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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

'I use bags until they are, like, torn': Sonam Kapoor's fashion peeves and preferences 

Kapoor is one of Bollywood’s most famous actresses – as well as one of its most fashionable. She has a weakness for traditional timepieces, and was named brand ambassador for luxury watchmaker IWC last year

Sonam Kapoor looking very bridal when walking the runway for Ralph & Russo last year. Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo will attend the Mumbai wedding, which takes place on Tuesday. Getty Images
Sonam Kapoor looking very bridal when walking the runway for Ralph & Russo last year. Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo will attend the Mumbai wedding, which takes place on Tuesday. Getty Images

If you could wake up anywhere tomorrow, where would you be?

I would be in Bombay, at home, waking up in my bed.

What is your favourite shopping destination?

It used to be Paris, but now it’s a tie between London and Dubai. I like Boutique 1 a lot, it’s got very nice things, and I like The Dubai Mall because it has everything.

What are the three beauty products you don’t step out without?

I use lip balm, under-eye cream and blush every day.

What was your first-ever luxury purchase?

It was a classic black Chanel caviar skin handbag, with gold hardware. I still wear it a lot because it’s so timeless. I really think 5,000 times before buying a handbag, not because of the price of it, but because I always believe in using it until it’s, like, torn.

Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery?

Honestly, my IWC Da Vinci watch. It’s in rose gold and it has a brown strap on it, and I wear it every day. I’m so old-school, and their watches are so classic and beautiful. I got a watch when I was 16, I got another when I was 18, and one more when I turned 21. At any important age, my mother used to always ask if I wanted a pair of earrings or a watch, and I would always choose the watch. I’m such a traditionalist when it comes to watches; even if I have to wear something that counts my steps or something like that, I have to always wear a watch too.

What is your go-to footwear brand?

I like my Manolos. I have these satin Manolo Blahniks with crystal embellishments. I love satin shoes.

Whats the one fashion investment that you get the most wear out of?

The Bottega Veneta Knot clutch. It was one of my first evening bags. I must have had it now for I don’t even know how many years. I carry it a lot, and right now the clip is so [loose] that I need to hold it shut.

What three things do you always have in your bag when you travel?

My passport – god forbid I don’t have that while I’m travelling; my iPhone, which I’m obsessed with; and a perfume or deodorant. I like the new Jo Malone Jasmine Sambac & Marigold fragrance, which is inspired by India. I like anything with jasmine.

You’re sitting down to the perfect meal. Where are you, what are you eating and whom are you with?

I love Thai food. Hopefully I’m in Phuket with Anand [Ahuja], because he loves Thai food as much as I do. I’m vegetarian, and it’s easy to have vegetarian Thai food.

Whats the best advice you’ve ever received? and from whom?

I think it was from my dad. He said:Whatever goes up comes down, and nobody’s better than you, and you’re not better than anybody. So treat everybody right.”

Whats the most overrated luxury?

Flying. I love travelling, but I hate flying. I just think that, no matter what class you’re sitting in, it’s so bad for you to fly. It dehydrates you and exhausts you. I wish we could all teleport instead.

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