The (fashion) gospel according to Dame Joan Collins
‘I’m equally at home in a pantsuit and T-shirt as I am in a ball gown. I don’t want to look like anyone else. I don’t follow “trendy” fashion or outfits that are geared towards the very young. I design many of my own dresses and costumes and enjoy choosing the fabrics myself.
I started to feel confident in my teens, when I eschewed pretty little frocks, which were the style of the time. I chose to wear black polo-neck sweaters and tight, matching trousers or a full skirt with a wide belt to emphasise my (then) very small waist, with massive gold gipsy earrings. Tres Juliet Greco.
I choose what I wear each day depending on a) the weather, and b) what my plans are. It may be trousers and a cashmere sweater if it’s cold and I’m staying in or an elegant suit if I have a business meeting or going to lunch.
There are so many outfits I loved (in Dynasty) but the grey silk wrap dress worn with a fur cape trimmed with grey fox and a matching hat and boots is one of my favourites. However, today that would be too over the top to wear.’