“This summer I will be wearing more or less what I always have. Often, before holidays, you imagine yourself with many different looks – and at the end of your trip realise that what you have worn was rather more simple than what you had planned.
I am spending this summer in my house in Provence. Even though I already have clothes there, I always bring a few items from Paris with me. In the end, my style in the city is more or less the same as on holiday. I always take white jeans, which I cut slightly short so I can wear them with flat sandals. I also have a pair of pink flared jeans from my own brand that have a ’70s touch and look great with many different things.
Usually I wear simple, artisanal sandals from the likes of Rondini during the day and, in the evening, a pair of gold sandals by Roger Vivier. I also take a pair of espadrilles, which are always chic for men and women. The most traditional, handmade shapes are my favourites in black, navy blue or white.
On top, I like to wear oversized blue men’s poplin shirts, a James Perse T-shirt in dark grey, or a vintage, collarless style bought in the Provence markets. Army-surplus clothes are always great for summer, like a khaki shirt or T-shirt. There’s a great shop in New York, between the Empire State Building and the Ace Hotel, called Galaxy Army Navy where I go for these.
Speaking of New York and khaki, I always shop at Save Khaki, either in-store or online; this season I am ordering a canvas bucket cap – in pink, of course. Straw hats are one of my favourite items also – especially Australian styles. I buy many at a time, because someone always ends up sitting on them in the car!
I have lots of sari petticoats in many different colours that I wear in summer, either rolled with a belt or worn low on the hips. The more I wash them, the softer they become – they are perfect for summer. This season I also wish to have long, hippy-style dresses, like the styles by Antik Batik, but I know my daughters will steal them from me. A friend of mine, Eric Bergère, who was previously a designer at Hermès and Lanvin, has launched a brand called DouBochi, which does large linen ponchos and dresses, which are perfect for all kinds of situations.
I have a collection of baskets that I brought back from Morocco or found in various other places – this season I am using one from Simonne Chic. There is also a simple rucksack from Perigot that I use. For the evenings, I usually go for a bag from Roger Vivier, of course, and I love to have many pochettes and small leather goods too.
Above all, my advice is to always protect yourself from the sun, and my all-time-favourite products for this are by Avène. The compact sunscreen is like make-up – it’s got a convenient mirror, like a powder compact, and it’s very good quality.
Finally, I usually try not to pack too many things, because there is always a pareo or something that I find and end up wearing every day. It’s better to have a small case too – although I admit it’s hard to do!”