What is in your capsule wardrobe?
Good white T shirts (as well as more elaborate interesting t-shirts), an interesting flat from Marni, Wales Bonner trainers, a tulle skirt, a trench ( I own 5 or 6 - mainly vintage) and a leather jacket.
How do you shop vintage?
Very well. I wrote an entire book on vintage fashion so I know my way around old clothes!
What is your most treasured item of clothing?
I’m quite easy about my clothes and prefer not to get too attached to them, but if I had to choose I’d say my pale green Chanel bag simply because pretty much anything from Chanel holds its value. Oh, and maybe also two great pairs of Gucci and YSL shoes I have from Tom Ford's era at both brands.
What is the piece of fashion that you are still searching for?
I’d quite like a Jil Sander paper bag, Prada’s lipstick print skirt, a Madame Gres dress to display, a Sophia Kokosalaki pleated dress to wear, and anything and everything from Nicolas Ghesquiere’s stint at Balenciaga.
What are your future fashion heirlooms?
The aforementioned Chanel bag. My trench coats and a sequinned cape.
What is your favourite styling tip?
Unexpected combinations immediately make an outfit more interesting. Double Denim with a sequinned heel, an old band T shirt teamed with one of Simone Rocha or Cecilie Bahnsen’s fabulously voluminous skirts, a party dress with a leather jacket and evening flats.
Who is your fashion icon?
I’m too single minded to have a style icon and most famous people have no personal style - just a good stylist. That said, there are women whose style I admire - Iris Apfel, Reni Folawiyo, Lotta Volkova to name a few...
Is there anything you buy every season? White T shirts and Doctor Martens.
Which designers do you hunt for in vintage stores?
It’s never about names for me. It’s about interesting pieces and craftsmanship. I can’t remember the last time I bought a brand new coat - I tend to buy really good quality alternatives. It's getting more difficult to find amazing vintage coats, but when you do, you’ll notice the fabric, stitching and attention to detail is sublime.
How do you shop for vintage jewellery and watches?
I no longer buy watches as I always forget to put them on. Vintage jewelry, I start with gold metal and go from there.
What does luxury mean to you?
How do you shop?
Very intentionally and not as often as people think.
What do you collect?
Books and magazines. And chairs ( don’t ask).
What would you never wear?
I am always open but I rarely wear trousers.
What is timeless design to you?
A great trench.
If you could shop from one woman’s wardrobe, whose would it be and why?
Katie Grand. Over the years I have had many a daydream about her humongous secret stash of contemporary design and vintage she has amassed over many years.
What is your personal style?
Day to day, my style is largely rooted in the juxtapositions - as described above - layering (I love a short dress over a tulle skirt) and interesting shoes - Marni and Simone do some of the best.
What does sustainable mean to you?
Buying pieces that stand the test of time.
Closet editor or hoarder?
Editor (though probably not strict enough!)
If you edit, how often and what are your tips?
Once a year. If I had any tips I’d say...
1. Be ruthless; if it doesn’t fit now and hasn’t fitted for years, it’s unlikely to fit anytime soon. Sorry!
2. Only keep things that make you really happy when you wear them
3. Stop saving your best for best - just wear it or sell it.
4. Block out your diary, you might be there awhile…