What would be your top tip for dressing well in a professional environment?
Create the right impression for the right occasion. Decide how you want to be remembered and dress accordingly. Putting together an outfit is about expressing yourself, and creating an impression. A lot of it, for me, is a gut feeling. And a lot depends on how much time I have in the morning. Sometimes, it doesn’t work out at all!
What is the oldest piece in your wardrobe that you still wear, and could you tell us a bit about it?
I still have a beautiful Valentino jacket from almost 30 years ago. I can’t remember where I bought it, but it must have been at a sale since I couldn’t afford to pay full price for anything back then! It’s a brown and cream textured wool jacket with a tiger patterned lining. What is amazing is that the small tortoise-shaped buttons are still gold-coloured and shiny. It has big shoulder pads, which have come back into fashion. I can style it with jeans, a full skirt or long trousers. I can style and reimagine it for a modern context, and I love that.
If you could only wear one colour, what would it be? (And the colour that you could happily erase from the spectrum is….)
I don’t think I can ever wear only one colour, I love so many. But if I had to choose one, it might be white because white will keep me calm. The colour that I would happily erase from the spectrum is possibly grey, but then I also have a few pieces in grey that I love.
Complete the sentence: Shoes ought to be…
Shoes ought to be comfortable. But in my younger days, you might have caught me wearing 3 inch heels, running down Queen’s Road to fight for a taxi while talking on the BlackBerry at the same time.