I tend to wake up naturally if I’ve had a reasonable night’s sleep, but I’m quite nocturnal when I work. If I’ve been working very late and have not stirred by 10:00 a.m., my housekeeper will knock on the bedroom door. I don’t go in for alarms. I have a cup of English tea with milk and two sugars, which brings me back to life. I sometimes forget to have breakfast, but if I’m hungry I’ll have crumpets or toast with Marmite. No two days are the same, but generally I go through the papers while I eat breakfast or in the car or on a flight if I’m going to a meeting. I like to read the International Herald Tribune and the Financial Times. In London, the Sunday papers with all their supplements are great. I also read The Huffington Post. I try to spend some time on a cross-trainer, but I also love swimming. I’ll have a hot bath, never showers. Nothing restores your skin like a bit of olive oil added to the water. I sing or listen to music while I’m in the bath. My favourite musicians are Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and David Bowie. I like makeup—my favourites are Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford, M.A.C., and Nars. I layer my scents, and mix a variation of one combination I particularly like; the perfume I released a few years ago with Comme des Garçons was based on it. Two of my favourite notes are patchouli and tuberose. I love incense too. I don’t always smell the same, as each day I make the balance of one note differ from the next. The story of my hair is actually quite boring. The white streak happened by accident with a hairdresser friend, and it just stuck. It’s rather become me. I often do it myself, and I keep an emergency stash of peroxide with me when I travel. If I style it myself, it takes five minutes—I couldn’t live without Elnett hair spray by L’Oréal. If I’m having it done for a special event, it’s rather longer. I use Kérastase shampoo and conditioner.
I step out of the bath and decide what to wear while listening to music blaring. It takes much less time than people assume. I dress intuitively, depending on my mood. I think it’s important to not take one’s self too seriously. I can be quite experimental with my clothes. If in doubt, though, I’ll wear a Chanel suit or a grey knee-length McQueen dress; Alexander made me one, and I liked it so much I ordered a few of them. The fit is so beautiful—a celebration of the silhouette. My shoes are mostly by Natacha Marro or Noritaka Tatehana. I might throw on a turban or a veil, and I love jewellery, brooches especially. I scold myself for breaking something, be it a glass or a nail. This happens almost daily. When I leave the house I always carry a handbag, and in it an iPod and headphones. I’ve yet to wean myself off Nicorette gum, so I have a hefty supply in there too—God knows how much I chew, perhaps 10 pieces a day. I also bring a notepad and a fountain pen. My favourite mode of transportation is the train; you can’t beat
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