Summer Essentials by Eugenia Silva
"Strolling through the Village brings a few hours of disconnection in an idyllic setting combining fashion, gastronomy and creativity", says fashion ambassador Eugenia Silva on Las Rozas Village. We talked trends, memories and the style essentials that best sum up her attitude this summer.
Chloé Tess dress and bag.
What does summer mean to you?
It’s a break from your usual routine, not having to stick to tight schedules, spending time with the children, spontaneous plans, reuniting with family. For me, summer is best summed up as an endless meal. I like the after-dinner gatherings, the talks after lunch around the pool. These are moments that transport me back to my childhood, when we all got together and the meals seemed to last forever. Then we’d play cards, or ping-pong, or sunbathe.
Salvatore Ferragamo dress, scarf and sandals.
How does it feel to visit Las Rozas Village again?
Being able to walk in a quiet, pleasant environment – whether alone or in good company – makes me feel at home. Dining on a beautiful terrace and shopping for my summer wardrobe is a wonderful day to spend a day!
Crockery from Villeroy & Boch, blue glasses from Zwilling, dress from Sandro.
As someone who spends a lot of time by the coast, what is it you love so much about life by the sea?
The smell of the Mediterranean, of Formentera pine, the sound of the cicada, walking down La Mola, and of course the heat. My summer car, dresses, flip-flops, the sun, the light, the fresh fish that the fisherman brings in the morning, juicy tomatoes and figs that I pick from the fig tree at home. I love the simplicity of the sea, and the same goes for the countryside. Give me some freshly picked figs, a melon and good ham and I'm happy – much more so than with something like lobster. Sometimes we seek happiness in far-away flavours and destinations, when really you don’t need to look far at all to find it.
Set of tops by Claudie Pierlot, skirt by PINKO, bag by Coach.
How does the simplicity and sensuality of the Mediterranean you’ve described translate into your summer wardrobe?
Comfortable, natural fabrics, fluid lines and nice textures fill my summer wardrobe. Versatility is important, too. In summer, my wardrobe is fairly free. I don’t wear any evening dresses and I’ll go to the beach in the same outfit I wear when the sun goes down – only my accessories change, or my hairstyle. I’ll add bracelets or a shawl, or put a scarf in my hair, or I’ll wear bag a different way. When you’re a mother, you try to build looks that make your life easier.
Are your children's summer wardrobes relaxed too?
My mother instilled a way of dressing in us; she would prepare our clothes at night ahead of the next day. I definitely take a more relaxed approach to dressing my children. I let them dress how they want to, so they can express themselves through fashion.
Claudie Pierlot knitted set, Coach bag.
Which essentials will you be packing in your suitcase this summer?
A bikini, a straw hat, a basket or shoulder bag, a sarong that works for everything – from lying on the beach to covering up in the evenings, or even for accessorising my hair with – a dress, a flowing kaftan (because it’s always cold in Formentera), and a pair of silk pyjamas that I can wear all day. Espadrilles from Castañer, a loose dress from Sandro, shorts from Levi’s and a basket bag from LOEWE are also pretty perfect for summer.
On the left, complete outfit from Longchamp. On the right, Coach bag.
How do you prepare the table to welcome your loved ones in the summer?
I’m definitely not a housewife, nor do I always have flowers in the house or dishes ready. I’m much more relaxed in that sense. I have some nice linen tablecloths which I inherited from my grandmother Eugenia, which we only use for special occasions. I like buffet-style tables, so that everyone can serve themselves and sit wherever they want to – some prefer being in the sun or by the pool, and others prefer to sit in the shade, or even inside. I usually prepare rice, with a lot of starters, salads and gazpacho – it’s all very relaxed. Perhaps most importantly, I always cook with local produce. If I'm in Formentera, I buy eggs from local farms, dried fish, salad and local wine. At home, I buy from the Terramoll winery, because it’s so close to home and the products are such good quality.
On the left, Longchamp jacket, Maje top and shorts, Coach shoulder bag. On the right, complete look by Adolfo Domínguez.
Do you remember the first time you travelled to Formentera?
It was winter and I was living in New York when I was told about a small island, near Ibiza, that had no airport. As soon as I arrived, I fell in love with the island. First I stayed with friends, then I rented a house, then I bought a car, and finally, I built the house. Out of season, you experience the island in a different way. For me it’s not just a place to spend the summer. I know the local people and it’s become part of my life.
Sandro dress, Lottusse shoes, Bulgari bag.
Your home is organically integrated into the landscape, rooted in artisan design and traditional architecture. Was this important to you?
After leaving the hustle and bustle of New York, I was looking for something different. I've always been curious and I like to discover new experiences. Living on the island helped me decide how I wanted to build my house. I wanted it to represent the essence, nature and architecture of the island. My neighbours are local farmers, not tourists or visitors to Formentera, so I didn't want them to be impacted by my arrival. It feels like a community here. Señora Maria for example, who has land next to my house, is a really good neighbour.