Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR STYLE -

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

it. Fun­nily enough,

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