Maryam Malakpour Fashion editor, stylist for the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Heidi Klum and Interview, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph. Here the creative director of NewbarK shares her London style secrets…
Where in London inspires you?
The beautiful parks – Richmond Park, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park. The landscapes and architecture, the combination of historical and contemporary set in green, green, green. London is classic with a twist: a theme that informs my work as a designer. The London Eye is the best place to see it all – iconic and surreal at the same time.
Perfect London day?
Start with a coffee at the Laslett on a Friday morning, then stroll down Portobello Market then on to my great friend, Tara Agace’s studio to peruse her treasures and jewels. There would be a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum and a walk to the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, then on to Carlos Place in Mayfair…
What do you always do in London?
A visit to my friend Roland Mouret’s flagship store on Carlos Place, drinks across the way at the Connaught in the Coburg Bar. I love a walk through Richmond Park with my daughter and my husband’s family and their dogs, it’s a real tradition. I’ll buy one or two simple and classic pieces of clothing from Les Glorieuses, it’s one of the few collections that are bespoke and can’t be purchased everywhere, which makes them more special. I also stock up on British sweets such as Bassett’s Licorice Allsorts, and Calpol for my daughter.
Favourite neighbourhood for shopping?
Soler, Alexandra Al-Bader’s boutique off Golborne Road W10 for summer-vibe dresses and tops, Tom Dixon Shop at the Wharf Building, Portobello Dock, for great furniture and accessories, the Conran shop on Marylebone High Street for innovative new designs, vintage shops, and KTZ shop on Greek Street, although Kokon to Zai also has an eccentric shop of homewares and curios on Golborne Road.
Something you could never bear to part with?
Any vintage Yves Saint Laurent! A peasant blouse from a vintage shop and recently a Valentino Couture blouse with stork prints which I found at my favorite vintage store in LA. A perfect cotton voile caftan from Paula Thomas – I lost one on holiday so now I only have one left. A classic black leather biker jacket from Saint Laurent, which goes with me everywhere and I never check in – it was a gift from Hedi Slimane.
British style icons?
Keith Richards! Iconic, legendary and timeless style.
Favourite restaurants and bars?
The bar and lounge at Chiltern Firehouse – I love the setting and elegance. Electric House on Portobello as it’s an easy place that I know well. Asian-fusion E&O on Elgin Crescent for some chilli squid, Granger & Co for lunch, Quo Vadis, which is owned by my husband’s good friend; they pride themselves on great food and cocktails.
Most romantic thing you’ve experienced?
My now husband surprised me with a ring on the beach in Tulum. He was acting so bizarre, and so were all the friends we were with – because they all knew what was going on! He was so nervous he nearly lost the ring in sand. Our friends and our daughter all witnessed it while hiding in the bushes.
Most romantic place you’ve been?
It may be a cliché to call Paris most romantic city, but that doesn’t make it any less true. And Kyoto Japan, where I have never been, but I am fascinated by Japanese art, textile, pottery and, of course, food.
What do you wear when you travel?
What else do you always travel with?
I always travel with my NewbarK leather weekend bag and the foldable slip-on shoes for the plane, cashmere socks, cashmere blanket or wrap or a cosy sweater – I am always cold on airplanes. And a classic Louis Vuitton monogram carry-on rolling case.
Photo by: Annabel Mehran