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October 8th, 2012

Designer Diary: Rebecca Vallance’s Italy.

Designer Diary: Rebecca Vallance’s Italy.

You loved her London travel diary (see What She Wore here) so we asked Rebecca Vallance to keep a travel diary of her latest trip through Malta, Italy, South of France and Spain.

It’s full of Mediterranean fabulousness – where to stay, shop, eat – try not to hate her.

Sunset cocktails at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Cap D’Antibes, Cote D’Azur.

The Hot Spots.

What are five must-see’s in the Mediterranean?
1. Cote D’azur, South Of France.
2. Boat trip to the Aeolian Islands.
3. Formentera Ibiza, Spain. Ibiza is great for more things than its nightlife.
4. Malta and Sicily – They have the most delicious seafood ever.
5. Turkish Riviera – beautiful 1,000+ km of seemingly never-ending coastline.  

 Aeolian Islands, Italy.

Her Favourites.

Me at Lauduree in St Tropez, Cote D’Azur.

Local haunt… Aeolian Islands, Italy.

Place to eat… Rossellinis De l’Hotel Palazzo Sasso, Ravello Italy.

Indulgent moment… Laduree, St Tropez.

Hotel… Hotel Du Cap, Eden Roc. I LOVE this hotel. Definitely a place to return to.

Place to shop… St Tropez because all of my favourite boutiques are there. When I was there most recently, I walked past Karl Lagerfeld shopping.

Area… Cote D’Azur.

Local dish…Ravioli Di Scorfano (Fish Ravioli – a local dish from Ravello, Italy).

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, Cote D’Azur.

Fave thing about the mediterranean…Crystal clear blue water.

Sightseeing destination…Portofino, so picturesque.

 Family boat fun, Mediterranean Sea.

Best place to go to…
Relax… On a boat – anywhere in the med!
Watch the sunset… Aeolian Islands, Italy. The view is breathtaking.
Dancing… Ibiza! Nothing else compares.
Shopping… St Tropez, France.
Adventure… Turkey – where East meets West.
History… Everything about Malta is rich in history.

Having lunch with husband David Gasan at Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, Cote D’Azur.

The Packing Tips.

Me wearing Issa at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Cap D’Antibes, Cote D’Azur.

What are five must-pack fashion pieces for a luxury yacht holiday?
1. A well cut bikini by Mara Hoffman.
2. Balenciaga dark sunglasses.
3. Pucci pareo.
4. Rebecca Vallance kaftan.
5. Borsalino man style hat.

What three beauty products do you never travel without?
1. MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF15.
2. Lancome Genifique Soleil 50+ Sunscreen for the face.
3. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream – it keeps skin moisturised during those long flights.

What’s your go-to airplane outfit?
1. Rebecca Vallance shirt and leather jacket.
2. Helmut Lang harem pants.
3. Celine sunglasses.
4. YSL scarf.

The Jet-Setter.

At Juan and Andreas Restaurant, Formentera, Ibiza wearing Rebecca Vallance kaftan.

Describe your fashion label in three words.
Modern, sophisticated, European.

Describe your personal style in three words.
Modern, luxe, feminine.

What’s the most treasured piece of clothing in your closet?
My new Celine leather/felt pants. I loved them so much I bought them in two different colours!

Confession time: what’s in your closet that you’ve never worn?
A pair of beautiful Gucci ballet flats. I bought them in a hurry whilst I was in Rome only to find when I got home to Malta that they were way too small. I’ve never worn them however they now sit in my shoe cupboard. Hopefully one day I’ll have a daughter that can wear them!

In Cannes wearing Rebecca Vallance Coachella dress.

What are the three pieces you find yourself wearing constantly?
I’ve worn my Rebecca Vallance One In A Million Fitted Shirt, Tunic and Coachella Spring Break dresses way too many times already this year – I have them in every colour! 

What is currently inspiring you?
Life experience and the cultures and people I meet on my travels. In the last seven weeks we’ve been to London, New York, Malta, South of France, and Southern Italy. I find different cultures fascinating.

In Portofino, Italy wearing Chanel wrap waiting for a boat to dinner.

The Lifestyled List.

Tea Or Coffee? Coffee.
Favourite Flower? Peony roses – in a pale colour.
Heels or Flats? Heels!
Style Crush? Carine Roitfeld.
Signature Scent? Coco By Chanel.
Favourite City? New York – I’m obsessed.
Favourite Cocktail? Straight champagne these days….
Beauty product you can’t live without? MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation.
Every woman should own…confidence and a smile.
Reading…Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts.
Listening…Coldplay’s new album ‘Mylo Xyloto‘.
I need…more employees and more hours in a day.
I want…peace and calm.

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