Q: The three essential things a woman should know about style are…
It doesn’t need to be expensive to be chic. Trends don’t necessarily equate to good taste. The most stylish people don’t scream for attention.
Q: Please describe your style in three words.
Classic, feminine, eclectic.
Q: What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?
Not considering suitability or the weather. If you don’t dress appropriately you’ll feel self-conscious for the rest of the day — or just cold.
Q: What are your favourite fabrics?
Silk, velvet, cashmere, flannel, brocade, suede, and calf hair.
Q: Are there any style combinations that you object to?
No, each to their own (within the boundaries of taste).
Q: Which city has the best-dressed women?
I most admire the style of the women in Milano.
Q: Would you say that you are conservative or bold?
That’s entirely dependent on my mood and surroundings.
Q: What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?
I like to make sure the accessories are the focus of any outfit.
Q: Celebrities and style…
Will always be close allies.
Q: One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?
Shoes and (Edition de Luxe) scarves — I can’t choose between them.
Q: A woman should always look like…
She is comfortable in her skin.
Q: Who taught you what you know about style?
My mother, she has the best taste of any woman I’ve met.
Q: Do you believe in role models?
I absolutely believe in (positive) role models — their importance shouldn’t be underestimated in every aspect of life.
Q: How do you select your clothing every morning?
By making a mess. I pull every piece of clothing I own off the rail before going back to the first thing I picked out.
Q: What is your biggest regret?
Not yet having had a chance to travel. I desperately want to visit Japan.
Q: Do you have any shopping rituals?
I only really get a chance to go out shopping if I have an event etc. However twice a year I visit Liberty of London and spend the whole day there. It’s my favourite store.
Q: We will never see you wearing…
Shorts. I know what suits me and shorts are not it.
Q: Which new designers do you follow and why?
Marina Qureshi is definitely one to watch — she worked under Alexander McQueen and is unashamedly opulent in the most beautiful way. Every piece of her AW12 collection is stunning.
Q: Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?
Carmen Haid of Atelier Mayer. She always looks flawless.
Q: What is the first thing you notice on a woman?
Her smile and her accessories.
Q: What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?
Those given to me by my fiancé and family (and my vintage Chanel bags).
Q: The one image that defined your approach to style…
An image by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, lashings of black eyeliner and leopard print, strong yet feminine.
Q: Which designer never fails to impress you?
Alaïa. Always amazing cuts, textures, and details.
Q: One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is…
Q: Is comfort an enemy of style?
Not at all. Some of the most covetable items are stylish and comfortable.
Q: Who would you like to see next in “My Style”?
Q: The best words of advice you have ever heard?
Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.