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We wear their names on our back, but how much do we really know about some of fashion’s hottest names? Designers are notorious for mysteriously living outside the spotlight, but now the runways have turned. In honor of Fashion Week, we’re seeing how they live from dusk until dawn through their daily rituals. From the envy-inducing way Tom Ford starts his day to Roberto Cavalli’s au natural sleeping habits, we take a peek at the routines of 12 of today’s most influential designers.
Tom Ford Starts the Day with a Soak
One way to start your day is with a dose of clarity through a hot bath and an iced espresso. American designer Tom Ford takes a dipfour times each day, starting with his morning bath. “Often I lie in the tub for a half hour and just let my mind wander,” he says. “I find a bath meditative and usually prepare myself for the day in this manner.”
Giorgio Armani Works Out Daily
Italian fashion legend Giorgio Armani reportedly loves a morning sweat session. “It seems like a nearly military regimen, but in reality it’s extremely satisfying,” he says. “I work out for an hour and a half every day with a personal trainer who studies and changes up the exercises as needed.”
Clare Waight Keller Takes Her Skincare Seriously
With her morning shower clocking in at five minutes or less, Chloé Creative Director Clare Waight Keller confesses she’s “low maintenance” when it comes to her morning grooming routine. Instead of piling on makeup, she splurges on skincare. “I tend to overbuy on creams,” Keller says.“It’s a very French attitude—the skin is the most important thing.”
Beautify like Donatella Versace
Donatella Versace’s beauty is almost as iconic as her bombshell designs. She has her famous look down to a science (and completes the whole routine in about an hour). “While [my beauty regimen] is well practiced, it is pretty functional. I have some trusted products that I use regularly,” she says. “As for makeup, I love luminous skin, a nude lip with lip balm, and smoky eyes.”
Jeremy Scott Sticks to his Signature Style
Jeremy Scott creates standout styles, so it’s not a shock that his everyday look is similarly wacky. “I live in pajamas; I’m always wearing them as clothes,” he says. “I have a pair from the ’50s that I’ve had since I was 14. I wore them in high school.” I think this finally gives you permission to tell your boss your rainbow-striped onesie is a fashion statement.
Jason Wu Lunches (Somewhat) Like a Local
When at the Hugo Boss HQ, Jason Wu has a custom meal delivered, dubbed the “Jason Lunch.” He explains: “You know how in Europe…a sandwich is either, like, a piece of cheese or a piece of ham but not both? I got them to do a special one…they now sell it—we’re starting a trend.” Who needs a label named after you when you can have a sandwich sporting your name?
Alexander Wang Keeps Things Organized
Like everyone else in corporate America, Alexander Wang finds long work meetings boooooring. “I get really lethargic,” he says. To cope, he schedules meetings “on the hour to the hour, though sometimes they only last 15 minutes because I like to keep them to the point.”
Drink it all in like Karl Lagerfeld
When German designer Karl Lagerfeld is feeling parched, he skips the water and reaches for an American classic. “I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed. I can even drink it in the middle of the night,” he says.”I don’t drink coffee, I don’t drink tea, I drink nothing else.” The designer is such a fan of the bubbly beverage that he designed a limited edition bottle featuring his silhouette in 2010.
Dolce & Gabbana Cook Up a Storm
Designing duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana look to their Italian roots for some culinary inspiration. “We are lucky because we are blessed with one of the most delicious cuisines in the world,” Dolce says. “If I have the time, I cook every night.” Stefano gives chef Dolce two thumbs up: “He cooks pasta, he cooks meat…and a very special dish from Sicily. He’s a very good cook.”
Julie de Libran Never Neglects Her Beauty Routine
Sonia Rykiel designer Julie de Libran always ends her day with a thorough (read: time-consuming) scrub down. “My ritual is washing my face, taking off my makeup, and a long process of putting on creams that can take 45 minutes,” she says. “It’s important to me not to go to bed with makeup—it’s probably the worst thing to do. I do a mask for my hair too. I get very girly at night.”
Valentino Hits the Sack with Style
Like a true fashion maven,Valentino Garavani doesn’t just sleep on any old bedspread. He prefers crisp, freshly pressed “exclusively white” sheets. “[They] are made of linen…[I] have my initials embroidered on the corner of each pillow,” he says. “They are made just for me by a lovely lady in Rome…My bed sheets are, of course, ironed every morning and every night.”
Roberto Cavalli Finishes his Day with Fragrance
Roberto Cavalli loves to settle into slumber with his favorite scent—and his favorite scent only. “I never, never wear pajamas in my life. I always feel I cannot sleep when I am dressed. I have to be naked,” he says. “I am like Marilyn Monroe: She said five drops of Chanel No. 5; I tell you 10 drops of Roberto Cavalli fragrance.”