Yasmin Le Bon has been a leading name in fashion for 30 years. But, few know that while she was growing up, she wanted to be a professional racing driver. At the Cartier Travel With Style 2019 Concours D’Elegance in Jaipur, we spoke to her. By Mitrajit Bhattacharya.
1. Let’s talk about journeys. First, your journey from the runway to the world of automobiles.
I have always been interested in motor racing, designs and classic cars. For me, it’s about being enthralled by the ingenuity of humanity, how we can design and come up with solutions, wanting to be able to travel, move from one place to another, how we have conquered those, and done it with style. It’s not just function, it’s also about form.
2. And tell us about your journey with your husband, Simon.
Gosh, the journey of marriage! We are like dinosaurs, been together for so long… Just when you think you know someone, you will be surprised by life. I think we are forever discovering more and more about ourselves. But I think the deeper journey is to understand oneself.
3. What has been your relationship’s success mantra?
To begin with, spending a bit of time apart. (Laughs) Honestly, for the first 15 years, we were both working crazily… Though we both needed our time to be independent, we always wanted to be together. That was crucial in our journey. Now, of course, we want to be together all the time.
4. Let’s talk about your extensive travels. Which is your favourite destination?
I am still looking for one. India is a favourite of mine. I keep coming back. I like everything about the country—the sights, sounds, people—there is just so much to see. I would happily go back to Maldives.
5. Destinations on your bucket list?
[There are] So many! To start with, the Arctic Circle. Also, Mongolia, Cambodia and most of South America—Argentina, Chile and Peru.
6. Where are you headed next with Simon?
Next, we are on a boat with friends in the Caribbean.
7. What do you like to do on holiday?
My holidays are all about lots of books. It’s that one time when you can read and lose yourself.
8. Last book you read and liked?
Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor. Part of it is very funny, part heartbreaking as well.
9. Your ideal travel companion?
I love travelling on my own, actually. Also love travelling with my daughters and Simon. Simon and I are good at travelling together provided he can manage to read the correct date of the flight. When you are on holiday, sometimes your brain sort of relaxes… We have missed a couple of flights—not by hours, but by days! You land up at the airport and people at the desk look at you as if you are slightly crazy!