200 e-mails a day 10pairs of pearl ear­rings 6 nights out a week

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LOLA 7AM Like my grand­mother, I wake up early. I’m al­ways happy in the morn­ing, so I get up eas­ily. The first thing I do is put on mu­sic. I lis­ten to things I can sing – French mu­si­cians like Françoise Hardy or Dal­ida. Be­fore, I was a shower girl, but I just moved into a place on the Bow­ery in New York with a huge bath­tub. I take a bath ev­ery morn­ing and some­times at night. I love shower gels from Molton Brown and Laura Mercier. She has all those scrubs and sug­ary things. One day it was hor­ri­ble; I went to a meet­ing, and I had just used the Laura Mercier, and my boss was like, “Why does it smell like cot­ton candy in here?” I don’t put make-up on in the morn­ing, only at night when I go out. In the day I feel like it’s cheat­ing. I leave in my work­out out­fit, some­thing I would never do in Paris. You will never see a French­woman on the street in yoga pants. 7.45AM I don’t eat break­fast, but I grab a mocha at Bow­ery Cof­fee. I’m back on cof­fee! I used to rely on four cof­fees a day, but I’ve cut down a lot. When I came back I was like, why did I live with­out that? It’s just so good. 8AM I do Gy­ro­tonic; I learned about it when I was danc­ing with Martha Gra­ham. I think it’s much bet­ter than Pi­lates. Then I take a quick shower. Get­ting dressed after­ward is fast, about 10 min­utes – I usu­ally think about what I’m go­ing to wear be­fore bed. I wear a lot of So­nia Rykiel, but I mix it with things I’ve found at Browns. My dad and his fam­ily own it, so I’m very lucky. I mix and match with Valentino shoes and a Saint Lau­rent jacket or a Proenza Schouler sweater or some­thing from Lan­vin. I al­ways wear ear­rings and rings. I don’t wear neck­laces or bracelets. I love my col­lec­tion of vin­tage pearl ear­rings and new ones from Deszo by Sara Bel­trán and Marie-Hélène de Tail­lac. I have about 10 pairs and 40 rings – my grand­mother gives me a lot of her old ones. 9AM I take a taxi to work and catch up on my e-mail. I try not to look at it be­fore that. My first con­ver­sa­tion of the day is with my fam­ily in Paris; we’re all su­per close. Some­times I bring a book with me, but I al­ways end up In­sta­gram­ming in­stead. I fi­nally fin­ished Karine Tuil’s L’Invention De Nos Vies, one of my favourite books this year. 9.30AM I read ev­ery­thing – WWD, The New York Times, New York, The Daily, Le Monde. I need to know what’s go­ing on in France so I can keep up with my women. I re­ceive maybe 200 e-mails a day. I screen them with my as­sis­tants, and then we make our plans for the day. We have a great at­mos­phere at the of­fice. I try to have no­body wear make-up. I think it’s cute – so French. 12PM I usu­ally have lunch out with ed­i­tors or friends. Bergdorf Good­man is right in front of the of­fice, so I go there of­ten. It’s danger­ous be­cause some­times I’ll end up shop­ping. Nobu is nearby as well. I also go to Ama­ranth or Can­dle Cafe. I don’t like salad; I like fish and vegeta­bles or steak. 1.30PM I have five or six meet­ings a day, dis­cussing our plans and strat­egy and the prepa­ra­tions for the shows. 7PM I go to an event or din­ner al­most ev­ery night. I keep heels at my desk to dress up my out­fit. I love to eat at Omen, the Cleve­land, Café Se­lect, Mercer Kitchen, and Sant Am­broeus. They just opened one in SoHo. In Paris, I go to Café de Flore – it’s the place to go. I see my boyfriend and my best friend ev­ery night. She lives re­ally close by, so some­times we’ll meet for din­ner or a drink. I go out six nights a week; I won’t stay home un­less I’m forced to. I don’t go out Sun­days, but if I can I go to the movies be­cause I hate watch­ing TV. I think it’s de­press­ing. 11PM To re­lax, I read or get mas­sages or have hot choco­late. I have a mas­sage guy who comes to my place once a week. Then I’ll take a bath with es­sen­tial oils and more Laura Mercier prod­ucts. 12AM My bed­room is re­ally nice – it has floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. My bed faces a win­dow, and I have a great view of the Bow­ery. I have white sheets from a French brand called Descamps and some sweet pink-striped ones we did for So­nia Rykiel. I like to eat choco­late right be­fore bed. My mother sends boxes from La Mai­son du Cho­co­lat, and I’ll have it at ran­dom times, like the mid­dle of the night. My boyfriend thinks it’s a bad habit, so I try not to wake him up.

Lola Rykiel

So­nia teach­ing Lola to swim in St-Tropez, 1989

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