CL A R E WA IGHT K E L L E R in 24HOURS
The Chloé creative director’s life by the numbers.
7AM When I wake I check to see where my dog, Harry, is. He’s a mini dachshund, and often sleeps right next to my bed. He’s kind of old now – 15 – so he doesn’t hear me, and if I’m not careful, I’ll accidentally tread on him and he’ll jump up like a horse. He gets a shampoo and blowout once a month, but he hates it. Now because he’s a bit slower, he’s like a vacuum across the park when we walk him; his fur picks up everything. I make him food twice a week, couscous and fresh chicken. He is a very well-kept dog. Then I go and check on the children because normally one of them is still asleep. I’ve got twins, Amelia and Charlotte, who are 11, and a little one, Harrison, who’s three. 7.15AM I’m off into the kitchen getting the kids’ breakfast. They change what they’re interested in more or less every day. So it may be something quite French such as pain au chocolat or a baguette with Nutella, or they might go for a peanut butter sandwich or cereal – it’s a whole revolving list of breakfast opportunities. I’ll have a cup of tea while I’m with them, and then a fresh fruit juice with vitamins. 7.30AM I do a fast shower, never more than five minutes. I use Aesop and SkinCeuticals products; and a lot of organic things, like Dr. Jackson’s, a British brand; and these French liquid vitamins in glass vials they sell here in Paris. I don’t do a lot of make-up. It’s some quick Laura Mercier cover stick and mascara. I am low-maintenance when it comes to all that. I tend to overbuy on creams, though. It’s a very French attitude – the skin is the most important thing. 7.45AM I think of what I’m going to wear the night before, or it takes me forever. I’d love to be like a guy who can just pick up a pair of trousers and a shirt every day and off you go, but it takes a little more effort for a woman in this job. I have about 25 Chloé blouses, a series of greys and neutrals. With shoes, it’s insane. It’s terrible to name the number, but it’s probably around 130 pairs. 8.15AM I walk Harrison to school. He’s always in a bouncy mood, talking about the things on the street – the birds in the park or the diggers or things like that. It’s refreshing to have that innocent perspective in the morning and not have to think about the day ahead. The one other time I get any exercise is on Saturday morning. I play tennis in the woods at nine o’clock come rain, snow – anything. 8.25AM I drop Harrison off, jump in a taxi, and head to the office. That’s really the first time I look at e-mail. We have a rule at home that we don’t have any kind of electronics at the kitchen table. Otherwise you can end up being like a zombie. I give my husband, Philip, a call because I might not have seen him. Occasionally I’ll go on Instagram. I mostly follow friends and a lot of fashion people, Michel Gaubert, and a few surfers. My girls and I do a surf trip every summer, usually in Cornwall and a bit in California, where the big waves are and the cold water. I don’t like the sun so much; it becomes irritating. I much prefer cold weather. 9AM When I arrive at the office, I check to see what I have on. At the beginning of the week, it’s a meeting with my CEO. Then I come down to the studio and we start working through the season. We recently launched a new fragrance, LoveStory. When we’re working on fragrance projects, there’s a day that they come in with the different formulas. We do an initial test where you spray it, smell it,
and give reactions, then they