Fash­ion in­dus­try in­sider Lys Lake­land-Gold­stein re­veals her spe­cial brand of Euro chic to Jan Shure

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How would you de­fine your style? I love clothes and I like to look glam­orous. Do you make a dis­tinc­tion be­tween fash­ion and style? Not re­ally, be­cause I adapt my style to fash­ion by choos­ing pieces I love and I know suit me. What do you look for first in a gar­ment? I look for colour, cut, qual­ity and fash­ion­abil­ity — but fab­ric and cut are truly im­por­tant. How im­por­tant are ac­ces­sories to the way you look and which are your favourite? Very im­por­tant. I love shoes and boots and I like match­ing a glam­orous bag to my out­fits. I bought the most fab­u­lous evening shoes from Renè Caovilla in Mi­lan, a real in­vest­ment — but just so fem­i­nine and com­fort­able. I also bought a great bag in Florence which is hand­made and not the usual de­signer la­bel. I love buy­ing one-off pieces. Do you think women need to make cer­tain con­ces­sions in re­spect of their age when choos­ing clothes? Some­times a wo­man needs to make sure she does not look ridicu­lous, but she can dress fash­ion­ably as long as she does it with­out ex­ag­ger­a­tion. Do you ad­mit to any mis­takes in your wardrobe? A top I bought in Cannes, by Save the Queen. It was way over the top — I was feel­ing in a hol­i­day mood!

Would you like to ap­pear in this col­umn or re­ceive a pro­fes­sional makeover? Let us know... Please email: edi­to­rial@thejc.com Or write to us at Fash­ion State­ment, The JC, 25 Fur­ni­val Street, Lon­don EC4A 1JT Lys Lake­land-Gold­stein is a busi­ness part­ner in James Lake­land, the Lon­don-based la­bel cre­ated by her son, James Lake­land. Six­tysome­thing Egyp­tian-born Lys has lived in France and Italy, where her first hus­band had a suede and leather busi­ness, mak­ing for Fendi, Karl Lager­feld and Valentino. She has been in­volved in James Lake­land since it be­gan in 1993 Which de­sign­ers do you ad­mire and why, and which are your favourite shops? Mi­uc­cia Prada is very in­no­va­tive and has in­flu­enced fash­ion tremen­dously in the last 12 years. I also love the clas­sic glam­our of Coco Chanel who changed the face of fash­ion. For day­wear, I like Max Mara and the funkier Sport­max la­bel which has good, wear­able sta­ples for the work­ing wo­man. My favourite shop is 10 Corso Como in Mi­lan. It is eclec­tic and a bit like a fash­ion gallery with clothes, glass­ware, mag­a­zines and beauty prod­ucts. The clothes are dis­played like pre­cious items and the airy dé­cor makes the shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence a dream. Tell us about some of the favourite things you have in your wardrobe. Of course, I wear mostly James Lake­land clothes from var­i­ous col­lec­tions. One of my ab­so­lute favourites is a cash­mere knit­ted wrap top in the soft­est cream colour. I bought a pair of Ser­gio Rossi boots nearly three years ago when I went to Mi­lan with James for the col­lec­tions, and I still love them — they re­mind me of happy times with my son trawl­ing the fash­ion streets of Mi­lan.

Pho­tos: John Rifkin

Lys wears cash­mere cardi­gan from the James Lake­land Lux­ury Col­lec­tion; jer­sey pan­elled skirt and camisole from James Lake­land main col­lec­tion; tan boots from A/W 2007/8 ac­ces­sories col­lec­tion

Lys wears twin­set with fluted sleeve from James

Lake­land Col­lec­tion, and

black wool turn-up trousers from the

A/W 2007/8 col­lec­tion

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