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Mr David Collins

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Biography

Mr Collins, who has sadly died after a short illness, was one of MR PORTER's favourite people in the world. Charming, talented, warm and witty, he founded the award-winning David Collins Studio, which is made up of leading architects and designers that specialise in restaurant interior design and luxury interior design for residential homes and commercial developments. He was rarely seen dressed in anything but his signature colour of blue. Known as one of the most popular men in London, with a mean hand at cards, he will be sorely missed by friends, family and colleagues. His legacy will live on and so, as a tribute, we will keep his Style Council profile on here. www.davidcollins.com facebook.com/pages/David-Collins-Studio/108463792541311

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Mr Collins's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

“I love The Duchess of Wisbeach in Cape Town. It is a crazy, wonderful place. Of course the food is delicious, the ambience is unique, insane and every night there is memorable. My advice is to ask for table 11.”

BEST BAR

“I have to rely on my friends to report on this, but even though I am naturally biased and in favour of The Connaught Bar, I am told that the martinis prepared especially on the trolley there are the best in the world.”

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VACATION CHOICE

“I am not one for going to the same place on vacation because I think each vacation is a unique experience, has its own memories and is difficult to repeat. That's why I tend to swap between Argentina, Uruguay, Ibiza and Mykonos. When vacationing I will always pack swim shorts from Orlebar Brown as they really are just perfect.”

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TOP CITY

“My favourite city is Paris. I go there all the time. I find it inspiring. I find that I come back walking on air, full of ideas – and I have lovely friends there.”

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FAVOURITE HOTEL

“I cannot possibly say what my favourite hotel is and offend all of the people I work with!”

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TYPE OF BAG

“I have enough bags to open a bag shop. I don't actually use them that much, but I tend to carry a navy blue nylon Prada bag with my gym kit, and use a navy blue satin messenger bag from Lanvin . I go for things that are simple, functional and without lots of pockets and zippers to lose things in.”

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FAVOURED BRAND

“I realised a number of years ago that it is pointless sticking to one brand. Fashion brands are like all creative people, they have good seasons and not such good seasons. Inevitably, fashion is something that needs to constantly evolve and reinvent, so sometimes I will find just what I want in Bottega Veneta , other times it is Prada, Dolce & Gabbana or Lanvin . And when I go to America, there are designers there like Adam Kimmell, who I really like too.”

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ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“The most essential item in my wardrobe is a navy blue cashmere coat. I buy them every year or so, and the one that I bought from Larusmiani this year is the best one I have ever had. Although I still wear coats I bought 20 years ago.”

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MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Well, if I told you who I thought the most beautiful woman in the world is I would insult everyone, including my mother. I think that the obvious truth of beauty being skin deep is one that we really need to give some serious thought to.”

STYLE ICON

“I love the style of Marlene Dietrich.”

STYLE TIP

“My number-one style tip is to have a great pair of aviator sunglasses. I tend to use ones from Linda Farrow with gold rims and deep-blue lenses.”

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TAILOR

“On the rare occasions when I do get clothes made, I get suits made from Larusmiani, Milan. I have someone who alters my clothes locally here in London...but that is top secret!”

BEST SHIRT BRAND

Lanvin makes beautiful shirts. I have had shirts made to order from both Lanvin and Prada: both made shirts of beautiful quality, made from beautiful fabric.”

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FAVOURITE SUIT

“It depends on the occasion. I would perhaps buy daywear at Prada, but evening wear at Lanvin .”

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CUT OF TROUSERS

“I like flat-fronted, narrow trousers, and I tend to wear Lanvin a lot.”

JEANS BRAND

“I like Bottega Veneta jeans. Do not ask me why; it is something to do with the denim.”

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UNDERWEAR CHOICE

“I wear white boxer shorts that I order from Barney’s in New York.”

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PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“I like a single-breasted classic navy jacket.”

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SHOE MAKER

“I buy shoes at Bottega Veneta . But I buy shoes everywhere, including Converse . I do not tend to go for just one thing, but I do not wear formal shoes or narrow toes.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“My favourite grooming product is Frances Prenna Jones Formula 2006.”

DREAM CAR

“An Aston Martin Laguna in navy blue.”

WATCH BRAND

“I have a couple of Franck Muller watches; I tend to wear a white gold one with a navy blue strap.”

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ESSENTIAL GADGET

“I can do without any gadget.”

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BEST BOOK

“My favourite book is Gone With The Wind. Read it and you will know why.”

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FAVOURITE ALBUM

“One album I listen to a lot, because it sends me to sleep, is I Love You, Paris by Shirley Horn.”

Brands Favoured by Mr Collins