Q: What are your favourite fabrics?
Marocain and organza. They feel luxurious against the skin; one drapes beautifully, while the other can be structured artfully.
Q: Please describe your style in three words.
Ethno-minimalist, feminine, elegant.
Q: What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?
Not being yourself.
Q: Do you believe in role models?
I do. The average person influences a hundred people each day, although I can’t remember what my source for that is! We are all called to be potential role models irrespective of our particular sphere of influence.
Q: Are there any style combinations that you object to?
It always depends on the wearer. Nothing is impossible.
Q: Which city has the best-dressed women?
May I cheat? I’d say Paris and London for very different reasons.
Q: Would you say that you are conservative or bold?
Q: What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?
Every day is an occasion.
Q: Celebrities and style…
Make for a cacophony of media white noise.
Q: One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?
Vintage crystal earrings that I picked up in Venice.
Q: A woman should always look like…
She is an original.
Q: Who taught you what you know about style?
My father (the dapper sartorialist).
Q: How do you select your clothing every morning?
With a sense of the unexpected…
Q: What is your biggest regret?
In style terms, not picking up a deep purple pair of wide leg silk trousers that fitted beautifully and that were actually long enough for my legs. It haunts me still! No seriously, never regret; life is short.
Q: The three essential things a woman should know about style are…
Individualism, timelessness, and flair.
Q: Do you have any shopping rituals?
Avoid queues. Pay in the men’s section.
Q: We will never see you wearing…
Q: Which new designers do you follow and why?
Q: Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?
The trio: Natalie Massenet, Caroline Burstein and Shala Monroque. All visually powerful in their femininity, as well as iconoclastic.
Q: What is the first thing you notice on a woman?
Q: What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?
My mother-of-pearl, cabochon Eden Diodati Solaris belt. It’s precious by nature…
Q: The one image that defined your approach to style…
Any photograph of the work of the sculptor Constantin Brancusi. It quietly floors me.
Q: Which designer never fails to impress you?
Q: One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is…
Q: Is comfort an enemy of style?
No, comfort is about being yourself whether you are in sneakers or a cocktail dress. Comfort is being comfortable in your own skin, with your own style and dressing accordingly.
Q: Who would you like to see next in “My style”?
My dear friend Anna, who makes beaded jewellery with South African women.
Q: The best words of advice you have ever heard?
A late, great, friend of mine once said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” Someone called Confucius copied him.