In your closet: Tia Cibani

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2007, 12:00am

Wardrobe staple?

Boots. I love contradiction, and boots add a tough edge to a pretty dress. I like knee-high styles that have a chunky heel with a round toe. I'm crazy about my Frye boots.

Fashion no-nos?

Visible panty lines.

Handbag pick for the season?

A vintage structured wooden basket I picked up at a flea market in Paris.

Favourite shoe designer?

Pierre Hardy. I love his modern yet very feminine take on the wedge.

Must-have accessory?

A good watch. I have an extensive collection for every occasion.

Most cherished fashion item?

My vintage couture Uzbekistani coat bought in a quirky 'crafts of the region' shop in Paris. It's handicraft couture in the true sense, with hand-stitched padding, green silk on the exterior and an all out colourful print cotton lining.

Who would design your Oscar dress?

Me. I'd create an extra long T-shirt dress that clings in just the right places in a rich gold silk jersey.

Style icon?

Kate Moss for her uncomplicated, cool and thrown-together chic.

Favourite piece of jewellery?

My topaz and champagne diamond cocktail ring made by a friend.

Your fashion style?

Eclectic. I love mixing things up with unexpected finds and little elements of surprise.

Robot babe or flower girl?

Flower girl, because I'm a romantic at heart.

Flats or stilettos?

Stiletto stilts. The higher, the better.

High-end or high street?

I mix the high and the low because I love the juxtaposition. It's more fun and less expected.

Favourite piece of clothing you've designed?

A cape cum halter-top cum skirt. I love items that are multi-functional.

Your fashion obsession?

Platforms. I love Miu Miu's black satin pair with gold leather heels.

Leggings or skinny jeans?

Skinny jeans. I love the dark, crisp denim of Paper jeans. I had mine custom-made in New York.

Favourite boutique?

London's Dover street market. It's so well merchandised with great finds.

Favourite piece of lingerie?

Ports 1961 cashmere camisole from our travel knit kit. It's made from fine baby cables, so it's hardly there.

Best place for bargains?

Antiques market in Buenos Aires. I got fabulous vintage furniture and fashion from the 1930s there.

Tia Cibani is creative director of Ports 1961