Whistles women: Lauren Cochrane
Lauren Cochrane’s sharp fashion musings are regularly found on the pages of Vogue, i-D, The Guardian and Wallpaper. Her East London home provides both a chic and efficient workspace perfectly suited to her life as a freelance writer. We take a tour around her apartment to discover an elegant, minimal space punctuated with lovingly built shrines to her cultural icons and accessorised with an enviable wardrobe; home to a mingling of vintage, luxury and contemporary pieces.
What's your favourite city?
New York, New York. It’s a wonderful town. My mum lived there for ten years for half the time in park slope in Brooklyn – I used to go every year. I’d love to live there.
Do you have a domestic routine?
I’ll be at my desk between 9.30-10am. I’m quite disciplined with what I do – I tend to not schedule any meetings on Mondays and work at my desk all day – I learnt this from a PR and it’s such a good trick. I’ll probably have a lunch and watch trashy tv and then I try and knock off by 6 but sometimes that doesn’t happen.
How do you travel around London?
Buses and tubes mostly and the occasional cab although I walk to a lot of places. I used my bike on Friday to get the gym and the brakes completely went and steam almost came up from my shoes.
What's your favourite room in the house?
I suppose the living room because that’s where fun things happen like friends coming round and watching films.
Who are your style icons?
Chloë Sevigny and weirdly I really like what Diane Kruger wears - she seems like she’s picked all that together herself. I love all the Yves Saint Laurent French girls like ‘Lou Lou’ from back in the day. Audrey Hepburn in Charade (I can get quite specific), Minnie Mouse, Cindy Sherman, Bridget Fonda...
What's your favourite Prince album?
Sign of The Times always, and then it fluctuates - currently Around the World in a Day is most-played.
How do you relax at home?
I like to be on or off, so my computer is upstairs in my workspace and completely separate from my living space. I definitely turn my computer off in the evening with no twitter in out of office hours. I like to watch a film or read a book.
Who are your female heros?
Diane Arbus, Grace Jones and Jessica Mitford - who’s a big hero of mine.
What gets you most excited about fashion?
I guess the thing I like about fashion is the endless options and possibility of it - I suppose that’s what nice about being a woman and being able to wear it. It means you can really transform and change what someone thinks of you, or the impression you make. You can use clothes to fit in or standout and you can look completely different from one day to the next. I feel like I can be different things by wearing different clothes.
What’s the most seminal piece you've written?
I interviewed Carolyn Cassady (wife of Neil Cassady) for the Guardian at the beginning of last year – I think she must be 88. I’ve loved anything to do with the beat generation writers and both my parents are big into Kerouac.