Marie France Van Damme shares what’s in her suitcase when resort hopping
FAVOURITE GETA WAY MV: There are too many! The islands around Krabi and the Italian and Corsican coasts.
WHAT TO WEAR MV: No more than 10 items. I have a complete wardrobe that takes me from day to night, with a multitude of options. I can mix and match and create many looks. I only wear Marie France Van Damme, and it can all fit into a little travel bag.
ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS MV: A long kaftan I can wear day or night, a swimsuit that can also double as a body suit for the evening and my ‘Michi’ cardigan made of silk modal, which is perfect for cool evenings.
NEED IT NOW MV: The ‘boho chic’ dress.
PAMPER TIME MV: The Amanpuri Spa. I love Clockwise from above: Marie France Van Damme; the Amanpuri Spa ; Chanel’s lip gloss; Marie France Van Damme’s ‘Michi’ cardigan their body scrub and wrap. Aman has their own range of creams and oil that use natural essences, and I adore their lavender and neroli blends. The views from all the rooms are breathtaking.
Fragrance pick? MV: One I created for myself. It’s a perfect blend of my favourite scents, predominantly green mandarin, neroli and patchouli. It’s subtle and fresh and men love it too.
Top beauty tip? MV: Never leave home without Charlotte Tilbury foundation and lip gloss no 1 from Chanel.
Favourite restaurant in the world and what to order? MV: La Petite Maison in London, their simple salad is to die for.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one item, it would be MV: My iPad Pro, it was a Christmas present.
Clockwise from above: Marie France Van Damme; the Amanpuri Spa ; Chanel’s lip gloss; Marie France Van Damme’s ‘Michi’ cardigan
How would you describe your personal style? MV: Simple, yet quite sophisticated. Always dressed for all circumstances (one cannot go wrong with simplicity). I just dress up or down with a few accessories, so I don’t feel misplaced.
What do you love about travel? MV: Travel is my great source of inspiration. It allows me to do the work I love and means I also get to visit my friends who are scattered all across the globe!