Essentials: Daniella Issa Helayel, designer

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Everyday elegance sums up my style. If you're busy you need to be comfortable, which is the key to my designs too. I wear a lot of my own Cape-wrap dresses in leopard-print or bold graphic patterns.

I don't wear anything just because it's trendy; I wear what suits me and is timeless. My Havaiana flip-flops aren't exactly elegant but they come with me everywhere because they are so easy to wear (

Other designers I love are Giambattista Valli ( and Corto Moltedo (; Corto is one of my best friends so I am biased, but I love his style and have several of his beautiful bags. Phillip Lim is definitely one to watch ( He really knows how to dress women. BioDerma Créaline H2O is a great facial cleanser ( and Kiehl's Crème de Corps is another favourite that I never leave home without (

Shu Uemura concealer (, YSL Touche éclat (, above) and Lancôme mascara (, left) are all staples in my make-up bag and perfect for post-flight touch-ups. Haemorrhoid cream is my top tip for soothing under-eye bags, though this isn't recommended so a big pair of sunglasses might be a better idea to hide puffy eyes and blemishes.

Coco Chanel (right) has always been my inspiration – I'm a fan of simple Parisian chic and my favourite spot for style-spotting in the city is Le Meurice, a beautiful hotel full of beautiful people (

Daniella's label, Issa, has designed an exclusive scarf to mark the launch of Bold 2in1 White Diamond & Lotus Flower. For a chance to win a scarf (worth £195), visit