My style icon is Debbie Harry when she was young. She was the coolest; the epitome of effortlessness. She had her own style and did her own thing in a completely natural way.
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Sean Scully, who I discovered in an exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery in 1989. I have a few of his books and I constantly go back to his colour palettes when I’m working on collections – the way he combines colours is incredible. His work always reminds me of that moment when you fly over England; the view looks like one of his paintings. timothytaylor.com.
The best gift I’ve given recently was a Leiths cookery course, to my husband Yuske. He’s already a brilliant cook, but he learnt so much there. He and my eldest daughter Coco, who is eight, keep talking about opening a restaurant together, which would be the nicest thing. From £215; leiths.com.
The best gift I’ve received recently is my youngest daughter Gaia, who is four. I had her late in life and she really was the best gift I could have received. She was the easiest pregnancy of all of them. I really thought she was going to be the softie – but she rules the house. She has so much character.
The place I rely on for personal grooming is Biologique Recherche, where I have a monthly facial. It’s the one thing I am religious about. Each facial is custom-designed for how your skin is that day, and there’s lots of massaging built into the treatment. From €125; 32 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris (biologique-recherche.com).
An object I would never part with is my grandmother’s wedding ring, which is a classic yellow gold band. It fits my middle finger perfectly. I change my jewellery a lot, but there are certain pieces that stay on my fingers. I can really remember that ring from when I was a child.
An indulgence I would never forgo is a bath. If I stay anywhere without one, I run the bath as soon as I get home. I don’t put anything in it, but I do use Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser, which has quite a masculine fragrance. £31 for 500ml; aesop.com.
If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose the sixth and seventh arrondissement of Paris because it is really like a village, and you can find everything you need. Hermès is by far my favourite shop, and I have slowly collected men’s V-neck cashmere sweaters from there. If I have time off, I will always pop into Café de Flore for breakfast, or to meet friends for an aperitif. Frédéric Malle is my favourite perfume shop – I’ve worn its fragrances for years, and Portrait of a Lady is the one I always go back to. There’s a tiny shop called Noro that has amazing children’s clothes – I love the collections there. And Fromagerie Quatrehomme is the most amazing cheese shop I have ever been to – the selection of cheeses is exceptional, as is the service. Café de Flore, 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 (+331-4548 5526; cafedeflore.fr). Frédéric Malle, 37 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 (+331-4222 7640; fredericmalle.com). Fromagerie Quatrehomme, 62 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 (+331-4734 3345; quatrehomme.fr). Hermès, 17 Rue de Sèvres, 75006 (+331-4222 8083; hermes.com). Noro, 6 Rue de Varenne, 75007 (+331-4549 1988; noroparis.com).
The last meal that truly impressed me was dinner at Lucille and Richard Lewin’s home in Marylebone. It was simple food – baked fish and salads – but they are incredible cooks. And good food is nothing without good company.
The best book I’ve read in the past year is Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. I have taught my daughter to read in the past year and we were both really amazed by this book. It’s a brilliant story, but it’s also a brilliant way to teach children to read. £6.99; harpercollins.co.uk.
In my fridge you’ll always find all the best things in life. Ruinart champagne; dark chocolate – I am not particular about which type, although my favourites are chocolate gingers; and various cheeses – I am a cheese addict. ruinart.com.
My favourite room in my house is my living room in my apartment in Paris. It started as a place for a few days a week, but it’s become somewhere I spend a lot of time. It’s in the seventh arrondissement and is classically Parisian, with parquet floors, French windows, a fireplace and a beautiful ceiling. It has beautiful proportions and is so pleasurable to live in. We have a combination of flea market finds and a few more significant pieces, but I’m not precious about furniture – a few bumps are part of its beauty.
The last music I downloaded was Cigarettes After Sex’s cover version of REO Speedwagon’s Keep On Loving You. I am a little bit obsessed with it; I love the melancholic vocals.
If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be a nurse. Growing up, I was fascinated by biology and it still really interests me. I like the idea of caring for people and, of course, I like the uniform too.