My style icon is my mother. She was really stylish and when she died seven years ago I inherited 50 Gucci handbags and about 100 pairs of gloves.
The best gift I’ve given recently was a pair of noise-cancelling Bose QuietComfort in-ear headphones, to a girlfriend. They are amazing because you can fall asleep wearing them on the plane. £260; www.bose.co.uk.
And the best one I’ve received recently was a long, flowing, white cotton summer dress with blue and black paisley patterns. My brother bought it at La Galeria Elefante when we were in Ibiza; I wore it, danced all night and felt on top of the world. Carretera San Miguel, Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, 07814 Ibiza (+34971-197 017; www.lagaleriaelefante.com).
An indulgence I would never forgo is massages at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in London. I have the 80-minute Oriental Essence Body Massage, which is quite hardcore, but I drift off. They have the greatest masseurs and I have never been let down. Afterwards I meditate in the relaxation room and leave calm but revived. £155; 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1 (020-7235 2000; www.mandarinoriental.com).
If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose Via Frattina in Rome. I’d go to Gente, a clothing store with lots of chic brands, and Luisa Venier, an amazing handkerchief store; I think handkerchiefs are really stylish. Saddlers Union has wonderful leather goods, especially for men. And I love Hotel de Russie, which has a really nice gym and glamorous spa; plus there’s a restaurant nearby called Dal Bolognese, a super-classic place for homemade pasta and bollito. Dal Bolognese, Piazza del Popolo (+3906-361 1473; www.dalbolognese.it). Gente, Via del Babuino 185 (+3906-322 5954; www.genteroma.com). Hotel de Russie, Via del Babuino 9 (+3906-328 881; www.roccofortehotels.com). Luisa Venier, Via Frattina 80 (+3906-6979 7741; www.luisaviaroma.com). Saddlers Union, Via Margutta 11 (+3906-3212 0237; www.saddlersunion.com).
The people I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeing include my trainer, Laura Madge, who used to be a gymnast and has made me super fit. I only get my hair cut twice a year, but I do have blow drys at George Northwood’s salon before art gallery openings and work dinners. I also have eyelash extensions at a place in Shepherd’s Bush; it’s a hole in the wall, but the best I’ve found. I don’t dare give the address or I’ll never be able to get an appointment. George Northwood, 24 Wells Street, London W1 (020-7580 8195; www.georgenorthwood.com). Laura Madge, www.gymbox.com/very-personal-trainers/laura-madge.
The sight that inspires me is the beautiful and constantly changing view from my house in Porto Ercole on the south coast of Tuscany. I recently flew from New York and back to spend just two days there. I fall asleep listening to the sea; it’s my little piece of heaven and I escape there with my two kids whenever I can.
My favourite room in my house is my kitchen. I like to cook and entertain and people always have a nicer time than in a restaurant. I can seat 30 people at once, though I call in caterers for parties that large.
In my fridge you’ll always find salmon, eggs, lemon, spinach, kale, tomatoes, Volvic water and biodynamic wine. The wine comes from a biodynamic shop called Zelas Wines & Deli in Highgate; the owner Plamen Gueorguiev chooses a bunch of different ones for me to try. Recent discoveries include a light red called Un Litro and a white called Guazza Vermentino. They all come from small suppliers and you feel much better the morning after. 216 Archway Road, London N6 (020-8347 9006; www.zelas.co.uk).
The books on my bedside table are The Passion According to GH by Clarice Lispector, a Brazilian novelist I have always wanted to read; Black Transparency: The Right to Know in the Age of Mass Surveillance by Metahaven that discusses the propaganda, manipulation and secrecy in a world where governments are apparently “transparent”; and Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty, a lively and acclaimed critique of capitalism.
If I didn’t live in London, the city I would live in is New York, essentially for the art. I love the new Whitney Museum and the Guggenheim. Then Barneys is great for shopping and Kyo Ya and Sasabune restaurants serve some of the best sushi I’ve had outside Japan; I could write a guidebook to Japanese restaurants around the world. Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue (+1212-826 8900; www.barneys.com). Kyo Ya, 94 East 7th Street (+1212-982 4140). Sasabune, 401 East 73rd Street (+1212-249 8583; www.sasabunenyc.com). Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (+1212-423 3575; www.guggenheim.org). Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street (+1212-570 3600; www.whitney.org).
The beauty staple I’m never without is John-Marie Farina fragrance by Roger & Gallet. My mother and grandmother used it and I’ve worn it since I was five; it makes me feel at home. £31 for 100ml EDC; www.feelunique.com.
If I weren’t doing what I do I would be a lecturer in philosophy because I believe that in life, one should try to make a difference to others.