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The fashion wunderkind talks food, drink and all things London
Home is… Manhattan.
Where do you stay in London? The Rosewood hotel in Holborn — it’s the perfect home away from home. It has the best wonton soup of any room service anywhere.
Earliest London memory? Going to London by myself for a summer programme at Central Saint Martins and taking the bus in the middle of the night from where I was staying to go out partying. One crazy night I went to this amazing rave in a tunnel in King’s Cross.
What’s the most romantic thing someone has done for you in London? I’m still waiting…
What do you collect? Anything black and exotic. The last thing I added to my collection was a black watersnake travel bag.
Favourite London discoveries? I was in town for a few days last summer and managed to see Drake and Skepta play Wireless festival; they were amazing. It was cool to experience such a large music festival in the middle of the city.
Best piece of advice you’ve been given? Always trust your first instinct — I can’t remember who told me, but it stuck.
Which shops do you rely on? McQueens for flowers. White peonies and white cabbage roses are my favourite.
Last album you bought? The most recent Drake album, More Life, is on repeat. My favourite song is Gyalchester.
Best meal you have had in London? I always try to make a stop at Umu in Mayfair. I love how experimental the dishes are, particularly the ones infused with uni (sea urchin), which also happens to be my dog’s name. I also adore Scott’s — I usually order the simple grilled fish of the day or oysters, and their mignonette is incredible.
Biggest extravagance? Skincare is my biggest extravagance. I’m a junkie and I’ll do anything if someone I trust recommends it, even if it involves pain or extremely bad smells, including blood and placenta.
Where would you go for a nightcap? The Fumoir Bar at Claridge’s for a Tito’s and soda.
Who do you call when you want to have fun? Fran Cutler, hands down. Everything she says and does is entertainment. We recently had a night at Chiltern Firehouse and closed the place.
Who is your hero? Ralph Lauren is a constant source of inspiration for his ability to create a ubiquitous and encompassing world that is instantly recognisable.
What would you do if you were Mayor for the day? I’d switch the direction of traffic so I wouldn’t get confused every time I cross the street.
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