find cheese, yoghurt and a selection of fruit and vegetables. I have two children [Jack, 13, and Will, 12], so I try to ensure that we always stock the fridge with a healthy mix of foods. I actually adore grocery shopping – a trip to our local Whole Foods store is usually a full-blown family outing. I could spend hours pondering its selection of fresh produce and pre-prepared meals. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
The best gifts I’ve given recently were G-Shock watches to my two sons this summer. They’ve been on their present wish lists for a while, so to see the excitement dawn on their faces when they opened up the boxes was something of a gift in itself. G-Shock Premium range, from £260; www.gshock.com.
And the best one I’ve received recently came from my wonderful friend Tabitha Simmons, the British stylist-turned-shoe designer who is now based in New York. She gave me a beautiful pair of floral silk sandals from her spring/summer collection. The bright, pretty neon print is offset perfectly by a strong heel and buckles. £425; www.tabithasimmons.com.
If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be a magazine editor. A perfect evening for me is to curl up in bed with a big pile of fashion or interiors publications from around the world; I collect them in baskets until I have the chance to devour them in a single sitting. Discovering how editors in other countries choose to curate style has long been an influence on my own line of work. And I still much prefer the experience of turning the physical pages of a magazine to reading them as iPad apps.