Fresh from her Bazaar cover shoot, in which Italian/Egyptian model Elisa Sednaoui Dellal revels in the beauty of A/W15’s bohemia, she takes us on a tour of her London home to reveal sentiments that infuse the lifestyle of one of the fashion industry’s most in-demand faces. Whilst raising her two-year-old son Jack, 27-year-old Elisa balances modelling with philanthropic work for The Elisa Sednaoui Foundation, which helps educate children in cultural equality and female empowerment, FROW-ing at Burberry’s S/S16 show, hosting September’s Venice Film Festival and writing and producing a film. It’s a life well lived, one that is exciting and inspiring in equal measure. Here's a glimpse into her style and beauty secrets:
Style is... Effortless, comfortable, natural and fun. Icon My first style icon was Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not for the minimalist look and purity of the ’50s. Also singers Umm Kulthum, Lauren Hill and Sade. Middle Eastern Icon The Egyptian/Italian singer Dalida from the 1970s. Fashion Philosophy Know yourself and your body, and what suits you. And invest in beautiful things. My Style Playful and less minimalist than it once was. I like linearity and shapes. A/W15 Trend The 1970s, with its bohemia, suede, dark browns and rich fabrics. Collection Rodarte, Altuzarra, Céline and Chloe. I love Burberry’s capes and its black suede fringe bag. Shop Browns and Alex Eagle in London for their selection. Middle Eastern designers Elie Saab and Rami Kadi for clothing and Mishka for jewellery. Jewellery I love the spirit of Egyptian jewellery designer Azza Fahmy’s company and also the new designs from photographer Inez Van Lamsweerde; I just bought a ruby piece. Shoes Christian Louboutin, Charlotte Olympia, and I’ve recently discovered some beautiful Jimmy Choos. Bags Chanel, Fendi, Prada, Charlotte Olympia, Louboutin and regional designer, Johnny Farah. Arabian style is The elegance of modesty.
Bohemian Rhapsody: Elisa Sednaoui Dellal wears: Dress, Dhs12,995; shoes, Dhs4,495, both Burberry Prorsum
Best Products Louboutin’s bullet lipstick, Environ’s C-Quence cleanser and toner, Creme de la Mer body cream, organic deodorant free from chemicals from Nuxe and, post-pregnancy, rosehip oil from Trilogy. Hair Organic Mane ’n Tail shampoo and conditioner, Kerastase’s Bane Satin 1, and Rahua’s conditioner, which is expensive but very good quality. Fragrance Liaison de Parfum’s ‘No Matter What’. New Buy Glaze Tatts – these very cool temporary tattoos that come in gold or silver. Candles Astier de Villatte’s Kobe scent and Diptyque’s Mimosa, Muguet or Freesia. Can’t live without? Lanolin lip balm and a lash curler from Shu Uemura. Treatments I love a Hammam, coffee scrub or honey wrap, as it helps you sweat out all your toxins. Spa Yvonne Martin clinic in London for its bespoke facials and organic products – it completely changed the way I look after my skin.
This article first appeared in the October 2015 issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia