The Aesthete: Amanda Wakeley talks personal taste

The fashion designer’s signature clean-cut glamour is a mainstay of the red carpet and the Riviera, where she moors her yacht

Amanda Wakeley at home in London
Amanda Wakeley at home in London | Image: Sebastian Boettcher

My personal style signifier is my nails – I like them to look immaculate. A manicure always makes me feel groomed and I always wear a dark colour – currently OPI’s navy blue. They are so glamorous. Light My Sapphire, £12.50;

Kiini crochet Wren bikini, £220
Kiini crochet Wren bikini, £220 | Image: Sebastian Boettcher

The last thing I bought and loved was a pair of black Tibetan lambswool-covered beech chairs by the Czech designer Jindrich Halabala. They are a bit mad but beautifully designed, with incredible sweeping arms. Similar at


And the thing I’m eyeing next is a khaki bikini by Kiini. It makes flattering pieces with multicoloured crochet trim. I love that they are handcrafted – the longer I am in the industry, the more the provenance of my clothes is important to me. £220;

London Uprising: Fifty Fashion Designers, One City
London Uprising: Fifty Fashion Designers, One City | Image: Sebastian Boettcher

The last music I downloaded was Anjunadeep 08, an album mixed by James Grant and Jody Wisternoff. It’s a laid-back house mix that’s perfect for playing on our yacht, which is moored in St Tropez.

St Tropez harbour
St Tropez harbour | Image: Getty Images

My favourite room in my house is our sitting room. We live in Chelsea, right on a kink in the river, so we have uninterrupted views down and upstream. At night it is completely magical. Because we love being on the water, to be on the river with all the movement and activity is spectacular.

1940s oak and leather Scandinavian lounge chair, £22,500 for a pair, from Morentz
1940s oak and leather Scandinavian lounge chair, £22,500 for a pair, from Morentz

The best book I’ve read in the past year is London Uprising: 50 Fashion Designers, One City. It’s beautifully produced, on matte brown paper, but it’s also a sensitive, behind-the-scenes insight into this amazing creative hub. The depth and variety of designers and their studios is lovely. £69.95;

Wakeley’s rose gold Rolex Daytona
Wakeley’s rose gold Rolex Daytona | Image: Sebastian Boettcher

If I had to limit my shopping to one town, I’d choose St Tropez. We are always there in May, just as it’s coming to life before the craziness of July and August. Sénéquier is a wonderful pâtisserie that does the most sublime pain au chocolat. The old fish market is close by, in an alleyway – it’s so beautiful with its marble counters, which are all scrubbed down by midday. La Cave du Golfe is a great wine merchant where there’s always an open tasting for the rosé of the season, and close by is a music shop, Rapsodie – it always has great new mixes. Isabella M Vintage is a treasure trove with stunning vintage jewellery. Isabella M Vintage, 22 Rue de la Citadelle (+336-3003 9176; La Cave du Golfe, 3 Place aux Herbes (+334‑9497 2475). Rapsodie, 18 Rue Sibille (+334-9497 1494). Sénéquier, Quai Jean Jaurès (+334-9497 2020;


A recent “find” is Morentz, a furniture dealer in the Netherlands. I’ve bought a few pieces, including a Willy Rizzo coffee table – it has beautiful furniture, and the service is above and beyond.

The best gift I’ve given recently was a pair of vintage diamond and jet dress cufflinks to Hugh, my partner. I bought them from the dealer Humphrey Butler in St James’s, who specialises in antique jewellery.

And the best one I’ve received recently was an amazing platinum palladium-on-linen male nude print by Horst, from 1952. Hugh got it for me; I am a very lucky girl. It’s exquisitely beautiful – I love Horst’s work – but made even more special as it’s one of a small series that was shown at Hamiltons in 2006.

An object I would never part with is my rose gold Rolex Daytona which I have worn ever since my father died; it reminds me of him whenever I put it on – it’s very special to me.

My favourite websites and apps are Ski Tracks, an app that measures everything from how high you have climbed to your top speed – especially useful when skiing with family, as it can get quite competitive; Ruuby, a beauty concierge app that is brilliant for women (and men) on the go – it’s so quick to use; and – it has a real point of view, a good mix of brands and amazing customer service.

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