What’s in my travel bag: Georgina Chapman
Written by Ayesha Khan
Together with best friend Keren Craig, Georgina Chapman envisioned a brand that conjured up the nostalgia of a bygone era of glamour.
Inspired by the whimsical style of eccentric socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati, Marchesa, as it is known among fashion doyennes and celebrities (the likes of Rihanna, Kerry Washington, and Heidi Klum), has risen to meteoric success since its 2004 launch. The duo’s uniquely draped (often in elaborate shapes such as flowers) and embellished couture creations are a mainstay on every red carpet from the Grammys to the Oscars.
“Travel is inspirational for me and central to my design process for Marchesa. The sense of adventure and excitement that comes from visiting a new place provides a creative jolt. After a busy fashion week, family trips are also essential for us to unwind and spend time just being together without distractions.”
“I travel to India quite often; it’s actually where Keren and I decided to start Marchesa! With the ever-changing sights and sounds it still feels exotic every time I visit. I also love to hike and scuba dive, which takes me to many wonderful locations from the Himalayas in Nepal to the Maldives.”
My Bally Bloom XL bag is the perfect size for everything my children and I need on the plane. I recently got the aubergine colour, which is still neutral but much more interesting than a black carry-on.
Patricia Wexler moisturiser: This moisturiser with SPF is my daily must-have.
Marchesa Eternal Collection Star bangle: A new piece from our fine jewellery collection, the engraved stars symbolise the wearer’s hopes and dreams for the future.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow: It makes my skin look luminous, even after a long flight.
Travel pillow with Frette pillowcase: I always bring my own travel pillow for the plane, with one of Frette’s super-soft pillowcases.
Books: I’m packing Neil Gaiman’s latest novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and plenty of colouring books and crayons for my children.
My grandmother’s engagement ring: It’s my lucky charm; I never travel without it.