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November Proust: Divia Harilela

Your symbol of high fashion – Anyone who can wear a Comme des Garcons runway piece without looking like a fashion victim

You favourite fabric – Silk. It looks and feels great on the skin

Your favourite colour – For clothes, black. Otherwise I love blue or red

The collection you will never forget – McQueen’s last collection. I attended the private presentation in Paris and was moved to tears

The style you most dislike – Juicy tracksuits

Your favourite fashion photographer – Helmut Newton and Ellen von Unwerth

Your favourite model – Lakshmi Menon

Your shoe/shoe designer fetish – Rupert Sanderson

Your jewel/jewelry designer fetish – Solange Azagury-Partridge and Audrey Savransky from AS29. I am currently obsessed with the tassel bracelets by Carolina Bucci

Your favourite fashion accessory – My sliced diamond earrings and evil eye bracelet. They go with everything

Your ideal bag – Anything by Céline

The most creative designer – Toss up between John Galliano and the late Alexander McQueen

The most timeless designer – Yves Saint Laurent, old or new

Your favourite designer – There are so many. The most relevant right now are Raf Simons and Phoebe Philo. For clothes I love to wear – Stefano Pilati, Alber Elbaz, Maria Cornejo and Rick Owens

Your favourite decade in fashion – The 1950s

Your contemporary muse or inspiration – Tilda Swinton

Your historical muse or icon – Jackie O for her timelessness, Marlene Dietrich for breaking conventions

The “look” you prefer for a man – A tailored blazer and white shirt

The “look” you prefer for a woman – A button down white shirt and jeans/trousers. It’s amazing how such a simple look is so hard to pull off

The fashion faux pas you can tolerate most – Uggs because I secretly love mine – they keep me warm!

The fashion faux pas you can tolerate least – Bad underwear, including the wrong colour and visible G strings

What is your present state of mind? Happy

Your fashion motto – You can’t buy style

Questions taken from Assouline’s The Fashion Questionnaire


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