The Aesthete: Olivia von Halle talks personal taste

The designer’s glamorous, jewel-toned nightwear and sumptuous separates have made her label synonymous with indulgent downtime

Olivia von Halle at home in London
Olivia von Halle at home in London | Image: Tina Hillier

My personal style signifier is a long, rather covered-up, maximal dress. I have a terrifyingly large collection from The Vampire’s Wife, but my go-to dress for the evening is by Alessandra Rich: it’s slender, in bright-green velvet with a floral print. alessandrarich.com. thevampireswife.com.

A foliage garland from Tregothnan, from £10.70 per ft
A foliage garland from Tregothnan, from £10.70 per ft

The last thing I bought and loved was a set of handpainted candle shades by the artist Susannah Garrod, with little brass holders to fit them on the candle. I’m currently renovating an 1830s stucco house in west London and am obsessed with interiors. £40 each; susannahgarrod.bigcartel.com.

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And the thing I’m eyeing for the festive season is a beautiful, fresh-foliage garland from the Cornish firm Tregothnan. I am hosting my family and plan to hang some of it over the fireplaces and wind some up the stairs. From £10.70 per ft; tregothnan.co.uk.

Her winter coat from Raey
Her winter coat from Raey | Image: Tina Hillier

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a big, orange, wool coat from Raey, Matchesfashion.com’s label. It’s perfect for snuggling in during winter. matchesfashion.com.

The personalised backgammon board von Halle gave her husband Hugo one Christmas
The personalised backgammon board von Halle gave her husband Hugo one Christmas | Image: Tina Hillier

The best Christmas gift I’ve given was a handpainted backgammon board by Alexandra Llewellyn that I gave my husband, Hugo. It’s personalised with motifs that symbolise his life. Price on request; alexandrallewellyn.com.

The Hermès soap and body brush from her husband
The Hermès soap and body brush from her husband | Image: Tina Hillier

And the best ones I’ve received are an equestrian soft body brush and saddle soap by Hermès from my husband. They combine horses and luxury – my favourite things – but are so beautiful I haven’t used them yet. Brush, £110; soap from £25; hermes.com.

Louis Roederer champagne, von Halle’s favourite festive drink
Louis Roederer champagne, von Halle’s favourite festive drink

In my fridge at Christmas you’ll always find OT Salmon, traditionally smoked in north London; a cloth-bound Winterdale Shaw cheese, made on a farm near my family home in Kent, which is wonderfully nutty; Louis Roederer champagne, my favourite; and pickled walnuts from Waitrose – a festive family tradition.louis‑roederer.com. otsmokedsalmon.comwaitrose.com. winterdale.co.uk.

 Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir bath oil, from £18
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir bath oil, from £18 | Image: Tina Hillier

A winter indulgence I would never forgo is my daily bath. I love to soak with Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir bath oil and candles – so cosy when it’s cold outside. Bath oil, from £18; candles, £47; jomalone.co.uk.

Jessica McCormack ring von Halle’s husband gave her for her 30th birthday
Jessica McCormack ring von Halle’s husband gave her for her 30th birthday | Image: Tina Hillier

The last music I downloaded was Estasi from Il Mercenario by Ennio Morricone: film music with a cowboy twist. It was inspirational for a project we’re working on.

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An object I would never part with is a Jessica McCormack ring Hugo gave me for my 30th birthday – it’s inspired by the New York skyline. I wear it every day. Price on request; jessicamccormack.com.

If I had to limit my Christmas shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose London’s Westbourne Grove. There are so many good shops for gifts in a short distance: Daylesford for stocking fillers; Bonpoint for children’s gifts; Orlebar Brown for the men in my life; Diptyque for candles and perfumes; and Smythson for beautiful leather-bound diaries. Bonpoint, 197 Westbourne Gr, W11 (020-7792 2515; bonpoint.com). Daylesford, 208-212 Westbourne Gr, W11 (020-7313 8050; daylesford.com). Diptyque, 195 Westbourne Gr, W11 (020-7727 8673; diptyqueparis.co.uk). Orlebar Brown, 206 Westbourne Gr, W11 (020-3441 6289; orlebarbrown.com). Smythson, 214 Westbourne Gr, W11 (020-7243 3527; smythson.com).

The beauty staple I’m never without is Fleur d’Oranger 27 by Le Labo. I had a consultation with Eddie Roschi when he launched the brand and this was my top match. I have used it ever since – friends say the smell of orange blossom always reminds them of me. £125 for 50ml EDP; lelabofragrances.com.

My favourite websites or apps are UrbanMassage.com for when I need a quick massage; BlowLtd.com, which sends a hairdresser to do your blowdry at home or work; and PlantsApp.com, where you take a picture of a plant and it tells you what it is and how to look after it.

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