Fashion industry insider Lys Lakeland-Goldstein reveals her special brand of Euro chic to Jan Shure
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: email@example.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.
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