Do you have any shopping rituals?
I love buying armfuls of basics from fast fashion stores then bringing them all home to see how they might work with my existing wardrobe and accessories, before returning the unwanted items. It’s a habit I picked up in New York and I can’t seem to shake it.
Please describe your style in three words.
Colourful, relaxed, classic.
What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?
Dressing for an audience… you need to feel comfortable in your own style, and not wear what you ‘think’ will be appreciated.
Do you believe in role models?
Of course. We all take inspiration from our surroundings every day, and one of those elements are people we look up to.
What are your favourite fabrics?
Silk is one of my favourite fabrics to wear both in terms of fashion and my jewellery collections. For my Woven and Lucky collections gold is combined with silk and is woven on a traditional loom by the artisans in my workshop in Florence. I also created a collection called Lei Zu which takes my devotion to the use of silk, but this time with the treatment of gold to have the look and feel of silk.
Are there any style combinations that you object to?
Too many obvious labels.
Which city has the best-dressed women?
Paris or New York.
Would you say that you are conservative or bold?
I would say conservative mostly, with bold accents.
What are the rules in the way you dress?
It is important that my clothes don't overpower my jewellery when I am at work, so I try to keep things simple and laid back and let the accessories make the statements.
Celebrities and style...
Is an anagram of Really Nice Best Diets.
Name one garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?
One of our 'Lucky' necklaces because it can be worn in different ways: around the neck or wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet.
A woman should always look like...
She is enjoying herself.
Who taught you what you know about style?
My mother. She was from New York yet married an Italian and has always managed to successfully combine the best sense of style from both nationalities.
How do you select your clothing every morning?
In a hurry, while trying to get my sons dressed for school.
What is your biggest regret?
Not stocking up on gold at $300 per oz.
We will never see you wearing...
A Botox-induced smooth forehead.
Which new designers do you admire and why?
I love Mary Katzantrou’s colourful prints — they are full of life and very original.
Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?
Joan Burstein from Brown's, one of our retailers, is the most effortlessly sophisticated woman in London.
What is the first thing you notice on a woman?
Her jewellery… professional habit I’m afraid.
What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?
A pair of personalised Converse sneakers that my sons made for me.
Which designer never fails to impress you?
I love Miuccia Prada's outlook on what a fashion brand can be.
One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is...
Is comfort an enemy of style?
Not at all, but the reverse can be very true — women who look uncomfortable are anything but stylish in my opinion.
Who would you like to recommend for My Style?
I have been collecting press clippings of Eva Fontanelli — I think she’s incredibly stylish and I like to design with someone in mind.
The best words of advice you have ever heard?
From my mother again, who always reminded me that a woman should dress her age.