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My fabulous Friday: Adriana Iglesias

The 47-year-old Spanish designer is an accomplished musician, a sports junkie and does ballet to stay fit. Talk about living life queen size!

Shreeja Ravindranathan
8 Aug 2016 | 10:22 am
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FOR A SONG

No one can beat English musician Benjamin Sainte-Clémentine’s songs and voice. I discovered him a year ago and I love how he plays the piano. But my playlist is very eclectic and you’ll find romantic, pop and Italian songs in there.

NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTERS

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On weekends I make it a point to wake up late and then it’s all about my daughters Paulina (12 ) and Nicole (11). We walk or bike together to their ballet class from our home in Valencia and have a healthy breakfast on the way of fruit yogurt, olive oil and tomatoes with multigrain bread and coffee for me . Sometimes we spend the day at the beach with a picnic lunch, singing in the car, and around 6pm we return for a family dinner with my parents and cousins. My daughters adore their grandparents.

SEAFOOD SIGHTS

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My daughters and I love sushi a lot. Once a month, we go to a Japanese restaurant, as it’s our favourite meal. I love Kabuki in Madrid and La Duna in Valencia, to eat paella by the beach. We love to cook Mediterranean food at home too.

HOBBY HORSE

My weekends are very busy as I have too many hobbies and not enough time. It’s a problem! I love to play the piano (I made a career playing it for 10 years!) and the violoncello. I really enjoy skiing (both alpine and water). I play golf too.

RUNWAYS AND STREETS

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It’s amazing to see supermodels such as Bar Refaeli wear my designs, but I feel special when I see any woman wear them. I still remember the first time I saw Dubai-based fashion consultant Natalia Shustova in one of our gowns. I’d like to dress up French art director and model Julia Restoin Roitfeld. Like me, she’s a mum too.

EMIRATES OF EXCITEMENT

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When I visit Dubai I love to go waterskiing, zipping past the amazing skyline. Places like The Dubai Mall are favourites – there’s everything you desire from the world’s big cities. My kids love going to Atlantis The Palm.

DANCING FIT

We have a ballet bar at home and as I used to practise ballet since I was a kid, I find it’s the best way to keep fit. I dance to classical music – it’s such a relaxing exercise.

ENGINEERED FASHION

I’ve loved fashion all my life. I remember flicking through Vogue when I was eight, enthralled by great photos, editorials and models. I loved Lauren Hutton and Jane Birkin, which is why my collections have a 1970s influence. After working for 13 years as a telecom engineer, I didn’t like what I was doing. So I decided to start designing clothes for my daughters and myself. Soon my friends started asking for my pieces. Creating my own brand has always been a dream, so I did it.

SCORE A SCENT

I’ve used Guerlain’s Samsara perfume for the past 20 years! I can’t use any other. I’m obsessed with how amazing it is.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer