Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Does She Do It?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Does She Do It?

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Byline: Lucy Hunter Johnson

Who are your icons? Vivienne Westwood, Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen, Kate Moss... And I find your new Duchess's taste very refreshing, it's a new way of dressing as a young woman. Who is more stylish, the Duchess of Cambridge or Michelle Obama? They are appropriately different. Michelle Obama has a great way of incorporating emerging and established designers. The Duchess has a sense of herself that is impressive in such a young woman and she is never vulgar. She's sweet; I love her from afar.

How many pairs of shoes do you have? I live in New York and space is at a premium, so not as many as people imagine. Anyone that comes over goes, 'That's your closet?' with a look of disappointment; it's tiny. You're 46 now, how will you celebrate your 50th? I'm not big on birthdays. My husband and son absolutely love them, but I haven't really thought about it.

Do you work hard to stay youthful? It's not realistic. I work out because it feels good and I like to think that it staves off the inevitable. But there's not a lot you can do, time marches on... What do you think of cosmetic surgery? I don't know what's worse, the crazy way people look or the scalpel itself.

What are your autumn fashion tips? I will take tips, but I don't trade 'em. What was your first designer splurge? Three pairs of Manolo Blahnik shoes in 1984. He did a trunk show in LA and signed the inner sole of every pair. They were little flat slides, like a Moroccan slipper. I spent every penny I had on them, they were so beautiful. And then my luggage was stolen. Can you imagine? All that arrived were some papers and dog food. What a trade. How are you finding motherhood? You have to learn how to give each child what they need. They all ask at the same time so you have to perform triage. It takes time to learn not to feel upset about the choices you've made.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a mother? I wish I had more patience, but my strength is my curiosity about everything and I share that with them.

And your husband Matthew [Broderick]? He is very patient and quiet, whereas I am demonstrative and high-energy. He is the picture of calm; like a beautiful, perfectly smooth lake. But it's certainly true that still waters run deep.

How do you spend time together? We have the best intentions to go out, but it's really hard because I like to be home to put the kids to bed. We still find time to press pause and have a laugh; if we're both home, we have a meal and talk.

Where do you go out together? We eat out twice a month, if we're lucky. We're at home most nights. I cook the kids' meals and Matthew cooks for us. Had you read I Don't Know How She Does It before you did the film? I hadn't. It's an amazing book in its ability to telescope into the future. …

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