Find out more about POPPY DELEVIGNE‘s travel routine, FASHION FAVOURITES and MAKE-UP MUST-HAVES …
Prior to our meeting, Poppy Delevingne, 32, has been in Los Angeles before flying into Dublin via London, and has already hosted a launch for her “Queen of Pop” limited edition collection for Jo Malone London in Brown Thomas, where we meet. That she is dazzling and focused, in a bronze, crushed velvet Ulla Johnson jumpsuit and gold Charlotte Olympia heels, after such a whirlwind schedule, is down to her finely-honed routine.
Travel staples, she confides, include her monogrammed, silk Olivia Van Halle anti-wrinkle eye mask, Dr Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Ampoules, Rose Hydrating Mist by MV Organic Skincare and Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Lip Conditioner and Walnut and Geranium handcream. She always travels in her friend and designer, Zoe Jordan’s cosy tracksuits, with cashmere socks in her carry-on in case of cold. This summer she will be jetting between a film location in Nice, her mother-in-law’s home in Ibiza (where she met her husband James Cook), Greece and further promotional events in Italy, Taiwan and Australia.
Poppy’s jet set credentials precede her – with an Instagram following of 1.3m, she is never far from a red carpet fashion event. One of her most recent was at the 2017 Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, where she stunned in a Giambattista Valli dress. Apparently there were two dresses to choose from but the other gown “had an even longer train and it was raining”.
Practicality is not something normally associated with It girls, yet Poppy is down-to-earth. In addition to the enviable roles of model, socialite and influencer, she has been quietly racking up acting credits on IMDb. Currently starring in Riviera (to be screened on Sky Atlantic) she has most recently been in Genius: Picasso playing the artist’s lover and muse Marie-Therese Walter. Big screen performances have included cameos in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. “Rescue Remedy, sleep, being prepared, doing breathing exercises and hoping for the best,” are her stage fright cures. As a self-confessed bookworm, she also recommends Self Care for the Real World: Practical Self-Care Advice For Everyday Life by Katia Narain Philips and Nadia Narain. “It’s neither cheesy nor condescending. I read a chapter before going to sleep to end the day on a positive note.” Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is a book she’s read seven times and, as one of three sisters, with Cara and Chloe, “It taught me about sisterdom and relationships”. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini was the first book which made her cry properly. Talking of sad stories she would quite like to play the poet Sylvia Plath and believes in challenging herself to push boundaries.
Boundaries aside, I am fixated on her perfect skin and ask for her make-up bag staples. She’s disarmingly upfront; “I’m a lipstick girl and alternate between Lancome’s Matte Shaker lipsticks or Lune Rousse by Chanel. I also use Bobbi Brown concealer, Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow, Lancome Hypnose mascara, Chanel eyeshadows and Burberry contour sticks. I have recently rediscovered Stila. I recommend their new liquid Glitter shadow in Bronze which slides on easily without leaving a trail of glitter.” Noted!
Her fashion credentials have included enviable ambassadorial roles for Chanel; Karl Lagerfeld designed one of her wedding dresses – Peter Dundas the other floral Pucci gown she wore in Marrakesh, which I particularly loved. “It’s on a mannequin and I love admiring it. I haven’t worn it again but I do run around the house in my veil,” she confides and it’s easy to picture this Insta-gold image. When off duty her go-to labels are Miu Miu, Gucci, Maje, Frame, Zimmerman and Topshop. “My happy place is Topshop, Oxford Circus”.
Brought up in Chelsea, Poppy is the quintessential London girl. “The new Annabel’s is spectacular, especially sitting in the garden, as is Chiltern Firehouse for a cheeky cocktail late at night, and for an old school date night, I love going to The Wolseley,” she says of regular haunts, though is equally at home in London parks (particularly The Serpentine) and often visits the Tate and V&A museum.
It is the era of Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy, during the Swinging Sixties which inspired her “Queen of Pop” collection, the title a nod to her name and also the Pop Art movement. The packaging is playful and pretty with polka dots and a palette of pinks and purples.
The collection itself contains some of Poppy’s favourite fragrances. She’s a long time devotee of Red Roses (€57), though is currently wearing Peony and Blush Suede (€57) and a vintage Gardenia scent, while her husband James wears Amber & Lavender (€57). Poppy is enthusiastic about the new bumper-sized bubble baths, available in three scents, the Velvet Rose & Oud (€86) is particularly indulgent. There’s also a choice of Grapefruit, Blackberry & Bay or Basil & Neroli candles (€55).
As a treat they’re bold, bright and bubbly. Just like Poppy.
Need to Know: The Limited Edition Queen of Pop collection is available exclusively at Brown Thomas Dublin, Selfridges and Jo Malone London Regent Street. www.jomalone.co.uk.
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