Rosetta Getty talks more personal taste

The designer concludes her list of likes with Tuscany, electrolyte-filled coconut water and Spider sculptures by Louis Bourgeois

Rosetta Getty at home in LA
Rosetta Getty at home in LA | Image: Patrick Fraser

My style icon is actress Alicia Vikander. She feels very contemporary and wears clothes – from formal dresses to clean high-waisted culottes – effortlessly.

The site that inspires me is Tuscany. The spectacular colour stories that you see everywhere – in the hills, in the villages where the buildings and the streets connect – spark my creativity. I find this raw, natural part of the world very relaxing, and I particularly love Siena, the town closest to our home there. On most evenings, after dinner, we take a long walk around town and end up at the especially beautiful Santa Maria in Provenzano church and the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta. Cathedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Piazza Duomo, 53100 Siena. Santa Maria in Provenanzo, Piazza Provenanzo, 53100 Siena.

Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander | Image: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

The best book I’ve read in the past year is M Train, a memoir by Patti Smith. I must confess, I don’t have much time to read these days: by the time I get into bed I seem to fall straight to sleep. When I do find the time, however, I love a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and Patti Smith’s Just Kids – the story of her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe – is another recent favourite. Bloomsbury, both £9.99.

The best gift I’ve given recently was a taxidermy chicken, to my husband’s grandmother. I found it at Deyrolle in Paris, and I just thought its colourful feathers and the way they dressed it in jewels was unique. She is an eccentric collector of unusual objects and I thought it would be a perfect addition to her home in the English countryside. She said she loved it and I hope that’s true because otherwise I’m not sure what she’d do with such a thing. 46 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris (+331-4222 3007;


The last music I downloaded was a single by my husband [Balthazar Getty] called Be Alright and also Marcando Paso by the musician/singer/composer Abstrakto. My children also help with my musical choices and Stressed Out by 21 Pilots is another recent find courtesy of my daughter Violet. We’re a musical family and we have a studio in our house.

In my fridge you’ll always find electrolyte-filled coconut water, and little glass jars full of the porridge I make and mix with chia seeds, almond milk and blueberries. It gets better the longer it sits, and it makes for a natural, sweet, healthy breakfast.

The Elder Statesman, Los Angeles
The Elder Statesman, Los Angeles | Image: Spencer Lowell

The grooming products I’m never without are Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, which is wonderfully moisturising. For lightweight sun protection, I like Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 by La Prairie, and I’m also a fan of Shiva Rose’s Rose Face Oil; it’s packed with organic ingredients. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, $100; La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $185 for 50ml; Shiva Rose Rose Face Oil, $105;

My favourite room in my house is my dining room. It’s eclectic, with a midcentury table and chairs by Jacob Kjaer paired with a turn-of-the-century, delicate crystal chandelier. The space is almost entirely made of glass, with doors that open out to the back garden and to the Hollywood Hills beyond. There are lots of odd little niches in the room, as well as hidden cubby holes and a little bar. But most of all, I love that we gather here as a family for our mandatory nightly dinners to talk about our days. Mostly it’s a very precious time. Jacob Kjaer chairs, from £1,607, tables, from £2,541;

The Eternal Thread is You by Louise Bourgeois
The Eternal Thread is You by Louise Bourgeois | Image: Christopher Burke/© The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York

An object I would never part with is a vintage emerald cocktail ring that was given to me by mother. I have been eyeing this sparkler for years and she gave it to me for a recent birthday. It’s a ring for when you’re really going out. Another set of objects I would have trouble parting with is a bundle of love letters given to me by my husband, Balthazar.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose the area around Melrose Place and Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. This part of LA is vibrant and stylish and within this stretch you can find absolutely everything you might need, from vintage clothing at Resurrection and Decades, to cashmere at The Elder Statesman, to decorative homeware at The Apartment by The Line. I love the coffee at Alfred’s, and Craig’s is a great spot for a happening, festive dinner. Alfred Coffee, 8428 Melrose Place (+1323-944 0811; The Apartment by The Line, 8463 Melrose Place (+1323-746 5056; Craig’s, 8826 Melrose Avenue (+1310-276 1900; Decades, 8214 Melrose Avenue (+1323-655 1960; The Elder Statesman, 607 Huntley Drive (+1424-288 4221; Resurrection, 8006 Melrose Avenue (+1323-651 5516;

