… with actor and Belstaff ambassador Liv Tyler.
7:00AM There’s me in New York, me when I’m filming, and me in London. Which me do you want?! In New York, I wake up and read all my messages from my fiancé [British sports agent David Gardner]. we’re moving to London in September, but right now I’m in New York and he’s there, so we text all night long. I wake my dog, Neal, and carry him down the stairs to pick up my one-year-old, Sailor, and get my older son, Milo, who’s 11, up for school. 7:10AM Sailor crawls around and tries to break into the fridge while I make breakfast. I have a cup of coffee and nibble on whatever Milo’s having — eggs or french toast. Normally I’m much stricter with my diet, but since I’m pregnant now, I’m allowed to eat what I want, which is really fun. It’s crazy — I’ve been pregnant for two years straight. I feel more balanced when I’m pregnant, strangely, and less pressured. It’s like a nine-month vacation when I can prioritise being home. 8:15AM I walk Milo to school. In the morning, it’s all about the kids, so I don’t have time to think about what to wear, which is hard because sometimes there are paparazzi outside. I usually end up in my workout clothes all day. Maybe I’ll put on some red lipstick. 9:00AM Some days I stop at Buvette on Grove Street [Newyork] for a breakfast meeting. Or I’ll go home and hang out with Sailor until he takes a nap, which is when I shower, catch up on emails and get changed for the day, which takes no more than 20 minutes. I usually have a bag I’m obsessed with for a minute. At the moment, it’s a little black Valentino with studs. I had a beautiful leather Givenchy overnight bag, but David stole it. I stuff it with a script and a book I’m reading — currently Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I take my makeup with me everywhere and put it on in the car because I’m always rushing, and I carry a little collection of jewellery I love with me, in case I need diamonds. 10:00AM In New York, I work out with my trainer, David Kirsch, either in the morning or later on. Since I’m pregnant again, we do light weights and the medicine ball, but I take it easy. 10:30AM At least one week per month, I’m in London [working as a Belstaff brand ambassador and creative contributor]. It’s the same morning ritual, but with David’s son, Gray, who’s eight. David takes Gray to school on his way to work, and I go to Belstaff, which is so fun because it’s my first time working in an office. In the car, my amazing assistant, Kate, and I plot and plan. I’m a bit of a dreamer, so I need someone to keep me on track.we first worked together when I was 17 and made a movie in London, and she has travelled all over the world with me. She was Alexander Mcqueen’s assistant until he passed away, so
she’s great at helping me understand the fashion side of things. 11:00AM In my new role at Belstaff, I have a hand in so many projects.we made a short film in which I played [American aviator] Amelia Earhart, and we’re creating a capsule collection. Every day we’ll see directors and stylists, plan events, or I might have a four-hour design meeting with Delphine [Ninous, vice-president of women’s design]. the design process is hard because you have to make huge decisions really quickly. I’ve often been the girl someone is pinning something on, but I never actually got to take the pins and say, “Can we move the pockets?” and “What if we put this on the collar?” 1:00PM We eat lunch as a team in the office. In New York, I have this incredible cook and superwoman, Claudia, so I’ll eat at home and run errands while Sailor naps. I love redecorating my house, which is full of collections: books, ’50s chandeliers, old hair flowers I never use, Chanel necklaces and typewriters — my favourite is bubblegum pink. I try to find 20-minute chunks of time to focus on emails rather than checking constantly, but I text David all day. I prefer to communicate with pictures and songs than words. I take hundreds of photos every day and send David tons of videos of Sailor doing something crazy, like right now he’s whirling a pot around. I also love to Facetime with my grandmother. She is so sweet with her correspondence. She calls me “Baby Girl”, which became “BG”, and signs her texts “With devotion”. 6:00PM In London, when David and I get home from work, we put our phones away. David gives Sailor a bath while the boys do their homework and play video games, or we’ll all watch a movie together. Sailor falls asleep in my arms at 7pm on the dot. 7:00PM Sometimes we eat at home as a family or at China Tang at The Dorchester; sometimes David and I slip out for a movie at the Electric, this beautiful theatre with cosy chairs. One of my favourite things to do as a family in Newyork is visit Pioneer Works, my best friend Dustin [Yellin]’s artists’ centre in Brooklyn. 8:00PM I’m a major bath person. It’s a full-on couple-hour process every night, while the boys watch football or after they go to sleep. I add salts and Kneipp oil to the water, put a face mask on and exfoliate my skin with gloves. I wash my hair with Pantene every other day unless I have gorgeous hair left over from an event. Now that I’m pregnant, I try to put oil and cream on my belly. I adore Rudolph body oil from Denmark, which Helena Christensen gave me. But I’m so tired and lazy that I don’t take as good care of myself as I should. I can read a script in one bath, and sometimes I’ll pull up a stool and watch a movie on my computer while I soak. It’s the best. 9:30PM Milo reads for 30 minutes every night, and sometimes I lie with him. If I have time to relax, I’ll practise Transcendental Meditation for 20 minutes (which you’re supposed to do twice a day, but I never do). My favourite thing is to get my nails done or get a facial. Nobody can find you for an hour. this amazing woman, Gina, comes to the house and does my nails while the kids are asleep, and we sit on the couch and drink wine. 11:00PM In London, David and I talk or watch a movie as we fall asleep. In Newyork, I’ve been in bed by 10 because I’m so pooped. And, yes, I wake up many times throughout the night.
Liv Tyler wearing Belstaff.
From top: Chanel Fine Jewellery necklace, price on application, 1300 242 635; a snap from Tyler’s Instagram. Dreamer
Tyler’s fiancé, David Gardner, and their children. Family
With son Sailor.
At this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards in California.
Clockwise from above: at Belstaff’s New York fashion week party in February; Valentino clutch bag, price on application, valentino.com; Nars Audacious Lipstick in Rita, $48; Dior Vernis in Rouge, $41.
Left: as Amelia Earhart in a short film for Belstaff. Below: a look from the label’s S/S 2016 collection.
Tyler (right) working with Belstaff designer Delphine Ninous.