CB: What was your last big investment?
ILF: I just bought an absolutely gorgeous blanket in beige and white stripes at Caravane. They do interiors, but I decided it would make a great shawl/pashmina. I travel with it and use it as a blanket on the plane or in the hotel – it is very luxurious and is nice even in the summer if you don’t want a coat in the evening. It’s expensive if it’s just for your bed, but if you see it as clothing it’s fine.
CB: Do your daughters have your style DNA?
ILF: No, they are far better than me. I like that they look natural in their clothes. They seem to just pick up the first thing and look comfortable, never overdressed, but then they are young and beautiful.
CB: How can you look good as a mum?
ILF: It is impossible. I hate these articles in magazines, ‘A day with whoever’. ‘I wake up at seven, I prepare the breakfast, after I do my exercise, I do my nails and have a quick lunch’ – for me they are Martians. It’s impossible to cope with everything we have to do and be perfect – one should know that and accept it. And forget about the mess at home, with children you have to make them understand early on that you are lazy. Tell them, ‘You have to prepare the dinner tonight.’ I would explain to my daughters that tonight is a picnic in my room. Instead of going to the park we will eat here. They would have two tomatoes and pack of potato chips, but it wasn’t raining, there were no animals, it wasn’t cold, and we didn’t have to carry a basket for hours and forget the salt – they would love it.
CB: Finally, how do you look sexy?
ILF: I think sexy is a word that has ruined a lot of looks for a lot of women. Sensuality is much better. When I think of sexy I imagine something very tight, very uncomfortable that will transform you into a sausage. My version is a rather large cashmere sweater that falls on the shoulders, silk pants and nice clean hair on the shoulders. That’s it.
Karl Lagerfeld is great fun and has a much greater sense of humour than me. He is the best teacher in the world, at the best school in the world