Weekends are my quiet time to read, relax and explore the city. I don’t typically have meetings and I cherish the unscheduled time. I start my Saturdays at 8am with black espresso and homemade croissants or scones, made with the pastry I’ve prepared the night before. By 9am I’m on the phone, checking my Instagram and emailing friends and family.
I spend the morning running errands and food shopping, as I love to cook and often entertain at home on Saturday night. If I’m doing an Italian meal, I’ll head straight to Eataly for the freshest pasta, and for special occasions I buy delicious caviar and blinis from Petrossian. Puddings are always from Lady M, usually its Mille Crêpes cake. Next, it’s Rosenthal for wines; while I’m not a big drinker, I like to serve a Lafite rosé or Sancerre, depending on my menu and the time of year. I visit Florisity for seasonal flowers – lilacs, violets and geranium leaves – that I use to create a sort of visual perfume that becomes the centrepiece of my dining room.
At lunch, I often find myself at Sant Ambroeus on the Upper East Side, where old-world New York and a new international crowd mix seamlessly. I love both its food and civility – the pasta Bolognese is perfection. As a life-long New Yorker raised in SoHo, I’ve seen trends come and go and I find I like the nostalgic, historic feel of being uptown.
Afternoons are spent doing retail research along Madison Avenue, where I visit Kentshire for rare jewellery and antiques and Bardith for the fine, 19th-century European porcelain that I covet but would be afraid to actually use. I’ll often pop into the JAR fragrance boutique at Bergdorf Goodman, as I love this jeweller’s work and the atmosphere here is magical. Shopping excursions are followed by walks in Central Park with my three dogs, or by a trip to The Frick Collection or Neue Galerie. I prefer looking at art in uncrowded spaces and both these are peaceful – plus the latter features a wonderful design store full of Biedermeier and Bauhaus-inspired objects.
By evening, I am home cooking up a feast for friends. My dinner parties tend to be intimate and I’ll prepare whatever piqued my interest at the market that morning. On the rare occasion that we go out for a late-night cocktail, we’ll head to Bemelmans Bar [pictured] at The Carlyle for live music and art-deco glamour, which is always a hit with my guests. I end the night, regardless of the time, with a bath as it clears my head and helps me reflect.
Sundays are my day to sleep in, and after my coffee-and-croissants routine, I delve into a pile of newspapers and magazines. My partner and I do “inspiration clippings”, where we send articles and images to my creative team and to my Instagram. I love the tactile quality of print and this Sunday-morning ritual is one of the highlights of my week.
I will often spend afternoons downtown at my studio in Tribeca, where I can drape and sketch. If I’m feeling nostalgic for Britain, I’ll order in fish and chips and a Ribena (I love the blackcurrant one and it’s hard to find here) from A Salt & Battery, an authentic English chippy. On my way back uptown, I’ll pick up a takeaway from Sushi of Gari, where the chef’s omakase menu is very creative.
My evening is spent watching movies by favourite directors such as Vincente Minnelli and Louis Malle, or reading books about Hollywood history and fashion. At the end of the day, I receive my schedule for the week ahead by email. It outlines my private-client fittings, evening events and my studio schedule – but chances are, because this is fashion, everything will have changed by Monday morning.