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, by Louis Kahn
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, by Louis Kahn | Image: Alamy Stock Photo

The last thing I added to my wardrobe was a black banded dress from my pre-fall 2016 collection. It’s versatile – I can wear it layered over cropped black trousers or with denim.

The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Louise Bourgeois. I particularly love her enormous Spider sculptures in bronze and steel – there is something so strong, hidden and dark about these spiders. They also represent protection to me, so I’d love to add one of these iconic pieces to my collection. Unfortunately the prices just keep going up and up…


An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Hong Kong. I found it fascinating in unexpected ways, and I particularly liked the Symphony of Lights shows that are projected onto the buildings around the city. I stayed at the Four Seasons, overlooking the magnificent Victoria Harbour. The energy and skyline of Hong Kong were so spectacular that I couldn’t stop taking videos to send to my kids. One memorable meal was a lunch at the China Club, set within an old bank building; the company and the dim sum were both excellent. China Club, 12/FF, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central (+852-2521 8888; Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central (+852-3196 8888;, from HK$4,100 (about £400).

My favourite websites and apps include Garance Dore’s blog, for style and inspiration, and The New Yorker for substantive articles.;

If I didn’t live in Los Angeles, the city I would live in is New York. I’ve been visiting the city since my early modelling days, so it just feels like home. I now work in the Flatiron area so I’d like to live near Gramercy Park, where Maialino is one of my favourite restaurants – it’s a vibrant Italian in the Gramercy Park Hotel. I’ll often have their specialty: pasta with pecorino and black pepper. There is no end to the culture in New York – the serene Noguchi Museum in Long Island City is full of beautiful stone structures, the Judd Foundation in Soho allows you to see the late artist’s work in his studio, and then there are all of the Chelsea galleries and museums uptown. The Mercer hotel in Soho is one of my favourites – designed by Christian Liaigre, it feels like a home away from home. It’s very spare but intimate in feel, a combination that is achieved with lots of natural materials. And I’m a die-hard fan of Omen, for authentic Japanese cuisine. There are always new places to try and Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar is a great recent addition to Midtown – it’s got a really warm energy and the people- watching is incredible. The food is delicious too, particularly classics such as shrimp cocktail, steaks from Lauren’s Colorado ranch and the perfect hand-cut fries. Judd Foundation, 101 Spring Street (+1212-219-2747; Maialino, 2 Lexington Avenue (+1212-777 2410; The Mercer, 147 Mercer St (+1212-966 6060; The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Queens (+1718-204 7088; Omen Restaurant, 113 Thompson Street (+1212-925 8923; The Polo Bar, 1 East 55th Street (+1212-207 8562;

The people I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeing are Jen Atkin for my regular haircuts and Debbie Leavitt for my manicures. Her service is mobile, which is convenient. Moisturising facials are by Carasoin Day Spa & Day Clinic, and I do a laser rejuvenation treatment at the offices of Jason Diamond. I like to work out with my trainer, Lisa Wojciechowski, for an hour every day when I am at home. Carasoin Day Spa & Skin Clinic, 120 North Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (+1310-855 0105; Debbie Leavitt, Dr Jason Diamond, 9400 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (+1310-859 9816; Jen Atkin, Lisa Wojciechowski, 149 South Barrington Avenue, Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (+1424-442 9008;

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be an architect; I like creating environments. I have done a lot of homes over time, and think this is just another way of expressing myself through design. I think about architecture a lot, and even toyed with the idea of studying it at one point. I find the work of architects like Louis Kahn and Peter Zumthor particularly inspiring.

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