Serbian-british designer boasting a roster of A-list fans
I have the most incredible memories of going to a restaurant in Montenegro called Kolibe, near a town called Perast. The name means little house, and it’s definitely my favourite, not just for the food but the whole surroundings. They make everything in a special dish made out of clay called sach, and everything is cooked in that, in ashes under the fire.
Since an early age I always wanted to be a fashion designer. It’s true! It was a ballerina at some point, but that didn’t last very long because I was always tall and so didn’t go far.
I’m addicted to bread. Any kind of bread, but particularly the one made by my mum. It takes me back, I think it’s a very emotional type of addiction, very comforting. The bread is called kiflice, which is this kind of pastry with cheese inside and with sesame seeds on the top. It’s just something that as kids we used to eat and even now when I go back to visit her I’ll ask, “mummy, can you make kiflice?”
My go-to outfit wouldn’t be a particular thing, but it would be a dress. It’s interesting, I’m perceived as a dress designer and even though I have so many different things going on now, I still think the dress is something that you can put on and don’t worry too much about styling. A dress is almost the job done in one go.
My next holiday will probably be Formentera [an island in the Spanish Mediterranean] with my family. We have a particular house that we rent, always the same house, always the same place. I kind of feel like it’s coming home, no matter that we don’t have a home there. Everything is outside, and it’s so lovely. Usually, I have a whole bunch of friends that come at the same time, it’s like a little commune happening. It’s wonderful.
The beauty product I couldn’t live without is my MAC Lady Danger lipstick.
My favourite cities are London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. They’re so different. In London, if you live east, you never ever go west [as you have to] spend half a day going there and back. You don’t have the luxury of time, whereas Hong Kong is small. In Los Angeles, it’s the lifestyle. They’re all obsessed with healthiness – the things that we are doing now, they were doing 10 years ago. All the juices and running. The lifestyle is not so fast, and they have these art galleries, these furniture fairs, these second-hand shops. I have a lot of friends there. London is amazing, but it is tough; I call it a meat machine. I love it, but you need to be on the top of your game on everything, all the time. LA and Hong Kong are a little bit more human-friendly.