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AN INTERVIEW WITH VANESSA SEWARD W O RDS TANI BURNS .

Vanessa Seward is one inspiring lady. The French designer radiates the kind of chic you know could only result from a singularly intuitive mind, paired with travel-honed class. Born in Argentina, she grew up in London before moving to Paris with her mother at age 12, where she still lives with her daughter and husband, the composer Bertrand Burgalat. After studying at Studio Berçot, Seward worked for nine years as an accessory designer for Chanel and Tom Ford at Yves Saint Laurent before she became second-in-command to Loris Azzaro, and then artistic director of his fashion house, following his death in 2003. In 2011, she joined Jean Touitou at A.P.C. to launch a capsule ready-to-wear collection. Most recently, she has been collaborating with La Redoute on a ready-to-wear collection inspired by French women, such as author Françoise Sagan and Nouvelle Vague actress Françoise Dorléac. Impressive indeed. We managed to pin her down for a few questions about what she does to relax when she gets the chance… Q : A S AN INCREDIB LY BUS Y W ORK I NG W OM AN, WI FE A N D MO T H ER , IT MUST BE DIFFICULT T O F I ND T HE T I M E T O T R U LY R EL A X. WH ER E I S H O ME TO YOU? A : I think I live the same kind of busy life as most working mothers and yes it’s difficult to find moments to relax, but I do as they are essential to me (as a creative person I need them as that’s when my ideas usually pop up). Home is with my husband and daughter, and it’s been Paris for the last 35 years. Q : WHEN IN LONDON, W HE RE ARE Y OUR FAVOU R I T E P L A C ES T O STAY, E AT AND UNWIND? A : The last time we came to London, my husband and I stayed at the Renaissance St Pancras Hotel, to celebrate the launch of Loyalty & Love, a collaboration between Marriott Bonvoy and Rankin. It was such a treat arriving from Paris on the Eurostar and walking straight into to the hotel! The old building is beautiful and lovingly restored. Restaurant-wise, we love classic eateries, like Rules and Scott’s, but we also love to unwind by shopping at places like Fortnum & Mason’s and Hamleys with my daughter, walking around the Portobello Road flea market and going to see the odd musical at the West End. Q : A ND WHEN YOU ARE T RAVE LLI NG AROUND T H E WO R L D F O R WO R K, W H AT DO YOU DO T O RE LAX ? A : When possible, I take a walk to get to know the place I’m in, and pick up some local treats and newspapers to feel more at home. Q : WHERE DO YOU LI K E T O T RAVE L F OR A RE AL H O L I D AY? A : We have a house in the French Pyrenees where we go whenever we can. I also love discovering European cities like Ljubljana. Q : WHEN CHOOSIN G A HOT E L, W HAT ARE T HE MA J O R FA C TO R S? A : Charm and kindness are essential to me. I prefer quality to quantity, hence I appreciate how Marriott Bonvoy make hotel stays stress-free, allowing myself and my family to step into a private bubble of luxury and enjoy precious time together. A hotel stay is special. This idea of escaping from home and spending pampered time together is something only hotels can truly offer. Not to mention that experiencing the magic of a hotel and new destination through your kids’ eyes is truly priceless. Q : A ND FINALLY, WHAT ’ S T HE NE X T DE S T I NAT I O N O N TH E L I ST F O R YO U ? A : I’d like to discover the region around Sils-Maria, in Switzerland, where there seems to be some fascinating historical hotels. Vanessa Seward and Bertrand Burgalat were captured by Rankin for Loyalty & Love, a collaboration with Marriott Bonvoy, the travel programme from Marriott International. For more stories of Loyalty & Love visit www.MarriottLoyaltyandLove.com

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