September 13 2011
My personal style signifier is my white Dior Homme jeans – I have at least 15 pairs in my homes in Paris, Florence and Greece. I love the cut and the weight of the denim. You can dress them up with a jacket, and they are more glamorous than blue jeans. I can’t imagine not wearing them. From £260, www.diorhomme.com.
The thing I am eyeing next is a bespoke suit from Huntsman. The next time I am in London, when I am not working and have some time to relax, I’ll order one. I love mohair because I am very active, and it tends not to give as easily as other fabrics. I’ll order a light grey mohair suit, and maybe a navy one too. From £4,900, 11 Savile Row, London W1 (020-7734 7441; www.h-huntsman.com).
An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is a valley called Cala Luna in San Teodora on Sardinia. It is one of the most magical places I’ve ever been. It looks like a lunar landscape but on a beach, and it’s inhabited by hippie kids, who live there all summer. It’s difficult to find and also hard to get to; I found it accidentally this year when I was asking some local people to recommend a quiet beach that was off the beaten track.
The best souvenir I’ve brought home is a giant taxidermy crocodile head that I found in the south of Florida. It has travelled several places with me but has not been confiscated yet. I paid a few hundred dollars for it in a weird little store that sold a little bit of everything. I collect taxidermy, and have found that you tend to see it in strange places.
The people I rely on for grooming and style include anyone who makes house calls. Otherwise, with my work schedule, I can’t fit anything in. My hairdresser, David, comes to me wherever I am as he travels a lot too. I have two masseurs, one in Italy and one in France, and I even have a tailor who comes to my home.
A recent find is the reissue of Oliver Peoples’ Sheldrake sunglasses. They are my idea of perfect sunglasses. From £190, www.oliverpeoples.com.
The last thing I bought and loved was an Hermès billfold wallet [£328]. I’ve had several but tend to lose them. They have the perfect feel. The one I have now is camel but my favourite is dove grey. I also bought a grey Hermès Plume bag [from £4,840] but am waiting for it to arrive. www.hermes.com.
An object I would never part with is my family bible, which dates from 1550 and has been passed down through 14 generations. Everyone who has owned it has their name and date of birth inscribed inside.
The last music I downloaded was Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. I heard it on the radio while driving at the seaside near Rome. It’s the perfect summer music.
If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city it would be the area around Place Vendôme in Paris because it has everything. Charvet is on the corner, and Bottega Veneta and Hermès are just up the road. The Ritz is close by for meeting friends for drinks, and there are great jewellery shops for gifts. www.charvet.com. www.bottegaveneta.com. www.hermes.com. www.ritzparis.com.
An artist whose work I would collect is Jean-Michel Basquiat. Hands down. I’ve loved his work since I was a student in New York, and the day I own a piece by him I will feel I have got where I want to be. I love the colour, the violence, the emotion, and the writing mixed with figurative art. It’s perfect.
The last item I added to my wardrobe is a pair of navy velvet slippers with Pucci monograms I designed myself. I opted for them this year rather than flip-flops. They are just as wearable but much more chic. Like my white jeans, they look appropriate in any situation. I have them in leopard-printed pony skin and Pucci-printed canvas. www.emiliopucci.com.
My favourite website at the moment is Lauritz.com because I am decorating a house. It is the best for 1960s and 1970s Scandinavian, particularly Danish, furniture. I am looking for two Poul Kjaerholm brown leather recliner chairs and a day bed, which is the most beautiful piece of furniture. But I haven’t found either yet. www.lauritz.com.