Your symbol of high fashion – Both Schiaparelli and Chanel – the founders’ feud as well as today’s modern, irreverent incarnations.
Your favourite fabric – Textured raw cotton or cashmere
Your favourite colour – I’m a sucker for Majorelle Blue
The collection you will never forget – Alexander McQueen’s Widows of Culloden with that Kate Moss hologram, and more recently Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda debut in Sicily
The style you most dislike – Anything too saccharine or Lolita
Your favourite fashion photographer – Paolo Roversi
Your favourite model – Jourdan Dunn, Freja Beha [Erichsen] and Christy Turlington miraculously gets better with age.
Your shoe/shoe designer fetish – Alexander Wang, Miu Mius and Manolos
Your jewel/jewelry designer fetish – Margiela rings, Givenchy cuffs
Your favourite fashion accessory – I do love an angular, structured handbag and red lipstick
Your ideal bag – This season, I’m a bag fan of my black Smythson 1887 tote for its austere, timeless beauty. Luxurious, but totally cool.
The most creative designer – Hussein Chalayan is definitely up top.
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Your favourite decade in fashion – 1930s was fun, but I love that today we really have the freedom to reference any decade.
Your contemporary muse or inspiration – It doesn’t get cooler than Tilda Swinton
Your historical muse or icon – Marlene Dietrich
The “look” you prefer for a man – Refined
The “look” you prefer for a woman – An elegant masculine-feminine hybrid
The fashion faux pas you can tolerate most – Double denim
The fashion faux pas you can tolerate least – Drop crotch trousers on women
What is your present state of mind? Pensive
Your fashion motto – “La mode passe, le style reste,” by Coco Chanel
Questions taken from Assouline’s The Fashion Questionnaire
Photo: Samantha Wong