Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 74

STYLE Bazaar ALICE TEMPERLEY FA S H I O N D E S I G N E R The British designer is famed for her quintessentially English style and witty aesthetic, coupled with sumptuous fabrics and expensive hand-worked finishes. Her secret luxury comes from the Hotel Costes on the Rue SaintHonoré in Paris, known to be the favourite hangout for the fashion pack during Paris Fashion Week. “The Hotel Costes has its own perfume, Number 2, which I discovered whilst staying there many years ago,” she reveals. Described as being sensual and hypnotic with balmy orange blossom spiced by essence of cinnamon and roses, the in-house range of scents was created by artistic director Rami Mekdachi in collaboration with master perfumer Olivia Giacobetti, who has also created perfumes for Dyptique and L’Artisan. Number 2 comes in architectural, jet-black bottles with sleek Bakelite or glass stoppers. “I buy it every time I am in Paris,” says Temperley. “The smell is evocative of my time there when I’m back in London.” THE SECRET From on-hand bath butlers to perfumes invoking the very spirit of Paris, seven women reveal their hidden indulgences Neelam Khanna is known for her refined taste and commitment to luxury, both in the awardwinning spa retreat, Ananda in the Himalayas, which she runs with husband Ashok, as well as the joint venture she created with French luxury house Hermès. Her approach to indulgence is one of rigorous purity, and she prizes the integral beauty of the product over the brand name. “When I discovered pure cotton and linen beautifully handcrafted by Indian artisans in Bengal and Lucknow, these became an integral part of my home,” she says. “Now, I order these in my style, and since they are bespoke, they are a luxury. These local artisans don’t have any physical or online retail presence. I have built these connections on a personal level over the years. However, I do source from them for sale at Ananda in the Himalayas.” 74 L I S A R AY ACTOR “My favourite new shop is the Luxury Africa Atelier in Cape Town, which curates extraordinary artefacts, art, and jewellery,” says Indo-Canadian actor Lisa Ray. She is known for her many films, including Deepa Mehta’s acclaimed Water (2005) in which she played the leading role. In 2009, Ray was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a very rare cancer of the white blood cells. She chronicled her struggle with this disease in a moving and insightful blog called The Yellow Diaries, and today, travels the world to speak about her journey. On one of her trips, she discovered the Atelier. “I love the Legacy collection, which is created from pieces of the original fence from Robbin Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years. The pieces are graphic and cool, but, more importantly, you are literally carrying around a piece of history.” CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY ALICE TEMPERLEY, HOTEL COSTES; LUXURY AFRICA ATELIER, BAZAAR ARCHIVES, NEELAM KHANNA, KINCHE.COM NEELAM KHANNA BUSINESSWOMAN