In24HOURS DATO ’ SR I FA R A H K H A N
Malaysia’s fashion powerhouse’s life by the numbers.
9AM My mornings tend to vary. It depends on where I wake up because I can be in New York, London, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Bali. Right now, I am in tropical Kuala Lumpur and I usually rise at 9 in the morning; I believe everyone should have 8 to 10 hours of sleep. My day begins with a strong cup of coffee and an hour of pilates with the most amazing personal trainer. 9.15AM In between waking up and working out, I log on to my phone to respond to my e-mails and messages. I try to answer as many as I can, as that helps people get on with their work. In the midst of all this, I create a daily checklist and sort them out according to priorities for the day. 10AM People always ask me how I get dressed for the day, and the secret is to not plan the day before and live in the moment. Well, it also depends if I have an important meeting or if the day calls for something a little more casual. Comfort is absolutely essential to me. It’s always flats or no heels at all when I go to work, even at fashion week. Running around the streets of Milan in high heels, I can tell you, is just not possible! Back home, for days spent in the studio, I will pull up in my gym clothes, but if it’s a corporate day when I see the board, or meet with any principals, then of course, I will be specifically dressed for that. At the moment, my current favourites include an eclectic mix of Azzedine Alaïa, Mary Katrantzou, Roger Vivier, and Tod’s. 11AM I get in to work and head straight into meetings and discussions. Every day is a different working day for me. Mondays are for fashion, Tuesdays for F&B, and Wednesdays are spent doing creative projects. Sundays are completely chill for me, and I usually spend lots of time with friends for lunches, teas, and dinners. I love fresh food and fresh produce, and it’s even more fun cooking them with my son who adores cooking. When I’m at my beach villa in Bali, I’d hop on a bike to explore the island. It’s absolutely glorious! 1.20PM Around lunch time, I do things like interviews or lunch meetings, and because I come in to work quite
late, I don’t actually eat behind my
Farah Khan Spring/ Summer ’16
Founder and president of The Melium Group, Dato’ Sri Farah Khan