For stylish women in the know, Maria de la Orden needs no introduction: founder of her own eponymous fashion brand (and co-founder of cult Insta-label, La Veste) Maria has been designing clothes since she was 19. From ruffled dresses to oversized collars and smocked shirts, her pieces are synonymous with summer and celebration. When she’s not at her desk coming up with ingenious ideas, Maria loves to host friends for dinner, preferring to keep things simple (yet luxurious) with a good bottle of wine and smoked salmon blinis. Here, she lets us in on her secrets to entertaining, what’s on her wishlist and the best advice she’s ever been given.
The toaster or the coffee machine.
I love the ‘Miss Maggie’s Kitchen’ cookbooks – her recipes are great!
Avocados, tomatoes, greek yoghurt and parmesan.
I have more than one in mind, but I particularly love Omakase (which roughly translates as Japanese sharing plates). My favourite is at Komatsubaki on the Rue d’Artois in Paris.
A good bottle of wine.
Tonight I am hosting a big, festive dinner, so there will be plenty of indulgent things on the menu: seafood, salmon, blinis, foie gras…
It’s my passion.
Make a to-do list. It helps me organize my day that little bit better.
Pot-au-feu, a kind of French beef stew. Not for me!
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The Amalfi coast is one of my favourites.
I am very shy.
An analog camera.
Nothing is acquired forever.
Developing my brands.