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Interior Designer Caroline Legrand's Wardrobe

By Lori on Apr 26 2016

I am Belgian born but have been living in London for over 20 years. I am an interior designer and have two young sons.

I have a passion for travels, art, design, and interiors. I see fashion as an expression of my personality and also of my life's journey. I have my own style and know what suits me and doesn't. I buy clothes which I need and want and can wear instantly and which are easily wearable whether I am in London, New York, Paris, LA...

What is your motto in life?

My motto is : buy less, choose well and make it last… well that’s one of my mottos! I have a few but this one applies to my purchases and fashion in general.

How would you describe your style?

I would say I am quite rock chic…anything that Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent has designed has been spot on for me for my everyday life (day and evening wear). I travel a lot and I like to not have to think about different wardrobes for different cities/countries. Would rather spend my time and energy on more meaningful moments than packing and shopping.. I like bohemian clothes in the summer when in sunny climates, I like Balmain’ sexiness for evening and Isabel Marant is the in betweener. Anthony Vaccarello is also a favourite because few people wear him or even know about him.

The best thing you ever bought?

There are a lot of things I have bought over the years which have been great buys. I cant define one item in a lifespan but more like one item over the past seasons. That would have to be a black mini leather skirt by Maje. Bought it on sale for £90 and have worn it for the past 4 years from East Hampton to Ibiza to London to LA to Cape Town. Its feminine, fresh, sexy, and goes with every shirt/tshirt/sweaters possible….I therefore buy a new leather or suede miniskirt a year .

How did you get into interior design?

I always had 3 passions in life early on in my life: languages, interior design and fashion design. I chose to study languages (I speak 6) which enabled me to work wherever in the world and in any kind of industry, I then was able to get into fashion and worked in that industry for over 12 years. After my divorce I had to change a few things in my life and a full time job with no flexibility was not an option any more. I started my own business after redoing my current London flat which was a total gut job. I felt confident I could do this as a business and with my creative mind in constant drive, I launched my website and slowly got projects left and right. I have been lucky to have a lot of press for my projects. It seems that people get me, my style and the energy I put into these projects.

What was your favourite project?

Ibiza probably. It was a massive leap of faith in terms of having seen the house 2x by the time I bought it and just going to buy all kind of items to be put on a container to ship from Florida to London then on to Ibiza. But I just went with my gut feeling and stuck o my vision. That has proven to be very rewarding 2 years on.

If you weren’t an interior designer, what would you be doing?

I don’t know because I still do a lot of other things on the side of interior design so I am constantly evolving and keep my mind open to all creative opportunities

Your favourite restaurant?

Bill Granger in Notting Hill. I live there from morning to lunch to dinner. I am a vegetarian and need healthy food, and after 22 years in London I cannot book restaurants ahead of time the way I used to. I live more in the present these days. I travel a lot and when in London I like to decide casually where to go with my girlfriends. Granger is always great because there is a very calming energy there and the food is divine.

If you could raid one woman’s wardrobe, whose would it be?

Probably Rosie Huntington Whiteley.

If you didn’t live in London, where would you live?

That has changed over the years but currently I am obsessed with finding a way to spend more time and living in LA. The energy and lifestyle is similar to Ibiza and I like the chilled attitude of LA, the healthy food, the hiking, surfing …

Favourite movie of all time?

There are a few on my favorite list but I have been obsessed with Interstellar. I am obsessed with the universe, planets, the different dimensions….I am a bit out there when it comes to yoga, meditation, healers, shamans and the purpose of our life. The soundtrack of the movie is amazing.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

To teach the world to stop destroying our planet. Too much greed, too much ignorance, too much unconsciousness. Its all about money, greed, capital growth, instant gratification and never being or having enough. Its soul destroying. How much stuff do we need in our lives really? ?