By Elyse Ranart
City & Shore PRIME
India Hicks has had big shoes to fill.
She is second cousin to The Prince of Wales, through her mother, Lady Pamela Mountbatten; and daughter of David Hicks, the high-profile interior designer of the 1960s and ’70s.
After graduating from the New England School of Photography in Boston, she moved to New York and modeled for many fashion brands, including, Ralph Lauren and J. Crew, in the 1980s and ’90s.
Hicks renovated and developed several island-style guesthouses and a hotel in the Caribbean with her partner, David Flint Wood; and owns a boutique, The Sugar Mill, where she sells clothes, bed linens and items gathered while traveling.
In 2007, Hicks hosted the second season of the Bravo interior design competition TV series Top Design; and in 2015, she founded India Hicks, Inc., a lifestyle brand sold through entrepreneurial women at home and online.
Hicks has published three books: Island Life, Island Beauty and, most recently, Island Style, making The New York Times Best Seller List.
We talked with her on a recent stop in Miami Beach about her sense of style, the appropriateness of cut-offs and whom she sees playing her in a movie.
PRIME Magazine: How has your personal style changed over the years?
India Hicks Tremendously more lazy. David [Flint Wood] is appalled. He dreams of me dressing like Grace Kelly [and] instead he gets a sort of off-duty yoga instructor. When I am actually at an event a bit more planning takes place, but the overall look is fairly low-key James Bond baddie
PM: Aging gracefully – easier said than done?
IH: Of course easier said than done, because you think and feel 20 and suddenly realize you’re nearly 50 so the cut-off denim shorts are probably no longer a good idea. I do look at my mother, who has aged truly gracefully, always dressed immaculately with never a hair out of place, and more importantly has always kept an open mind.
PM: Which older women have inspired you and your aesthetic?
IH: You know that game when you pick the actor or actress you would most like to play you in a movie? Well I always chose a nice mix of Cate Blanchett and Cameron Diaz, everyone groans and says I am cheating because you’re not allowed two people. The problem here is that although I like the style and substance of these women I think I am older than both of them!
IH: Age before beauty?
A. Yes, age is so much more interesting.
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PM: Youth obsessed culture – America vs. Europe?
A. My children were all born in America, besides one who is Bahamian. But they have been raised between Britain and the Bahamas and certainly have the dark wit of an Englishperson. However I have launched a business in America with headquarters in Los Angeles and my children will often travel with me when I go on work trips so they are familiar with America and its culture and are as obsessed about the latest release from Supreme and the most recent bulletin from snap chat as the next kid, regardless of whether they are in London or New York. Its utterly exhausting.
PM: Older women who inspire you and your aesthetic?
A. You know that game when you pick the actor or actress you would most like to play you in a movie? Well I always chose a nice mix of Cate Blanchet and Cameron Diaz, everyone groans and says I am cheating because you’re not allowed two people. The problem here is that although I like the style and substance of these women I think I am older than both of them!