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this page, clockwise from top: vita zayna silk nightshirt set, £310; perminova silk gown in oyster, £595; bella amna silk camisole set, £195, all from the marrakech collection and courtesy of olivia von halle

INTERVIEW

Von Halle’s jet-setting lifestyle sparked the creation of her latest tracksuit line as she wanted to create the essential travel piece. Each colourway has been named after a major city, with understated grey representing London’s urban landscape, refined ivory for Moscow, and so on. However, like her coveted pyjama range, von Halle has elevated the humble sweatshirt and

“It’s all about being able to spot the beauty in things that other people find ugly”

this morning?” she says excitedly almost immediately after sitting down. “The Daily Mail just seems to write anything about those girls.” ‘Those girls’ von Halle is referring to are fellow models Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, all of whom are also keen supporters of her brand. The designer recently partnered with Mr & Mrs Smith to create a limited-edition gift card inspired by her Marrakech Resort 2017 collection. With von Halle’s love of travel and luxury going hand in hand, the boutique hotel concierge couldn’t have hoped for a better ambassador. Launched in 2011 as a British nightwear label specialising in silk pyjamas, Olivia von Halle has quickly garnered an international following. The designer is constantly travelling across the globe as her brand increases its presence in the Middle East, Japan, Russia and America – the latter of which has just overtaken the UK as its most important market. The brand has also taken off in major Asian cities including Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, where von Halle visits several times each year to monitor production.

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joggers combination and transformed it into a wardrobe staple. “So many of us are now wearing tracksuits to the office,” she claims. “So about three years ago I suddenly thought, ‘I need a tracksuit that I can wear all the time under an overcoat’. They are beautiful trousers because they are loungewear, but we’ve given them a glamorous edge.” The designer has done away with traditional synthetic fabrics in favour of cashmere sourced from Outer Mongolia and Chinese woven silk. These exquisite materials have been cleverly juxtaposed with an oversized, slouchy cut to give the pieces a modern, casual look. Traditional tracksuit Capability elements, such as a long stripe running Soumaya full-length silk down the side of each leg and a robe, £650 drawstring bow, also feature. Von Halle admits that casual clothes have never really interested her and that she’s “not a jeans and jumper kind of girl” – as is evident when I meet her. Channelling her fashion icons Daphne Guinness and Isabella Blow, she is wearing an elegant white floor-length dress by Italian designer Alessandra

Remy plum silk nightdress, £310

Zahra eyemask and bag, £65

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