In Elle MacPherson’s (Hermes) Bag: Closed Set with Julie Bensman

Elle MacPherson

Elle MacPhersonFor me, March Madness has never had anything to do with basketball; rather, it marks a time when my DVR shifts into overdrive, this year with some oldies (the return of AMC’s Mad Men), newbies (NBC’s Best Friends Forever), and a new reality competition series packed with so many bold-faced names (Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos), the ability to focus may be futile. Premiering tomorrow, NBC’s Fashion Star gives 14 unknown designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar contract to launch their lines, while also allowing viewers at home to  buy the winning designs each week.

Steering the style ship is the gorgeous Elle MacPherson, who not only plays host but also executive produces the show. Needless to say, she wears both hats very well. In between Fashion Star duties, designing for her eponymous intimates line, and developing “The Body” skincare products, I caught up with one of People’s “Most Beautiful People” to do a little purse diving.

Julie Bensman: Which bag do you carry most often?

Elle MacPherson: Hermes Jypsiere bag. My best friend gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago.

JB: What are some beauty essentials you can't live without?

EM: Revlon Age Defying makeup. Invisible Zinc sunscreen. Paw paw ointment for cuts/scrapes, dry skin and hair, you name it.

JB: What would we be surprised to find in your purse right now?

EM: My reading glasses — I can’t see!

JB: iPhone or Blackberry?

EM: Blackberry

JB: What's on your iPod right now?

EM: A bit of everything, from 70s to dubstep.

JB: If you had a day 100% free of work and personal obligations, where would you go and what would you do?

EM: Cozy with my kids at home or in the park, read, meditate, and nap.