Proust Travel Questionnaire: Collette Dinnigan

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

After showing her Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week last month, South Africa-born, Sydney, Australia-based fashion designer Collette Dinnigan is home and has a go at our Proust-inspired travel questionnaire.

The in-flight film you hope for: Any new releases.

The last book you took on holiday: Breathe by Tim Winton.

You tend to pack too many…: Shoes.

Your idea of travel happiness: No schedule, Estella and Bradley [her daughter and partner], sunshine and sleeping in.

Your idea of travel misery: Delayed flights, missed connections, lost baggage.

Your favourite quality in a hotel: Seamless service, good bed linens and quiet rooms.

What do you appreciate most in a travel partner? Easy-going nature, organized and generous.

What is your greatest extravagance while abroad? Sleeping all day.

What is your favourite journey to take? The Amalfi Coast.

What is your most treasured take-along? My camera.

What is your greatest fear abroad? That I need to be home for family and can’t get there.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in yourself? Last-minute packing.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in others? No consideration for shared space.

In what travel situations do you lie? Why lie?

When and where were you happiest? On holiday! La Fontelina on Capri sipping rosé, eating vongole and watching Estella swim.

What is your travel motto? When in Rome do as the Romans do!

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