Isabel Marant talks personal taste: Part Two

The fashion designer wraps up her list of likes with Serge Gainsbourg, Le Corbusier and shopping for unusual artworks in Mumbai

Isabel Marant at her showroom
Isabel Marant at her showroom | Image: Léa Crespi

My style icon is Serge Gainsbourg. I've always thought the most stylish people are those who find a look that suits them and stick to it. I love how he wore super-chic things from the best labels, but in a very cool, slightly scruffy way.

The site that inspires me is Le Cabanon de Le Corbusier in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the South of France. I love the efficiency of Le Corbusier’s architecture; he created very elegant and well-balanced buildings from the simplest of materials. This small summer cabin was his private holiday home, but you can visit by appointment. www.fondationlecorbusier.fr.

David Mallet hair salon, Paris
David Mallet hair salon, Paris

The best gift I’ve given recentlyis a coat from my collection to my niece. It’s made out of bands of fox fur knitted together, so it’s incredibly warm yet also very light and modern. www.isabelmarant.com.

The people and places I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeingare David Mallett, where I have my hair cut once a year, and the therapists at Ban Sabai, where I’ll go for an incredibly soothing foot and head massage. I swim at least twice a week at Piscine Pontoise, a 1930s pool that has been beautifully restored, and in the river near my cabin in Fontainebleau at weekends. Ban Sabai, 12 Rue de Lesdiguières (+331-4271 3710; www.bansabai.fr). David Mallett, 14 Rue Notre Dame des Victoires (+331-4020 0023; www.david-mallett.com). Piscine Pontoise, 19 Rue de Pontoise (+331-5542 7788).

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The books on my bedside table are anything by Haruki Murakami or Salman Rushdie. I always have one of their novels near me and particular favourites include Kafka on the Shore and Midnight’s Children.

The one artist whose work I would collect if I couldis Jean-Michel Basquiat. He was quite prolific and I love his use of colour. There isn’t a painting of his I don’t like.

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne

My favourite websites are few because I’m very low-tech, but I’ll visit Style.com to keep up to speed on the fashion world, and iTunes, for music, books and films.www.apple.com/itunes. www.style.com.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose Mumbai, because it’s incredibly varied. I love Crawford Market or Chor Bazaar for traditional craft pieces, and also very modern shops such as Bungalow Eight, which is spread over three floors and has a vast, inspirational collection of homewares, furniture and fashion. I also like to browse the city’s beautiful galleries such as Kalpa:vraksha or Sakshi, where you can pick up really unusual artworks. Bungalow Eight, 17 Arthur Bunder Rd, Colaba (+9122-2281 9880; bungaloweight.com). Chor Bazaar, Mohammed Ali Rd.Crawford Market, Dhobi Talao (http://www.crawford-market.com). Kalpa:vraksha, Sea-face House, 99A Walkeshwar Rd (+9198-2005 4626; www.kalpavraksha.in). Sakshi Gallery, Synergy Art Foundation, Grants Building, Arthur Bunder Rd, Colaba (+9122-6610 3424; www.sakshigallery.com).

Bungalow Eight in Mumbai
Bungalow Eight in Mumbai | Image: Bungalow Eight

In my fridge you’ll always findtomatoes, basil, eggs, rice milk and carrot juice. I also always have champagne, either Deutz or Ruinart, and some good cheese such as mascarpone or vacherin that I buy from a local farmers’ market. www.champagne-deutz.com. www.ruinart.com.

An indulgence I would never foregois smoking. I used to buy Bastos, a quirky cigarette brand, but now I roll my own because it means I smoke half as much.

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

If I didn’t live in Paris I would live in Barcelona. I adore the Spanish spirit and identify with their culture of having long, leisurely dinners late into the night.

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be an architect like Carlo Mollino, whose work I love.

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