MY LIFE, MY STYLE
Dior’s Sydney Finch mixes her love of contemporary fashion and art with a vintage aesthetic in her west-London home
‘I have always been interested in women who had a voice,’ says Sydney Finch, Dior’s press and public relations director, when we meet at the magnificent four-storey townhouse in Westbourne Grove she shares with her 12-year-old daughter Oona and their two dogs, Hudson and Whiskey. She’s explaining how she grew up reading Gloria Steinem and Joan Didion and chose to study Jane Austen and Maya Angelou as part of her English literature degree at Columbia University. ‘Women who were able to express themselves and were independent and dynamic – that’s always appealed to me.’ She may as well be describing the keys to her own extraordinary success.
After a stint as a magazine beauty editor, Finch started her journey to fashion’s front line when she was recruited by Estée Lauder to work in communications, before moving to launch Frédéric Fekkai in America. ‘That really opened my world up in terms of fashion, and after about five years I met Giambattista
Top: Sydney Finch with Hudson (left) and Whiskey in her living-room. All clothes throughout, her own, except where stated