Gillian de Bono talks personal taste

During Gillian de Bono’s tenure as editor, How To Spend It has won 16 major industry awards. Bid in our charity auction on some of her list of likes

Gillian de Bono
Gillian de Bono | Image: Richard Grassie

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Asprey Murano-glass champagne flute, £1,290 for six
Asprey Murano-glass champagne flute, £1,290 for six

My personal style signifier is my hair style, which is a graduated bob. It’s a technically challenging cut and Bryn Wilkins at Easton Regal does it brilliantly. In winter I usually wear over‑the-knee, almond-toed, flat boots, which I own in assorted colours. They appear to lengthen the leg but, unlike high heels, leave me nimble on my feet. 84 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1 (020-7250 1441; www.eastonregal.com).

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The last thing I bought and loved was a set of Murano-glass champagne flutes from Asprey. I love champagne and have become quite a connoisseur of glasses over the years. These are very fine and I like their tiny variations, which are a constant reminder that they are handmade. Each delicate stem is a different colour, which also makes them perfect for parties. £1,290 for a set of six; 167 New Bond St, London W1 (020-7493 6767; www.asprey.com).

Annoushka jasper, tourmaline, andesine and diamond earrings £10,500
Annoushka jasper, tourmaline, andesine and diamond earrings £10,500

And the thing I’m eyeing next is a fabulous pair of red jasper, tourmaline, andesine and diamond earrings, a new addition to Annoushka’s One of a Kind collection. My taste in jewellery tends towards the unconventional and much of this range features unorthodox stones that Annoushka Ducas has collected over many years. Every piece is unique and the jasper has a mesmerising depth of colour. £10,500; 1 South Molton St, London W1 (020-7629 8233; www.annoushka.com).

Mosimann’s private dining club, London
Mosimann’s private dining club, London

An object I would never part with is a Victorian-style illustrated yearbook I was given by a friend 25 years ago with space to write a few lines every day of the year. I used it to record the daily musings of my then three-year-old daughter. Her personality and language skills were developing very fast and what I recorded was variously sweetly childlike, shockingly precocious or wise beyond her years.

Georg Jensen Heritage sterling-silver and ebony pitcher, £8,600
Georg Jensen Heritage sterling-silver and ebony pitcher, £8,600 | Image: Georg Jensen

The last meal that truly impressed me was at Mosimann’s. It’s a private dining club housed in a former church and has a lovely gallery overlooking the main restaurant, where drinks are served. The food is always intensely fresh and flavoursome. On my last visit I had piquant marinated salmon and white crabmeat, followed by a swoon-worthy mushroom risotto – all the more special for including a splash of champagne, and whipped cream rather than butter towards the end of cooking. 11B West Halkin St, London SW1 (020-7838 6330; www.mosimann.com).

The Fumoir bar at Claridge’s, London
The Fumoir bar at Claridge’s, London

A recent “find” is a website that sells antique Georg Jensen silverware, now also available at the brand’s Danish flagship. I own a serenely sculptural Georg Jensen stainless-steel pitcher, made this century but based on a classic 1952 design by Henning Koppel. I would love to own an original Georg Jensen pitcher. I have my eye on a sterling silver one with a very rare ebony handle, designed by Johan Rohde and made between 1925 and 1932. £8,600; www.georgjensenheritage.com.

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The people I rely on for beauty and wellbeing include my tennis coach, Mel Manhine, who trains me biomechanically to prevent injury. We play year round at Waterlow Park. I also have a Power Plate at home, which builds muscle mass and bone density, and I go to Dr Tracy Mountford for collagen-boosting Thermage. Mel Manhine, 07956-562 252. Power Plate, www.powerplate.com. Thermage, The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, www.cosmeticskinclinic.com.

An indulgence I would never forego is frequenting The Fumoir bar at Claridge’s. It’s tucked behind a discreet glass door off the right-hand side of the lobby and is an oasis of calm and sumptuous art-deco glamour with an extensive drinks menu with 1930s-inspired cocktails. It’s the perfect place to start a special night out or to escape central London’s crowds when shopping. Brook St, London W1 (020-7629 8860; www.claridges.co.uk).

My style icon is Lucia van der Post, the founding editor of How To Spend It and now our associate editor and columnist. Lucia has been a colleague and friend for 20 years and has the most amazing taste. And while most female style icons mentioned in this column are tall and willowy, Lucia is petite with feminine curves, like me, so I am always fascinated by how she makes fashion work for her. And her approach to hi-lo dressing is seamless.

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