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Influencer Pernille Teisbaek on Wardrobes, Weddings and Wegner Chairs

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One thing people don’t know about me …

I’m really funny. I’m much more impulsive and vibrant than I appear on social media, where everything has to be so polished. I like to be open, light and I believe I have a good sense of humour. The fashion world can be so serious, which is why having kids is a relief. Since having them (Billy and Bobby) I have a new set of values and set of priorities. They provide time off from an otherwise very narcissistic job. It feels good to focus on other people.

Three things I can’t live without …

I’m obsessed with blazers, though I would have to say a suit worn with a T-shirt and boots are a close second. I also have a pair of vintage Levis I’ve worn to death. I pair them with chunky knits, cool cardigans and boots. That’s more than three but they’re my staples.

The style signifiers of a Scandi wardrobe …

The super minimalist look originated in Sweden, though a lot of things have happened since then … such as Alessandro Michele at Gucci. He has affected the way we all dress and I feel as a Dane, our DNA is quirkier than Swedish style. It’s about combining colours and patterns and always adding something classic. Our wardrobes are easy, comfortable and accessible.

Cream roll-neck sweater, Loewe, €1100; white wide leg trousers, Jil Sander, €950; both at Brown Thomas

Favourite fashion moment …

I am always impressed by Chanel shows and I remember my first Chanel experience – the AW14 show set in a supermarket. It was insane. After the show we went to lunch and then the atelier to visit the petits mains who work on handstitiching. This was at the beginning of my career and fashion journey and left a lasting memory. Even though Karl Lagerfeld is no longer with us, I hope Virginie Viard will continue his legacy.

Favourite Chanel items …

I’ve been collecting a lot of bags and vintage jackets which I often wear to dinner. I haven’t Instagrammed my favourite jacket very often but it is made of silk and has the most simple, yet delicate sleeves. I’ve found that vintage Chanel is not that expensive.

On getting ready for fashion week …

I am very organised with my time and do a lot of advance planning. Like all mothers, I am prepared for every eventuality. For events, preparation is half of the job and my former career as a stylist has been good training. I’ve found the further into fashion week you delve, the more your creativity diminishes. I am loaned a lot of samples and I always pack outfits. It’s also important to bring a lot of basics and worn-in shoes. New shoes are never a good idea. I do have an assistant who handles online requests and picks up samples for me. I sometimes travel with my agent but mostly I am solo.

On the collaboration with Barbara Borghini and Gia Couture

This happened very quickly in less than one and a half months – at the beginning of the summer. I knew the brand through its collaboration with Alex Eagle and initially bounced ideas around with Barbara. My aim was to create a capsule of pieces which were easy to wear and integrate into a wardrobe. There are three styles and my beige obsession was also part of the inspiration. Each style comes in five colours which complements different skintones. I was very impressed with Barbara’s factory in Florence, for the quality, the accessible price point and its sustainability measures. [The collection launches in February 2020.]

Grey wool dress, Jil Sander, €2,250; Black Cabas handwoven large tote, Bottega Veneta, €3600; both at Brown Thomas

New Bottega Veneta or old Céline?

Right now, I am a walking ambassador for new Bottega Veneta, though I must acknowledge Phoebe Philo’s breakthrough in fashion. She created art out of fashion – making comfortable clothes super chic with an attention to detail and fabric. I am sure Daniel Lee [creative director at Bottega Veneta] will bring this into his work too.

On her style icons …

I don’t have just one, I find a lot of girls inspiring, though ten years ago I was always dying to see the latest issue of Paris Vogue and Geraldine Saglio’s work. I now believe in finding your own path. I admire women who multitask with a career and children and have great taste at the same time.

On her wedding day …

The easiest part was choosing the location – a small getaway Philip [Lotko, founder of Rains] and I discovered called Bornholm which means “sunshine island”. It is like a miniature Ibiza. Our intention was to create a weekend of pure joy for our friends. As for the dress, it was the hardest part. I always had the 1990s and Kate Moss in a slip dress in my mind, as my own style is simple, clean and minimal. I spoke with two designers who wanted to design something for me and they advised I go for something different – I had one weekend to wear white only and should make the most of it. One night a dress popped up on Pinterest – a vintage 40’s-inspired, long-sleeved Vera Wang gown. I got in touch with Vera Wang immediately and we added several details, like pearls. At that time pearls were not yet a trend. The dress was embellished, it was lace, it was sexy – so not me, it was me. I felt like a mature Princess and I had Manolo Blahnik customise shoes in the same lace, which could be seen through the sheer panels of the gown. It is the most extravagant piece in my wardrobe and though thousands of girls have emailed to ask if I would ever sell, it is precious to me. If I ever have a daughter I would love to be able to offer this to her. On the day, the thing I had in mind was seeing my husband’s reaction to the dress.

Most treasured item at home …

We’ve just bought a new house which is our next new project. I have an obsession with chairs and my favourite is a mid-century Flagline chair by Wegner. It’s minimal and made of a mix of materials – metal, leather, sheepskin – and is both warm and cold. At present it is in a corner with lots of plastic kids’ toys, but I hope to find the perfect position in our new home, which is also in Frederiksberg [a suburb of Copenhagen].

The most interesting thing in her handbag right now …

A baby’s pacifier.

On her travel essentials

I always travel with mists on a flight. I also bring antibacterial lotions and moisturisers. If I have time, I’ll also bring a mask, but water is a must. I drink litres of water when I’m travelling.

Need to Know: Pernille Teisbaek is in conversation with Louise Duffy this evening, October 30, at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin 2: www.brownthomas.com

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