The Aesthete: Erdem Moralioglu talks more personal taste

The fashion designer rounds up his list of likes with the “ultra-cool” Truman Capote, an unforgettable villa in Positano and Paris’s Porte de Vanves fleamarket

Erdem Moralioglu at home in London
Erdem Moralioglu at home in London | Image: Kate Martin

My style icon is the young Truman Capote – his nipped-in suits were very snappy and I’ve always thought he looked ultra-cool.

Truman Capote
Truman Capote | Image: Bettmann Archive

The best gift I’ve received recently was a full set of Schmincke oils from L Cornelissen & Son, a glorious art shop near the British Museum. I watercolour my fashion illustrations sometimes, but I’ve never used oils and I really want to find time to start painting again. 105 Great Russell Street, London WC1 (020-7636 1045; cornelissen.com).

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An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Positano. I went with my partner Philip for a friend’s birthday and we stayed at Villa TreVille, which was once Franco Zeffirelli’s house. It is extraordinary: you enter via a door in the side of a mountain and take a lift down to this long, tiled corridor. There’s a beautiful living room decorated with hand-painted tiles and it still has the original furniture; it opens out onto this incredible wrap-around balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. It’s the most beautiful place in the world and so chic. villatreville.com.

Moralioglu’s set of Schmincke oils from L Cornelissen & Son
Moralioglu’s set of Schmincke oils from L Cornelissen & Son | Image: Kate Martin

The books on my bedside table include Writings by Truman Capote, as well as his Portraits and Observations, a collection of short stories and essays from his career that includes wonderful portraits of stars like Elizabeth Taylor and a story about spending a weekend in Japan with Marlon Brando – I love his acidity. I’m also reading Sporting Guide, about Los Angeles in 1897, by my friend Liz Goldwyn, and Wilderness Tips, a book of short stories by Margaret Atwood.

Porte de Vanves fleamarket in Paris
Porte de Vanves fleamarket in Paris | Image: Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

In my fridge you’ll always find pickled onions – any type, I’m not fussy, though I quite like the M&S ones – milk for my tea, champagne, even though I don’t really drink it, a bottle of Gamay and some pâté.

Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood
Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood

The objects I would never part with are my parents’ photo albums, typical faux-leather padded books with yellowing, sticky pages full of memories. I have co-ownership with my twin sister but they are in my care at the moment.

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My favourite room in my house is my bedroom, which my partner Philip has remodelled. The house is in Dalston on a square and was built in the 1860s. We have a huge window at the end of the bed with a built-in bench and bookshelf, and you can look out over the Victorian rooftops – it’s a real London view.

If I didn’t live in London, the city I would live in is Paris. I’d have an apartment in the Marais, where Au Petit Fer à Cheval would be my local bar and bistro – it’s so typically French and a very intimate space to meet friends. I’d go to Comptoir de l’Image or Les Mots à la Bouche for books, and the Porte de Vanves fleamarket, which is my guilty pleasure whenever I am in town – you can find almost anything there, from vintage glass to beautiful midcentury furniture. Au Petit Fer à Cheval, 30 Rue Vielle du Temple, 75004 (+331-4272 4747). Comptoir de l’Image, 44 Rue de Sévigné, 75003 (+331-4272 0392). Les Mots à la Bouche, 6 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 (+331-4278 8830; motsbouche.com). Marché aux Puces, Porte de Vanves, Avenue Georges Lafenestre, 75014 (pucesdevanves.fr).

The people I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeing are Michael, my local barber on Columbia Road, and Margie Pope, Gergo Babgaldi and Alan Henderson at Body Studio where I train every week. I also run along the canal to keep fit, but other than that I am quite low maintenance. Michael Harding, 53 Columbia Road, London E2 (jb@lalaland.uk.com). Body Studio, 89A Rivington Street, London EC2 (020-7729 0111; bodystudio.co.uk).

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be a dancer. I’ve recently become friends with Lauren Cuthbertson, principal at The Royal Ballet, and I was thinking how amazing it would be if I could touch my toes. But that’s never going to happen now, so I guess being a vintage bookstore owner would be a good second choice.

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