Anya Hindmarch reveals the meaning of life in 22 probing questions

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What will the fashion accessories designer, 50, make of our existential questions?

What is the meaning of style?

Feeling great, smiling with your eyes and being the happiest version of yourself that you can be. That is the real style win.

Where is your happy place? 

Home. My kitchen table surrounded by friends with lots of roast chickens.

Nature or nurture?

Both. I think nature ultimately wins the toss as it is the set of cards you get to play, but you can do a lot with a little and a little with a lot.

Are you more flattered if strangers compliment your style or your personality? 

My personality; I think style just reflects personality.

If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be? 

Being kind.

Who or what is your greatest love? 

Family (obviously) but big shout out to London for being the best city in the world.

When did you last lie? 

A little bit every day and often to myself!

Are you fatalistic? 

No. I think if you are determined enough you can do almost anything.

What is your greatest fear? 

Late nights. I hate being tired.

Do you believe in the supernatural? 

It depends on the definition. But not really. I am, however, a spiritual person. I think we have lots of incredible powers: to heal ourselves, to change deep rooted beliefs, fears and relationships.

Animals or babies?

Babies. Lots. I have five kids.

What item of clothing do you have that always makes you happy? 

My Anderson and Sheppard dressing gown.

What talent do you yearn for? 

To sing better and to be better at Excel (not really).

Do you have a high pain threshold? 

I think so. Mothers and entrepreneurs sort of have to and I am not talking about childbirth.

What book do you recommend most to others?

It’s a terrible book but the concept behind Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain is worth getting on board with. It talks about how you are more likely to achieve your goals if you clearly visualise them in your mind. They use this technique for sports people. It works.

What lesson has been the hardest to learn? 

Patience and to slow down. I am ashamed to admit to having just lost my driving licence for speeding.

If fashion was an emotion, what emotion would it be?

Protection and expression.

What have you never understood?

Science fiction… why?

What is the one thing you want to know before you die?

That I was loved and that I made a difference. I think that is all we can hope for. But also what will replace Love Island?

Are you scared of dying or what happens when you die?

Not really. I think it is probably a bit like it was before you were born.

What’s your favourite ever fashion moment?

Selfishly it is probably the moment when one of our shows or events is starting. It is so exciting to see all of the creative work coming to life.

Minimal or maximal?

Minimal mostly. Adding a fun tassel or strap to a beautifully crafted bag is my version of maximal.