My style icon is Daphne Guinness. Her style is completely unique – I call it “quintessential futuristic”. She is a pioneer – with her rock ’n’ roll band but constantly in haute couture. I first saw her at a Tim Burton premiere and couldn’t take my eyes off her.
An object I would never part with is a painting of the Queen that my grandpa, Leonard Stanley Fearnley, painted. She sits in my fireplace and I feel she is always watching over me, checking that I do everything to the highest standard.
The item in my wardrobe I’ll keep to pass on is a pair of patchwork flares I bought at Hyper Hyper on Kensington High Street when I was 14. They still fit and keep resurfacing because they are so cool.
The last music I downloaded was Blue & Lonesome by The Rolling Stones. I recently saw them at Desert Trip in California: they were amazing but I was really blown away by the wardrobe changes – it was like a progressive rainbow.
The sight that inspires me is that incredible sky tour of London you get when you fly home – it’s so easy to pinpoint all the historical buildings and architecture. I just find it dreamy.
An indulgence I would never forgo is black cabs. Nothing beats sitting in the back of a taxi, enjoying the banter and wisdom of our ever-cheerful London cabbies. You never know what tales you will hear.
The best book I’ve read in the past year is If I could tell you just one thing… by Richard Reed. It’s a collection of advice and snippets of wisdom from everyone from David Attenborough to Marina Abramovic. I love hearing different people’s views, so this is right up my street.
The people I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeing are Coco Nail Bar, for my fierce metallic-gold nails; Core Kensington, where the trainers are amazing; Koia London for massages and osteopathy – I practically owe my life to them; they are always unravelling me – and my hair stylist Robin Pawloski, who is incredibly imaginative and a real character. If I’ve got to sit down for four hours then I enjoy no one more than him. Coco Nail Bar, 267 Portobello Rd, London W11 (020-7243 1113; www.coconailbar.com). Core Kensington, www.corekensington.co.uk. Koia London, 32-34 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 (020-7229 8686; www.koia.london). Robin Pawloski, www.robinpawloski.com.
The best gift I’ve given recently is one of my silk art scarves with tasselled ends and “Peace and Love” handwritten across the middle, which I gave to Paul McCartney. The idea is that you are rocking around in your scarf, but it’s also an instant protest banner. £90; www.victoriagrant.co.uk.
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Antony Micallef. He just keeps on evolving. I loved his show Self at Lazarides gallery, with the lashings of paint that reminded me of Frank Auerbach. www.antonymicallef.com.
If I didn’t live in London, the city I would live in is LA; I am mesmerised by its different atmospheres and environments. Chateau Marmont attracts an array of eccentrics and you can feel the history almost seeping through the walls. I love the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery that opened last year – it’s on the pulse of the downtown art scene. The setting of Little Beach House in Malibu is breathtaking and the number of actors there is shocking – it’s like walking onto the set of all the best movies you’ve ever watched. The Griffith Observatory has exquisite views across LA, and I love the Rose Bowl vintage market in Pasadena for treasure-hunting. Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood 90046 (+1323-656 1010; www.chateaumarmont.com). Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd, Los Angeles 90027 (+1213-473 0800; www.griffithobservatory.org). Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, 901 East 3rd St, Los Angeles 90013 (+1213-943 1620; www.hauserwirthschimmel.com). Little Beach House, 22716 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu 90265 (+1310-456 2400; www.littlebeachhousemalibu.com). Rose Bowl Flea Market, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena 91103 (www.rgcshows.com/rosebowl).
My favourite room in my house is my bedroom, which has lots of soothing golds, like a jewellery box. I love sleeping because I get a lot of my inspiration from my dreams, when the mind doesn’t have any boundaries.
If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be a screenwriter. I love stories, and every day I see little scenarios in all the places I go.