Your symbol of high fashion – Being cool without quite realising it.
You favourite fabric – Good cashmere.
Your favourite colour – Hermès orange. Maybe not great to wear, but perfect on the boxes!
The collection you will never forget – Chanel’s Spring 2009 collection where Lagerfeld turned the Petit Palais in Paris into a barn yard and had Lily Allen plus band elevated out of the floor and sing “Not Fair”. The most entertaining show I’ve ever seen.
The style you most dislike – People trying too hard.
Your favourite fashion photographer – Tim Walker. I love the wacky style of his work.
Your favourite model – Linda Evangelista.
Your shoe/shoe designer fetish – Topshop Plimsolls! For women Charlotte Olympia or Nicholas Kirkwood.
Your jewel/jewelry designer fetish – My gold Casio is all I can bring myself to wear. But I do love my friend Matthew Campbell Laurenza’s jewellery (M.C.L) and vintage Verdura pieces.
Your favourite fashion accessory – I’m obsessed with bow ties and my current favourite is a black Tom Ford one with white polka dots. I also wouldn’t want to live without my black cashmere-silk scarf by Loro Piana, which is great for traveling or in freezing AC.
Your ideal bag – My YSL shopper in black calf leather. I bought it years ago in London and still use it all the time. It’s sturdy, roomy and goes with everything.
The most creative designer – Manish Arora
The most timeless designer – Yves Saint Laurent – copies of his looks keep popping up season after season.
Your favourite designer – Alber Elbaz, Alexander Wang, Riccardo Tisci.
Your favourite decade in fashion – Currently 1960s, it’s all about Madmen!
Your contemporary muse or inspiration – Can’t think of anyone worth mentioning.
Your historical muse or icon – Veruschka, Diana Vreeland, Nancy Cunard.
The “look” you prefer for a man – Casual dandy: an evening jacket, complete with a pocket square, worn with skinny jeans and a good white T.
The “look” you prefer for a woman – Edgy classics: A bit of Audrey Hepburn here, a bit of Jackie O there, but everything done with a contemporary twist and a hint of rock’n’roll. And massive heels, obviously.
The fashion faux pas you can tolerate most – I don’t tolerate any fashion faux pas!
The fashion faux pas you can tolerate least – Women who can’t walk in their heels. Do some training or just wear a nice pair of flats!
What is your present state of mind? What to have for lunch?
Your fashion motto – Don’t think too much about it.
Questions taken from Assouline’s The Fashion Questionnaire