Style | The Aesthete

Solange Azagury-Partridge talks style: Part Two

More titbits from the taste files of this designer of striking, exuberant jewellery.

June 03 2011
Carola Long

My style icon... I think it’s too limiting to focus on one person. There are so many wonderful women in my life that it’s a mix. You just take the best bits of everybody and people inspire you in different ways.

An object I’d never part with… I don’t really have sentimental objects, but it would probably be a photo or something that my kids have written to me. I have pictures all over my fridge and there’s one of my daughter looking so angelic in her school photo.

An indulgence I would never forego is sleeping late at the weekend. Some people say to me, “Late; you mean 9am?” but for me late is about 12-ish. During the week I get up at 6.30 or 7am but I just have to recuperate at the weekends.

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe is a Prada skirt with black and emerald-green horizontal stripes from the current collection [spring/summer 2011]. I am such an admirer of Miuccia Prada’s aesthetic. £385, 16-18 Old Bond Street, London W1 (020-7647 5000; www.prada.com).

In my fridge you’ll always find homemade garlic oil. I crush one or two bulbs of garlic, pour olive oil over it and use it in all my cooking.

The best gift I’ve given recently was fluffy all-in-one tiger suits for all the kiddies in my life. They are very, very cute. I have an avalanche of catalogues and they were from a random one of those called Letterbox. £22, www.letterbox.co.uk.

The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Caravaggio, because his work is so deep, dark and gothic. Actually, I just print out my favourite images and frame them in gorgeous old gilt frames. I don’t really need to own the real thing.

And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is an Oscar statuette from LA for “Best Husband”. I have a very supportive husband and he deserves it. When I go away I also bring my daughter a T-shirt with the name of the place I have been to, so she has quite a collection now.

The site that inspires me is the Ta Prohm temple in Angkor, Cambodia. It’s where nature and architecture collide – one powerful force literally taking hold of another.

My favourite room in my house is my bedroom. It’s big enough to entertain in. My bed is like a life-raft and I do everything on it, from reading to making phone calls to watching films.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose London’s West End. It has posh and high-street clothes, antiques, jewellery, amazing fabrics. I like Borovicks fabric shop, Grays Antiques Market and Selfridges food hall. I prefer junk shopping to clothes shopping. Borovicks Fabrics, 16 Berwick Street, London W1 (020-7437 2180; www.borovickfabricsltd.co.uk). Grays Antiques Market, 58 Davies Street and 1-7 Davies Mews, London W1 (020-7629 7034; www.graysantiques.com). Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1 (0800-123 400; www.selfridges.com).

The people I rely on for grooming and style are at a salon called George G in Queensway, where I get my hair coloured and have a conditioning treatment. It’s totally local and I can walk in at the last second. I cut my own hair. 146 Queensway, London W2 (020-7243 0572; www.georgesalon.co.uk).

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be an architect or interior designer. I did a language degree in French and Spanish, so I wasn’t heading for the visual arts, but I found my way there.

See also

People, Interview