The daughter of Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot, Paloma Picasso was born with artistry in her veins. Rather than pursue painting, Picasso designed costumes for avant-garde stage productions after she graduated from the Université of Paris at Nanterre. She began creating jewelry for Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion collections in the ‘60s, and in 1980 she embarked on a 37-year collaboration with Tiffany & Co. Her signature designs, marked by bold shapes and extravagant gemstones, have adorned Hollywood royalty, including Natalie Portman and Emma Stone. At the most recent Art Basel Miami Beach, she debuted Melody, her newest collection for Tiffany, now available embellished with diamonds. When she’s not designing, she enjoys spending time with her husband Dr. Eric Thévenet at their homes in Marrakesh and Lausanne, Switzerland.
FAVORITE FASHION DESIGNER Yves Saint Laurent. We shared many years of fun and friendship, and I always feel fabulous in his clothes.
MOST RECENT COVETED PURCHSE Framed pietra paesina, also called landscape limestone or ruin marble
SIGNATURE SIP Fresh tomato juice, which makes the best Bloody Marys. We have so many tomatoes in Marrakesh that we make them at home.
FAVORITE ESCAPE Venice offers so many layers of pleasure: amazing beauty, timeless magic, and the inspiration it gives me.
MUST-HAVE GADGET My iPad
BEAUTY MUST-HAVE Shiseido’s eyebrow styling compact, which I also use to highlight my beauty mark.
READING NOW Noble House by James Clavell
WORTH THE SPLURGE Fresh cut flowers. My husband once bought me 1,000 roses.
HIDDEN TALENT I’m a good classic car rally co-pilot.
STRESS RELIEVER Walking along the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland
GUILTY PLEASURE Chouquettes
HOW TO SPEND A LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON Reading or playing billiards at our house with friends
NEVER LEAVES HOME WITHOUT Jewelry. I usually wear a ring and a few bracelets and will carry a pair of earrings in my bag in case I need to dress up.
FAVORITE ESCAPE Soneva Fushi in the Maldives. Last time we were there, we swam with manta rays and I created my own glass vase at a furnace on site.
MOST PRECIOUS MOMENTO The ring I designed to convince my husband to wear a wedding band. It’s now part of my Groove collection
ALWAYS WEARS Paloma Picasso perfume
IN HER CARRY-ON A leather pocket diary and Ricola sugar-free sweets
BUCKET LIST I don’t like to plan ahead so I take my whims as they come and make them a reality
NEXT GOAL Designing around colored stones again
GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT A bottle of Champagne. I’m French, after all.
SOMETHING SECRET I love to dance. I once danced with Rudolf Nureyev.
FAVORITE ACCESSORY FOR SPRING The Melody bracelet with five rings, one of which is pavé diamond. The bands symbolize sentiments like love, hope, and happiness, and I like the sound they make when they jingle on my wrist.