Christine d’Ornano talks personal taste: Part One

Christine d’Ornano is global vice president of her family-owned beauty brand Sisley

Christine d’Ornano
Christine d’Ornano | Image: Sebastian Boettcher

My personal style signifier is a necklace that is hung with the baptism medals of my three daughters and a coin with our family crest on the back. It sort of brings me luck.

D’Ornano’s Björn Borg poster
D’Ornano’s Björn Borg poster | Image: Charlie Bibby

The last thing I bought and loved was an original poster of Björn Borg [pictured] commissioned by Roland Garros for the 1981 tennis tournament. I had liked it for years but was on a bus in Paris last year when I saw it in a gallery window and immediately jumped off and bought it. It reminds me of watching endless Borg versus McEnroe matches when I was small. From €300; Librairie Elbe, 213 Bis Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris (+331-4548 7797;


And the thing I’m eyeing next is a 1970s black and white print by Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc, called A Partir d’un Ciel de Van Gogh. It was inspired by Van Gogh’s paintings of swirling skies, though it also looks like sea waves to me. £3,147;

The Hackney Draper
The Hackney Draper

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a pink, stripy Emilia Wickstead dress that I spotted at her spring/summer 2016 show. The elegant and pretty pastel shade makes it stand out. Striped pleat-back Liv dress, £1,220;

Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp by Le Corbusier
Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp by Le Corbusier | Image: Oleg Mitiukhin / Alamy Stock Photo

The books on my bedside table are IQ84 by Murakami, because the prose is as clear as water and I find it very relaxing; and, after the recent BBC television series, I am re-reading War and Peace. I read it when I was 14 and skipped the diplomatic scenes because they seemed boring, but I find them more relevant today.

Pentreath & Hall brush pot, £40 
Pentreath & Hall brush pot, £40 

A recent “find” is a shop called The Hackney Draper [pictured] that has great fabrics and accessories for the home. I discovered it on Instagram, though I am not generally that savvy on social media. I bought a Moroccan carpet and some vintage saris that I am going to turn into cushion covers. 25 Chatsworth Rd, London E5 (020-3583 8485;

D’Ornano’s tapisserie bag
D’Ornano’s tapisserie bag | Image: Sebastian Boettcher

The site that inspires me is Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut [pictured] in Ronchamp in France, designed by Le Corbusier. His inspiration for architecture was the human body and this really comes across in the curves of the building. 13 Rue de la Chapelle, Ronchamp 70250 (+333-8420 6513;


The best gifts I’ve given recently were brush pots [pictured] from Pentreath & Hall for my close friends for Christmas, each decorated with the initial of their first name. 17 Rugby St, London WC1 (020‑7430 2526;

In my fridge you’ll always find cheese from La Cave à Fromage on Portobello Road; we are big cheese eaters and I buy a lot of really good English and French varieties there. We also always have Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé white wine and Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa dark chocolate, as well as the usual – butter, eggs and vegetables. La Cave à Fromage, 148-150 Portobello Rd, London W11 (020-7221 1000; Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé, £30;

An object I would never part with is the hand-stitched tapisserie clutch bag [pictured] my mother made me with my three girls’ names on it; I use it when I go out for the evening.

The people I rely on for wellbeing are Annee de Mamiel for acupuncture for my face and body; there is something very special, almost mystical, about her. I come out feeling reconditioned and transformed. And my osteopath Amberin Fur – a few times I have had a really blocked-up back and she’s helped me out. Amberin Fur, 58 South Molton St, London W1 (020-7706 1997; De Mamiel,

The beauty staple I’m never without is our own Sisley Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Age cream; it firms and plumps up my skin and makes it glow. £285;

My favourite websites and apps are for beautiful presents, for vintage furniture and the app – a must as I am always trying to find new music.

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